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Monday, September 05, 2016

Amazon is hard

alexvdl of File 770 is having a hard time figuring out how Castalia House publishes Nick Cole's excellent Dragon Award-winning novel Ctrl-Alt-Revolt!.
Also of note is that, Ctrl-Alt-Revolt is the prequel to a book published by Harper Voyager. Although it’s listed as “Castalia House” on the ballot, the book was written for Harper, and then they declined it, and the author then complained of censorship and self-published it. If it’s published by CH then someone should mention that to Amazon, as it certainly doesn’t have that imprimatur there.
Really? It doesn't? Meanwhile, the Injustice Gamer chronicles the feelbadz of the SF-SJWs.

As we announced on the day the Dragon Award finalists were made public, we publish the hardcover and paperback editions of Mr. Cole's excellent, award-winning novel. Because Mr. Cole was already self-publishing the Kindle and Audiobook editions, we saw no need to do so ourselves. We will be publishing the sequel, which will be called Ctrl-Alt-Replay!, in all four editions next year, as well as other books by Mr. Cole, who is rapidly becoming a favorite among the readers of Castalia House.

As for the idea that Castalia is a vanity press, I will merely note that it now publishes 58 books in as many as four editions each. It has not yet published a single book by me in 2016. The next five NEW releases it will publish in September and October are:

Alien Game by Rod Walker
Feast of the Elfs by John C. Wright
Nine Laws of Power by Ivan Throne
Six Expressions of Death by Mojo Mori
An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity by J. Mulrooney

We will also soon be publishing the following five books in hardcover and paperback editions:

Iron Chamber of Memory by John C. Wright
The End of the World as We Knew It by Nick Cole
Back From the Dead by Rolf Nelson
Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich
The Eden Plague by David VanDyke

Various audiobooks are also forthcoming, as well as print editions of SJWAL in Spanish and Portuguese.

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77 Comments:

Blogger Jack Ward September 05, 2016 7:23 AM  

It seems not so much Castalia House, and it's engines of creative, that made a deal with the devil, as the devil wanting desperately to make a deal with Castalia!

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 7:35 AM  

We've had a few offers. We've turned them down.

Anonymous 5343 September 05, 2016 7:42 AM  

Hardcover Gorilla Mindset and Iron Chamber? I'm in.

Blogger Doom September 05, 2016 7:56 AM  

Definitely on Iron Chamber, I'll have to... see some of the others. If they are first edition, first in series, or singular, though, I might bite more quickly... take a chance.

I really do like hardcover, and may be dumping my smartphone... don't want a spying device like a kindle either... or all the damned ads, even somehow it seems if you pay for them not to be there they just end up hassling... Dumping electronics, save the internet probably, probably this year, so... I sure hope you come out with more hardcover or print generally. Lugging my desktop around is a little tight.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 8:03 AM  

Here's a mobile phone for the paranoid. Jolla Phone. Runs an opensource OS, Sailfish, and runs Android apps in their little sandboxes. Kindle works too.

Blogger J A Baker September 05, 2016 8:11 AM  

First thing I did when I received my copy of CTRL-ALT-Revolt in the mail was to look for the Castalia House logoand there it was to my great delight on the bottom right hand corner of the back cover.

Buying CTRL-ALT-Revolt paperback shipped direct from Amazon Prime? 17.99.

Participating in a revolution in literature nd publishing and owning a piece of history? Priceless

That's the thing about Castalia House. It's a rebellion against all of these hacks who have hajacked just about every form of media.

It's not just the fact that Castalia is publishing quality work but buy supporting Castalia House and buying their books Castalia House readers become participants in this revolution. A lot more readers are going to start to take notice of Castalia House now.

I plan to own many more books with the Castalia House logo.

Castalia House is officially the rebel of the publishing world. I predict things are going to start moving pretty quickly from here on out. Hope you can keep up.

Blogger JACIII September 05, 2016 8:15 AM  

Markku,
Don't be a dick. They are sold out!

