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e-books and bookstores

Kristine Kathryn Rusch suspects that several big publishers are seriously underreporting e-book sales on their authors' royalty statements, and probably print book sales as well.
http://kriswrites.com/2011/04/20/the-business-rusch-royalty-statements-update/

A Different Light, gay bookstore in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, is closing.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2011/04/23/MNKN1J3RJJ.DTL

I want to support my local non-chain bookstore, and I want to limit the number of physical books I buy. My bookstore offers e-books through Google Books, and I bought one. The iPod interface for Google Books leaves something to be desired though. The biggest PITA is that there's no bookmark feature.

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bunnybutt
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Lack of orientation lock irritates me more than lack of bookmark feature. If you can import your google books into ibooks, you can bookmark but not lock orientation. Neither can be that hard to implement. I hate that kindle reader is still the best experience.
firecat
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
My favorite reader is Stanza. I think it has an orientation lock.
bunnybutt
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
No orientation lock on stanza that I can find (or bluefire, either). Maybe I'm too dense to find it - can you tell me where it lives?
firecat
Apr. 24th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
On Stanza, hit the middle of a book page to bring up menus, hit the ... at the bottom right corner, and it's "Book Rotation". It's confusing because there's a padloc icon next to Book Rotation, and it shows not what the current setting is, but what the setting WILL BE if you touch it.
bunnybutt
Apr. 24th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Thank you, this has me very excited and now I must move all my books on all my non-kindle readers (don't laugh) to stanza. Wow.
juliansinger
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Wtf A Different Light closing? I'm startled. And dismayed. And 3,000 miles away, but it still /matters/.
pingback_bot
Apr. 24th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Linketies and life
User moominmuppet referenced to your post from Linketies and life saying: [...] found it especially interesting (it's not new info, but it's well-presented) e-books and bookstores [...]
abostick59
Apr. 24th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
If Kris Rusch said that the sun rises in the east, I'd get a compass and check it myself.
firecat
Apr. 24th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah. Thanks for the calibration.
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