The war has begun for creating the best reading and tablet devices. Which do you choose?

How a duo made $39k selling their ebooks

Posted: October 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apps, marketing | Comments Off on How a duo made $39k selling their ebooks

Learn how a duo made $39k selling ebooks. This is part 2, on the design and sales of the ebook.

 


Technical ebooks compete with video tutorials

Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Ebooks, PC computers | Comments Off on Technical ebooks compete with video tutorials

I ran across an ebook for learning the ins and outs of a code editor called Sublime Text.  The ebook, called Sublime Productivity is sold as a work in progress at LeanPub for $19 or so offers productivity lessons on writing code in this software.  I was a thrown by the price.  I think $19 for an unfinished book is a bit high. I also don’t think I’d pay that much for an ebook by an unknown author on something so common as a popular text editor. In the web community, Sublime has really taken off, so people are writing tips and tutorials on it left and right. It’s a cross platform text editor written in Python with a beautiful design. It happens to be one of those tools that when you find a shortcut or trick, you’re compelled to share it with the community.

This ebook will probably make a few sales, but the very next day I just happened to stumble on a link to an entire video course from the Tuts Plus tutorials on using Sublime Text.  The premium courses on the Tuts network aren’t free as a general rule, but the full parent site has possibly thousands of tutorials on popular software on design and code.  How can an ebook compete with this kind of network. Is it desireable these days at all to buy a tech book for $29.99 when you can get courses on Lynda.com and see things being done in front of you, soaking in not only how it’s done but seeing techique, speed and maybe a larger picture.  I want to encourage people to keep writing books, absolutely. I just think that it’s not always the best method of presenting information to the masses.


walking the walk

Posted: July 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Ebooks, Notion Ink, Tablets | Comments Off on walking the walk

After several months, of owning a tablet, I think I have walked the walk and established a pretty good view of what others can expect. My number one comment about tablets for a person like me….a tablet doesn’t replace anything.. that is if you already have a gadget. You’re not going to get rid of the laptop or the phone. You’re not going to stop using the other devices and sources.   Wait, let me take that back. I think the tablet can replace book and newspaper media as the go-to reader. But it won’t replace another device I don’t see.  If you have an ebook reader, you’ll take that with you still. If you have a phone, you’ll still take that with you.

So what have been the exciting parts of a tablet? None. It’s pretty nice to have but nothing is all that exciting because I am surrounded with other devices. I did finally finish a book, my first full length ebook accomplished on a tablet. I read “The Shining” Surprisingly it went by fast. It’s a decent length book.

I own the Notion Ink Adam which has a dual mode screen which just to keep it simple has a normal color screen and an ebook mode. I read the shining using the Aldiko reader app, with the text in reverse color, that is white text on black. I didn’t read it in the ereader mode, but I found that I had a pleasant reading experience.

I’ve had a little trouble with apps since the Android Market is a bit finicky on there.  Because my OS is sort of a hybrid, it’s not picking up all the apps in the market it could.  What matters here is that for some people the apps mean the difference between a useful device and a dusty mistake.

I like a few of the tablets out there. Once Honeycomb is available en masse for all these android tablets, then we’ll see some great things in the apps department.  The ASUS transformer, the Nook Color, and a few others are definitely worth a look.  I’m happy with what I have but it’s not an every day thing for me.  I use my phone for quick looks at emails and messages and my work computers are for when I’m kind of hunkered down into looking up or internet surfing. So the tablet has been kind of a mood device. When I’m in the mood, I’ll use it but I don’t need it.

Does that affect your purchasing decisions?


The Danger of E-books – By Richard Stallman

Posted: June 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Ebooks, politics | Comments Off on The Danger of E-books – By Richard Stallman

This is a work by Richard Stallman. I thought it was useful to reprint here because I think it’s interesting and his PDF is corrupting my browser.

In an age where business dominates our governments and writes our laws, every technological advance offers business an opportunity to impose new restrictions on the public. Technologies that could have empowered us are used to chain us instead. With printed books,

  • You can buy one with cash, anonymously.
  • Then you own it.
  • You are not required to sign a license that restricts your use of it.
  • The format is known, and no proprietary technology is needed to read the book.
  • You can, physically, scan and copy the book, and it’s sometimes lawful under copyright.
  • Nobody has the power to destroy your book.

