A. "So many acronyms!"
A. Persistence is more important than talent.
A. John Adams, by David McCullough
A. Sleepy Hollow (for now)
I almost never agree with Paul Krugman about anything when he's talking politics. But the man has a Nobel Prize in Economics, so when he talks about the institutional forces affecting commerce, I do at least pay attention.
Krugman wrote an editorial for the New York Times on the Amazon-Hachette feud, and, wonders never cease, I agree with every word.
"So far Amazon has not tried to exploit consumers. In fact, it has systematically kept prices low, to reinforce its dominance. What it has done,...
And then, after my brilliant post about assumptions and sports broadcasters' flawed methods of prediction about who will and won't make it into the new NCAA football tournament – my beloved BYU Cougars lose 35-20 to unranked Utah State University. These in-state rivalry games are killers.
My personal vow against profanity prevents me from using some pretty choice terms to express my feelings about now. BYU will be lucky not to fall right out of the Top 25But congratulations to USU for a...
Authors United is a group of 1,100+ writers who signed their names to a full-page New York Times ad calling on Amazon to abandon its tactic of blocking sales of authors' book in its negotiations with publishers. Amazon has pressed on, so the literary coalition has posted this open letter to the Amazon Board of Directors.
"[Amazon] has stated that the company was 'forced to take this step because Hachette refused to come to the table.' He has also claimed that 'authors are the only leverage we...
My younger brother is a big college football fan, far more than I. Today, he spotted an argument made by some ESPN football analysts about my beloved BYU Cougars that I thought would be a good springboard for talking about another fundamental principle of analysis — Make Your Assumptions Explicit.
First, watch this. My apologies for that and what follows if you're not a football fan.
A bit of context: the analysts were discussing BYU's chances of getting into the new NCAA College Football...
Two months before 9/11/01, an office colleague and I attended a business meeting in the World Trade Center. When the meeting was finished, our hosts asked whether we'd like to go up to the WTC observation deck to look out over lower Manhattan. We checked the time and realized that catching our Acela train back to WDC was already going to be iffy. "We'll check it out it the next time we're back in town."
There never was a next time.
Two months later, on 9/11/01, thirteen years ago this morning,...
A great piece in the LA Times explaining why the Amazon-Hachette dispute matters. The best quote:
"What's ultimately at stake is whether Amazon is going to be able to freely and permanently bully publishers into eventual nonexistence." -- John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars.
BTW, #10 explains why Hachette is in Amazon's crosshairs, and why the other four major publishing houses can expect the same treatment if something doesn't change.
Update: my literary agent tells me that I really...
What's going on in Ferguson really shouldn't surprise anyone.
Could you have guessed that these were cops?
Even if things turn around quickly, though, it won't erase the memories from this past week or end the debate about tactics. Chief among them are decisions like deploying heavily armed officers and using military equipment, which some experts say helped to make a bad situation even worse.
"The tactics they are using, I don't know where they learned them from," [Retired Lt. Gen. Russell]...
Nearly 1,000 authors affected by the ongoing e-book spat between Amazon and machete have signed their names to a letter — set to run as a full-page advertisement in the Sunday New York Times later this week — imploring the online retailer to settle the dispute and calling on readers to voice their displeasure directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
On Friday, Judge Denise Cote reversed course and signed off on the Apple-DOJ plea bargain, thereby eliciting the single best explanation I've seen as to why the Appeals Court should overturn Cote's guilty verdict against Apple in the e-book anti-trust case.
"Antitrust experts in particular were outrage at the verdict as under that section of the law it should be impossible for a 'vertical' reseller (like Apple) to join a 'horizontal' conspiracy amongst publishers. Cote also ignored...
Amazon posted a statement explaining its motives in trying to strong-arm Hachette (and, inevitably, other publishers if it succeeds) into slashing the wholesale prices of e-books. A few choice bits:
"If publishers lowered prices, they would sell more books, which would create more readers, which in turn would sell more books, it argues...The argument of profit-through-volume rings hollow coming from Amazon, however, with its price-to-earnings ratio of 500. The company has yet to be able to...
Yep. Take a look at some of the names on the list. Chances are pretty good that at least one of your favorite authors is on it.
Amazon's response is simultaneously insulting to authors and disingenuous towards readers.
In a harshly-worded statement, attempting to discredit Preston as a spokesperson for the movement, Amazon says that customers have "clearly expressed a preference for e-books priced less than $10. Even four years ago, when readers expressed such a preference, Mr. Preston...