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Pay what you want for two science-urban-fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin
April 3, 2014 | 11:22 am

Reboots-FrontCovHere’s a mini-pay-what-you-want e-book bundle for this month: a pair of whimsical science-urban-fantasy novels from Mercedes Lackey and one of her Secret World Chronicle co-authors, Cody Martin. (I used to play City of Heroes with both of them.) The way it’s set up is, you can get the first book for free, or you can order both of them for a minimum of $1.99, suggested price of $3.99. I’ve read the first book; it’s highly amusing. The premise is pretty clever. It’s set in a science-fiction universe in which various supernatural critters—werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc.—have become useful in outer...

Tantor Media Launches New Print & E-Books Division
September 14, 2012 | 11:40 pm

PRESS RELEASE Tantor Media, one of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the nation, is venturing into the realm of print and e-books. The 12-year-old Connecticut-based publisher—after releasing over 2,700 audiobooks—is launching its new print line this fall with a combination of fiction and nonfiction. Tantor will serve consumers and authors by publishing in all formats: print, e-book, and audiobook, to all markets—capitalizing on the emerging marketplace for new content delivery methods. CEO Kevin Colebank  believes that expansion in an industry that is going through many dynamic changes is a good strategic move. “We now will provide a complete selection of content options for...

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...

Does more e-book competition lead to more DRM?
December 22, 2011 | 10:22 pm

On PaidContent, Bill Rosenblatt looks at whether we can ever expect a universal format for e-books, equivalent to “MP3” for audio. He doesn’t think so. For one thing, he points out that MP3s aren’t actually used all that much in digital music sales. Apple uses AAC, which has generally better sound quality. The only major commercial market for MP3s is Amazon, and it only has 10% of the music market. And whereas MP3 had a number of advantages over the competing CD format (in particular, it was much smaller and easier to transfer digitally), EPUB doesn’t offer...

Diane Duane marks her e-books down 50% for today only
October 10, 2011 | 11:49 am

For “absolutely no reason”, Diane Duane is running a 50%-off sale on every e-book in her on-line store, good today, October 10th, only. Use the coupon code NOREASON to get the discount. Duane’s e-books are available DRM-free in both mobi (Kindle) and EPUB (Nook, Kobo) formats, and are already quite reasonably priced. 50% off that is quite a deal!...

Mobipocket ebooks no longer supported by OverDrive
October 4, 2011 | 10:12 am

Index From an email I received from Ed Klopek: E-mail from OverDrive Streamlining the eBook Experience - Eliminating Mobipocket eBooks As part of our ongoing initiative to streamline the user experience, OverDrive has ended support for the Mobipocket eBook format which means that this format is no longer available for selection in Content Reserve. For libraries with Mobipocket eBook collections, OverDrive will replace any copies with a corresponding number of units for use with Kindle or other supported reading devices. There will be a very small number of titles that we are unable to replace...

Amazon confirms Harry Potter e-books to be available for Kindle
July 22, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Those worried that Kindle owners might be left out in the cold by Google’s partnership with Pottermore for Harry Potter e-books no longer need worry. On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that an Amazon spokesperson told them that Amazon is working with Pottermore, too. Indeed, Owens reminds readers, Rowling said from the first mention of Pottermore’s e-book sales that she would be making the e-books available in as many DRM-free (albeit watermarked) formats as possible, so everyone would be able to read them in their own format of choice. Just because there have been a number of prominent exclusive...

Diane Duane will write The Door into Starlight if fans can prove interest
July 17, 2011 | 8:15 pm

tale_of_the_five_omnibus_cover_mediumA number of authors have as-yet-unwritten books that are the subject of inquiries. (I mentioned George R.R. Martin’s experiences of that nature last year.) For Diane Duane, it’s the last book of the “Middle Kingdoms” series, The Door into Starlight. Though it has been thirty years since the first book in the series, Duane has not yet managed to write the fourth—though she gets asked about it a great deal. The release of updated e-book versions of the first three books in the series a few days ago has prompted another wave of inquiries into when Duane will write...

Will Amazon’s EPUB move force publishers to dump Adobe DRM?
May 19, 2011 | 12:07 pm

My, how quickly fears can change. It wasn’t so very long ago that Amazon was a big meanie who forced everyone to use DRM whether they wanted to or not. (What’s more, it used a different DRM format from everyone that had gone before, including the Mobipocket format that was the basis for Kindle in the first place, as part of its consumer lock-in strategy.) It wasn’t long before Amazon relented and gave authors greater control over whether DRM was used or not. Now Amsterdam-based publishing exec Jürgen Snoeren, whose post about publishers’ core competencies I mentioned yesterday, is...

