Kindle’s 70% Solution

Amazon announced in January that it would introduce a new 70 percent royalty option to allow authors to earn a larger share of revenue from each Kindle book they sell using the Amazon Digital Text Platform.

Well, it’s the middle of the year, and it has finally launched, notes TechCrunch.

An $8.99 book would make an author $3.15 using the standard (35%) option, but $6.25 with the new 70 percent option. The original royalty remains 35%, but the cost of delivery is free.

The delivery costs are based on file size ($0.15/MB). Amazon claims today’s median DTP file size to be 368KB, which means delivery costs would be less than $0.06 per unit sold. For blogs and other daily periodicals with lots of photos and graphics, delivery costs could add up, making the standard 35% royalty a better choice.

Each book sold from the Kindle Store for Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Android phones, authors and publishers now have the option to receive 70 percent of the list price (less delivery costs).

To qualify for the 70 percent royalty option, books must satisfy the following set of requirements:

  • The author or publisher-supplied list price must be between $2.99 and $9.99.
  • The list price must be at least 20 percent below the lowest list price for the physical book.
  • The title is made available for sale in all geographies for which the author or publisher has rights.
  • The title will be included in a broad set of features in the Kindle Store, such as text-to-speech. This list of features will grow over time as Amazon continues to add more functionality to Kindle and the Kindle Store.
  • Under this royalty option, books must be offered at or below price parity with competition, including physical book prices.

In addition to the 70 percent royalty option, Amazon also announced improvements in DTP such as a more intuitive “Bookshelf” feature and a simplified two-step process for publishing.

The 70% royalty changes everything.

But who will ever be able to find your book in a sea of 1,000,000 titles? Without a publisher’s promotional help, won’t your book get lost?

The answer is an author’s social media app. It’s a free download and connects to:

  • “Fan Wall” for multimedia chat
  • “Author Appearances” for event listings
  • “Fan Photos” and videos uploaded by fans
  • Twitter Feed to stay up-to-date on the author’s Tweets
  • Your WordPress Blog or Facebook page.
  • Your e-Book (first chapter free)

Your free social media app promotes your book. Small Society has released WordPress for iPad. That’s everything you need.

Do the math – 5,000 times $7 is $35K.

The NY Magazine asks, is it The End for the book business as we know it?

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4G Microwave Backhaul

The bottleneck for mobile wireless, is now the backhaul, says RCR Wireless. Currently most cell towers are fed by 4-6, T-1 lines at 1.5 Mbps each. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile plan on running much more fiber to their towers and are eyeing microwave solutions.

Cellular speed is limited by your distance from the tower, signal strength, the number of people using the tower — and its backhaul capacity. A tower capacity of 10 Mbps, shared by 100 people, just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Clearwire and Sprint use DragonWave microwave to deliver 100+ Mbps to their WiMAX towers. Clearwire accounted for more than 80% of Dragonwave’s sales last year.

Clearwire CTO John Saw estimates that 90 percent of the firm’s network uses radio backhaul. Mobile WiMAX and LTE will require 100-180 Mbps per sector, or close to 500 Mbps per tower, according to the Clearwire CTO. Clearwire may have picked off the best (lowest) microwave frequencies already.

What’s left?

Well, for a start, there’s Siklu’s Wireless backhaul, says RCR Wireless. Siklu uses the regulated 71-76 GHz E-band spectrum, which the firm believes is superior, both technically and economically, to the lower 6-38 GHz spectrum. Siklu claims to offer gigabit-per-second wireless connectivity at the lowest price point in the entire industry, with its 1Gb capacity millimeter radios going for less than $3000, some $2000 less than the cheapest comparable competitor.

Siklu says the advantage of the E-band frequencies is mainly due to a reduction of the licensing fee incurred because the nature of propagation in the frequencies and the standardized directional “pencil beams” that result in a better spatial separation of the wireless links which in turn result in better frequency re-use.

Millimeter-wave wireless links can be deployed with minimal interference, allowing more efficient spectrum re-use, reducing coordination requirements, and allowing regulators to adopt a “light licensing” scheme which cost a fraction of the “traditional” licenses and can be obtained within minutes using an on-line registration tool. For mobile operators with hundreds or even thousands of links in their networks the lower frequency licenses means dramatic annual savings, according to Siklu.