Contrast that with Amazon ebooks (fairly typical):

  • Amazon requires users to identify themselves to get an ebook.
  • In some countries, Amazon says the user does not own the ebook.
  • Amazon requires the user to accept a restrictive license on use of the ebook.
  • The format is secret, and only proprietary user-restricting software can read it at all.
  • To copy the ebook is impossible due to Digital Restrictions Management in the player and prohibited by the license, which is more restrictive than copyright law.
  • Amazon can remotely delete the ebook using a back door. It used this back door in 2009 to delete thousands of copies of George Orwell’s 1984.

Even one of these infringements makes ebooks a step backward from printed books. We must reject ebooks until they respect our freedom.

The ebook companies say denying our traditional freedoms is necessary to continue to pay authors. The current copyright system does a lousy job of that; it is much better suited to supporting those companies. We can support authors better in other ways that don’t require curtailing our freedom, and even legalize sharing. Two methods I’ve suggested are:

  • To distribute tax funds to authors based on the cube root of each author’s popularity.
  • (See http://stallman.org/articles/internet-sharing-license.en.html.)
  • To design players so users can send authors anonymous voluntary payments.

Ebooks need not attack our freedom, but they will if companies get to decide. It’s up to us to stop them. The fight has already started.

Copyright 2011 Richard Stallman
Released under Creative Commons Attribution Noderivs 3.0.


When nothing seems to go right

Posted: March 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Tablets | Comments Off on When nothing seems to go right

If any friends had visited my site in the past few weeks, you may have found that it was totally dead. As in, not even operational, a blank white screen. I hadn’t noticed right away, but I had initially suspected it was CMS auto-upgrade problem. When I found it wasn’t going to fix itself I didn’t really care about making an effort to bring it back online. Why? Let me go into it.

I ordered a tablet, a Notion Ink Adam back in December. And as luck would have it, it still hasn’t arrived. It’s getting on 4 months now and I still don’t have it. It is expected to arrive soon. Apparently my order and many others (if you choose to believe the company) ran into about every possible roadblock possible on the way through production and shipping. And when my site went down it was just laughable. I can’t really write about tablets effectively without owning one can I? I have experience with readers and tablets sure, but not a long term experience. And it made sense that why not go into hibernation mode so I can come back energized.

The ironic thing is the Notion Ink Adam was the reason I started this blog in the first place. Not enough people knew about tablets that were maybe better than the mainstream popular ones. I was so excited about this coming storm of tablets that I wanted to share my research with people.

But a couple days ago it started bugging me that my site had been broken for so long. Turns out it was a failure of some service by my webhost that after an IP update, something didn’t push. After a helpdesk email and just recopying files, I’m back online. I aim to continue to provide a few news posts. I can’t compete with some of the other bloggers. When I see a couple of them crank out 2-3 stories a day I know that I just don’t have the attention span. But I’ll try to find shortcuts so I can share more frequently. I do update my twitter feed quite often so follow @readerwar and I promise you’ll get something out of that.

Last thing I want to mention. I’ve found that waiting for the tablet so long it was actually pretty fun to go back to the library and get a few books. After obsessing over an electronic device the entire winter, it was pretty fun to put it behind me for a while and just enjoy the spring. Though I can see that I will have a lot of fun with tablets, I don’t get too crazy about them. It’s almost as if I’ve already had it and the luster has worn off. I still am interested in how this will turn out, but I feel a bit stronger for phasing out and back into this subject. Seems healthy actually.

Signing off on this post. Be back soon(er).


A second video on Notion Ink Adam – a few additions

Posted: December 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Notion Ink, Readers, Tablets | Comments Off on A second video on Notion Ink Adam – a few additions

After the 1st video made the rounds today on the Notion Ink Adam, the Eden interface, a 2nd video was released to the Notion Ink Blog, which we’ve embedded below. Today’s blog posts discusses that though they had hoped to keep it under wrap, it was something they had to release early.

Rohan has been managing 60 developers doing long hours to get the software where it needs to be. Though it might not appear dead to perfection in the demo, it’s definitely great and we know incremental updates will smooth things out. A unique software design such as this isn’t going to appeal to everyone. People have their habits and expectations, BUT many of us are excited about the change of pace and the multi-panel view is something new and may end up being more productive. Time and comparison testing will tell. I’m happy it went this direction.

