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Airlines and transparent pricing

Saw Ryanair just got slapped down for complaining about a Euro train ad. Cheeky buggers they have some of the least transparent pricing imaginable. Not very Anko at all. But seriously, kind of ok for me as I know it will be that outrageous but for people who don’t travel all the time and who may believe the 9.99 headlines prices not so funny.

Airline ticket

Filed under: Absurdity, Airports

Bill Murray seized in Stockholm golf cart caper

No really! Apparently Bill Murray has been arrested whilst driving around Stockholm in a golf cart whilst allegedly under the influence – Anyway, read about it here.

Filed under: Absurdity, Swedish Life

Big Lebowski festival

Irritated not here in Edinburgh next week as would definitely taken day out to attend The Big Lebowski festival.

Filed under: Film

Been busy

So not had time to post – plus was kind of storing up couple of bits (well rants really!) but wanted to make sure was clear of the UK before posted!

Anyway last couple of days or so in pictures:

Arrive Heathrow:

Arrive Heathrow

Go to Blackwell’s in Oxford for chat with CEO Vince Gunn about couple of things:

Blackwell’s

Then have to go to London to do some Onix and editorial workflow training at IWA Publishing near Victoria:

IWA Publishing

Then have to get early train to get up to Edinburgh for some training for Edinburgh University Press:

EUP Training:

Filed under: Publishing

It’s that time of year again …

Just ahead of the season start next week – time to settle on the fantasy team for the coming season.

Fantasy team 2007/08

Filed under: Football

Capello day before he was sacked

Capello interviewed by Anko man in Shanghai day before the axe fell at Madrid.

Filed under: Football

Uk publishing and Onix – Part whatever x 2

This is from December 2005 – is it any less true now than it was then? What on earth have we all been doing?

If you would like to learn more about Onix then just go to our website.

Filed under: Onix, Onix Central, Publishing

5% market share for Apple?

Not in this post code! You are hard pressed to see a Dell in the environs of Hoxton Square.
Hoxton apple row

Filed under: Apple

UK Onix and Nielsen – part whatever

We have been in the midst of helping one of our medium sized UK publishers step up to the Onix plate. To this end we have been helping them with the feedback they have received from Nielsen Bookdata. The majority of which they found completely incomprehensible.

This ties back to a point I have been repeatedly making over recent times (see here and here oh and even here for example) that the powers that be (BIC; Nielsen et al) if they really want to see widespread adoption of the Onix standard need to get themselves a new approach.

Our medium sized UK publisher has now been told that rather than send Onix they may just fill in some forms and email them along. Flying as far as I understand directly in the face of the e4books project espoused aims of Onix compliance and single points of entry for information such as title information.

If the principal recipient (and sender) of bibliographic information isn’t standing four square behind the standard then what hope for the rest of us?

Filed under: Onix, Publishing

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