51 books in 52 weeks : 2011 edition

We’ve reached the end of another year. How was 2011 for you in terms of reading? As for me, it was a more productive year compared to 2010. I managed to finish just below my annual target of 1 book a week. 51 books in total, with another 3-4 in progress. No trees were harmed in my book reading this year – it was all ebooks and audio books.
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Why people buy apps (the Instapaper story)

I used to think that I knew exactly why people buy apps. In the case of iOS apps, there are several obvious places where an app could get highlighted :

1. The App Store – either as a featured product, or through one of the Top 10 lists.

2. App review websites – for example Touch Arcade.

3. Magazine reviews – yes, people still read paper magazines.

4. Friend recommendations.

The #4 point has always been mentioned as the most effective way to get people to download and use an app. After all, a friend would know what you like (or can make a good guess of it).

Sometimes, a good friend of the app developer can make an honest, persuasive case for the app. I have been using Instapaper Free for ages on my iPhone. I’ve always considered buying the full app, however the $5 investment seemed a bit too steep for something that just allows me to read more. (Disclosure: I already read a lot). I bought Instapaper yesterday. The reason? This argument by Merlin Mann. I love that the it’s not just a review of Instapaper listing the features and specifications. Instead, it’s about the act of reading and choices that you make.

So – for app developers, don’t overlook the value of a good friend who really believes in you, and what you are doing.

Precentral has the goods on the new Web OS 3.0 tablet operating system from HP.
They have some interesting screenshots of the new interface, showing major apps including the web browser (renamed Browser), Maps (which now uses Bing instead of Google Maps), Instant Messaging and an iTunes-like Music app.
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39 books in 52 weeks : 2010 edition

It’s time to look back at 2010 and see how I’ve done with my personal goal each year : to read a book a week. I missed the

target again this year, with only 39 books done. If there’s anything at all to blame, it’s probably the iPad – I’ve used it as my main media consumption device this year. The iPad is definitely distracting – with movie to watch, games to play, and other stuff to read (primarily magazines).
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