All posts by David James

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Signing up for an Amazon Appstore Account

In response to Amazon’s announcement to allow html5 web app monetisation, it is probably time to open up that Amazon Appstore account and start to monetise some apps. You’ll find the onboarding experience to be relatively painless and as long as you have your tax and banking details to hand you can quickly move through their online tax interview process and become the proud owner of a shiny, but empty developers dashboard.

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Amazon Appstore Open to Paid Web Apps

Web based HTML5 applications are now first class citizens according to the the latest blog post on the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Blog: Sell Your HTML5 Apps In The Amazon Appstore. Amazon now allows HTML5 developers to price and sell apps in the same fashion as natively coded apps. This is a significant move forward for HTML5 and has opened up a not insignificant new market for indie software developers.

 

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Book Review: Universal Principles of Design

From time to time I like to throw in a curve ball and on the face of it this book is one of those times. What does a book about design have to do with sales, marketing and being an entrepreneur. The answer is of course that it depends on the book. The reality is that anything we make from websites and business cards to business processes and client interation are designed. If you doubt that you can design a customer interaction then you’ve never used Apple support. This book is another classic text, but this time it gives you a solid grounding in the key principles that influence every design decision we make.
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By: Betsy Weber - CC BY 2.0

Book Review: Small Is The New Big

Oops, I seem to be reviewing another Seth Godin book. I promise I’ll review a different author next week … honest. I can’t say much more about this book other than it’s one of my favourite business books. The full title is small is the new big and 183 other riffs, rants, and remarkable business ideas, which gives you a clue to it’s content. The book’s style harks back to the classic works of ex-mckinseyite Tom Peters. It is accessible and infinitely readable in short or longer bursts, as it is made up of a series of short punchy sections on practically every area of business.
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Book Review: Johnny Bunko – The Last Career Guide

A guidebook for career building doesn’t sound like a book that would be relevant to the audience of this site. However, this particular book has much to offer, but don’t expect any ground shaking revelations. It’s a fun way to remind yourself that you need to reflect on where you are and make sure that you are moving in the right direction. It’s 10 minutes of reading time and a lifetime of commitment.
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