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Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 2: Navigating Content
July 17, 2013 | 10:32 am

Click here to Part 1 of this series. This week saw Module 2 of my online course rule my life. I had plans this summer to get out more, to explore the city, to take my iPad with me and work as roving correspondent/student/writer/whatever, in all the hot spots. That will have to wait until August, when my course is done! The difficulty is two-fold: Tech limitations constrain where I can go, and course requirements constrain how much time I have free to go there. I will elaborate on each of these points in more detail. 1. Technical Issues The good news is, I...

A bundle of bundle updates: StoryBundle and Humble Bundle add more titles
July 10, 2013 | 7:12 pm

Fullscreen capture 7102013 54818 PM.bmp It can’t be coincidental that both e-book bundles I talked about last week have chosen to add more titles on the same day, can it? First, because they updated first, is StoryBundle, which updated its Sci-Fi Bundle with a free copy of the June issue of Lightspeed, an on-line SF magazine. Judging by the magazine’s on-line store, this is a $3.99 value. No additional purchase is required to get it; anyone who donates any amount, even if it’s not enough to unlock the $10 extra titles, will receive it. I’ll be honest, this doesn’t exactly make me...

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...

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 1: The Course Begins!
July 5, 2013 | 3:53 pm

online learningI'm taking an online course this summer through the University of Western Ontario. It's called an AQ, which stands for additional qualification, and is part of a modular system of credits one can add to a teacher's certification to expand their areas of expertise. This is part three of three, and will give me a specialist designation in teaching French as a Second Language. This isn't one of those MOOC classes—we had to prove eligibility for the course (by taking the part one and part two modules previously—and passing a test or interview to qualify for those) and we get an...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 6: Short story binging
July 5, 2013 | 12:00 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * Happy July, everyone! June was an exceptionally busy month for me, and I found myself doing a lot of reading in bits and pieces. It just seemed more satisfying to actually be able to finish something, even if it was only a short story snuck in on the iPhone during a bus ride home from work. I am 'off' for the summer now, but juggling two on-line courses and some other commitments. I do hope to have more reading time though! So, what did I read in June? 1. Delphi Classics I did some playing...

A bundle of bundles: The Humble eBook Bundle II and StoryBundle Sci-Fi Bundle
July 3, 2013 | 3:32 pm

Fullscreen capture 732013 22537 PM.bmpGet ready to bundle! By whatever strange alchemy, two separate pay-what-you-want DRM-free multi-format e-book bundles have suddenly popped up independently of each other. The more appealing one is from the past master of bundling, the Humble Bundle. The Humble eBook Bundle II includes Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, and Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. If you beat the average ($9.78 as of this writing) you also get Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton, and The Last Unicorn (Deluxe Edition, includes the sequel novella “Two Hearts” and an interview with the...

Digital comics news: Comixology adds subscriptions and bundles; Image goes DRM-free
July 2, 2013 | 8:35 pm

image-comics-logoYesterday, Gizmodo reported that Comixology, the mobile/web app that Marvel, DC, Image, and other comic publishers use to sell their comics, added options for subscriptions and bundle packages. The subscriptions don’t come at a discount—they’re essentially just a commitment to buy each new issue as it becomes available. The bundles seem to be the digital equivalent of graphic novel collections, and do include a discount. In addition to the new buying options, Comixology added a fit-to-width comic viewing option for its iPhone and iPad apps, and a two-page view option for the iPad. But by far the more interesting story came out...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 5: Summer Stockpiling
May 31, 2013 | 10:00 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It's been a busy month for me—school is winding down, so I had class plays, field trips, report cards and other wrap-ups to do. I haven't read much, but I have been stockpiling for the summer, when I'll have some time off. I seem to be in a series mood these days... 1. Blake Crouch | I picked up a few Blake Crouch books on sale. I found him through Konrath, and liked the first one I read. I had a chance to snatch up some others, and did so. 2. Diane Duane...

One year later, Tor Books reflects on going DRM-free
April 30, 2013 | 4:30 pm

TorPiracy is the dirty word that companies like to throw around when it comes to digital rights management, or DRM. Many publishers and even retailers use DRM in an effort to avoid having their books stolen on the Internet. One year ago, Tor, a sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Macmillan, dropped DRM from all its books. Besides receiving positive reactions from authors and readers, something else occurred that just might break the hearts of other retailers and publishers. “We’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year,” UK editorial director Julie...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 4: The Internet Archive and my first DIY
April 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * I am four months into my DRM-free year, and so far have spent just a fraction of my usual book budget. In my highest year—the year agency pricing came out, and I binged in preparation—I spent $1,300, for an average of $108 per month. This year, I am down to less than $20 per month, and most of it spent on a handful of Kindle Deals of the Day, and the odd indie read. So, where has my book spending—and my reading time—gone in April? My one book purchase this month...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 3: Read an E-Book Week
March 28, 2013 | 11:02 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * For this third month of my DRM-free year, the big event was Read an E-Book Week. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the offerings. Most authors seemed to simply re-list whatever they had last year—some of these books didn't interest me then or now, and others I had already explored. A few others had impressed me in previous years and then had nothing new on offer. I have downloaded fewer and fewer books in each successive Read an E-Book Week year... Thank goodness for the message boards! A...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 2: All hail indie Amazon authors!
February 27, 2013 | 11:00 am

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It's been a busy month for me, work-wise, so I haven't had that much reading time—I logged just five books this month, which is pathetic. But this doesn't reflect my daily reading. I have a few longer-term books I'm reading (a book of daily essays, some reference books) which should bump my total when they're done, but that won't be for some time. I also have a special reading project I'm working on, which I'll explain shortly. So ... how is my DRM-free year going? The Library I'm still reading from them! My...