Archive for March, 2010


March 28, 2010

This web site describes how to install and get started with the Mobiliti framework. It covers both mobile and server-side programming, and it focuses on example code and use cases.  It does not provide a complete reference to all of the APIs.  Please refer to the Javadocs for this information.  The site only covers the core framework, for more information on Mobiliti check out the Mobiltect web site.

About this site

This documentation is intended for developers who want to learn the basics of using the Mobiliti framework to develop mobile apps running on the Android platform.  The instructions will help you get started and show you how to use Mobiliti to build apps; the information does not assume (or require) an in-depth knowledge of Android, but it does require basic knowledge of Java and XML.

Throughout this site, sample code is provided to illustrate programming with Mobiliti.  Notice that the code in some cases may be incomplete and thus would not compile.  For the sake of brevity, only those code snippets relevant to illustrate some point may be shown.  However, sufficient comments and variable declarations will be provided to make the code illustrations self-explanatory.


Disruption: eBooks, The End of Windowing and The Agency Model

March 3, 2010

…In effect, Macmillan is trying to do exactly the same thing that many other media companies are desperate to do — from newspapers to music labels to movie companies — which is to replicate the pricing model of an analog, real-world business in digital form.

In other words, (windowing) tries to artificially reproduce the kind of scarcity (and thus pricing power) it used to have in one medium in a medium that doesn’t even know what scarcity is.

Sooner or later, that attempt will fail (among other things, iTunes appears to show that flexible pricing actually leads to lower sales).

For now, Macmillan and other publishers have managed to convince Amazon and Apple to accept the new agency model, but those sandbags aren’t going to last for long.

My take: “Macmillan, like most publishers, is attempting to protect their existing printed business long enough to readjust their production, sales and distribution model to digital media, rather than print media. Until then, their pricing model for eBooks and print media will be closely related and will walk in tandem towards a new model; at least in theory.”

“What we are seeing is a change in the business model of content distribution. There are simply more efficient and effective ways to subsidize the cost of transporting information.”

“Content is a service and a book is the conduit and container.”

Posted via web from Digital Publishing Trends – Semantic Press