the publishing geek

Thoughts on publishing, eBooks and the geeky things I like.
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It seems as if Samsung is going to have a difficult time getting Tizen off the ground. As Microsfoft has learned with the Windows Mobile OS, it’snot easy to compete with Android and iOS. Even Blackberry and PalmOS couldn’t make it, so why would Samsung think it could make it? Windows at least has some die hard users who could keep the OS afloat—and I hope they do. I think Windows Mobile is an interesting idea and would like to see it survive.

For those who want to keep abreast on the Amazon v.s. Hatchet fight, The Verge makes it easy to get all the articles on this tense situation where the only actual loser is the consumer.

It’s always great when people take an interest in what’s going on and aren’t afraid to speak up. So glad that Rhode Island made the list!

It’s funny, but I do love the Play Books app. Having books in my Google account ready to be read on any device complete with notes, bookmarks and where I last left off is a wonderful. The simple dictionary is a real treat, as is the easy to use interface. My only problem is shopping for something to read.

Sure, the Play store gives you suggestions as long as you bought most of your books from the Play store, but what if you didn’t? What if you tend to scout out the next price, buy a large amount from All Romance eBooks or some other independent bookstore? Well, that’s probably where the Play bookstore is at fault. You have to use the drop down menus that don’t go any further than one step into any menu. Looking for gay fiction, all you get are the bestsellers. Same goes for horror, romance or any other sub-genre of fiction and literature.
Every sub-genre of fiction (which is pretty vague) has sub genres unto itself (with romance being the biggest genre with sub-genres). And Google, being the king of search, should know this. How difficult would it be for Google to add sub-genres within sub-genres? Amazon does it and I do not like their eBook app at all.

Not only that, but since Google is also about being cool when it comes to a user’s rights to use what they please and act as they please, Google should be able to find a way to get suggestions for books uploaded to their cloud. Books have ISBNs that are in the metadata that Google can retrieve and use for this very purpose. Why doesn’t Google find the ISBN in the metadata to know which books you have in your library and give suggestions?

Come on Google, get with it and your eReader app will be the best hands down.

Helpful Android tips from CNET. I had no idea you could do this.

The sad part is that I would actually like to read this. I do wonder how he so easily found all these tweets. Did he follow a specific hashtag or did he tirelessly keep up with his Twitter feed? If you do read the article, don’t miss the comments.

I’ll be on No Boundaries Radio Tonight!

I’ll be live on No Boundaries Radio tonight at 8 PM EST/ 5 PM PDT talking about my experiences in publishing, from my humble beginnings writing short stories for Torso, Mandate, Playguy, Blueboy, etc.. to pupiblishing my first book (Daddy’s Boys, Young, Hung and Ready for Action, Ten Thick Inches) to starting Seventh Window Publications.

No Boundaries Radio is hosted by author William Maltese (Beyond Machu, Slovakian Boy, etc…) and co-host Joanne JoJo Crockett of VampireWear.

Tune in to the No Boundaries Radio Show show at: — also available on CBS Radio’s TheSky, AOL, Yahoo, and I Tunes

As I said last year, LG is going to be the mobile company to watch this year. By 2015, they should be at the top of their game.

A good article about LGBT history and why we still need to fight for equality. Worth a read if you haven’t already.

It’s always nice when a portion of the computer geek world gets introduced to non-geek people. The reviewer here says that nothing new is learned about Aaron Swartz, but everything about him is found out for people who knew nothing about him.

Confused about Net Neutrality, this article does a very good job explaining it. It’s simple, well written and precise. The best part is that you don’t have to be a computer geek to understand it.

I also have to add that this is yet another bad result of deregulation.

If you’re like me, you use your tablet a lot. Let’s face it, a tablet is great for reading books, watching television or movies in bed and catching up with the news. Since I’m a big Google fan, I use Play Newsstand, Play Books, Play Music and sometimes I even use Hangouts. Hangouts is great for interacting on G+, it’s even decent with SMS/MMS, but it doesn’t allow your phone and tablet to share SMS/MMS. I can’t tell you how often I was on my tablet and heard my phone chime with a text message. My tablet is Wi-Fi only, so it’s not connected to my phone in any way, so I have no choice but to find my phone to see who is texting me, or just wait until I’m done with what I’m doing.

The first couple of times this happened was annoying, the third time made me think that I should learn how to use Tasker to get my text messages sent to my tablet, then I started to see if there was an app that could do this very thing for me. Low and behold, there are several. The one I chose is MySMS.

The basic version of MySMS does everything you need, and you can buy the pro version if you want things that a super text message person might want. It works seamlessly and gives a great SMS/MMS experience. The free version also has all the cool stickers that people seem to enjoy.

All you need to do is install the app on your phone and tablet and you’re done. You’ll also want to set it to be the default app for texting on both devices. If you have Hangouts installed for texting, you’ll want to clear the cache and data on your phone for Hangouts so you don’t have twice the text messages, which can slow down your phone.

In fact, I like MySMS so much that I never think of going back to Hangouts for texting. If Hangouts allowed me to use both devices, I would consider switching back—and I would like to know why Google never thought to add this functionality to Hangouts.

If you’re like me and want to text from both your Tablet and Phone, then give MySMS a try. Get it from the Google Play Store.