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 8:19 AM  

Ah, so they are. It seems that they are transitioning to a second generation of the phone, and there was a limited release of Jolla C, and soon there will be Jolla 2.0 for general public.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 8:22 AM  

Anyway, the beauty of it is that it runs Android programs using a compatibility layer, but you have complete control of the OS, which is built on Linux. You can also create native Sailfish programs.

Blogger JACIII September 05, 2016 8:26 AM  

Just a couple GSM bands according to a review I was looking at. That's not good for US coverage.

Crap. Double crap!

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 8:27 AM  

Yeah, I just noticed, they don't ship to USA at all. Perhaps NSA told them, don't even THINK about bringing this monstrosity here.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 8:29 AM  

Because, considering how huge the US market is compared to Europe, that is the only reason I could possibly imagine for that decision.

Blogger JACIII September 05, 2016 8:32 AM  

Might still be scaling up, also. Worth keeping an eye on.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 8:36 AM  

When will CH amend the hardcover of CTRL-ALT-Revolt to showcase "2016 Dragon Award winner"?

Blogger Doom September 05, 2016 8:37 AM  

Markku,

Yep. I was going to say, off-hand, that anything in the states... they force backdoors and such. So, if it did ship to the US, that would mean it was hacked. Though... even if it is there, it may be hacked. I love it when linux users think they are unhackable. Reminds me of other people. Oh, right, windows users. I did look it over but not fully. As noted, not useful, or available, here. Beside, the major carriers in the states carry the water for .gov.

Yeah, enough people dump tech, kill enough of this and that, NSA will be in real trouble, along with parts of the economy. Wait until businesses realize their secrets are being used to advance companies the NSA would rather having doing this or that. Looking for terrorist my ass.

Blogger YIH September 05, 2016 8:46 AM  

Correct me if I'm wrong but ''vanity press'' typically means (yeah, I know, Whackopedia):
A vanity press, vanity publisher, or subsidy publisher is a term describing a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published.[1] Additionally, vanity publishers have no selection criteria as opposed to other "hybrid" publishing models.
I get the impression CH:
1. Does not require the author to pay 'up front' for the publishing.
2. Does market the book (via Amazon, and promotes it here among other places).
3. Pays the author a percentage of sales.
I.E. not a ''vanity press''. Who typically receives the manuscript and cover art, does a print run of X copies, then ships the boxes of books to (usually) the author. What the author does with them from that point on is their problem.

Blogger Jack Ward September 05, 2016 8:48 AM  

Markku:
Wondering if you have a piece of Jolla or worked their development.
This last week I was reading, somewhere, about the Finnish educational system and how it turned out the top students in the world. Every year. Sounded like a dream come true for parents who want their kids to succeed.
Things like mandatory 15 min each instructional hour spent outside doing something physical before returning for class. Weather no excuse; wear parkas I guess.

Anonymous Ellipsis Lacuna September 05, 2016 8:49 AM  

I keep hearing about the Turing phone (I'm on their email list) but have yet to read any solid reviews about them.

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 8:56 AM  

When will CH amend the hardcover of CTRL-ALT-Revolt to showcase "2016 Dragon Award winner"?

Good idea. I don't know.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 9:07 AM  

Wondering if you have a piece of Jolla or worked their development.

No. My friend has one, but hasn't worked on the development. It was made by a bunch of engineers who were kicked out from Nokia when it got in bed with Microsoft.

However, since this is clearly not a solution for anyone in the USA, we shall drop the topic.

Blogger pdwalker September 05, 2016 9:09 AM  

As for the idea that Castalia is a vanity press, I will merely note that it now publishes 58 books in as many as four editions each.

Waitasec. Let's follow their logic. Vanity, root word, vane. Given the rapid success of Castalia House, VD, as part of his Dark Lord persona, stands in the mirror and pats himself on the back for yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's successes. Patting yourself on the back is an act of vanity, ergo CH is a Vanity Press since it facilitates the stroking of the Dark Lord's ego.