Exalt microwave systems use the 18 GHz, 23 GHz, and 5 GHz frequencies to deliver Ethernet traffic over distances exceeding 20 miles. Exalt’s unique capacity aggregation capability, are said to enable a full duplex, 1 gigabit per-second (Gbps) Ethernet transport. It drives Cruzio’s wireless Internet access business on both sides of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Proxim Wireless, Alvarion, and Trango provide a wide range of licensed and unlicensed microwave solutions in a variety of bands for cellular, 4G or industrial backhaul.

Other Gbps wireless gear is available from Bridgewave, Ceragon, E-Band Communications, Gigabeam, Loea, and Proxim’s GigaLink.

The wireless network for Washington State Ferries uses 60 different radios, including the 15 aboard the boats. Sunrise used Proxim WiMax gear that uses the outdoor routing protocol, which helps eliminate hidden radio nodes. The protocol involves a polling procedure` to find the nearest receiving radio, which helps eliminate hidden radio nodes said Milt Gregory, CEO of Cupertino, Calif.-based Sunrise Wireless.

Proxim’s Tsunami base stations provide the WiMax backhaul. It connects to on-board Wi-Fi networks that largely rely on radios from Cisco. The Wi-Fi network was originally built and operated by Parsons of Irvine Calif., which sold the operation to Boingo last year.

Verizon will begin rolling out its LTE network in 25 markets starting on November 15th. Verizon’s LTE network promises to be ten times faster than its 3G network.

Verizon Wireless will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 service router, 7705 service aggregation router and its 5620 service aware manager.

Verizon Global Wholesale, their fiber arm, will be providing fiber links between more than 3,500 Verizon Wireless cell sites and the company’s mobile telephone switching offices in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Verizon will start selling Apple’s iPhone in January, 2011, says Bloomberg. Perhaps an LTE iPhone will follow later.

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LTE: Dongles and DAS

Network operator TeliaSonera announced today that it plans to start using the world’s first dual-mode modem for LTE and 3G dongle in its operational LTE network. TeliaSonera turned on the world’s first commercial LTE network in December last year. At the time it was only able to offer subscribers an LTE-only modem.

The new Samsung GT-B3730 modem allows subscribers to access the Internet over LTE or HSPA+, according to TeliaSonera.

“HSPA+ is a good fallback technology for where you don’t have LTE coverage, but even 2G is going to be around for another decade,” said Mike Thelander, CEO of Signals Research Group, who tested the TeliaSonera LTE network in Stockholm. “The initial 3G technologies, such as UMTS, were something of a failure so it’s HPSA and HSPA+ that is really driving the industry forward.”

According to Light Reading, when LTE is deployed, carriers’ will need to offer more sites and to get their antennas closer to the user. Distributed antenna systems are expected to fill the wireless coverage gaps, says ExteNet which makes 4-inch antennas installed on telephone poles, as well as in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings.

There’s no reason to have an LTE iPad unless it performs really well, especially indoors, Lekacz says, adding that an LTE version of all mobile devices isn’t far away. According to ExteNet, the user should be somewhere between 300 feet and 450 feet line-of-site to an antenna.

Trump Hotels deployed ExteNet’s unique iDuct system, which uses the HVAC systems to distribute the RF signal. Signals are routed from a centralized location through the building’s ductwork. It is quick to install and doesn’t require ripping up the building for the sake of wireless.

Competiting distributed antenna systems include ADC Telecommunications, Andrew Solutions, and Powerwave Technologies. Femtocell companies are also vying to boost coverage for LTE with their small home base stations. They use a single antenna for local coverage. Distributed antennas are often used in stadiums, breaking a large area into microcells

With LTE, demand for both femtocells and distributed antennas is expected to grow. Worldwide, the femtocell market should reach nearly 49 million femtocell access points and 114 million mobile users accessing networks through femtocells by 2014, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media conducted for the Femto Forum.

Cisco Announces Home Power Control

Cisco today introduced a home energy management system, which it will test with customers of utility Duke Energy. Cisco will offer it to other utilities, says C/Net.

Cisco’s home energy controller is a countertop touch-screen device that allows people to monitor electricity usage and reduce waste by taking advantage of off-peak pricing. With hosted Energy Management Software, your utility can provision and manage thousands of homes with energy management features.

Duke plans to pilot-test the devices and related back-end services for a year starting this summer with customers in Charlotte, N.C., and in Cincinnati who already have smart meters installed.

The controller will act as a hub for home-networked devices, which can report their energy use and be controlled from the display wirelessly. Existing appliances can be connected using two-way thermostats or smart plugs, which talk to the controller via the Zigbee protocol. Cisco said it plans to support other wireless protocols over time.

