Despite E-reader Wars, Borders Still Offers Cheapest Option

first_imgBefore the e-reader wars, Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-readers were $259. Then B&N dropped the Nook to $199 and lowering its lower-end Wi-Fi version to $149. Amazon then dropped the Kindle’s price to $189. All the while, Borders stood in the background paring its nails. Border’s e-reader, the Kobo, has stayed steady at $149.99 and its smaller version, the Libre, at $119. Borders believes that’s the right place for the e-reader to be. Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#web curt hopkins “According to Boston Consulting Group, high prices continue to be a barrier to eReader adoption. The consumer sweet spot for eReader cost (is) between $100 and $150. This positions Borders for strong consumer adoption and market penetration.” The most Borders has done in reaction to the e-reader duel is to add a little baksheesh to their offers. This morning Borders announced it was bundling the Kobo with a $20 Borders gift card, and double Borders Bucks that can be used towards a future purchase. Given that their two primary competitors are getting wise to the “sweet spot” idea, will Borders have to get its hands dirty? Before it counted on being by far the most reasonably-priced of the offerings. But what does it have if it loses that to its better known rivals? We have asked Borders and will publish an update if they respond. In the meantime, the iPad, which has sold several million in a couple of months, is despite its monthly fee, a threat for the time being. Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of e-readers and e-books. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

BJP govt in Goa will collapse soon: Shiv Sena

first_imgDescribing the ruling alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and comprising two regional parties and two Independent legislators, as a “corrupt nexus,” Shiv Sena national spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Monday predicted that this government will collapse soon.“Manohar Parrikar came to Goa from the Defence Ministry to stabilise the government and stay in power. But he knows that he is not on firm footing and his feet will crumble soon in the near future. This is a corrupt alliance,” Mr. Raut said at a press conference here.The BJP, which had fallen from having 21 MLAs to 13 in the February 4 elections, thus ending up as the second largest party, nonetheless managed to form the government with the help of non-BJP parties and Independent legislators.Mr. Raut said the BJP had “stolen” a mandate, which was against the party. He also accused regional parties like the MGP and Goa Forward party, which had contested the elections on an anti-BJP plank, but later joined the BJP, as “traitors of the Goan electorate”.“Both these parties had contested the elections against the BJP, but did not lose time to join the BJP after the counting of votes. This is a betrayal of the Goan people and they will never be forgiven,” he said.In reply to a question, he said that despite the rout the Shiv Sena faced in the Goa polls, its work would continue in Goa. “We aren’t here for elections alone. Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena president) will be coming to Goa next month and a big meeting will be held where the future course of action for Goa will be announced,” he said.last_img read more

Uddhav Thackeray calls on Mamata Banerjee

first_imgShiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here, fuelling speculations in political circles.The Sena chief, accompanied by son Aaditya Thackeray, paid a visit to Ms. Banerjee in the afternoon at a south Mumbai hotel where she is staying.Both Shiv Sena and Ms. Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) have been at loggerheads with the BJP and the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues, including demonetisation.Ms. Banerjee, who is in the city since Tuesday and expected to return to Kolkata on Friday, met top industrialists and bankers here on Wednesday as part of a roadshow. This comes ahead of the fourth edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit, to be held in Kolkata in January. The Shiv Sena had last year teamed up with the TMC in a bid to take on the BJP over the issue of demonetisation.Mr. Uddhav had told mediapersons in November last year that if there was nothing wrong in Prime Minister Modi meeting (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar, then there was nothing wrong if the Sena held talks with Ms. Banerjee on a crucial issue.last_img read more

In West Bengal, a peaceful election is held – by sex workers

first_imgElections in West Bengal are invariably a violent affair. But in this election, the eight candidates contesting sat in a row holding the symbols allotted to them, laughing and joking with each other.This unique election, held on Wednesday in city’s Salt Lake area, was restricted to the community of sex workers who cast their votes to elect the office bearers of Durbar Mahila Samanaway Committee (DMSC), the largest sex workers’ collective in the country with 50,000 members.Smarajit Jana, an advisor of the DMSC who oversaw the elections, said the process started in June with elections to the 45 branch committees spread across West Bengal. On Wednesday, the 180 elected representatives from the 45 branch committees gathered at a community hall in Salt Lake to elect the office-bearers . There are a strict set of guidelines for holding the polls and observers were appointed to ensure that the process was free and fair. Only those who declared themselves as “sex workers” could contest and vote in the elections. “We have been not allowed to access our mobile phones. We cannot talk to any of the voters, not even wave or smile to them,” said Bishakha Laskar, contesting for the post of the president of DMSC. Ms. Laskar’s election symbol was a ladder. Other contenders for the post were allotted symbols like the telephone and sun. Three set of ballot papers were printed for the voters to decide the top three office-bearers of the DMSC.Mamata Mukherjee, an office-bearer at the Chetla branch of DMSC, said she was a first-time voter. “There is not much difference between voting in this election and in the general election. The only difference is that there is no violence or fear here,” she said. Others involved in the process said the elections had been free and fair and without any violence. Banshi Badan Chattopadhyay, a retired school teacher, functioned as one of three observers in the poll process. “We are checking for false voters and ensuring that everything goes on as per rules,” Mr. Chattopadhyay said.Explaining the need for holding such polls, Dr. Jana said that the election not only empowered the women but also helped the office-bearers relate to the problems of fellow sex workers.Shortly after the end of the polling, Bishakha Laskar was elected as the president of DMSC, Kajal Bose as secretary and Abeda Bibi as it treasurer.last_img read more