Q.E.D.

it's SJW Progressive Logic 101.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 9:18 AM  

stands in the mirror and pats himself on the back

The SDL has no need to pat himself on the back; that's a job for his slaves.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 9:28 AM  

Quite the ambitious schedule but CH is gonna have to kick it into high gear with authors like Wright, Cole, and Niemeier. JCW just yesterday posted he put the finishing touches on the 4th installment of the Moth and Cobwebs series.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 9:33 AM  

Reminder, though. All our books are always DRM-free. So, you can back them up with these instructions, and convert them to .epub with Calibre. Internally, an .epub is just a zip file of html files. In other words, it is such a trivially simple format that if you have access to ANY computer, you will always have access to the books you've bought from us. Because, let's be honest, just how big a collection of hardcopies do you imagine to be dragging with you in TEOTWAKI?

http://ebookfriendly.com/back-up-kindle-books-2-ways/.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 10:16 AM  

Question. Is there any room inside an SJW head for introspection? Or does projection bar it? An interesting comment from http://file770.com/?p=30445&cpage=3#comments

Matt Y on September 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm said:
Congrats to the winners!

Still it seems like some went to grave measures in order to ensure a win, which puts the Dragon Awards honor at stake. Some awards grow and some wither and I’d hate to see the inaugural awards lose respect. I’m sure they’ll carry on regardless of any calamity. The expanse of fans will help, but with such a large crowd it will depend on their level of control. Alternatively revolt from the masses could cause an updraft in their social media presence.

Still the accusations about gaming the awards makes me questions who is really in the chain of command here. It doesn’t take a blood hound to sniff out the corruption of this award. It appears when it comes to awards the Puppies are in the league of Dragoncon, whether allies or enemies. If allies though it’s hard to believe the effort is worth the price of valor and respect for the awards however. The rest of us will just have to carry on regardless and hope this doesn’t lead to a dark age, or the end of all things.


Was it meant to be word play on the titles of the Castalia House winners? Is that 'dark age' or is that 'supremely dark age'?

Blogger bob k. mando September 05, 2016 10:25 AM  

Matt Y on September 4, 2016


isn't that just classic Wormtongue?

the obsequious, ingratiating tone. the faux concern for the well being of the newcomer. the 'helpful' advice.

gosh, it's almost like a pattern.

Blogger 1337kestrel September 05, 2016 10:41 AM  

Collecting pulp Scifi is part of my prepping.

OpenID Dennis September 05, 2016 10:48 AM  

Is that the SJW tell I read, "...someone should mention that to Amazon, ...?" Obviously not himself but someone. Much like the chickenhawk cry that someone should do battle to support their ideology but not them.

Anonymous Drose September 05, 2016 10:49 AM  

I'm about halfway through the Audible version of Control-Alt-Revolt. Thus far it has been awesome. It does a great job of satirizing our phony-fuck media culture. I'm not thrilled about the female narration for the Audible version, but that's just my preference. Definitely worth a read if you haven't already.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 10:52 AM  

Markku wrote:eminder, though. All our books are always DRM-free. So, you can back them up with these instructions, and convert them to .epub with Calibre. Internally, an .epub is just a zip file of html files. In other words, it is such a trivially simple format that if you have access to ANY computer, you will always have access to the books you've bought from us. Because, let's be honest, just how big a collection of hardcopies do you imagine to be dragging with you in TEOTWAKI?

Good to know. Kindle has a major problem- you can't copy-paste more than a few words of the text (or at least I can't). Maybe that's part of the DRM. It makes it difficult to cite, not as foul as a paywall but still a time-consuming barrier.

Blogger Joe Doakes September 05, 2016 11:04 AM  

So Dragon will be the Good Sci Fi award and Castilia House will publish it, while Hugo will be the Affirmative Action placation award and Tor will publish it. Should make a great test case going forward - which will survive?

Blogger Gaiseric September 05, 2016 11:06 AM  

Spartacus xxxxx wrote:Good to know. Kindle has a major problem- you can't copy-paste more than a few words of the text (or at least I can't). Maybe that's part of the DRM. It makes it difficult to cite, not as foul as a paywall but still a time-consuming barrier.
You think that's tough; I can't copy-paste ANYTHING AT ALL from my hardcovers!

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 11:14 AM  

Gaiseric wrote:You think that's tough; I can't copy-paste ANYTHING AT ALL from my hardcovers!

