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You know what would have been awesome ? Giving credit where credit is due. Stealing catchphrases ? Not awesome.
To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed that this generally high quality blog still stoops down to childish, sensational stuff like this. No, apps won't kill websites. Just like websites didn't kill applications. And consoles didn't kill PC gaming. And handheld devices didn't kill the desktop PC. And Linux didn't kill Windows. Making unsubstantiated claims like that is a short sighted way to get some free extra traffic. It undermines any sense of integrity and expertise the readers place in a blog like this.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2012 on Will Apps Kill Websites? at Coding Horror
"If an eBook can't outperform the Internet at layout, it loses one of the strongest arguments in its favor." That seems a rather nonsensical statement for someone who doesn't think of computers as metal boxes filled with magic. Everything available on an eBook reader will always be a subset of what is available on a real computer/"the internet". If the layout ever looked better on my Kindle, one could just copy and paste the code to make it look just as good on my Firefox. Did I misunderstand what you were trying to say there ? As for the rest of your article, I must largely disagree based on the reality we live in: your arguments are all based on a perfect, theoretical world. In reality, a single word crushes nearly every single point you made in the article: "piracy". With piracy, bits can easily be copied, archived, or given to friends. The publisher do not have "near unlimited power", they have near none. If any book is popular in any way, you'll be able to put "bookname download" on Google and be able to download it for free within moments. As more draconian copy right enforcement like the silent removals happens, the willingness of customers to even consider paying drops. And as books are essentially simple things (compared to games), any kind of DRM scheme is easily broken. Bonus: the small size makes downloads of a few MBs that are worth thousands of dollars easily possible. Just go and put "Star Wars novels download" in your Google search bar.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
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Apr 10, 2012