Solskjaer Leads United to Another Late CL Win as PSG Falters

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed he’s still a specialist in delivering last-minute victories for Manchester United in the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain, though, remains a specialist in failure on Europe’s biggest stage.Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty sent Solskjaer’s revitalized side through to the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at PSG to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.Solskjaer, who scored an injury-time winner in the final to cap a late comeback for United in 1999, oversaw more late drama 20 years later. It was the first time in Champions League history that a team lost the first leg at home by a two-goal margin and still went through.United has yet to confirm whether Solskjaer will get the job on a full-time basis, despite the former Norway striker having completely transformed the side after replacing Jose Mourinho. This win, though, will have strengthened his chances considerably — although Solskjaer isn’t taking anything for granted.“It’s been a fantastic time with the players and the staff I’ve got,” Solskjaer said. “I’m going to enjoy my job as long as I’ve got it. … I’m going to smile.”Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)For PSG, there was only reason for despair. The big-spending French club once again fell apart in a favorable position, two years after also making history in the last 16 by throwing away a 4-0 lead against Barcelona and losing 6-1 in the return leg.Coach Thomas Tuchel, hired after predecessor Unai Emery went out in the last 16 two years running, clung hopefully to the idea his side played better over the two legs in what he describe as a “crazy” match.“It’s very hard to lose and very hard to accept,” he said. “We didn’t deserve to go out after 180 minutes.”Referee Damir Skomina awarded United’s penalty after a lengthy video review that showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping up to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with his elbow.Rashford kept his nerve for the spot kick, blasting the ball past Gianluigi Buffon to send the United fans to his left into raptures.“The kid is fearless. He’s got no doubt. Slotted it in. Brilliant,” Solskjaer said. “I hope (the penalty) was the right decision.”Tuchel refused to blame VAR.ManU fans celebrate after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)“I’m a big supporter of VAR and I stay a big supporter. With the hand it’s a super difficult thing because there are too many points: do we punish it or not punish it?” he said. “I think it’s a 50-50 decision, it’s difficult. There are reasons why you can give this penalty.”Neymar, who is recovering from injury and watched on in horror from the sideline as the penalty was taken, disagreed. He blasted the officials angrily on his Instagram account.“This is a disgrace!” he wrote. “And they put four guys that do not understand football to watch it in slow motion.”Neymar also aimed an expletive at the officials.United’s players were far happier after a ninth straight away win.As they sprinted to celebrate with their fans at the final whistle, Kimpembe lay flat on the ground for several moments as a stunned Parc des Princes crowd looked on in disbelief.VAR played a key part in the night’s other match, too. Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg. He converted the spot kick after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a review.ManU’s Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goalduring the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)United were only given a slim chance going into the game, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players were either injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford.“Everything seemed to be against us, but we’re used to that,” Rashford said. “We showed what we’re about today and got the result we needed.”United was handed an immediate lifeline when PSG gifted United striker Romelu Lukaku a second-minute opening goal. The burly Belgium striker intercepted a back pass from Thilo Kehrer, rounded Buffon and slid the ball in from a tight angle.Left back Juan Bernat equalized for PSG in the 12th, turning in a cross at the back post after Kylian Mbappe got behind United’s static defense.Then, the hugely experienced Buffon spilled a low shot from Rashford and Lukaku turned in the rebound.“We agreed that when Marcus steps out on the press that I would follow,” Lukaku said. “I told him every time he shoots I’ll follow the ball.”Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford attempts a shot at goal PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Sensing Buffon’s uncertainty, Rashford fired another shot just wide as United finished the first half strongly.PSG’s defense was having another one of its bad nights, a recurring theme during the knockout stages of a competition it has never won.Therefore PSG played tentatively during the second half, knowing United needed only one goal to qualify on the away goals rule.PSG winger Angel Di Maria scored with a delightful clip over the advancing De Gea after being put though by Mbappe’s clever flick in the 56th. But it was ruled out for offside.Mbappe remained PSG’s biggest threat, and his pace took him clear through on goal with six minutes left only for the France star to stumble and for Bernat to smack the loose ball against the post.___By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports WriterPSG defender Juan Bernat, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, right, celebrates with his teammate Marcus Rashford after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more