Ok, got me.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 11:26 AM  

Initial tests would indicate that you can copy arbitrary-length portions of our books using Amazon Kindle, due to no DRM. However, as the publisher, I might see them through a different interface so if someone who has actually purchased one can confirm this, that'd be great.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 11:31 AM  

OT. Now Hillary conjures up #gamergate
https://twitter.com/HFA/status/772563031716982786

https://8ch.net/pol/res/7366157.html

Among the interesting comments-
The SJWs being targetted are heavily involved in Common Core, which a lot of autists on the GG boards conveniently turned a blind eye to.


Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 11:38 AM  

Markku wrote:Initial tests would indicate that you can copy arbitrary-length portions of our books using Amazon Kindle, due to no DRM. However, as the publisher, I might see them through a different interface so if someone who has actually purchased one can confirm this, that'd be great


English Dictionary defines mindset as “an established set of attitudes held by someone.” Webster’s says that mindset is “the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these are seen as being difficult to alter.” That isn’t much help, is it?

Cernovich, Mike (2015-10-30). Danger and Play: Essays on Embracing Masculinity (Kindle Locations 2528-2530). . Kindle Edition.
(All that was selected was copied.)

Notice, as you read it, that they're
Day, Vox (2015-08-25). SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police (Kindle Location 2544). Castalia House. Kindle Edition.
(Can copy a single line but not more.)

criminal
Day, Vox (2015-08-25). SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police (Kindle Location 2545). Castalia House. Kindle Edition.
(attempted to copy several lines.)

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 11:39 AM  

Ok, so the software IS capable of copying arbitrary length, but they deliberately restrict it for all titles purchased from Amazon, DRM or not. Moronic.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 11:46 AM  

Under this doctrine, Civil Defense and fallout shelters were considered an act of aggression by the United States against the Soviet Union: by trying to protect our citizens, we’d be making it more possible to go to war with the Soviets. This argument was once very popular among sophisticated people on university campuses. One result was that we lost a splendid opportunity to construct a nationwide chain of fallout shelters at low cost. Civil Defense structures were originally planned as part of the Interstate Highway System. There were to be fallout and partial blast shelters under most of the approach ramps. This would have been easy to do as part of the construction, and a

Pournelle, Jerry; Rosenberg, Joel; Clarke, Arthur C.; Wu, William F.; Anderson, Poul (2015-04-24). There Will Be War Volume II (Kindle Locations 5351-5356). Castalia House. Kindle Edition.
(All that was selected was copied.)

Now I'm wondering if this was a customer brain fart.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 11:51 AM  

Notice, as you read it, that they're not offended by this and that they can't even bother to pretend to care about the supposedly serious criminal accusations being flung about. They are, however, quick to recognize that because I am utilizing their own form of rhetoric against them, there is no point attempting to put any further social pressure on me in this regard. Had I given in, they would have increased the pressure and demanded that I demonstrate my newfound purity of heart by publicly denouncing and disavowing Roosh. Had I tried to defend Roosh using dialectic, the exchange would have gone on for pages as they danced around all of the relevant facts and continued to turn up the rhetorical heat on me. But because they received a muscular response in their own rhetorical language, they were quickly convinced that their efforts were doomed to be

Day, Vox (2015-08-25). SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police (Kindle Locations 2544-2549). Castalia House. Kindle Edition.
(All that was selected was copied.)

Yes, yes it was a customer brain fart. Use the Kindle "Copy" button, not the right click.

Blogger bob k. mando September 05, 2016 11:52 AM  

32. Gaiseric September 05, 2016 11:06 AM
You think that's tough; I can't copy-paste ANYTHING AT ALL from my hardcovers!



what, are you Mennonite, that you don't even have access to mimeograph technology?

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 12:02 PM  

Spartacus xxxxx wrote:Yes, yes it was a customer brain fart. Use the Kindle "Copy" button, not the right click.

I remember agonizing over this a few months ago, trying all the techniques with several different books, CH and otherwise. Maybe Kindle changed their policy? Or maybe I need to cut back on the vodka? Or maybe it's too late for that now?

