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Tales of Amazon’s Dominance of the UK Online Retail Market may have been Greatly Exaggerated

April 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking → No Comments

Theamazoncoms-secret-retail-empire[1] BBC is reporting this week that Amazon has half of Britain’s online retail market, but I’m not so sure that there are enough facts to back up the claim.

On Sunday the BBC broadcast and published a documentary that examined Amazon’s dominance of UK retail. The text version of the piece led with a startling claim:
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Why the Kindle Smartphone Might Need 6 Cameras, Part Three

April 15th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, DeBunking, Smartphone → 5 Comments

Rumors aboutamazon-phone[1] Amazon’s upcoming smartphone are dropping left and right with many rumors suggesting that the phone would have 6 cameras and use 4 cameras to do something cool, but so far none of the rumors really make any sense.
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Unlabeled Diagram, Random Chunks of Metal Show up Online, Bloggers Proclaim it the Next iPhone

April 13th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, DeBunking, hardware rumors, Rumors → 1 Comment

In the Springiphone6_molds_die2-800x528[1] a tech blogger’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of – new Apple gadgets.

A new set of photos has shown up on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, and in spite of any provenance to show that this has any relation to Apple many bloggers are already calling this an iPhone leak.
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Serious Reading Takes a hit from Online Scanning and Skimming, and Other Hand-Wringing

April 9th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking → 1 Comment

Whenever a 7658272558_1d83fa7b32[1]new technology is first made available, someone somewhere is going to point out that many perils and pitfalls. In the past radio, newspapers, and even the printing press has been viewed with alarm, and in this modern age the internet has replaced them all as the boogieman.
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Reuters Reports larger iPhone 6 Screens to Go into Production in May – About That

April 1st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, DeBunking, Rumors → 2 Comments

This blogiphone6-iphoneplus-noir-01-580x435[1] has a policy of avoiding the more speculative of the unsubstantiated rumors, so today I would like to take a different approach to the latest Apple gossip.

Reuters has posted an article that looks to be the classic Spring rumor about Apple:
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New York Times Reports 17-Year-Old “News”

March 31st, 2014 by Matt Blind · Bookstore, DeBunking → 2 Comments

“Rising rents in Manhattan have forced out many retailers, from pizza joints to flower shops. But the rapidly escalating cost of doing business there is also driving out bookstores, threatening the city’s sense of self as the center of the literary universe, the home of the publishing industry and a place that lures and nurtures authors and avid readers.”
- Literary City, Bookstore Desert: Surging Rents Force Booksellers From Manhattan : Julie Bosman, 25 March 2014, New York Times

…this sounded really familiar to me for some reason. Oh, right:
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Tim Waterstone Predicts eBooks Will Decline. Also, Horseless Carriages are just a Fad

March 31st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking, Tim Waterstone → 15 Comments

Tim 5374610955_19f68c73f0[1]Watersone, founder of the UK bookstore chain, had an old geezer moment at the Oxford Literary Festival last week.

The Telegraph is reporting that Waterstone has predicted that ebooks would decline:
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B&N Should Sell Nook Print Titles in Store, and Other Impractical Ideas

March 30th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Barnes & Noble, DeBunking, Nook, Nook Press, Self-Pub → No Comments

Much question-markink has been spilt on the topic of Barnes & Noble, the Nook, and how B&N might best move forward. So many ideas have been put forward that I was surprised to read about an entirely new one last week.

Jeremy Greenfield, writing over at Forbes, has put forward the suggestion that Barnes & Noble should use Sterling, their publisher subsidiary, to release a new imprint for self-published titles. This imprint would draw from ebooks distributed through Nook Press and select the best ones for print publication:
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More Bad Advice on Piracy for Authors and Readers

March 28th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking, piracy → 10 Comments

It is easy 8637220162_16099fbb7c_z[1]to see why piracy is the boogeyman of authors, and why so much time is spent fighting it and sharing tips on how to fight it. Unfortunately, not all of the advice you get from authors is good advice; sometimes it is wrong to the point of being destructive.

A couple weeks ago I wrote a brief post debunking one author’s claims about Scribd,  and how it is supposedly easy for readers to strip the DRM (not true). This morning I came across another post with equally bad advice.
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Apple Just Shipped the 500 Millionth iPhone, But if They Don’t Ship an iWatch in the Next Couple Months They’re Doomed

March 25th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, Stupid Nonsense → 2 Comments

In the past old-apple[1]7 years Apple has sold more smartphones and more tablets than anyone, but according to one analyst none of that matters if Apple neglects to ship a smartwatch. The company is doomed, Doomed, DOOMED if they don’t ship an iWatch in the next 55 days.
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