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Baen e-book store to drop ‘mail to Kindle’ function
May 27, 2015 | 2:55 pm

Baen has just sent an email to its customers noting a change to one method of Baen e-book downloads. At the moment, Baen has a form on its web site where you can fill in your Kindle’s Personal Document Service e-mail address and have the e-book emailed to your Kindle with the click of a button. However, that feature is soon going away. Baen writes: Starting on or about June 10, 2015, Baen Ebooks will no longer be able to provide automatic delivery of the .mobi format to a Kindle device via the "Email book...

Bacigalupi’s ‘Water Knife’ is genre-busting thriller
May 27, 2015 | 2:25 pm

the water knifePaolo Bacigalupi's new speculative fiction novel titled "The Water Knife" is a genre-busting, genre-dissolving novel that is set ten minutes into the near future of America, and it ushers in a new chapter in the Colorado author's career. In a recent blog post for the New Yorker magazine, staff writer Dana Goodyear surveyed the current drought impacting California and wrote: "It’s hard to escape the feeling we are living a cli-fi novel’s Chapter One." Welcome to the new worldbuilding of Paolo Bacigalupi, one of America's finest novelists, with a conscience to boot. He's very aware what's happening with climate change and water...

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?
May 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and the promotional efforts may not even be effective. The rest of the piece was dedicated to demonizing Amazon and Google, but Nate Hoffelder at Ink, Bits, and Pixels has already done an excellent job picking apart those claims and the motives behind them, and I see no point in duplicating his...

Is Digital Publishing Broken?
May 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

digital publishingThe short answer is: no. But our friends at GoodeReader beg to differ. And I think I want to add this trope to the list of 'article topics which should be banned from the internet.' Here is why. Mercy Pilkington's core assertion seems to be that every 'solution' which has come about so far favours someone other than the author. Therefore, she concludes that discoverability is the biggest issue facing publishing, and since no technology has come about to solve it, digital publishing is 'broken.' No, no, a thousand times no. First of all, readers---aka the customer, the only one paying actual...

David’s Links: Scalzi’s $3.4M book deal. The struggles of small-town librarians. Chinese e-book market
May 27, 2015 | 11:50 am

John_ScalziJohn Scalzi signs 10-year, $3.4-million book deal with Tor (Los Angeles Times) The multimillion-dollar deal will last a decade. During that time, Scalzi will write 13 novels for Tor. They're partially mapped out: 10 novels for adults, plus three young adult novels; a sequel to "Lock In," his most recent book; a return to the "Old Man's War" universe; and an entirely new series set in the far future.. The TeleRead take: So happy to see merit rewarded. I still have the free e-book version of Scalzi’s first novel, Agent to the Stars, which...

‘Google and the World Brain’
May 27, 2015 | 11:14 am

  "The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose---to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay 'World Brain.' But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet."...

Accessory Review: Inateck PU Leather Kindle Paperwhite Case
May 27, 2015 | 10:25 am

inateck pu leather kindle paperwhite caseIt's time for another Inteck review. As I've said in the past, I love their products, and they just sent me a new Kindle Paperwhite case. It's too bad I gave it to my husband, because I like this one as much, if not more than, the previous one I reviewed. This one is going for the smooth leather look, and the look and feel is reminiscent of the Amazon lighted case I had for my old Kindle Touch. The Inateck case is imitation leather, but you wouldn't know it on a quick look and feel. Granted I'm no expert, but...

Morning Links: No Google Tablet in 2015. Twitter to Acquire Flipboard?
May 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

Google tabletGoogle to launch two Nexus phones but no tablet this 2015 (Android Community) We've been saying that Google might release two new Nexus phones simultaneously but we're silent about the next Nexus tablet. Truth is, we haven't heard any information yet and looks like we know the reason why: there will be no Nexus tablet this year. *** Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard (re/code) Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion. *** Everything Google is rumored...

TeleRead eBook Site Sold Back to Founder David Rothman
May 27, 2015 | 8:20 am

David_Rothman_2TeleRead, the oldest Web site devoted to general-interest news and views on e-books and related topics, is again in the hands of its founder, David H. Rothman. Philadelphia-based NAPCO Media, the seller, has decided to focus on its core brands, markets and growth areas such as events, e-learning and video services. The Rothman-NAPCO deal closed May 19. "I am grateful to NAPCO for giving me a chance to preserve an important piece of Web and e-book history," Rothman says. "TeleRead in one form or another goes back to the mid 1990s and has been a major...

English courts gag child abuse victims
May 26, 2015 | 3:37 pm

91HpXAOP8hLBritain - or more accurately, England - is not a great place for freedom of speech, or freedom of any kind, right now. You have UK Home Secretary Theresa May pushing to pre-emptively censor British broadcasting in cases of "extremism." You have similar logic being spouted by Prime Minister David Cameron in moves to target supposed radicalization, arguing that: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone." And, alas, you have more private realms of English law being used to silence individuals...

A summer bookcation might be just what the doctor ordered
May 26, 2015 | 3:25 pm

bookcationThe world is full now of portmanteau words, those blended terms that have the power to surprise and ensorcell us. Think: brunch, climapocalypse, bleisure. Even the word "portmanteau" is a portmanteau in its French iteration. There's also a nice blended word I like this time of year -- "bookcation." A bookcation is when take a break from the real world and settle down for a few weeks in the summertime with a good book, or two or three. It's a time to rediscover the wonderful world of prose and storytelling. Now for your own summer vacation plans, you can take a Mediterranean bookcation...

Security Questions Are Pretty Insecure
May 26, 2015 | 1:24 pm

Beutler_Google_passwords-v6Google recently studied the security of security questions and found that they are a pretty poor approach. According to their findings, if a question is easy to remember, it's also fairly easy to guess. If a question is hard to guess (like a library card number), it's also hard to remember, which leads to frustration. This makes complete sense to me. I've had a number of instances where I had to call customer service to help me log in to a site because, not only could I not remember the answer to the question, I couldn't remember ever answering the question, so...

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