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 12:06 PM  

When it's a DRM-enabled book, it DOES restrict it. That "copy" button is not there, if the publisher has chosen to forbid it entirely, or restrict the number of words that can be copied.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 12:19 PM  

Doom
I really do like hardcover, and may be dumping my smartphone... don't want a spying device like a kindle either...

Your smartphone is more a of a spy device than a Kindle. Do a backup off of the Kindle onto a secure device once in a while in case Amazon decides to delete stuff, leave all the radios (3G. WiFi) turned off and it is more secure than the average 3G phone, never mind smart phone.

Sure, as long as you buy only from Amazon they know what you are reading. Gutenberg is still out there, though.

Anonymous BGKB September 05, 2016 12:21 PM  

Markku,Don't be a dick. They are sold out!

Not only that but the don't sell in the US.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 12:23 PM  

By the way, it's not just your smartphone, if you plug that phone into a modern car your rental car downloads many things off of your phone if you plug into the USB.

Anyone for some more paranoia? Those USB jacks in electrical outlets in the newer hotels are probably just sources for Direct Current. Probably. But it wouldn't be hard to put a cheap processor and flash drive in the wall to skim things off of phones plugged into them.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 12:29 PM  

A phone will display it on the screen, if it's plugged into THAT interface. So, in order to do that, the manufacturer would need to collude with the skimmer. If you allow that, then the skimmer could give a secret handshake that would cause the phone to show only a charging display.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 12:34 PM  

@48
Ah. Not worried about USB DC in hotels anyway.
But I'm not charging a smartphone off of a rental car USB.

Blogger eharmonica September 05, 2016 12:36 PM  

Using Kindle For PC 4, I am able to copy whatever is on my screen with Ctrl-C or the Kindle Copy button that pops up when you have text selected.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 12:38 PM  

The way USB works is that it has to perform a handshake first, and tell the device what services it requests. The device will not send any information to the port until this handshake is done. At this point, if you trust the manufacturer of your device, it would have informed on the screen just what kind of services it is currently providing to the port. You can't get around this because the handshake is part of the generic USB protocol. You cannot get anything out of the phone without the phone knowingly cooperating with you.

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 12:45 PM  

However, if you are still paranoid, you can create your own extension cable and cut the two wires that connect the data connectors, leaving only the power wires in place. Power is the middle two connectors of the port, data is the other two. With this cable, it is absolutely impossible for any kind of device to get data from your phone.

Anonymous Boogeyman September 05, 2016 1:07 PM  

Vox, you were talking to Stefan M a few videos ago and you talked for a moment about a book he wrote but stuck in a drawer years ago. I believe you asked him to send it over for you to look at. Any word on that yet?

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 1:16 PM  

Markku
Because, let's be honest, just how big a collection of hardcopies do you imagine to be dragging with you in TEOTWAKI?

it's a good point. A friend of mine has been collecting manuals of various kinds on PDF for years, and has retained some older computers to read them on. His intention is to be able to restore / repair his machine from a large store of spare parts (ok, junk. He has a lotta junk in his workshop). Probably a dot-matrix printer out there.

A Kindle can run off of a solar cell array.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 1:24 PM  

create your own extension cable and cut the two wires that connect the data connectors, leaving only the power wires in place. Power is the middle two connectors of the port

When my phones charging port broke I had to modify a power cord in this way to bypass the port. The two wires are black and red. Plenty of youtube's vids on the subject.

Anonymous Cadwallander J September 05, 2016 1:56 PM  

What?

No Sea of Skulls on the list? Some of us are waiting for the vanity works too, slacker.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 05, 2016 1:56 PM  

A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:Your smartphone is more a of a spy device than a Kindle. Do a backup off of the Kindle onto a secure device once in a while in case Amazon decides to delete stuff, leave all the radios (3G. WiFi) turned off and it is more secure than the average 3G phone, never mind smart phone.

Better, download the ebook to your PC and store it with your photos and other personal files. You can use Calibre to convert Amazon's proprietary format to epub. I have to do this anyway because I use a Kobo rather than a Kindle.

