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For your Hugo consideration: Designers & Dragons
January 31, 2015 | 7:06 pm

Just a quick reminder: nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards are upon us, and if you signed up for last year’s (to get the entire Wheel of Time series that was included in the Hugo voter packet, for example) you’re eligible to nominate now. Nominations are open through March 10, and you can update and change your ballot as often as you like. And I’d just like to stump for a book that I feel is extremely worthy of consideration: the four-volume history of the role-playing game industry, Designers & Dragons, which was published via Kickstarter last year. Given...

Designers & Dragons vol. 3 now available to Kickstarter backers
August 28, 2014 | 10:54 pm

ddvol3A quick update on the Designers & Dragons Kickstarter, whose first volume I reviewed a few weeks ago. The second volume in the 4-volume series, covering the 1980s, has been available for a while to those (such as myself) who kicked in at least $15. Today, the ‘90s volume came out. The second and third volumes are PDF-only for now, since the EPUB and MOBI versions take time to craft, but they’re coming. The fourth volume will be released in a preliminary draft form without an index sometime before the Kickstarter completes. I haven’t had the chance to look...

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s
August 8, 2014 | 5:23 am

designdragon70s I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. As I explained in the last article, this history is split across four volumes, divided by decade. However, the decade only refers to the period in which the company was founded. The approach the book takes is to trace the history of each company from...

‘Slenderman’ Internet fiction blamed in pre-teen stabbing; creepypasta sites issue statements
June 4, 2014 | 4:58 pm

slendermanYou know, I really want to believe the best of human nature, but then I run across something like this. There’s a genre of Internet writing called “creepypasta.” It’s a subcategory of, and its name derives from, “copypasta,” which simply means a block of text that’s short and interesting enough that it gets copied and pasted over and over again, thousands of times through the Internet. As you might guess from the name, “creepypasta” is short but interesting horror stories. One particular creepypasta that turned into a meme is the “Slenderman,” an Internet-made horror story about a supernaturally...

Jack Vance e-books showcase achievement of deceased SF/fantasy master
June 28, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Jack VanceJack Vance (1916-2013), the veteran pioneer of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a prolific master in many other genres, died just short of a century old this year, on May 26, 2013. But his massive legacy has been fittingly preserved in two huge publication projects: the Vance Integral Edition (VIE), a 44-volume set of his complete works acclaimed by some as "one of the more remarkable publishing feats of the last 50 years," and the Vance Digital Edition, a series of e-books "created from latest digital versions of the Vance Integral Edition texts," and sold directly from the official Jack...

Morning Links — Stories you may have missed
January 23, 2013 | 9:16 am

Is the Decline in Longform Newspaper Journalism a Good or Bad Thing? (Paid Content) New Digital Dungeons & Dragons Website Launches (Good E-Reader) A New Publishing Ecosystem Emerges (Scholarly Kitchen) France Explores Killing Net Neutrality (Techdirt) Kindle Daily Deal: Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr. (and 3 others)  ...

Wizards of the Coast starts selling D&D PDFs again
January 23, 2013 | 3:31 am

ScreenClip(45) Remember how, back in 2009, Wizards of the Coast pulled all its PDF products from on-line gaming store Paizo and announced it was ceasing PDF sales altogether? Apparently it only took about four years for the company to change its mind again. Wired’s GeekDad reports that WotC has launched a new e-book store site,, in conjunction with on-line RPG e-book seller DriveThruRPG. The site currently offers over 80 products ranging in age from the old red and blue books up to the latest 4E stuff, with prices ranging from $4.99 for older products to $17.99 for...

Wizards of the Coast announces new edition of Dungeons & Dragons
January 9, 2012 | 1:15 pm

phb_v35Not specifically e-book-related, but the news has just come out that Wizards of the Coast will be publishing a 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG. Since taking ownership of  the property in 1997, Wizards of the Coast has produced two and a half new editions of the game, experimented with open-style licensing, and subsequently moved away from it. It inspired the creation of a cloned game system, Pathfinder, when fans got upset that the 3rd/3.5th edition mechanics were being totally thrown over in favor of more MMO-like play in 4th edition. Seeing a new edition come out...

The ‘freemium’ model: Making money by giving the product away
April 2, 2010 | 8:15 am

These days digital media are causing so many shockwaves through the world of on-line content that it seems like every time we turn around there’s a story about a paywall going up here, or publishers raising the prices for e-books there. Content providers are seeing their sources of revenue dry up, and the instinctive reaction is to try to grasp whatever revenue source they can as tightly as possible. But there’s another business model that can work, at exactly the opposite end of the spectrum: the “freemium” model. Under freemium, the basic service is made available absolutely free,...

Paleo E-books: alt.cyberpunk.chatsubo and*
April 28, 2009 | 5:40 pm

chatsubo Prior columns in this series: The Superguy Mailing List The Legion of Net.Heroes & rec.arts.comics.creative The Legion of Net.Heroes might be the oldest Usenet-based shared-world fiction setting still alive and kicking—but there are some defunct settings that pre-date it. Identifying them by the names of their newsgroups, these are mainly alt.cyberpunk.chatsubo,, and Today we will look briefly at these groups where people were writing “e-books” before anybody ever knew what an “e-book” was. The Chatsubo and the Pubs When these groups are mentioned, they are often mentioned together, because they share more similarities than differences. Though they are based in different genres,...

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