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Morning Roundup: More on Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author. Don’t reset all settings in iOS 8
October 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Ellora's Cave vs Dear Author Update (Dear Author) Today there was a temporary injunction hearing.  During the hearing the judge did not grant the injunction, but did request that we come back for a more thorough hearing, where we would be able to provide evidence  in our defense. *** Lee Child Responds (Joe Konrath) After sending me an email to share why he signed the Authors United petition, and spending some time engaging with people in the comments, Lee Child has continued to generously share his thoughts and has responded to some of the questions I had. *** Don't 'Reset All Settings' in iOS 8---it Erases...

Soylent: The ‘e-book’ of food
September 30, 2014 | 8:57 pm

IMG_20140923_171115341Remember how much resistance there used to be to e-books? You still see some of it, though it seems to be growing less and less pronounced over time. Seems like people worried that the presence of a new way of doing things like reading books would mean that the old way was destined for the trashbin of history, and they loved the smell of paper and ink and tactile feel of paper books too much to want to give that up. Well, happily, it looks like paper books are still going to be around for a good long while,...

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?
September 30, 2014 | 3:25 pm

spotifyFor years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and others, like the new Readfy service in Germany popping up and expanding their offerings. I've been following the growth of reading subscription services, and I do wonder about their long-term money making prospects, which is why I was interested to see two stories cross my Twitter stream this morning. The first was the announcement that Spotify...

Book review: The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, by Laird Barron, Night Shade Books
September 30, 2014 | 12:47 pm

Public health warning: This book has been known to induce anomie, despair, alienation, disenchantment, toxic doubt, and pervasive crawling fear. It has also been known to make people write about it ecstatically. I'm not the first to succumb. And this isn't a new book review: The Imago Sequence has been around spreading terror and acedia since 2007, picking up a Shirley Jackson Award along the way. It also, incidentally, put its author on the map - in the same way that the 1883 eruption put Krakatoa on the map. The geography of horror would never be the same again. Rather, this...

Morning Roundup: eBay and PayPal to part ways. Update on Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author
September 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

dear author logoeBay and PayPal to Part Ways in 2015 (GigaOM) Thanks to pressure from activist investors, eBay and PayPal will be separate entities next year, ending 12 years of togetherness. *** Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay (GalleyCat) Author Stephen King predicts that the physical book will “be here for a long, long time.” *** Update on the Ellora's Cave vs. Dear Author Defamation Suit (The Digital Reader) Much has changed in the three days since I brought you news that Ellora’s Cave was suing well-known romance book blog Dear Author for defamation, and few of the changes favor Ellora’s Cave. *** Four Methods for Choosing...

R.I.P. Eugie Foster
September 29, 2014 | 2:41 pm

Nebula Award-winning writer and editor Eugie Foster died on September 27th of respiratory failure after a long and hard-fought battle against aggressive cancer of the sinuses. Full details can be found on her blog, with a short obituary from her husband Matthew M. Foster, here. Eugie won the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for her novelette "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast," and a whole series of other awards for her work as writer and editor. She was also a regular participant in conventions and science fiction/fantasy events. In the course of her struggle and treatment, Eugie...

The world’s largest ever indoor photo – and it’s a library
September 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

One of the most monumental photographs ever made, and still apparently the largest single indoor image (by information density) ever created, is in fact the interior of a library. The Strahov Philosophical Library in Prague dates back to the 18th century, part of an older monastery complex founded in the early Middle Ages, and contains "approximately 200,000 volumes, estimated to hold 260,000 works," as well as rare manuscripts and other treasures. And it's also the subject of a huge 40-gigapixel panoramic view, "the largest indoor Photo in the world as of March 2011," put together from a mosaic of images that...

Morning Roundup: Wrong questions about education technology. Lessons from blogging
September 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

education technologyYou Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Education Technology (Forbes) It sounds convincing. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, newness, innovation, and disruption. *** Online Bookstores to Face Stringent Privacy Law in New Jersey (The Digital Reader) That act would make it unlawful to share information about your book use (borrowing, downloading, buying, reading, etc.) with a third party, in the absence of a court order to do so. That’s good for your reading privacy, but a...

Why people still prefer print – in pictures
September 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

books_infographic-674x1030Here's an interesting infographic from UK new-era second-hand book trading platform FatBrain on why people still prefer print books to ebooks - all down in pretty pictures for those who reading onscreen has left comprehensionally challenged. And of course, FatBrain, whose business depends on people emailing barcodes or ISBNs from print books, has a strong vested interest in people opting for print. But take a look at the pretty pictures that are almost as easy to follow as ink ant trails pressed into woodpulp, and enjoy.  ...

Weekend Roundup: No more “Smashwords Edition” Kobo to fix download issue
September 28, 2014 | 11:23 am

smashwordsLee Child on Why He Signed with Authors United (PW) Lee Child, the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels, revealed why he cares about the Amazon-Hachette dispute -- and it's not about e-book royalties. Child wrote, "it’s a thus-far-and-no-further thing for me. I don’t want Amazon to be the only publisher." *** Kobo Promises to Fix eBook Download Issue (The Digital Reader) Kobo has officially commented today on the 4 plus year old issue of Kobo customers not being able to download their purchases. *** James Patterson: Best Friend to Indie Bookshops (GalleyCat) Taking a page from his 2013 announcement to give a cool $1 mil...

Book review: Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War, by Alexander Watson, Basic Books
September 27, 2014 | 11:07 am

The centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914 is naturally bringing out a lot of commemorative publications of varying kinds, as well as all the events and documentaries, etc., and Alexander Watson's Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War 1, is one of the more interesting and revisionist, and the most challenging to preconceptions and received wisdom among English-speaking readers. It dives deep into German and Austria-Hungarian social history in the war years, using a vast amount of documentary evidence from war leaders to teenage girls, delivering a whole herd of sacred cows to the...

Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post
September 26, 2014 | 9:59 pm

Ellora's Cave Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave More Ellora’s Cave troubles… Cat Grant Gives Away Her Unreverted Ellora’s Cave Titles And those are just from the last week or so. Authors...