Anonymous aviendha September 05, 2016 2:03 PM  

You bastards are close to publishing enough books that I want to read to push out most everything else. Keep it up (less tutu's)

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 2:14 PM  

Markku, Snidely: storage issues. Best thing I can think of now is a big external disk that computers get backed onto, and flash drives that some file structures are backed onto. The cloud is ephemeral, hackable and doesn't belong to me anyway.

If I want to retain something, it has to be on multiple devices under my control, because any one machine can be compromised or just break.

Comments?

Blogger Matthew September 05, 2016 2:17 PM  

Cadwallander J wrote:No Sea of Skulls on the list? Some of us are waiting for the vanity works too, slacker.

Vox still thinks he'll have it ready in 2016. Save money so you can buy it for Christmas gifts.

Anonymous 5343 September 05, 2016 2:22 PM  

Vox, I just realized the last four Castalia books I've read (Missionaries, Loki's Child and two JCWs) have all been better than any of the last four non-Castalia books I've bought.

That's one serious tribute, as I am not undiscerning.

Anonymous LastRedoubt September 05, 2016 2:24 PM  

Dammit - neither my book budget nor my reading time can keep up...

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 3:00 PM  

Snidley
I have to do this anyway because I use a Kobo rather than a Kindle.

Why? Price point, technical detail, Canadian pride, something else?

Anonymous GreyS September 05, 2016 3:23 PM  

The next five NEW releases it will publish in September and October are...

(chuckle) Perhaps Mr. Wright should teach Scalzi how to buckle down and actually WRITE BOOKS.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 05, 2016 3:27 PM  

A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:Markku, Snidely: storage issues.
Books are quite small, unless they contain pictures. Like a few KB small, smaller than a photograph.

A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:Why? Price point, technical detail, Canadian pride, something else?
(Beavis voice) he said "Canadian pride". (heh heh)
I bought both a Kobo and an Kindle used for $15 each off of ebay. I wanted to try them both. They were very equivalent, except the Kobo hardware seemed sturdier. It's also easier to to sideload on the Kobo.

The one area where ereader software could make a real difference, that would even be a sales point, would be the management of ebooks on the reader. I have several hundred ebooks (my wife has thousands), and it's a serious pain in the ass to manage them on either device. They're just getting around to hierarchical organization and tagging, for God's sake. Unfortunately, it's just as bad on either one.

I gave my son the Kindle when his got stolen at the VA hospital. That's where all his books were so it seemed the natural choice.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 3:36 PM  

I use a waterproof Kobo I bought when it first came out. As this reviewer says: "Sorry, Kobo. You made a beautiful thing. It's just too bad no one needs it."

http://gizmodo.com/kobo-aura-h2o-review-a-gorgeous-waterproof-screen-tha-1639600183

The screen was better than anything at the time and still holds up well to the current paperwhites. But as the reviewer asks do you need that in an e-reader?

I will probably buy a Kindle one of these days; I use Kindle for PC and Android now.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 3:49 PM  

@63 Snidely

Books are quite small, unless they contain pictures. Like a few KB small, smaller than a photograph.


I know. I also know that disk drives in laptops & desktops can fail, sometimes with little warning, and the newer high density ones are a bitch to recover. It's not the size, it's "can I recover my stuff".

I've lost enough stuff over the years in disk crashes, either my own or server crashes, to desire backups. Plural.

They're just getting around to hierarchical organization and tagging, for God's sake. Unfortunately, it's just as bad on either one.

Nuts. I thought it was just a "feature" of Kindle.

Clearly the Kindle designers concentrated on interface and other issues to the exclusion of file management. Like file management is an esoteric topic nobody's ever investigated, or something. I'm sure Amazon's response would be "Oh, just delete whatever you are not reading off of your device and it will still be in our cloud!", yeah, thanks guys.


@64

The screen was better than anything at the time and still holds up well to the current paperwhites. But as the reviewer asks do you need that in an e-reader?


I don't want to read stuff on backlight screens at night, so, yeah, I need paperwhite in an e-reader. A waterproof screen is good, very good, for people who like read in the bathtub. Or for people who want to be able to read emergency instructions, on a hillside during a downpour, for that matter.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 05, 2016 5:27 PM  

A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:I know. I also know that disk drives in laptops & desktops can fail, sometimes with little warning, and the newer high density ones are a bitch to recover. It's not the size, it's "can I recover my stuff".
There are no stable digital media. None. Flash, hard drives are good for years. DVD and tape are good for a decade or two depending on temperature, both are destabilized by temperatures much above 35C. Even EEPROMs lose their state after sufficient time.

