Comments for The Passive Voice http://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:26:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Comment on Nonsense United by Laurie http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/nonsense-united/#comment-251198 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:26:18 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56120#comment-251198 I wonder if they activated the signature required feature to really scream “important document within!”

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Comment on Nonsense United by Laurie http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/nonsense-united/#comment-251197 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:23:44 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56120#comment-251197 Someone please pitch it to Hachette!

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Comment on Nonsense United by Laurie http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/nonsense-united/#comment-251196 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:19:24 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56120#comment-251196 Indeed.

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Comment on HarperCollins Is Now Using Digital Watermarks To Stop Ebook Piracy by Terrence OBrien http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/harpercollins-is-now-using-digital-watermarks-to-stop-ebook-piracy/#comment-251195 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:51:41 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56139#comment-251195 Just using two spelling errors words in a 100k word book gives you 10,000,000,000 unique combinations.

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Comment on Ellora’s Cave by Elka http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/elloras-cave/#comment-251194 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:46:39 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56134#comment-251194 Class-action suit sounds wonderful. It would be great if EC authors would get together, hired a lawyer, filled a suit and put out a donation button for the class-action suit expenses.

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Comment on Apple CEO Tim Cook digs at Amazon: ‘They’re not a product company’ by Claire Ryan http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/apple-ceo-tim-cook-digs-at-amazon-theyre-not-a-product-company/#comment-251193 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:45:58 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56098#comment-251193 I say this as someone typing from a Macbook, with an iPhone 5 right next to it – Cook is not wrong, but that’s still a pretty stupid comment to make.

No lie, okay – regardless of what you personally prefer in a computer, Apple products are built for a specific demographic who value usability and who are familiar with the Apple way of doing things. For that demographic, a Macbook is far superior to any other laptop; an iPhone is superior to any other smartphone. It doesn’t matter what the hardware is. They’re paying for a device that ‘just works’ for them in a way that other devices don’t, hence Apple’s popularity. (Personal experience – I’ve used various flavors of Windows, Linux and Mac OS, and my Macbook is still the best development device I’ve ever owned. I’ve had a couple of different Android smartphones which I variously rooted or jailbroke or left alone, and my iPhone is still the most user-friendly phone I’ve ever had.)

Apple is not for everyone, and some stuff is still very overpriced. But Apple isn’t huge because of hype or marketing alone. It’s good to recognize that.

Having said all that – this is the kind of company Cook has been with for years, of course he’s going to compare Amazon in the same way and find it wanting. But he’s making a fundamental mistake about why Amazon is successful when he dismisses them as ‘not a product company’.

Amazon isn’t a product company – it’s a service company. The Kindle and all their other devices are carriers for their services above all else. S3 and their other tech offerings are services. Their ecommerce empire is a service at heart; they don’t make the stuff they sell, by and large. Everything they do is focused on being a service to their customers, and they excel at it.

So the market split will always depend on who values the service more than the product. Apple and Amazon are not really in competition with each other in this sense. Apple gets the demographic for whom the product is more important; Amazon gets the demographic for whom the service is more important. The split will vary, but neither will likely get the upper hand because they’re both just very good at what they do.

So why is this comment stupid? Because Cook is talking out his ass when he says Google is a competitor in the phone market. It’s not. Apple owns the premium smartphone market segment, and Google is not making any significant inroads into that. It doesn’t offer anything that could really break Apple fans’ loyalty and draw away the iPhone demographic. Android smartphones have the lower end market segment zipped up tight, though, especially in emerging markets in the developing world. Google is primarily a service company too – it’s going to be in competition with Amazon, in theory, and not Apple. Apple’s one possible competitor – Microsoft, a product company, with the Windows Phone – isn’t even in the picture right now when it comes to market share.

So, tl;dr – fundamental disconnect going on here. Apple uses services to sell devices, Amazon uses devices to sell services. Tim Cook is just being a little bit daft if he doesn’t recognize that.

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Comment on Nonsense United by Laura Resnick http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/nonsense-united/#comment-251190 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:59:57 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56120#comment-251190 Mazel tov, Jen!

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Comment on Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress by Kaz Augustin http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/read-slowly-to-benefit-your-brain-and-cut-stress/#comment-251189 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:43:28 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56142#comment-251189 “…reading literary fiction helps people…in building relationships….”

::headpalm:: And to think, I’ve been reading literary fiction all WRONG all these many many years! *I* thought literary fiction was about describing, in excruciatingly boring prose, narcissistic, neurotic jerks who mess up other people’s lives and then die.

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Comment on Thanks, KDP Select! How I became an overnight (okay 30 year) success. by chad http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/thanks-kdp-select-how-i-became-an-overnight-okay-30-year-success/#comment-251187 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:32:42 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56151#comment-251187 I just finished your first book Wayne. I loved it and will be ordering the rest. Here’s to a long writing career.

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Comment on Thanks, KDP Select! How I became an overnight (okay 30 year) success. by Jan Thompson http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2014/thanks-kdp-select-how-i-became-an-overnight-okay-30-year-success/#comment-251186 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:08:54 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=56151#comment-251186 Inspiring post, Wayne. And congratulations!

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