April 16th, 2009

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Amazon funds Twitter?!?

Or at least an investment company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos does.

I know I saw references to it scroll past on #amazonfail, but it wasn't till I read this in a business newsletter this morning that I realized to what extent:

All That Twitters Isn't Gold

The article is about Twitter and how it it's struggling to make money, but here's the part that I found interesting:

"Twitter... is backed with venture capital from Union Square Ventures, Digital Garage, Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions, an investment group led by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon."

Yikes! Talk about your own creation coming back to bite you on the ass.

And while we're (still) talking amazonfail, where's my apology?

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The 3 minute book?

But really, it's good news for both shoppers and the environment.

Blackwell Espresso Book Machine marks a new era for publishing

Blackwell, the UK’s leading academic bookseller, has unveiled the launch of the 2.0 Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at its flagship store, 100 Charing Cross London. It is the first bookshop installation of its kind within the UK, allowing any book to be selected from an inexhaustible network of titles and prints on demand in just 3 minutes from a digital file onsite, online at www.blackwell.co.uk, or uploaded in person from CDs or flash drives.

The new Blackwell EBM, created by On Demand Books (ODB), uses revolutionary technology that allows publishers to offer titles through a novel channel of distribution at point of sale to the customer. It is able to print, bind and trim library-quality paperback books at 112 pages per minute, complete with four-colour covers, identical to factory made copies.

Read the rest here: http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=92654

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When did I become an activist?

Our publisher let us know that the I Do anthology in support of gay marriage contributed over $1000 to Lambda Legal from its first quarter sales. Yay!

#amazonfail. Need I say more?

And Texas talks secession over liberal policies? I totally called it with this free-read on my site from a couple of years ago:
Continental Divide: A future history of sorts (1200 Words)
"In the end, only The United State of Texas held out, defying an entire continent; open arms met with firearms.... And despite the beer being better in Canada, they held out, remembering the Alamo and clinging to capital punishment like a holy lethal grail."