We’ve also been informed that we can expect a new video every day until CES. That’s on January 6-9. So almost 20 videos before then! If that doesn’t satisfy people like me who have been begging for a view of the real deal, nothing else will. We’ve now seen the on-screen keyboard in this new video and the view of the tablet in Reflexive (no backlight) mode in the Pixel Qi screen. This is essentially the epaper view, though remember that this screen is always a much better refresh rate, it just has the advantage of a sharp epaper mode. That’s the magic of the Pixel Qi screen that people have been so interested in it for. Because it spans the tablet / ereader technology.

What’s left? Well we still want to see some pretty photo browsing, maybe some video chatting, and playing a video. I suggested to Rohan in the blog to grab some demo videos from the Blender Sintel, Big Buck Bunny, or Elephant’s Dream project as they are free to use videos for just this occasion. No reason to risk copyright infringement by playing something from Hollywood. I’d like to see a few documents being opened like Word, Excel, ODF, slideshows, and some flash, maybe an Adobe Air app such as Tweetdeck!


Notion Ink Adam software demo released. Exciting interaction

Posted: December 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Android, ARM, Tablets | Comments Off on Notion Ink Adam software demo released. Exciting interaction

Many of us were concerned that the lack of a software demonstration of the adam, and the limited photos were a sign of either a delay or a non existent delivery of the Notion Ink Adam tablet. Today, Notion Ink delivered a YouTube video to one of their critics, the AndroidPolice blog and it’s available for viewing now. It does NOT dissapoint. This tablet out of the box looks like a powerhouse.

Below you’ll notice the interface is a fresh overlay of android, called Eden and it is a “Panel Engine”. Many original elements in the interface look very exciting. Browsing through applications has a coverflow style gesture and some of the apps work in panel form splitting the screen. A multi-panel screen might be slid left to right or back to expose more panels and there’s a nice springy indication when the last panel is reached.

Book reading of PDF looks as you would expect and has a very responsive multi-touch zoom feature. Other notable features, a tab switch for browsing, a convenient appointment book plus calendar and calculator all in one, the original email app called Mail’d, a crisp mapping app. And not to be understated a wireless USB mouse was plugged in and a cursor was mobile instantly. The advantages of this for presentations are huge. A graphic app called Canvas looked very sketchable and responsive – the caption indicated that it was also an image editor with effects and layers. Wow!

Omitted from this video was image browing, video viewing and it’s hard to tell, but file browsing in the system didn’t really get touched on. Despite this, the important things were hit. The GUI works and looks to work very well. People who have preordered are not going to be disappointed with seeing this finally. I’d say it’s as magic as the iPad any day, with a few bonuses that certainly make it a cut above.


Notion Ink Adam Tablet Pre Order Finally Here!

Posted: December 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Android, displays, marketing, Readers, Tablets | Comments Off on Notion Ink Adam Tablet Pre Order Finally Here!

Some of us have been dreaming about the Notion Ink tablet for over a year. It was one of the reasons I started this website actually. Why? Because the specs make it a powerhouse, the developers are original, innovative and tapped into a very important technology to build the Adam.

The NotionInk.com website has all the details of the Adam tablet, but I want to give a few here. It’s running Android operating system, and in the past 3 days we’ve learned that it will be the most recent Android, 2.3, dubbed by Google as Gingerbread. It’s a faster system  that will support features in newer phone and tablet hardware.  If you haven’t been following, mobile operating systems have been very dominant on current and upcoming tablets because their codebase is lighter than a full blown desktop OS, their touch interface and lower power consumption also make them the right choice for tablets.

From screenshots we’ve seen the Adam sporting a few custom applications designed for it, and part of the GUI skinned over Android to fit those applications. To highlight a couple, there will be an email app as well as a file browser.

The Nvidia Tegra processor in this tablet enables a high resolution video playback, 3D and low power consumption. Unlike many tablets out now and the near future, the Adam even has an HDMI output port for sharing your screen to a larger 1080 screen.

The onboard swiveling camera is one of the most fun and creative features of the Adam. Rather than having no camera like the iPad and compromising with either a front or back, or putting both, this camera is going to suit all the tasks, from doing video chat, recording a movie of yourself or capturing your environment. Along with the camera are also USB ports for extending the device with peripherals. It has a removable battery, SD card slots and will support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G if you choose the options.

