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Here are some thoughts that came to me after reading:
1) A medium can only die if an innovation betters it in every way measurable.
Mp3 players killed CDs which killed Cassettes which killed 8-track because each truly met all of its predecessor's benefits. Yet, the most out-dated tech, radio, is still going strong because it's unique.
2) If you browse Amazon, you get an idea of the size of the book market: enormous!
Over 347,000 books were published in 2011, up from 2010 (http://www.bowker.com/assets/downloads/products/isbn_output_2002-2011.pdf).
Even with numbers like that, it would be silly to think the book market is saturated. With that in mind, the ebook market is no where near it.
There could probably be 100x more ebooks and there would still be markets to fill.
3) Publishing *mediums* don't get saturated, *markets* get saturated. We get caught up in our little circles of the Web, but as soon as you break out of that bubble, you come to realize that its true scope is nearly incomprehensible.
I've noticed that the most successful people I know are the one's who connect the dots and have the quiet confidence to pioneer new markets. With that mentality, saturation is irrelevant.
Much thanks for your insights and inspiring those thoughts in me! :)
1 year, 5 months ago on Ebooks Are Dead
Adam - thanks for the kind words and it's my pleasure to help when I can!
By the way, filtering by custom post type is all set for the next release, just working on a few other things. Thanks for the suggestion!
2 years, 1 month ago on Pippity vs. Popup Domination (Which one is a better choice?)
JDetroit Hi there! Yes, I'm glad you left a comment here and that I saw it - we have been having some trouble with the contact form, I'll have to take a look at that.
As for your request: I think that too is something that this post focused on and it's something that we'll absolutely be working on making easier for our upcoming release.
At the moment, this _is_ possible, however it requires manually editing the theme (which is fairly easy to do). Soon, it will be a part of the native interface.
If you have any questions, I'm happy to help here or email firstname.lastname@example.org (I'll be on the other end of the line).
2 years, 2 months ago on Pippity - A WordPress Popup Plugin that will Knock Your Socks Off
Adam, thanks for the kind words and I'm so glad you're enjoying Pippity!
Interacting with users is half the fun so solid support isn't going anywhere :)
Best email for me is nicky at tumbledesign dot com. Feel free to get in touch anytime!
scottwyden That's certainly a fair concern and one I can empathize with. It's always a game of trade-offs.
We've put a ton of time into working with our users to answer their needs since launch - that's where features like Power Filters have come from. If we didn't feel this would be a sustainable project in the long-term, we would have to invest that same time elsewhere.
Pippity certainly isn't for _everyone_ but I think customers who are pleased with the current arrangement feel:
1) That a powerful marketing tool pays for itself in a single sale (or two)
2) Protected knowing they've got someone immediately available if they need help
This is something we think about and actively question, so I appreciate hearing your thoughts on it and would be happy to discuss more!
I'm one of the main developers behind Pippity so I just wanted to say thanks for genuinely sharing your experiences, likes and dislikes, with the plugin. It's so helpful for me to see other's interaction with it step-by-step in an unbiased way.
You're right about the activate link. This will be fixed in the next release - I'll probably make it a standalone button and have a tooltip pointing to it, with a message, after creating a popup.
As for the footer links - I do see what you're saying. However, I saw the DevTool and Affilate Program links as being pages for very specific users and wanted to keep the main interface as concise as possible for the average user. Hope that makes sense!
The most important update, as you mentioned, is providing more 'end-points' in Pippity. It's something I've been thinking a lot about and plan for the next release or perhaps one after that. I agree that this will really add to its versatility.
I was really happy to add click-trigged popups (http://pippity.com/how-to-make-a-clickable-popup) in the update right after our initial release because that to potentially opens up a whole new use, besides just email-marketing.
Thanks again! Feel free to email me (nicky at tumbledesign.com) if you're interested in discussing your specific needs more deeply; I love to gather user-input and work from there.