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Amazon Sees Individuals as the Future of Publishing

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What is a book? What is a publisher?
Fortune Magazine interviews Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos.
Like many entrepreneurs, Jeff Bezos gets his inspiration in the shower.
Fortune Magazine recently interviewed the Amazon founder on the direction of publishing and Amazon’s Kindle: the portable electronic book reader.
The showers seem to work. Amazon’s profit is up 68% ($299 million) from a year ago, and the online publisher accounted for about 80% of all electronic book sales last year in 2009.
So what is the future of content sales for the sales giant, Amazon?
Bezos says its building a more flexible company that’s always experimenting to stay customer-centric. He holds the same idea for the future of content consumption in asking the question of “what is a book?” His answer is, the book itself is the narrative. Narrative is “the thing that people create.” Not the ink, paper or binding; the content.

The Future of Publishing

Thus, Bezos looks to harnes Amazon’s future around content creation and distributed consumption.
“What you’re going to see [in the future] is a share shift from one group of publishers to this other group of publishers.”

What will be Amazon’s Killer App?

Its clear that Bezos sees it as facilitating the tipping point when the multitude of individual publishers using low cost, free self-publishing services like Blurb, Lulu, Scribd, or Amazon’s own CreateSpace, offering lower prices, will tip the publishing market power to drive more consumers.
More publishers, lower cost of production, lower prices. Bezos may have his finger on the pulse of the future of publishing and who will be the future publishers.
Read the full post here.

Vinton Cerf: The connected world of 2050

“This sort of immersion goes two ways:
we become immersed in it but the computers
that are a part of our world also become immersed
in our real world.”

-Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

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Like Haiku, Japan Embraces Twitter Tweets

“…Twitter is like haiku.
It is so Japanese.”

— Rocky Eda of Digital Garage.

Read the full post of the 140 character service here.

Extreme Oral History

Some “oral history” project!

Ignacio Uriarte and Michael Winslow mashup with real genius in this video.

Man imitating machine recording man’s expressions over time. Brilliant!

Note: Winslow’s expressions just before and just after each take are priceless glimpses of the actor getting into and out of the character of the typewriter.

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MusicMonday: Animating sound – Ólafur Arnalds – Ljósið

How is this for Music Monday?

Ólafur Arnalds produces an incredibly beautiful music animation video of Ljósið.

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Just Pressed: WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” hits the shelves

WordPress goes 3.0

New features abound in the newly released WordPress 3.0 named “Thelonius.”

Read more here.

Download your copy here.

Journalism 2.0: WordPress now powers The Independent

The Independent

WordPress, the blog publishing platform now powers The Independent, the UKs.

The Independent switched all its blogs on blogs.independent.co.uk from LiveJournal to WordPress. The switch now empowers the news journal offer a more customization to journalist and readers, and to “raise standards” improving the standard of comments by introducing the Disqus system.

Read about it on WordPress Blog.

Read The Independent Editor’s Blog post on it here and article here.

Learn about Disqus blog commenting system here.


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