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Aurealis Awards shortlist shows dark, demented stirrings Down Under
March 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Australia: the venue for H.P. Lovecraft's incredible The Shadow Out of Time, for Picnic at Hanging Rock, for Mad Max, but still not always the first place that springs to mind in connection with the futuristic, the fantastic, and the frightful. But perhaps that does poor justice to the Aurealis Awards, established in 1995 "to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers." The Awards recognize achievement in science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction, and "submissions within a category are reviewed by a panel of at least three judges, which selects each year’s finalists...

London Book Fair introduces cross-media business matching
March 1, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The London Book Fair has issued a statement about its first "Creative Industries Day," designed to create partnerships "to open up new rights opportunities for publishers at the fair across film, TV, interactive media, games, comics and graphic novels." The event, scheduled for Thursday April 16th, will involve "a host of visitors, speakers and delegations drawn from the worlds of film, interactive, games and app developers, as well as publishers of comics and graphic novels. These creative industries professionals will share their expertise on how intellectual property can be extended into new areas of the media." Bodies like the Children’s Media...

Weekend Links: Kobo Glo discontinued. Five best audiobook services
March 1, 2015 | 12:19 pm

audiobookThe Kobo Glo is Now Discontinued (GoodeReader) The Glo is now officially discontinued. *** Five Best Audiobook Services (Lifehacker) This week, we're looking at five of the best audiobook services, based on your nominations. *** How Authors Can Build Content Communities (Digital Book World) Digital technology is changing the way we read, but it’s also changing the way we write. How can authors take advantage of this? *** Digital Feminism: Righting the Gender Divide for Authors on Wikipedia (Book Riot) We here at Book Riot came up with a list of women writers who need entries (or more extensive entries) on Wikipedia (though there are SO MANY MORE). *** Kindle Daily...

J.A. Konrath added to Kindle Worlds, but with a twist
February 28, 2015 | 2:20 pm

JD_Banner_1._V329978821_ Kindle Worlds just got a little bigger. J.A. Konrath announced that writers can now submit stories for Jack Daniels and Associates. However, Konrath’s world is a little different as he explained on his blog. He loved the idea of Kindle Worlds when it was announced in 2013. Fans of a specific segment can create new stories using already created worlds and characters and make money off of it (as well as the original author). Fan ficcers get a bad rap. We all learn to write (and speak, and walk) by imitation. Copyright does do some good in protecting intellectual property and allowing a writer...

Barnes & Noble separates its college business
February 28, 2015 | 11:20 am

bn.jpgBarnes & Noble announced it will separate its retail and e-book businesses from its college offering, making it a standalone company. Barnes & Noble Education will be come a separately publicly traded company in August, the company announced this week. With negative news surrounding B&N over the last couple of years due to its declining business with its store fronts and Nook division, the college segment has been a bright spot for the company seeing gains in revenue. Currently, B&N is working on a plan to expand its college bookstores to 1,000 units as part of a five-year plan. According to the Wall...

Dreams from the Witch House closing for Women of Lovecraft
February 28, 2015 | 7:14 am

One of the most interesting crowdfunding projects currently out there in dark/horrid/weird fiction is just hours away from closing - 45 hours, at the time of writing. It's not a fundraising deadline - Dreams from the Witch House:  Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror from Dark Regions Press has already blown past its $17,000 fundraising goal on Indiegogo with currently $23,233 on the clock and counting. Rather, this is a deadline for final submissions to the collection. "Creatures and forces unimaginable inhabited this realm for eons, long before any human navigated the surface of the earth," explains the Indiegogo blurb. "In Dreams...

New literary awards came out of nowhere
February 27, 2015 | 2:25 pm

awardsImagine an American poet and memoirist who never went college but befriended some of the great literary heroes of his generation and then died at the age of 90 with no children as heirs of a huge estate that was worth millions. That would be Donald Windham, who died in 2010 -- some 20 years after the death of his lifelong partner Sandy Campbell -- and asked his lawyers to set up one of the richest literary awards program in the world. Ensorcelled yet? He chose Yale University to run the annual program and he left enough money behind to fund the...

Spectral Press to resurrect Dark Terrors
February 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Independent British horror and dark fiction imprint Spectral Press is working on Darkest Terrors: A Best of Dark Terrors compilation of the (rather dark) cream of the Dark Terrors series of UK horror anthologies published by Gollancz from 1996 to 2004 under the editorship of Stephen Jones, now better known as the editor of The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series. He is rejoined by David A. Sutton for Darkest Terrors, and Spectral has just shared the list of authors for the new volume here. The Dark Terrors series, subtitled The Gollancz Book of Horror, was always known for the absolutely...

Android is: The Dominator
February 27, 2015 | 10:25 am

httpwww.teleread.org20100406cleaning-up-epubs-to-work-with-ibook-aggregatorsandroid-attack.jpgForget Fifty Shades of Grey - how about Fifty Flavors of Lloyd? Yes, if you want to see a dominant force cracking its whip over the supine global smartphone market, Android in IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker is the one you want to catch. According to the IDC numbers, "Android and iOS inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14)." And in particular, while iOS saw its market share fall slightly from 15.1 percent in 2013 to 14.8 percent  in 2014, Android grew its market...

Morning Links: B&N to split off college bookstores. Konrath joins Kindle Worlds
February 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

Kindle WorldsBarnes & Noble Spins College Bookstores Into Separate Company (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble has announced their intention of spinning off their college bookstore division into its own autonomous unit called Barnes and Noble for Education. *** Assessing the Health of Independent Bookstores (NYT) In a 1936 essay, George Orwell recognized one of the main difficulties of owning an independent bookshop: turning a profit. *** JA Konrath Joins Kindle Worlds, Lets Contributors Keep More Control (Ink, Bits & Pixels) And best of all, the contributing authors get to keep the rights to the characters they create. *** Should We Care About Douglas Coupland? (Torontoist) The Canadian artist-novelist came up with...

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day: The most charming unofficial national holiday?
February 26, 2015 | 2:25 pm

On February 26th, the U.S. celebrates National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, which could displace International Talk Like A Pirate Day as my favorite unofficial holiday. Although its origins appear shrouded in almost complete mystery, National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is widely attested, as the occasion to "snuggle up in your corner chair or sofa with the children sitting near you or maybe all gather around a campfire as it is a day to celebrate by telling your favorite fairy tale or making up one of your own." And fairy tales are anything but outdated. As Marina Warner remarks in her...

Old Horror versus New Horror?
February 26, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Following the announcement by the Horror Writers Association of the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards covered earlier, I'm inclined to remark on the marked under-representation of an entire sub-genre of horror/weird/dark fiction from the shortlist, as well as certain conspicuous authors and editors. And I'm definitely not the only one who has remarked on this. And yes, I'm speaking on behalf of a certain constituency in the genre community, but it's a constituency that appears to have next-to-zero representation in at least this year's Stokers. No one can accuse the Stokers of courting cheap popularity, mind, because I don't...