The biggest issue with tablets and ereaders are choosing the one that will be personally right for your habits. People really like the readability of the ereaders such as the Kindle or the Kobo. They sport e-ink screens that have a look of real paper. Tablets like the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab are more capable computers. They can play back video have more responsiveness and can surf the web better.  They also read ebooks, but the battery consumption and the glowing video screen is off-putting if you’re more of a book reader than a couch surfer.

The great thing about the Notion Ink Adam is the screen because it pulls the worlds of tablets and ebook readers together.  The screen is made by Pixel Qi. It’s a very unique dual-mode technology.  With the backlight on, it’s an LCD with the refresh rate the speed you want. But turn the backlight off and you get a reflective mode that is nearly the experience of epaper.  For me, I’ve been really looking at what is worth the money. The iPad though beautiful was always too expensive and not an ebook reader. Since I stare at computer screens all day, it’s the Adam tablet that seems right for me. You can read it in brighter sunlight or with a lamp and the monochrome image is actually sharper in reflective mode.

Unfortunately, though the day has arrived there is just one problem.  Though there have been plenty of videos of the Adam in prototype form now one has seen it working as a polished system.  The mail app, the browser, the custom skinning all have been presented as screenshots. We don’t know the responsiveness of the touch screen or really how you can interact with it.  This makes buying one give you a twinge. Dropping $400 – $500 without seeing a video demo is a hard one to do. Without a video, you really have to trust. But we might see some videos popup on Youtube soon enough.

Many of us have appreciated the passion of Notion Ink. Rohan Shravan the inventor and developer has led us all the waythrough development on the Notion Ink Blog. Lately he’s been inserting some enticing mysteries to help keep us all in suspense. The preorder date was actually encoded many days ago in binary form on the website, right in front of us all along.  I’m not alone in being captured and fully believing in this device as the right kind of tablet. Good choices appear to have been made in every part of the design.  So the concern is really just the execution. Many of us feel we have a stake in the Adam succeeding, so if the software is shoddy or the hardware unresponsive, it would be a real let down.

At this writing, the actual preordering is still a few hours away at least. It is by invitation as far as we know. And the delivery date has not been confirmed.  More to come.  Take a look at the Notion Ink Website for the full tech specs.  There’s still a mystery feature we don’t’ know about. Many think it’s Near Field Communication (NFC) sensor which is a new capability of the upcoming Android OS.

My feeling is that this will be a very useful flexible and extensible tablet. I have a feeling that the software may need some tweaking in the short term as it gets into the hands of more of us. The community so far is very strong and there is going to be a dedicated developer section and app store called Genesis.  As long as that ball gets rolling, there should be plenty of reasons to be very excited about the Notion Ink Adam.  Let’s just hope we can place our order(s) swiftly and not get crammed at the end of a waiting list.


Impressions of Nook Color

Posted: December 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Android, ARM, Ebooks, Readers, Tablets | Comments Off on Impressions of Nook Color

The Nook Color at Barne’s and Noble is definitely still in stock at the stores in case you’re looking to buy one for you or as a very generous holiday gift.  It’s becoming pretty well known as a reader and tablet.  The Nook Color is a reskinned Android device. Underneath the engine is Android, the hardware supports it, but what you get with the dedicated Barnes and Noble software is a little more limited. Does that matter? Not really. It’s a very capable device. It does more than you need it to out of the box.

What I really like

It’s a very clean device on the outside and inside. Navigation has a good feel for the most part. I’m mixed on the screen size personally.  I like the mobility of 7″ screen device (which is the Nook) and I don’t think I’d want something heavier, but at the same time, I sort of want a little bigger picture as I’m staring at it. Part of it is getting used to it though. 7″ clearly works for a lot of people.  The rubber backing and corner ring are a plus. The weight is very acceptable. Out of the box, I like that it has a nice browser and touch keyboard. It has folders for things you are storing. Somebody had tried to load a Mac .dmg file in the one I used, so I know it accepts downloads on the net and via USB cable. (Not sure what they were trying to achieve with a .dmg though.)

Searching for books is easy enough on the Nook store. Funny though, you know all the ebook stores boast the number of titles. 2 titles out of 3 that I searched for were not available. That was a bummer. I was looking for Thinking with Type, as it would have been a nice book to preview on the color screen.