For stuff you really NEED to keep, the only defense is defense in depth. Store multiple copies on multiple devices in multiple places, and make new copies periodically.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 05, 2016 5:35 PM  

My wife has the Kobo Glow H2O as well. Very sturdy, very well built, and the waterproofing is not a joke.

Face it, the whole point of using an ereader is reading comfort. Without the e-ink screen you just have a slow, not very capable tablet (*cough* Nook *cough*), or an expensive tablet with a bookstore logo (*cough* Kindle Fire *cough).

So if the paperwhite screen makes it easier to read, then it's worth it. I don't see the difference, but you're not me. I will say that the Kobo Glow/H2O has the best light of any I've seen, more even from edge to edge and top to bottom.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 05, 2016 5:38 PM  

btw, you seem to have confused "paperwhite", which is refers to the tonality of the e-ink base layer, and e-ink which is the display technology.

Blogger eharmonica September 05, 2016 5:59 PM  

Kindle for Android I can highlight as much as I want, copy to clipboard, then paste to a Google doc. DRM or no DRM. I lose the formatting, but I don't know how to use Google docs at all.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 05, 2016 6:58 PM  

Snidely
There are no stable digital media. None. Flash, hard drives are good for years. DVD and tape are good for a decade or two depending on temperature, both are destabilized by temperatures much above 35C.

Had a boss a few years back who was retired NASA. They saved lots of data on tapes from Apollo. They didn't save the tape drives. Oops.

Even EEPROMs lose their state after sufficient time.

For stuff you really NEED to keep, the only defense is defense in depth. Store multiple copies on multiple devices in multiple places, and make new copies periodically.


Yeah, that's what the comment @57 was about.

Blogger James Dixon September 05, 2016 7:09 PM  

> Because, let's be honest, just how big a collection of hardcopies do you imagine to be dragging with you in TEOTWAKI?

I think the last count was about 10,000.

> However, if you are still paranoid, you can create your own extension cable and cut the two wires that connect the data connectors, leaving only the power wires in place.

They make cables which are only charging cables. I've encountered them a few times.

Blogger eharmonica September 05, 2016 11:35 PM  

On Kindle Fire 2, I can highlight and "Share" via FB or Twitter. But no Copy/Paste. DRM or no DRM.

Blogger Nick Cole September 06, 2016 12:54 AM  

Yestersay the Death Star got blown up.
Today the SJWs will spend the day telling you to ignore the expanding gas, and debris, cloud where the Death Star used to be. Meanwhile they'll be pointing out that the Empire actually defeated the x-wing raid with weak cheese assaults on who published what and why it wasn't published by Big Pub.
Truth is: Harper banned it because they found abortion to be "deeply offensive". That is: protesting it. That's offensive. Murdering children: Still not offensive. Good to go. More of that.
The Hugos got torpedoed yesterday.
The Death Star exploded.
You can't spin a debris field.

Blogger Picturemaker September 06, 2016 1:36 AM  

This publisher would have you believe that unlike the inclusive Hugos, the Dragon Awards aren't quite that evolved for his tastes -- #dragonssowhite

https://storify.com/didic/dragonssowhite

Blogger Picturemaker September 06, 2016 1:37 AM  

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Blogger Fenris Wulf September 06, 2016 6:19 AM  

@70
>>Had a boss a few years back who was retired NASA. They saved lots of data on tapes from Apollo. They didn't save the tape drives. Oops.

There was a story in 2014 about a project to recover the data. They found four of the original Ampex machines and got them working. As an analog nerd I love this stuff.

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/lost-lunar-photos-recovered-by-great-feats-of-hackerdom-developed-at-a-mcdonalds/

Anonymous IsRaHoWaEl September 06, 2016 2:06 PM  

@70 hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s

"We also came up with the Garrison/Hyde test for data integrity..."

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