BBC News – Waterstones and Amazon’s Kindle turn a new chapter
I hope this works out for Waterstone’s. It would be a shame for the last major high-street bookstore in the UK to go out of business. I can’t figure out how it’s going to actually work… they’ll make an amount on the sale of the devices, but everything I’ve read implies there’s some way they’ll make money off of digital sales made in-store.
I do agree they probably stock far too many books that don’t sell at all, but I’m not so thrilled by them diluting their in-store experience by offering a mass of games and stationary instead. It’s a compromise, but I’d hate them to start turning into WH Smiths.
The last few days have seen me thinking about some of the things I want to do next year. Not so much New Years’ Resolutions as much as a kind of master “to-do” list.
Travel Somewhere New
Even if it’s not very far away, or for more than a long weekend, I hope to see somewhere new next year. Ideal places would be New York, Paris or Florence/Rome, but I suspect I’m more likely going to have to stick to somewhere in the UK.
Start Writing A Book
I’ve put off starting any of the novels I’ve had bouncing around in my head for years. That needs to stop. There’s nothing really stopping me, really, other than procrastination. With it being so easy to self-publish now (especially as an eBook), there’s no longer any real reason for me not to.
Release More Projects
I used to write and release a lot of code; the first XML-RPC interface for Textpattern was mine; plugins and themes for various blogging and CMS systems; CSS/HTML experiments… and then, at some point, for some reason I stopped. Hopefully I can turn this around again.
Model and Paint At Least One (small) Warhammer 40,000 Collection
Yeah, this is the nerdiest item on the list. Before starting university I had a huge W40K collection which I was quite proud of. Then Girls and Booze got in the way (oh, and some studying too), and I stopped the hobby. I’ve kind of kept in touch with things over the years since; the Dawn of War series of games provided some connection, while the Horus Heresy series of books fleshed out what was always my favourite part of the hobby: the background “fluff”. I picked up a couple of the new codex books this year, along with the latest rulebook – not that I plan on playing any games – and I’ve been inspired by several things over the last few months such as Armies on Parade and some of the cool stuff available from Forge World. So my plan is to build at least one small, well modeled and painted collection in a similar style to AoP. After a 12 year break, how hard could it be??
Other plans include the usual suspects of [continue to] lose weight/get fit, and be smarter with money. I’m thinking of getting a couple more tattoos as well…
So what’s everyone else got planned for 2012?
Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS:
SMACSS (pronounced “smacks”) is more style guide than rigid framework. There’s no library within here for you to download or install. SMACSS is a way to examine your design process and as a way to fit those rigid frameworks into a flexible thought process. It’s an attempt to document a consistent approach to site development when using CSS. And really, who isn’t building a site with CSS these days?!
I previously wrote about my search for the “promised land” of the electronic book. In that article I wrote about what I was looking for, why, and finished off looking at the top three contenders for my cash.
What I didn’t explicitly state (though I did allude to in the intro) was by the time of publication I had already ordered an eReader – the Amazon Kindle 2. As fate would have it, a couple of weeks later the new and improved version 3 came out, but we’ll skip over that bad bit of timing on my part.
So, was it worth it? Are ebooks the future? Is the Kindle any good? Yes, yes, and yes. I can’t put it any clearer than that, really. I am not going to go into an in-depth review of features; that is something best left to others. I’m just going to give you my experience of using the Kindle these last three months. Continue reading
This entry has been in development for a couple of weeks. If you’ve been following my Twitter stream, you’ll probably know why it’s relevant I mention this. I have a follow-up entry in the works which will provide a better conclusion, but for now I think the bulk of the entry still stands.
I used to read. A lot. Not the bite-size, throw-away blogs and news you get on the internet; I read real, actual books made of paper, ink and glue. Sitting down with a good book is relaxing in a way sitting in front of a computer can never be. Continue reading