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Diane Duane and Peter Morwood give away free e-books for World Book Day
March 6, 2014 | 10:53 am

coverHappy World Book Day! Just because there are no e-books involved in the “official” World Book Day promotion doesn’t mean there aren’t any to be found. Diane Duane and her husband Peter Morwood are offering one e-book each for free download today. Duane’s is the New Millennium Edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard, first in her excellent Young Wizards series. Morwood’s is Greylady, first in his Clan Wars series. If you haven’t dipped your toe yet into Young Wizards, So You Want NME is a great way to start. I reviewed it for...

Diane Duane runs 60%-off Pancake Tuesday e-book sale
March 3, 2014 | 7:28 pm

pancake-bunnyAs I’ve mentioned before, Diane Duane is one of those very few authors who runs her own e-book store for her and her husband’s books, rather than relying on the big-name stores. She just informed me that she is running a 60%-off sale on her e-book store in honor of Pancake Tuesday. Use the coupon code PANCAKES at checkout to get a discount on all of Duane’s DRM-free, multi-format e-books, including the complete 9-volume set of the revised Young Wizards New Millennium Editions. The sale ends at 23:59 Hawaiian time on Wednesday March 5th, which is 4:59 a.m....

E-commerce services can let authors avoid the 30% ‘Amazon tax,’ but is that worth it?
August 13, 2013 | 1:54 am

On Forbes, Michael Wolf has an article looking at four ways to avoid the “Amazon tax,” the 30% agent fee (or 65% if your book’s price falls outside a certain range) that Amazon takes for selling a self-published book. Wolf notes that some authors are famous enough on their own that they drive many sales themselves, without Amazon’s help, which means that 30% fee is a “heavy tax” on the sales they do make. So what can they do? Well, in today’s democratized publishing world, there are an increasing number of payment and delivery platforms that...

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights
July 10, 2013 | 8:53 pm

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for the benefit of future sociological and cultural researchers; it later expanded into archiving other media as well. More recently, Kahle started collecting print books, and scanning them as well as archiving them; it was his intention to collect and save one of every print book ever published. These scanned books would also...

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard (New Millennium Edition)
July 7, 2013 | 8:22 am

cover “They never age.” —Laconic: Comic Book Time, TVTropes A couple of years ago, I mentioned that Diane Duane had started updating the early books in her Young Wizards series.  (Joanna wrote her own post about it here.) The first book was published in 1983, and later books have been written in the years since then. Technology was always current to the publication date of each book, but only a couple of years were supposed to pass in the lives of the characters. As time has gone by some of the technological aspects of the early books in the series haven’t exactly...

Wanted: Publishers who won’t treat me like a criminal
November 16, 2012 | 6:00 pm

I'll be going mostly DRM-free next year. I've been thinking for awhile about this. I balked because I worried that books would simply not be available without DRM, and that I would be missing out on the good stuff just to make a point. But then I realized that it's been ages since I actually anticipated a book purchase. Sure, I would buy stuff when something interesting came my way and the price was right. But these were impulse buys. It wasn't like there were a ton of new releases I was counting down the days toward. And I realized, too, that...

Diane Duane offers e-story as UNICEF fundraiser
October 15, 2012 | 7:16 pm

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxWant to help raise money for UNICEF and read a fun, spooky story? Diane Duane is again offering the 14,000-word Young Wizards short story "Not On My Patch"as a Halloween fundraiser for $3.99, with half of all proceeds going to UNICEF. Duane writes that the sale last year raised more than $1,100 for the campaign, and she would like to beat that record this year. While $3.99 might be a bit of a hefty price for a short story, it’s for a good cause, and Halloween comes but once a year. As with all other books from Duane’s e-bookstore, it is...

Diane Duane gives backlist republishing a twist with e-book revision
August 16, 2012 | 11:10 am

I wrote earlier for TeleRead about an unexpected—and very welcome—sub-group of indie book: the backlist re-publication. One of the complaints people most frequently have about indie books is that it's hard to tell the dross from the gold: So many self-published indie titles are one-man or one-woman shops, and people value the notion that with traditionally published books, a pair of eyes besides the author's has seen the book, approved of it and polished it to its most refined state. Backlist re-publications are the best of both worlds: a publisher has seen it, approved it and polished it—and then the...

Diane Duane runs 50% off sale on DRM-free e-books
June 19, 2012 | 7:02 pm

Diane Duane is running a Summer Solstice sale on her DRM-free multiformat e-book store, featuring her own and husband Peter Morwood’s works (including the Young Wizards International Edition and the revised version of Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses). The discount is 50% off, obtained by use of the discount code SOLSTICE in the checkout, and lasts until 23:59 Hawaiian time on June 21 (4:59 a.m. Eastern time June 22). Duane adds: In case you're curious, this sale is partly in aid of the upcoming addition to our household of two wee new female Kittens of Doom...

Diane Duane puts all her e-books on sale at 60% off through 3/27
March 26, 2012 | 11:23 pm

I know I mention Diane Duane’s e-book store sales a lot, but I figure that she’s one of very few excellent examples I know of authors who run their own DRM-free multi-format e-book stores and offer frequent discounts to boot. She’s a shining example of how to do things right, and I think that kind of example needs all the exposure it can get. And speaking of frequent discounts, Duane is currently offering a 60% discount on everything in her e-book store through 23:59 Hawaiian time, Tuesday March 27th. Use the coupon code FLASHSALE during the checkout process. Among...

Diane Duane hit by ATM fraud, offers 20% discount on e-books to help pay bills
January 13, 2012 | 11:41 am

ATM fraud can strike the best of us. In this case, it’s struck Diane Duane, whose bank account has been suddenly cleaned out by someone who apparently skimmed her ATM card. The bank will compensate her for the fraudulent charges, but it will take a few days, leaving her without money at the moment to pay the bills that are coming due. As a result, she is running a store-wide 20%-off sale on her already-reasonably-priced DRM-free multi-format e-books to encourage a quick influx of cash on which she can get by until the bank comes through. Use the discount code DDGOTSKIMMED...

Diane Duane releases revised Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses e-book
November 22, 2011 | 11:20 am

elfkingDiane Duane has revised and relaunched another of her backlist as an e-book. This one, Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses, takes CSI-style forensic drama (though it was first published in 2002, the same year as the original CSI launched) and puts it into an SF/fantasy setting. It’s one of the few Duane books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet—but now I have a good excuse! Duane writes that she took the opportunity to fix a few issues she’d noticed in the book over the last ten years, including restoring some material that had previously been cut and rewriting the...