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Honestly Jeff, between you and Scott Hanselman, every time I doubt my coding abilities one of you comes out with a blog article like this one that re-inspires me. Well done sir, and thank you. Also, your list at the end of the presentation and shown above remind me of Cave Johnson's speech on what to do if life gives you lemons from Portal 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8ufRnf2Exc
Your points are valid, however I think there is room for both. Sure as the mobile devices become more prevalent the focus will switch to Apps, but I can't help but feel that sites will always make a good companion for Apps.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2012 on Will Apps Kill Websites? at Coding Horror
Personally, I care less about the infographics than I do about the textual content and the concepts in a book. Meaning that as long as the message being conveyed is the same, I'm okay with them changing the infographics. Now don't mistake me saying that I don't care, because I do. It's just that the infographics aren't at the top of my priority list for ebooks. I personally get nauseous reading off of a backlit screen like the iPad after too long a time. I personally prefer eInk readers like Kindle or Nook. Now keep in mind that this is something that affects me personally so it's not likely to be the same for others. The prices on the other hand are absolutely atrocious, except for Amazon (MOST of the time). I've seen the publishers charge ridiculous amounts on there too. The thing is, that Jeff points out, is that there are virtually no production costs, not in the same way there is for a physical copy. Sure there is the cost of the author, the editor, etc, but there are no printing press costs, no shipping costs, no packaging costs, etc. This is true of all digital goods, not just ebooks. In a way ebooks are even worse than other digital goods. Let's contrast a game with a book. In the case of a digital game you should get a discount for the digital version for the same reasons stated above. Now the one major difference between the two is that in the case of many digital goods like games, you have the company that created it paying for the bandwidth of distributing it off of there site, that cost is still far less than the production costs, but there is still a minor cost there. In the case of ebooks the publishers aren't paying for that at all. All they have to do is give the digital copy to an online store like Apple or Amazon and they incur no charges whatsoever after the book is written and edited. Overall Jeff, another great article. Thanks for posting it!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
I can see both sides to this. On one hand, I really do enjoy the experience of endless pagination (especially on mobile devices). There are edge cases I can see for having pagination in some form. A random example of one of those edge cases would be something like a list of Royal Navy Ships throughout history. In that case, as a user, I would prefer to be able to jump to a specific page (by letter of the alphabet, not numbers) to find the one I'm looking for. However with the same use case, if I were just browsing the list, I would prefer endless pagination. This brings up an interesting thought. In writing this comment I would say that both are still a fit, it just depends on the users' intention. I wonder what would be a good UX to solve this? Providing endless by default, with an option to jump to a page? Thought provoking.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2012 on The End of Pagination at Coding Horror
Once again, congratulations to you and your growing family. Thank you for all your hard work on both StackExchange and this blog. Enjoy your time with your family as it will go by in a heartbeat if you blink. I do hope we see you again out here on the web. Until then good sir, Godspeed.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
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