Blog claims Amazon will allow Epubs on the Kindle!
May 18, 2011 | 5:42 pm

Download That's, indeed, what the Good E-Reader blog is claiming.  Here's a snippet. Check out the full story at the site: ... It seems many publishers have been told by the company that in the near-future, they should be submitting their books to Amazon in EPUB format and not exclusively MOBI. This news has been confirmed by at least 4 publishing companies we have spoken with during the last few days. ... Four publishers in the last week have confirmed that Amazon has indeed told them they now have an option to submit eBooks to be listed in the Amazon store in ePub format....

Mobipocket will end publishing for distribution in the Kindle store
December 26, 2010 | 8:03 pm

download.jpegSteve Weber of Plug Your Book received the following email from Mobipocket on December 24: Soon, publishing for distribution in the Kindle Store will no longer be available through Mobipocket.com. Publishing and selling in the Mobipocket.com store and other Mobipocket partner retailers will not be affected, but the Digital Text Platform (DTP) will become the preferred path to publishing on Kindle. In the coming weeks, we would like to begin consolidating your titles into one location – DTP. We’re writing to remind you about our earlier message, and to again offer assistance with moving your Mobipocket.com titles to DTP. By making the move,...

The Black Library launches Warhammer e-books, audiobooks
October 25, 2010 | 3:15 pm

Dead-Men-Walking The Black Library, the publisher of tie-in novels and audiobooks for Games Workshop’s Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 role-playing game settings, is going digital. To promote the event, the publisher has been giving away some free digital content every Friday for the last four weeks, with something more to go up on the site this coming Friday. Available thus far are the novels First & Only and Nightbringer, the first issue of Hammer and Bolter magazine, and an mp3 of the first disc of the Horus Rising audiobook. The e-books are downloadable in MobiPocket or EPUB format, and are...

TeleRead E-book Primer Part Two: Formats
October 25, 2010 | 10:15 am

Ebooks_stack_lgRelated: TeleRead E-Book Primer Part One: What is an e-book? You may be old enough to remember a time when there were two different formats of video tape--VHS or Betamax. If not, you're almost certainly old enough to remember that there were two different competing high-definition DVD formats a couple of years ago--HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. And you'll know that in both cases, you had to have the right player to play each format: Beta tapes would only play in Beta players, VHS tapes would only work in VHS. It's much the same way with e-books, except...

O’Reilly sees percentage of PDF downloads fall, others rise
October 3, 2010 | 2:35 am

oreillychart Andrew Savikas of O’Reilly has posted a very interesting chart of the breakdown of format downloads by percentage of O’Reilly books for the last two years. The chart shows PDFs falling from around 90% of the total to around 50%. The sharpest drop in PDF happened around the end of 2008, and the decline has been more or less stady since then (save for a big spike brought on by an “any book for $9.99” promotion earlier this year). The biggest gain has been seen by EPUB format, which seems to account for about 25%, followed by Mobipocket...

A very basic e-book primer: What should it cover?
September 13, 2010 | 9:15 am

The Nook! I have lately been thinking about writing an e-book guide for the average consumer—something very simple and basic that breaks down some of the complex issues surrounding e-books into something easy to understand for people who don’t currently know anything about them. Before I begin, I’d like to know what members of the TeleRead community might think such a guide should contain. My new tech support day job has brought home to me once more just what a gap there is between how much the average person knows about computers and how much computer geeks know. In a...

New Smashwords Style Guide and Meatgrinder Blades released
September 13, 2010 | 2:04 am

stylefinal.png I released a new revision to the Smashwords Style Guide that makes it easier to produce, publish and distribute a great-looking multi-format ebook with Smashwords.In parallel, in the last 30 days we developed, tested and introduced new EPUB and MOBI Meatgrinder conversion blades that give authors and publishers more control than ever over the final look and feel of their ebooks.The new Style Guide marks the 42nd and most significant update to the Style Guide since we first released it in November 2008. Our last major revision was in April, which is when...

Cambridge University Press experiments with e-books
July 13, 2010 | 4:52 pm

logo_cup The Bookseller’s FutureEBook blog has a interesting post today on the process of converting textbooks into digital textbooks. The textbook publisher that writer John Pettigrew works for, Cambridge University Press, is in the process of exploring the market for e-textbooks. In looking into the matter, it ran up against the problem that there simply isn’t much information available about the success of e-textbooks versus printed ones—most of the headlines about e-books relate to fiction. So, to get its feet wet, the company chose two textbooks—one fairly well-known and the other relatively new—to convert and market to...

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