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Battle of the genres (infographic)
October 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Battle Of The GenresThis is probably the best looking infographic I've seen in a long time. It's showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time. You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical realism? However, overall, it makes for interesting viewing. Infographic credit: http://www.furnitureuk.co.uk/​...

Book Review: Brothers in Crime by KM Rockwood
October 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm

brothers in crimeThe fun part about going to writer's conference is that you meet lots of writers and get opportunities for review copies, especially if you let folks know you review books. KM Rockwood is a delightful person, and I was happy to accept a review copy of her latest book, [easyazon-link asin="B00K2L77XU" locale="us"]Brothers in Crime[/easyazon-link]. When she asked me if I wanted the first in the series or a later book, I opted for the latest book, to see if book would stand alone as well as she said it would. The good news is that it does. However, this is an odd...

What would make an Amazon competitor competitive?
October 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

competitionAs all and sundry go round and round about Amazon/Hachette and the end of author royalties as we know it, I stopped to consider. I believe the eBook marketplace is healthier with competition, even if Amazon is right now a pretty darned good company to do business with. I do not consider B&N, Kobo or Apple to be the ideal competition, although together, they may not be too bad. So, I asked myself, with both my reader and author hats on, what it would take to be a contender in the eBook marketplace. As a reader This was tough because Amazon does...

On fandom and fanfiction
October 20, 2014 | 2:05 pm

fanfictionThis article started out as a response to a comment on this post, but it quickly grew beyond a comment. The comment was a question about the recent quotes by Benedict Cumberbatch regarding fan fiction. His comments about Johnlock fiction upset a number of people in the Sherlock fandom and spawned, among other things, this great article in response. Let me preface this by saying that I have been writing fanfiction for more than 3 decades, and I have written slash stories, including a pre-slash Incredible Hulk story when I was 13 and honestly had no clue what I had written. I...

Morning Links: Review of new $79 Kindle. S&S to dip toe into DRM-free waters
October 13, 2014 | 8:55 am

kindleReview: $79 Kindle (2014) (The Digital Reader) The Kindle (2014) features a somewhat faster processor, touchscreen, and additional storage, but no frontlight or high resolution screen. It’s running basically the same software as the Kindle Paperwhite was running last month, which means that the new Kindle is still lacking the many new features which Amazon promised to add in a firmware update this fall. *** Adobe’s Latest E-Book Misstep: This Time, It’s Not the DRM (Copyright and Technology) More actual facts about this sorry case will emerge in the coming days, no doubt, leading to a fully clear picture of what Adobe is doing...

iOS 8 initial impressions
October 10, 2014 | 10:28 am

ios 8I've been using iOS 8 for several weeks now, long enough to get an impression. My overall reaction is that it's a perfectly good operating system, but it's not revolutionary. Also, many of the more interesting features (responding to messages from the lock screen) are more useful on the iPhone. So keep in mind that I'm only using it on an iPad. If you remember the upgrade to iOS 7, it was a huge change. Everything looked different. Not so with iOS 8. Upgrading looks virtually the same until you start to dig in and start to turn things on. I...

Fascinating look at sales numbers and effect of Kindle Unlimited
October 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedFantasy author Rachel Aaron has a breakdown of the sales of her latest book on her blog, and, though long, it's fascinating reading. While it's worth reading (in all its 5400 word glory), there were two points which particularly interested me. 1. Fixed ranking hypothesis I'm not sure I'm buying her hypothesis, but it's an interesting idea, if true. On paper, at least, I looked like a winner, and it's my theory that because of this, I was given extra visibility by Amazon in the form of a fixed ranking. And I don't mean fixed as in illegally fixed, I mean they stuck...

Scribd announces one-year exclusive deal with Harlequin
October 2, 2014 | 9:05 am

scribd and harlequinRomance readers take note. Harlequin just signed a one-year exclusive subscription deal with Scribd. From the release: Scribd will be the exclusive subscription partner for 15,000 titles from Harlequin’s extensive backlist. Titles from a variety of Harlequin imprints, including Harlequin Series Romance, HQN Books, MIRA Books and Carina Press, will be available through Scribd’s US $8.99 monthly subscription service and accessible on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet and web browsers. This is a great deal for romance readers, some of whom read multiple books in a day. But is it good for Scribd? First let's talk about that exclusivity deal....

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...

Kindle Unlimited launches in the UK
September 24, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle-based subscription reading isn't limited to the US any longer. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited in the UK. For £7.99, UK readers can now enjoy all the benefits of Kindle Unlimited. Nate at the Digital Reader reported last month that KU will be launched in Germany at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month. If true, that will make three countries. If you're in the UK and trying to decide if you should sign up, check out my article on two months with Unlimited. I think it's an excellent service, even though it is lacking content from big publishers. There's still plenty there to...

Want to try Scribd free for 3 months?
September 22, 2014 | 4:25 pm

scribd logoI've been a fan of Scribd since they started with ebook subscriptions last year. Even though I've also been impressed with Kindle Unlimited, Scribd remains my subscription service of choice for now. They recently updated both their Android and iOS apps with two-columns in landscape (long overdue!), and the apps now mimic the website redesign with new discoverability options. (And my library continues to grow--like I needed to discover more books!) While Scribd is not the best option if you like to read on an eInk device, it's pretty darned good if you don't mind reading on a phone or tablet. I've...

Morning Roundup: iPhone 6 review. Worst eReader of 2014?
September 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone 6 reviewiPhone 6 review: The little things make it a real star (InfoWorld) The larger design is very welcome, but there's much more to the iPhone 6 than a bigger screen. *** First Impressions: The Pocketbook 640 Ultra is a Prime Candidate for Worst eReader of 2014 (The Digital Reader) Alas, the actual device does not come even close to meeting the expectations engendered by its price tag, nor is it capable of fulfilling all of the features listed on the product page. I’ve only had mine out of the box for a couple days now, and I deeply regret spending so much on a device...