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I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
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"Who Decides What Gets Sold In The Bookstore?"

I just found out that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is rejecting my new manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams and won’t carry it in their store because inside the manifesto are links to buy the books I mention in the bibliography.

Quoting here from their note to me, rejecting the book: “Multiple links to Amazon store. IE page 35, David Weinberger link.”

And there’s the conflict. We’re heading to a world where there are just a handful of influential bookstores (Amazon, Apple, Nook…) and one by one, the principles of open access are disappearing. Apple, apparently, won’t carry an ebook that contains a link to buy a hardcover book from Amazon.

That’s amazing to me. It must be a mistake, right?

Oh Seth. Oh, poor poor Seth Godin.

Hasn’t someone at Amazon mentioned it to you in your ‘exclusive partnership’ with them? Amazon and Apple aren’t running “bookstores”. They’re running content services for their devices. Completely different.

Totally, completely different.

halcy:

deltamualpha:

I am very disapointed that this book is actually about the end of cash and not the end of money per se, as in a post-scarcity economy.

The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers—and the Coming Cashless Society, by David Wolman

does he at least address the obvious counterarguments (“Humans are fundamentally conservative”, “technology is horrible and always breaks, especially when you need it not to”)

I don’t know, but there’s a nice excerpt on The Awl: http://www.theawl.com/2012/02/an-excerpt-from-the-end-of-money

I am very disapointed that this book is actually about the end of cash and not the end of money per se, as in a post-scarcity economy.

The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers—and the Coming Cashless Society, by David Wolman

coverspy:

Title Unknown, Author Unknown (M, 20s, Kindle inside blue hardcover, fooling no one, tweed Newsies cap, khakis, R train) http://bit.ly/ywKoqc

Myst, the new aesthetic, etc. Some days it’s too easy.

What is the root of Myst but our oldest fantasies about the transportational power of books made into a narrative themselves? Books as literal portals to other worlds, worlds that the writer and the reader shape.

Something something, future of books, Myst, etc etc

Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms,” Jaime Carey, the company’s chief merchandising officer, said in a statement. “Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain e-books to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest.
1. The Harvester by Gene Stratton-Porter
2. The Street Called Straight by Basil King
3. Their Yesterdays by Harold Bell Wright
4. The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Davies
5. A Hoosier Chronicle by Meredith Nicholson
6. The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright
7. The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
8. The Net by Rex Beach
9. Tante by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
10. Fran by J. Breckenridge Ellis
Apple is working with McGraw Hill for their education textbook announcement scheduled for the 19th at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The announcement is said to be focused on electronic textbooks for the iPad, although it is unclear if Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson will be participating in the announcement.