Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights.
Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s how I can afford to serve your content and pay my bills.
There’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by Peter K Sheerin from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.”
However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still struggling, not only with the style guide but how to render these shady characters for the web when there are all sorts of technical issues.
E-books may not kill off the lending library after all; at least for Amazon Kindle owners.
Amazon’s recently announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library will allow Kindle users to check out one e-book a month from the library to be returned without buying. Which all sound fine until you get to the small print.
The service is only available for Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $79/year and it will only work on Kindle devices – a Kindle app on a smartphone doesn’t count. The service is limited to one book per month and is controlled by Amazon’s Digital Rights Management, so when you ‘return’ your library book it is deleted from your device. …