A video file loaded in the device in the gallery played beautifully. It was a Nook commercial and it was stunning actually. I was confused by how well that played vs the motion on Youtube. You might first think it was just latency on the Wi-Fi, but I’m only partially agreeing with you there.  So clearly there’s an embedded video player that works better than the on board Youtube player. But that was an optimized video so further testing is needed. I couldn’t even tell (because I was in the gallery) what file format that was.

The Nook color has a headphone jack and Pandora was one of the included apps.  I also played a game of chess on it and lost horribly. Wow I am terrible these days.

I’ve focused on all these things, when the Nook Color is predominantly an ebook reader.  Why? Because I truly think people will be using it for other things mostly. I think they will enjoy reading the books, but they will be more tempted to browse the web and just have fun.  And I think that’s great.  Because the things we own should support what we like to do.

Book reading was pleasant and it worked. Much of the utility functions while reading is accessed through a simple long press of the finger.  I liked the slider to race across the book at the bottom to get to say the end of the book. As you slide it the page counter shows you where  you are. I have to leave it there. See more below.  As great as reading books are, it’s pretty much status quo for me these days.

Limitations & Minor Issues

The browsing experience isn’t say Android 2.2 so Flash is not installed. That doesn’t matter a whole lot because most pages look beautiful, but it does matter to me.  The Android Market is not available, and the touch screen feedback might be suffering a bit, though that part is hard to tell because it’s possible the Nook I used had been on for weeks straight and just needs a reboot. I know that the Nook supports at least 2-finger touch, but browsing does not. There are zoom buttons to handle that. Once you’ve used the double-press to zoom to paragraph on webpages on Android phones, it’s hard to not have that anymore. Nook needs it.

The gallery with Photos was a small problem. It definitely displayed a gallery of photos, that was great.  I wish I knew if this was related to the state of the Nook, needing a reboot, but I didn’t like browsing the gallery as much as my Nexus One Android phone. The first iPhones were also so smooth as compared to this Nook Color. If you have an iPhone, you might be a little bummed.

The photos didn’t appear to be large at all. 2-finger pinch didn’t work all that well on it.

Back to reading books. It was a little boring for me to be honest . I had a little trouble finding the text-size menu at first, but I finally got the type and margins the way I liked.  I’d like to see an animated page flip. It’s stupid but I actually like having some sort of transition. Doesn’t have to be 3D though. If I was designing the page flip transition, I might actually experiment with it a little more to test what readers like. Till now, they’ve all been kind of artificial and repetitive but I think there’s room for testing and maybe even mixing up the animations, with some random motion. I’d even experiment with randomizing the paper shades. give it an earthy feel. One page being a little more sepia than the next. (I mean subtly here not distracting, but interesting.)

Bookmarking was easy, just press the top right corner and a little flag appears.  Oddly, the bookmark persists for multiple pages. I understand if it’s bookmarking based on the real books page, BUT that doesn’t do me any good really. I’m starting to think that a highlight bookmark is really the best way to go with these kinds of devices.  Speaking of highlighting, I was annoyed that you could only highlight a word.  I wanted to be able to drag a highlight across a paragraph at least.

Let me sum up book reading.  Works fine, BUT they haven’t introduced anything new or inventive and that’s too bad. I think they need to be designing the next Nook update and getting on that, so it can be an OTA upgrade. They are at an advantage over phones with Android because all the Nooks are exactly the same.

The original Nook, I ended up taking a crack at again too. I love the way the epaper screens looks and I like the idea of it, fast navigation on the mini screen, with easy-on-the-eyes reading,  but the Nook Color has really overshadowed it’s older brother at this point.

What I didn’t cover

There is a lot of information at the Nook website on specs and what it can do. This is a review of my impressions, but at the store I only had so much to go on. I want to put this thing through a lot of tests. I didn’t get to test various video formats to test playback performance, as well as the gallery browsing with my own personal pictures. Importantly I didn’t get to try PDFs or text files on it.

What about buying it? Do I recommend?

I absolutely recommend buying Nook Color.  Reviews are difficult because you want to tall about nuances in order to satisfy the little feelings of something you experienced. But at the same time, this is a very cool tablet / reader.  Barnes and Noble have really done well in their creation or partnership to make this.  I think it suits a lot of people and I think you can exploit it for a lot more than a reader.  I stand by what I wrote earlier in that, it is a hit because of the fact that it’s not necessarily trying to be everything, but it does do a lot.

