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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2008, 05:42:24 PM »
Ignore Matt.  If you need Codecs, get defilerpak:

http://hellninjacommando.com/defilerpak/

And, yes, WMP does suck balls.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #31 on: September 30, 2008, 05:44:47 PM »
I downloaded your VLC and it works.

However, I'll download the defilerpak as well.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2008, 05:45:35 PM »
CCCP is more up to date than defilerpak. Suck it, Nach.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #33 on: September 30, 2008, 05:46:36 PM »
Now you can watch shit on a program that doesn't hog all of your resources!  I've also found the sound to be better with VLC, as well, though I'm sure that's just in my head.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2008, 05:47:12 PM »
CCCP is more up to date than defilerpak. Suck it, Nach.

Oh-ho-ho!  Now you must choose, RC. 

(CCCP is fine, I just suffer from brand loyalty.)

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #35 on: September 30, 2008, 05:52:06 PM »
So Nach what's the market like for boutique style books?

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2008, 05:54:43 PM »
Whippersnapper.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2008, 06:10:28 PM »
No I'm partially serious. I'm talking like the little shit Borders throws on the "I'll grab it as I'm checking out because it looks funny or interesting" section. What kind of marketshare is that and how possibly is it to break into that market?

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2008, 06:21:14 PM »
It's a huge marketshare.  That shit sells like hotcakes.

How do you break into it?  You pay for the positioning, either directly or indirectly (high-powered publicist, etc).  Borders and Barnes & Noble have basically started taking bribes to put books out on display, or piled up by the door.  But, traditionally, it's hundreds of thousands in publicist dollars that gets it done.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2008, 06:24:50 PM »
well fuck that then

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #40 on: September 30, 2008, 06:36:25 PM »
After [Rec], Mrs. RC and I are going to get some Pho to try to chase this cold away.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2008, 06:38:51 PM »
Really, the only thing in a bookstore that's prominently displayed honestly is the staff picks stuff.  Everything else -- window space, the stacks in the middle of the floor, the front desk stuff -- is bought and paid for.

The "bribes," by the way, are usually called "co-op fees."  These sometimes show up without the publisher knowing it.  Baker and Taylor and Amazon are famous for forcing co-op fees.  In Amazon's case, it tends to be a dollar or less per month per title.  Baker and Taylor just selects random times to hit you for a ten spot, or 20 bucks.  

When you get a book set up with distributor, you have the option of approving certain levels of co-op fees.  So, if I wanted, I could say that my marketing budget is $500,000 and I am willing to pay co-op fees up to that amount.  Typically, the publisher then has a publicist who goes out and enforces that shit.  At the big houses, publicists will be a proper, salaried position.  But even having it out there passively opens the door.  Indie bookstores are the nastiest -- they'll just suddenly display your book (perhaps honestly selected based on appreciation of quality) and then charge the co-op fee which, of course, you have to okay.  This is some real gravy money for indie bookstores and they all abuse it.  It can translate to thousands in profit and the only cost is that they order two or three times the usual amount (which they then return six months later for a full refund).

Bookstores are evil.  I secretly celebrate the closing of indie bookstores, and I hope the big box bookstores all implode.  The indies are feeding off of hapless publishers and the big box fuckos have destroyed the human nature of the business.  


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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #42 on: September 30, 2008, 06:39:22 PM »
After [Rec], Mrs. RC and I are going to get some Pho to try to chase this cold away.

Stop off in an urban apartment building to investigate a seemingly ordinary 911 call first.

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #43 on: September 30, 2008, 07:12:27 PM »
*shudder*

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Re: Allergies or Death Flu?
« Reply #44 on: September 30, 2008, 09:32:34 PM »
speaking of the book market: local chain Olssons Books & Records filed chapter 7 and closed its doors today:

http://olssons.com/
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