Cisco’s unit is almost certainly based on the Atom-based OpenPeak design, says LinuxforDevices, which was announced at this January’s CES show.

OpenPeak’s Home Energy Management system is in turn based on the company’s OpenFrame 7 tablet design, which debuted originally as the now-defunct Verizon Hub touchscreen VoIP phone, and was recently revamped as the Intel Moorestown (Atom Z6xx) based OpenTablet 7 consumer tablet design.

Cisco is working with big utilities like Duke Energy, Florida Power & Light, Germany’s Yellostrom, and Canada’s Enmax. Cisco recently invested in Grid Net, a startup specializing in WiMAX. Its vendor partners include General Electric, Accenture, Oracle, Arcadian Networks, Itron, Landis+Gyr, Siemens, Schneider Electric and Verizon. It also has its EnergyWise platform for controlling building and data center energy use.

The initial per-household cost is estimated at $900, says Forbes, a sum Cisco says it will charge utilities for its home energy system, with the unspoken expectation that the utilities will likely subsidize the devices and pass on the cost to consumers via their electric bills.

Google’s Web-based Powermeter and Microsoft’s Hohm application are free of charge, online. A Web interface and smartphones can access Google’s and Microsoft’s services.

Cisco is betting consumers will prefer a standalone device.

To connect smart meters, utilities are using their own licensed frequencies, cellular networks and WiMAX, explains Earth2Tech

Cisco also just announced a business-aimed Android tablet called the Cius. It offers HD video streaming, real-time video, multi-party conferencing, and all the regular tablet functions like messaging, email, and browsing.

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Aerohive: Free Wi-Fi Planner

Aerohive Networks has released a new version of its free Online Wi-Fi Planner for quick and easy Wi-Fi deployment.

Users can upload a floor plan or draw the perimeter and walls using different wall types, and place any of a variety of different access points themselves or use Aerohive’s new auto placement feature to specify the coverage level.

The planner generates PDF reports showing AP locations, AP inventory, RF settings and heatmaps, which can be distributed to management or installers to streamline the deployment process from start to finish.

“As more organizations rely on wireless to support voice, video and data networks, ensuring proper AP Density for performance and reliability is essential and must be factored in during the deployment planning stages,” said Adam Conway, Vice President of Product Management at Aerohive.

The new version of the tool will also be included in Aerohive’s upcoming HiveManager 3.5 at no additional cost. Their blog has more.

Mobile Music Multiplies

The mobile music scene has become more competitive with the entrance of newcomers MOG, Rdio and mSpot. AP News reports that music blog site MOG and a startup called Rdio, backed by Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Frilis, are both entering a market already served by Rhapsody International and Thumbplay.

They will offer applications that work on iPhones, giving consumers access to millions of tracks for about US$10 a month. They will be competitive to Apple’s iTunes store. MOG also plans to launch on Google’s Android operating system.

Other mobile music players include Spotify and Pandora. Jamcast’s Virtual Soundcard captures any audio playing on a consumer’s PC and then transmits it over their wireless network to DLNA and UPnP-compliant devices, such as gaming consoles, HDTVs, smartphones and other connected devices in the home and beyond.

Meanwhile, mSpot yesterday launched on Android, giving users a way to store music they already have and stream it to themselves on mobile devices. It’s free for 2GB of music, or about 1,600 songs, and monthly fees are charged above that.

Apple is also expected to launch its own service for accessing music remotely, following the company’s purchase (and subsequent closure) of music startup Lala. Last week Hewlett-Packard acquired Seattle-based music streaming service Melodeo for a reported US$35 million. Google itself has also been linked to launch of its own service.

On February 25, 2010, the 10 billionth iTunes song was purchased by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. Wikipedia has a comparison of online music stores and music streaming services. Music streaming services offer listening without the listener actually owning the source file. Music streaming is limited to devices connected to the Internet, but it’s cheaper than buying a music file, with many free of charge.

YouPhonics allows users to record, share, and compose tracks together via a web-based interface. iPhone music apps include Twang (above), MiniPiano, DigiDrummer, Leaf Trombone, JamPad, Scratch LP, miniSynth and Fart Piano to name a few.

Daisyphone lets you co-create short loops of music with your friends by pressing on little dots on your phone.

The real fun is the real-time co-creation of loops with other people. Press the i button and then turn sharing on – there are ten loops that are shared across the world.

Imagine a virtual ensemble in a public space. Free apps provide the instruments while Microsoft Kinect tracks your “air guitar”. Share and enjoy.