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Submission + - Thinking of publishing your own $0.99 Kindle book?

An anonymous reader writes: There's been a lot of talk recently about $0.99 Kindle eBooks, after publishers were accused of spamming the market with low-quality titles. Author Keir Thomas published two $0.99 computing books in March and has some figures for those who might want to have a go, as part of his Adventures in Publishing series of blog postings. Thomas says he loves the democratic nature of the Kindle Direct Publishing system, and points out one of his self-published books tops Amazon's Linux charts, besting titles by all the major publishers.

Submission + - Online Gaming's Explosive Growth: $29B by 2016 (

donniebaseball23 writes: DFC Intelligence's latest report estimates that overall worldwide revenue for online games (for both PC and consoles) will nearly double from $15.7 billion in 2010 to $29 billion in 2016, notes IndustryGamers. DFC said this includes revenue from subscriptions, online usage, online advertising in games and digital downloads. The PC is the largest driver of growth, while "console hardware can make it hard for companies to try creative new business models," said DFC analyst David Cole.

Submission + - Terror of the Inelastic Jobs Market (

An anonymous reader writes:

The Larry Summers piece on the Jobs Crisis ( is scary. He is pretty much right AND we ARE in a heap of trouble. The ideas of reducing regulatory burdens and maintaining/upgrading infrastructure will help. However, he fails to "think big". After I read the article, I asked myself what could really make a difference in this situation and eliminating dependence on foreign oil came to mind. Hey, that's easier than going to Mars, right? I carried this further and asked "How could we lower the price of oil to $20 @ barrel?" So I googled and found this — Here are some really good ideas — they were offered in 2005!! Thinking "big", what are your ideas?
Oh, and write your Congressman.


Submission + - The Earth is Full

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Pulitzer prize winning writer Thomas Friedman writes that in few years we may be looking back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? "We’re currently caught in two loops," writes Friedman. "One is that more population growth and more global warming together are pushing up food prices; rising food prices cause political instability in the Middle East, which leads to higher oil prices, which leads to higher food prices, which leads to more instability." According to the Global Footprint Network we are currently growing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished, so we are eating into the future. Right now, global growth is using about 1.5 Earths. “Having only one planet makes this a rather significant problem,” says Paul Gilding. "We either allow collapse to overtake us or develop a new sustainable economic model. We will choose the latter. We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.”"

Submission + - Internet Explorer use below 55% (

rfc1394 writes: "Infoworld reports in this article "Internet Explorer's market share continues to drop like a rock. Net Applications published its numbers for May, and Internet Explorer's total share declined yet again, from 55.11 percent in April (see note at bottom) to 54.27 percent in May, a drop of 0.84 basis point in one month. Contrast that with Google's Chrome, which rose from 11.94 percent in April to 12.52 percent in May, an increase of 0.58 basis point. In the past year, IE's share of browser usage has dipped from 60.32 percent to 54.27 percent." So the article asks the question, "How long before IE usage drops below 50%?""

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