Archive

Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Old sci-fi story highlights gulf between foresight and vision

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Books on tvAs a book review, it doesn’t start well: I have forgotten the author’s name and the book’s title, and, to make it worse, I only ever read a sample chapter. In my defense, it was about 35 years ago during an English class in my secondary education middle years.

Here is what I remember.  Read more…

Advertisements

Right-or-Wrong is the enemy of innovation

November 13, 2010 1 comment

I have long been fascinated by Iman Wilkens’ groundbreaking book Where Troy once stood, which argues that the city of Troy was located in England, and that the Trojan War was waged by Celts from the continent who, at the end of the Bronze Age, had run short of tin (an essential component in the manufacturing of bronze) and intended to get their hands on tin from Cornwall in Britain. In support of his theory, Wilkens has been able to match a number of topographical features (river names, mountains, coast lines, etc.) with the description that Homer makes of the landscapes of Iliad and Odyssee. Furthermore he has been able to – at long last – make sense of Odysseus sea voyages. By contrast, the dominant theory, which places Troy in Asia Minor, does not offer a single shred of evidence to support itself, Read more…

Amazon’s next move: making the Kindle open source?

March 11, 2010 1 comment

Independent research boutique ChangeWave surveyed 3,171 consumers and found that, amongst respondents planning to buy an e-book reader in the next 90 days, a towering 40% favour Apple’s iPad, with Amazon’s Kindle attracting only 28%. While the marked preference for the iPad may be temporarily over-inflated by the hype surrounding its launch, there is no doubt that Apple’s entry in this market is a threat to Amazon. What should Amazon ‘s next move be? Read more…