Peter Kafka

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E-Book Boom Boosts Simon & Schuster

All of those Amazon Kindle sales–and, presumably, sales of competitive e-book readers from Barnes & Noble and Apple–have made an impact at publisher Simon & Schuster. The CBS unit says Q1 digital sales doubled over the previous year, and now represent 18 percent of the company’s revenue. Overall sales were up only 2 percent, to $155 million, but the higher margin on those digital sales means profits “more than doubled” to $7 million.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik