Worried about spending the Festive period picking over the remains of finger buffets or over bred, under cooked turkeys? Spend it picking over the last year in tech instead, with The Best of the Reg, 2011, the choicest morsels of our coverage mechanically reconstituted, and twizzled direct to your Kindle device of choice. The …
Where was the spoiler alert?
> "What? Steve Jobs is DEAD?"
Well, thanks a lot for giving away the end of Walter Isaacson's biography!
Giving away the end?
That's like saying all those crucifixes give away that Jesus dies at the end of the Bible!
On the subject of Isaacson's biography: I saw a funny in-app advert today for this very tome, inviting me to "Read it now on Android".
I'm reading it on a Kindle.
@Jedit: "That's like saying all those crucifixes give away that Jesus dies at the end of the Bible!"
SPOILER ALERT: err... if you read on I think you'll find he comes back to life again. Resurrection?
And even that isn't the end of the Bible!
"And even that isn't the end of the Bible!"
That's right. If it was Peter Jackson wouldn't be able to make 15 bloody sequals about it!
Mandatory "open format bitch"
Just to get it out of the way...
I seem to recall a porn film with a title something like that, nice lighting and furnishings if I remember correctly.
"...nice lighting and furnishings..."
Is that what you youngsters are calling them these days?
Sounds good. How about a version for those of us not who haven't chosen a device that ties us into Amazon?
Tied into Amazon?
What device is that then? I got a Kindle last year (for Christmas), haven't bought a single thing from Amazon, I read my email, news articles, the register using my (free) 3G, put my downloaded mobi and pdf books onto it, got to be better than Focus magazine that forces you to have an iPad if you want to read their digital version.
How about ePub? You know, the original standard for ebooks?
Enjoy your Cheap Tat aka Kindle
Amazon released an over-the-air update for its Kindle Fire tablet on Wednesday. Meant to fix some of the device's performance issues and add some security measures to prevent shopping sprees by unauthorized hands, we installed the update on our model. While we found some appreciable differences, the Kindle Fire still has performance problems, and the browser still leaves much to be desired....
Is it me, or is anyone else uncomfortable with el reg puffing product in the guise of news stories?
What would you prefer - a 'Site news' tag? We've made it pretty obvious this is about stuff you can buy from The Reg - it's not like a certain US-based tech blog bigging up startups it's invested in.
It's not clear from the title that you're selling it for actual money though.
I don't know really. I just had a crawling in the neck, rather than a 'disgusted of Tonbride Wells' moment.
A little vulture cash-box icon would be nice, or a different colour or font. But I don't think its a big deal, just a dark thought. Your standards are your own.
Weeell, I think that is a touch over the top.
The moment I saw "Kindle" in the headline I clicked to read the article operating on the assumption that the book was scarcely going to be part of the Gutenberg project. I think that most would have assumed that it was "pay per view"? I would argue that it is far more of a real world problem where a newspaper or a special interest site promo something without revealing their financial involvement.
It's clear it's not free in the title
The title says Kindle. It costs money to buy things from the Kindle store. If not, it would've said PDF and figured if you had a Kindle you could put it on there yourself for free. I think it was clear enough and is fine. I like that Ars Technica and The Register are both experimenting with ways to add to their bottom line this way. Less chance I'll find a 404 message the next time I come over here for a bit of free reading.
The Fail is for you Failing to understand that they were selling this for "actual money" as you say. Maybe they should've taken bitcoins?
It is clear from the text.
I've no issue Reg advertising their stuff on their site, but I agree billing it as a regular news story is perhaps a bit too much. Perhaps restrict such things to the side panels?
"THE BEST OF EL REG 2011 NOW ON KINDLE"
Well I more or less guessed it was a book ( as Kindle was mentioned ), it was by the writers of the Reg ( "Best of El Reg" ) and it would most likely be a paid for affair ( Kindle = Amazon = Online bookshop ).
Where’s the EPUB version, why am I being discriminated against? (yeah I know, it’s a Sony, roll out the trolls)
We'll drum up epub versions in the new year
Push away, just for less money.
I have nothing against the publishing of this 'book', nor the use of a story to advertise.
I do however a take a little bit of offence at the price. With my limited disposable income already spread thin thanks to having too many relatives requiring presents, and that annoying girlfriend who insists on receiving something at this time of year, I'm not sure I could justify ~£6 for what is arguably a culmination of freely available Internet content (albeit content chosen and presented for me in a useful format).
Perhaps if you were able to keep such items in the magic 'same as coffee' ~£3 range I would be more inclined to purchase (and perhaps if your chosen distribution method was less Amazon and more stop raping me for your part in the sale of my content you could afford to charge less anyway?).
Magic ~£3 for a coffee?
Nahhh... my coffee shop does a nice fresh ground americano takeaway for £1
I do worry that this is going to become an ongoing trend - a move towards all of the investigative-style articles becoming paid-for ebooks, and the more lightweight articles being dispensed on the ad-supported website.
I have actually purchased the Jobs and VMWare articles, and whilst I found them enjoyable and informative, there wasn't really anything in them that we didn't get to see on the ad-supported site in the olden days....
I wonder if this is the start of a stealthy paywall-esq model?
Well, I'd pay a tenner a year to read el reg, so long as that bought a little bit of exclusivity - like the articles not going public till all subscribers had read them.
"I wonder if this is the start of a stealthy paywall-esq model?"
El Reg sells out to The Man
I believe in several articles it was mentioned that the Kindle was Amazon's attempt to get someone to buy and carry the cash register (that's a till in Blighty of course but then you have to forget your roots to sell advertising on t'internet) but now you are selling excusively through this platform and forgetting those of us who prefer reading a paperback, or what about making it available via a download area after payment in PDF?
I think it's time to drop the slogan of 'biting the hand that feeds IT' as you stopped doing that some time ago.
Re: El Reg sells out to The Man
What a silly comment
Just pay the man!
Who do you think pays for Lester Haines fireworks & beer?
What was going on in that Skype picture?
Great picture of Steve Ballmer and Tony Bates at their Skype press announcement. What exactly was going on when the picture was taken? It looks like they are watching you punch Tony's pet cat.
A tad pricey.....
for a bunch of recycled news stories, even if they are from The Register.
Since I have owned a Kindle, I have developed a kind of psychological e-book price barrier at £5. £4.99, I'm sold, above that, forget it.
Hmmm. Kindle? Is that something I should know about?
I know about kindling. I believe it burns at Fahrenheit 451
The Reg on Kindle
Regretfully the Reg is not available to your Australian readers as Amazon UK won't let us purchase any eBooks.
Re: The Reg on Kindle
There must be some geo-IP glitch - we need to make sure that the link is to Amazon.com - all Reg Kindle books are available there - and for purchase by Australian and Kiwi readers.
No EPUB, no deal...
I ain't helping Amazon build an empire like iTunes.
re:It's clear it's not free in the title
"The title says Kindle. It costs money to buy things from the Kindle store."
Kindle books can be free: http://www.amazon.co.uk/free-kindle-books-uk/lm/RFE5KI1NEVRAK
"The Best of the Reg 2011 pulls together some of El Reg' best writing on the biggest topics of the year, laced with some of its funniest. It costs £5.74, less than a turkey dinner, AND you'll still want to look at it after Boxing Day."
No, the funniest thing is that it costs £5.74.
Anything at all is more than I'd pay.