The headline is a little misleading, it makes it look as if Amazon is going to cripple the Kindle 2. What they actually did is basically tell the industry to go fuck themselves, then suggested that they will add a flag to their content which will allow the content creators to disable the text-to-speech feature.
In other words, Amazon is not going to do anything about it (apart from patching the Kindle so it acts based on this flag), if you don’t like text-to-speech, you will have to resubmit your content marked with text-to-speech disabled.
What the industry doesn’t understand is that 9- days after this feature kicks in, they are going to put out a press release with a statistical breakdown of how much content is available for the Kindle, versus how much content has been marked with text-to-speech disabled. Something tells me most of it won’t be marked as such.
Then it’s going to get better: the Writer’s Guild original target was Amazon, this is why they made so much noise, they simply wanted money. But what is going to happen now is that if any author takes offense, they can’t sue Amazon. Amazon provided their due diligence in this issue and responded with the content flag, if the author is not happy, then he/she will have to take the fight to the publisher, and any lawsuits will be between writer and publisher.
I love pretty romantic things. Since my youngest twin boys have autism, I have not been able to have pretty things about. But they are older now and I’m finding myself yearning to get the pretty girl stuff out again! I wonder if the twins are ready now? They like pretty things, too, though, and that’s part of the problem! My things tend to disappear and show up broken later. <sigh>
“The secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what—these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence. And they usually occur, ironically, in proportion to education and rank.”—Zinsser (via davecooper) (via leeshiebean) (via quote-book) (via merricat)
I am going to use this resource to collect my grandmother’s recipes. I’m not really into cooking but my grandmother’s recipes are wonderful and I want to give them to my children. You can publish your own cookbook with this site! It’s awesome.
I used to live where the Duggars live. I used to go to the same home school activities. They are the most amazing people I know. They are unique in that they are truly called and gifted to parent. Not all people are. I admire their lifestyle and the way they don’t owe money to anyone and don’t live on public assistance at all. Awesome family!