The price is a good reason to buy the Nook Color. At $250 USD, it sure it’s close to the cost of a Netbook, but it’s also a large touch screen. Device specs in terms of processor and RAM aren’t too far off the iPad And we now know that it’s possible to “root” the device, basically hacking it so stock Android can be loaded. This might improve the experience for some or just be a necessity for others. (Hacking a Nook will void the warranty and you can break stuff. Use caution and done do it if you’re not comfortable with the risks.) So both a casual reader AND a tech hacker can make use out of this device.

I think that the price fits.  It’s a good gift, as it’s less than an iPad, but offers what you need as a book reader. It’s easier to carry than a Netbook, lighter and simpler to deal with. Battery life, I’m told is rated at 9 hours of use, but apparently it is really low consumption in sleep mode. A shopper told me that hers was in sleep for a week and turned back on was still at 92%.

For the future

I’m going to be generous and say that the Nook color is just fine on it’s own. But I’m also going to say, they better not stop. They need to continue to develop and offer an upgrade. Photo browsing needs improvement. Rotation and touchscreen can be better. I also think they can maybe add more to make owners continue to use it. They actually already are doing that. They have a Nook developer program to make Nook Extras. This is basically it’s own Android Market. It’s exciting and it means that you can extend the device.  Just like the iPad is set hardware this makes developers will have an easier time than they would with 50 handsets to deal with.

Bundles – Time for Barnes and Noble to jump into bundling.  I’ve said this before.  Buying a book for 11.99 isn’t that great of a deal when you can get the real book for that price.  But when you bundle, you maybe can offer 3 genre ebooks for the price of 1.  Publishers own so many titles that bundling is a natural direction. They introduce new titles, they add a ton of value. They promote things that might otherwise be overlooked. And frankly they probably are what is needed to bridge the price gap for a lot of people. 3 ebooks for 10 makes more sense than just 1.

They need to create a page transition for book reading, add full paragraph highlight and experiment with adding new features to ebook reading, see what people are testing.  I also think the add-ons for sharing inside a book are a good idea.  Let me give you an example.  The Google Nexus One is great for sharing across apps. In Seesmic reading Twitter, I can click, hold and share through a bit list of apps I’ve added on. When I”m in a book, I want to share a pargraph, it needs to highlight, share, tweet, and then pass the truncated quote with a short URL linkin to the book on the bookstore. It might be shared on Twitter, Email, Facebook, a blog, whatever app is loaded. The standard apps are important for sure.

And the nice thing is they already have a short URL to start with…  How about  Nook.com/b/shortlink.   On the social networks, people can see the quote, it’s referenced back to the Nook store.  And how about this. Pass the original nook owner an affiliate discount on their next books if people who linked back from that quote actually buy it.


Netflix coming to select Android handsets

Posted: November 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apps, Mobile | Comments Off on Netflix coming to select Android handsets

Netflix on Android - Nexus One PhoneAlready massively popular on the iPhone, and of course PCs, Macs and console game systems, Netflix streaming will be available on some Android handsets in early 2011. From the Netflix Blog, Greg Peters announced the upcoming app.

Right away he answers the question as to why so late?

“The same security issues that have led to piracy concerns on the Android platform have made it difficult for us to secure a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these devices. Setting aside the debate around the value of content protection and DRM, they are requirements we must fulfill in order to obtain content from major studios for our subscribers to enjoy.”

This kind of DRM makes sense and is here to stay. The quality coming off the PC and Mac app utilizes the proprietary Microsoft Silverlight plugin for web browsers. Along with a beautiful video playback experience, the movie studios are happy because it’s a secure viewing.  Although many titles available on disc are not available streaming on Netflix, this will be a hugely popular app, and will only increase the momentum of movies streaming on-demand.

Netflix was mentioned in a recent report from The Street as one of the heaviest bandwidth websites / technologies today.  The report stated that should Netflix grow too quickly, it could cause a meltdown of the internet, due to the bandwidth requirements.  Any substance there? Maybe. And if anything could push it over the limit, how about the fastest growing mobile operating system shipping on smart phones today.