Used books and money left on the street

I have to get something off my chest that has bothered me for quite some time. To start I have to mention that my cousin wrote the¬†fantastic book “Albtraum Sicherheit –¬†Interessen und Gesch√§fte hinter der Sicherheitspolitik” (nightmare security – interests and business behind¬†the politics of security). The book was available on Amazon from day one and also from day one there were offers for ‚ā¨ 0,99 cents of used copies of the book. Leaving the question aside where those used copies came¬†from I want to focus on a more capitalistic aspect of those used books.

Let’s suppose a book costs ‚ā¨ 12.99 on the day it is published. Right next to it, Amazon allows a third party store to sell used books. These¬†used books typically start at¬†‚ā¨ 0.99 + ‚ā¨ 3.00 shipping.

Why does the used book seller not operate with the following equation in mind:

¬† ‚ā¨ 12.99 cost of the new book
– ‚ā¨ ¬† 3.00 shipping
– ‚ā¨ ¬† 3.90¬†(30% discount towards the price of the new book, assumed a mint condition)
‚ā¨ ¬†6.09

This¬†means that even with a 30% discount towards the original price of the book the used book seller could have a 5 times¬†higher revenue to the tune of ‚ā¨ 6.09 – ‚ā¨ 0.99 = ‚ā¨ 5.10

Can someone please explain to me, how it¬†makes sense financially to leave this money on the table? You would still undercut the new version of the book. You would not even have to share the extra revenue with the author or the publisher (which I personally think is a shame, but that’s a different story).

Please leave a comment to get me to understand the thinking behind this!

I was supposed to be doing comedy but then this happened

Alcove 1-1     

This is just a quick improvisation, but as music sometimes does, this one really touched me.

Please comment!

Mission Backup Earth wins in 4 categories at LA Webfest 2014

I’m so proud of the team behind Mission Backup Earth, a journey that has begun a couple of years ago and developed into an international collaboration success!

The awards go to

Alexander Pfander – outstanding director in a science fiction / fantasy series

Gregor Tallig Рoutstanding camera in a science fiction / fantasy series

Tony Pinkpank Рoutstanding special / visual effects in a science fiction / fantasy series

Hannu Hoffren Рoutstanding editing in a science fiction / fantasy series

Congratulations guys!





Computing power and processors in reality

Today I was wondering how fast my old MacPro (my main production machine) really is compared to the MacMini that I recently bought. And here are the results:

MacPro 3,1 2.8GHz XEON 8-Core vs MacMini 6,2 2.3Ghz i7 4-Core

Now I’m not the biggest hardware geek but I do understand that architectures vary quite a bit and have a substantial influence over computing performance. But a 6 year old machine beating a 2 year old machine by such a big margin may be part of the reason why hardware development feels stalled: We have reached machines that are incredibly powerful.

Granted: for real-time things such as music production we would still like to squeeze every CPU cycle that we can, but hey: at least in my case I still get by with that machine and it doesn’t slow me down too much.