Lexcycle (Stanza) bought by Amazon!

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  1. VeganTnT

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    Amazon has stated they don't plan on changing the product significantly.

    I'm not so sure about that but I'm going to watch those updates really closely before downloading.

    Any thoughts on it? Are you for or against it? Will the changes for the better or the worse?

    http://www.macworld.com/article/140244/2009/04/lexcycle.html
     
  2. NotYou

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    I don't see a reason to be against it. It's not like anyone paid for Stanza. I do think it's a little creepy that Amazon is basically buying their competition. I hate when big companies do stuff like that instead of just making their product better. It just seems sleazy somehow.

    I bet it will help out the app a lot to have that kind of money backing it, though. I'm curious to see their updates.

    ...does this mean Oprah os going to start pushing the iPhone too?
     
  3. iGewappnet

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    After the experience with Mobipocket we can expect Stanza to fade away in the next months. Mobipocket was once the key player in eBook business, but then it was bought by Amazon. Although it still exists, it is actually dead. It is well known that Mobipocket developed an iPhone version of their reader, but was not allowed by Amazon to release it.

    Thank God we still have the brilliant eReader!
     
  4. starjimstar

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    #amazonfail

    The future of Stanza itself is not a problem. The real problem with Amazon encroaching even further in my life is this:

    It was recently revealed that Amazon has been stripping the sales rank of gay and lesbian books, labeling them as "adult" content and removing them from search rankings.

    At the same time, books about heterosexual porn stars, Playboy centerfolds, and techniques on how to "cure" homosexuality remain ranked.

    Please tell Amazon this discrimination is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately, and that as a public company they should release a transparent set of guidelines on how books are classified on the site.

    For more information, see: http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/amazoncoms_epic_fail or support our friends at Join the Impact or GLAAD for more grassroots advocacy against this type of LGBT discrimination.

    Sign the petition and tell Amazon to stop discriminating against LGBT books.


    It is also interesting to note that I posted the same comments on the Lexcycle website and my post was removed.
     
  5. marlenedegrood

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    Did you read this? http://consumerist.com/5210378/amazon-gay-book-removal-was-massive-prank-i-did-it-claims-troll

    I would really hate to think that Amazon was behind such a stupid act.
     
  6. NotYou

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    I assumed that the whole thing was just speculation. I doubt Amazon would do anything like that. They don't have a reason to. Faceless companies aren't going to pull product for moral reasons, especially if it means losing money. I didn't say anythign before because I know better than to get involved in these kinds of conversations online.:p
     
  7. starjimstar

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    Yes, I did hear the story about the hacker. Fox News and the Wall Street Journal were all over that explanation.

    Did you hear the one about the Amazon employee who filled out a field incorrectly? Amazon is calling it a glitch: "We recently discovered a glitch to our Amazon sales rank feature that is in the process of being fixed. We’re working to correct the problem as quickly as possible.”

    If I may inject another supposition; it is not too unlikely to believe this could be the work of a MRI Fund, such as the Timothy Plan, Ave Maria Fund, New Covenant Growth Fund, Aquinas Funds, Catholic Values Investment, Camco Investors Fund, Noah Fund, Shepherd Values Fund, Christian Stewardship Funds, etc. But I guess I am just speculating like everyone else.

    Whatever the reason, it did happen and it is an embarrassment for Amazon. I only hope they are serious about rectifying the situation but I don't know if I will support them again, regardless.
     
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    old news resolved already

    this is old news already - even gay rights activists have accepted that it was a glitch and not a deliberate act of discrimination

    some people are keen to keep the thing going - but that seems more of a comment on some people who like seeing themselves as victims as it lends weight to their sense of self-righteousness

    the major concern with the acquisition of Stanza is that it's getting closer to a monopoly for Amazon as they buy up competition so they can be the only game in town when it comes to buying literature digitally

    I also hope the excellent Stanza interface isn't discarded for the inferior Kindle iPhone app that Amazon have spent time and money developing for themselves
     
  9. starjimstar

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    #9 starjimstar, Apr 29, 2009
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    1. I am a gay activist and I am not convinced of anything right now. All I know is that Amazon has (wether intentionally or not) erred.
    2. If you think people like seeing themselves as victims, you are out to lunch, my self-righteous friend.
    3. It sounds as though you agree Amazon is not the best corporate citizen.
    4. Try calibre. It is iTunes for books.

    EDIT: Ha. Where I said "wether intentionally or not," I meant "whether." A wether, for anyone who is interested, is a castrated ram. :p
     

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