the publishing geek

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I have to hand it to Samsung for reminding iOS about all the negative things they said about large phones. They also need to be removed off his they vent about widgets, which are also coming to iOS.

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Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

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Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

An app that has a total stranger call you up to wait you is probably one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen. Thankfully there’s not a gay version, so all you straight people can take a look at this. It’s s cross between an alarm clock and a dating service.

It’s nice to hear about the Amazon/Hatchet drama from an author who publishes with Amazon. It’s a take that’s similar to my own, which is the side you don’t often hear.

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: http://www.para-x.com/ — also available on CBS Radio’s TheSky, AOL, Yahoo, RADIO.com 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.