David Carr on Amazon and E-Book Pricing

David Carr on Amazon and E-Book Pricing

David Carr, writing for the NYT:

The Justice Department finally took aim at the monopolistic
monolith that threatened to dominate the book industry. So
imagine the shock when the bullet aimed at threats to
competition went whizzing by Amazon — which not long ago had a
90 percent stranglehold on e-books — and instead, struck five
of the six biggest publishers and Apple, a minor player in the
realm of books.

Invented Elements

Type Butter – Optical Kerning

Good idea, but is inventing an element the right approach?

My reason to bring this up is that I’m very interested by how TypeButter accomplishes its kerning: it inserts kern elements with inline style attributes that bear letter-spacing values. Not span elements, kern elements. No, you didn’t miss an HTML5 news bite; there is no kern element, nor am I aware of a plan for one. TypeButter basically invents a specific-purpose element.