Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Amazon now officially sells more e-books than hardcovers. Hmm...

It's true. According to an article in Wired Magazine, for every 100 hardcover books sold on Amazon, they sell 143 electronic ones. That's pretty amazing. And with over 2.5 million e-books available, including 1.8million out-of-print titles, I'm sure a lot of authors and their families can finally stop eating from tuna cans and start enjoying the taste of success.

Oh, but let's not forget what Apple is doing with their iPad bookstore. All you wannabe authors, all you dreamers and word slingers, intellectuals and "i once had an idea for a book" people, listen up. Apple is letting you self-publish your work. No crummy editors or big, scary publishing houses. Just a few clicks and minimal bowing while swearing allegiance to Emperor Steve Jobs and you can tell everyone you know, especially that teacher who said you'd amount to nothing, that you are a published author.

Create Your Very Own Smartphone App. Hmm...

 
If you have an iPhone, sorry for you (and me) because this little dash of awesomeness will only work on Android enabled phones. I know. I'm shocked too. Apple, it seems, just doesn't want to reliquish control of its app cash cow. Thankfully, Google feels otherwise. They've created Google App, an easy drag and drop program that lets anyone create their very own app for their very own Android enabled phone. This even includes crazy cat ladies as you'll see in the video. Apple, and I mean this sincerely, stop being douchbags and get back on the fun bandwagon already!

Life In A Day. Hmm...

Google has launched a new project called “Life in a Day”, where they are inviting people to document their lives for 24 hours on July 24th 2010. The best submissions will be edited into a feature length documentary directed by Kevin Macdonald and executive-produced by Ridley Scott. The finished film will premier at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Sounds awesome. I only wish I had the time to even attempt this. Damn you severely understaffed work place. Damn you to hell. That said, those of you who can should totally try and be a part of this.