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Amazon launches Jet City Comics, a new imprint for comics and graphic novels
July 9, 2013 | 11:48 am

Jet City ComicsComics and graphic novels seem to be taking over the world. OK, not really ... but they are certainly prevalent and part of the mainstream. Amazon has announced yet another publishing imprint, this one focused on the comics world. Jet City Comics starts today, according to a report in Publishers Weekly. By the end of the year, names in the Jet City Comics stable will include George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey and Neal Stephenson. Publishers Weekly states the first release is the premiere issue of Symposium, an original Foreworld comic from the series created by Stephenson and others. According to PW, Jet City...

New Additions to Kindle Worlds Program
June 20, 2013 | 2:06 pm

Kindle WorldsWhen Amazon announced their Kindle Worlds program, which would allow authors to sell their own fanfiction and media tie-in works from certain properties, I had mixed feelings. The fine print was a little troubling, and I was not particularly interested in any of the properties that had signed on. But I remember how much I used to love writing that sort of thing. If you had told teenage Joanna she could have gotten paid to write "Star Trek" stories (for instance) she would have been thrilled. And if that meant the money came with ownership conditions—just as it did for the...

Are you a Wired subscriber? Grab your free e-book.
May 6, 2013 | 12:35 pm

WiredWired magazine will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the remainder of 2013, and as something of a celebration, the editorial team has put together Wired @20, an e-book consisting of what the editors consider to be "20 of the most important and mind-blowing stories from the [Wired] archives." Interestingly (and wisely, I'd say), the stories include "all-new epilogues that bring the articles up to date." So even if you've been reading Wired cover-to-cover from day one, you'll probably still find something of interest here. The anthology includes Evan Ratliff's absolutely masterful feature on how to vanish in the digital age, for instance. It also...

Breaking News: E-Books Rife with Typos … Film at Eleven
October 31, 2012 | 2:00 pm

On The Verge, new e-book reader Laura June comes to the same realization as quite a few of her forebears (including me) over the last few years: in emphasized orange all-capital header-sized letters: “e-books are apparently lousy with typos.” She brings up the example of Umberto Eco’s Foucalt’s Pendulum, a still-in-print book by a living author translated from Italian at great trouble and expense, which features a number of c-for-e OCR errors: I’ve found other typos in other books too, but statistics on this are hard to come by, and since I’ve only been using an e-reader for a few weeks,...

Amazon retroactively replaces Reamde, repelled readers revolt
September 30, 2011 | 1:29 pm

reamdeAmazon remade its Kindle edition of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde, and is now getting reamed by disgruntled readers, GalleyCat and CNet report. The e-book had been pulled from the Kindle store on Tuesday, and today customers who had bought it received a cryptic (and ungrammatical) email from Amazon advising them that “the version you received had Missing Content that have (sic) been corrected.” The manner in which this correction was applied has upset customers such as Cynthia Ewer, who was 400 pages into the over-1,000-page novel, or cdale77 who was 500 pages in. They were not upset at...

Neal Stephenson’s Mongoliad is new take on old collaborative idea
November 29, 2010 | 6:02 pm

Publishing Perspectives is running an article by Michael Bhaskar looking at Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear’s “collaborative transmedia” project, The Mongoliad (which we previously mentioned here). Like Elizabeth Bear (no relation to Greg)’s Shadow Unit, The Mongoliad is a website to which chapters are posted by the primary authors but in which readers can assay some participation and collaboration. The Mongoliad tells a 12th-century alternate history story involving a Mongolian invasion of Europe, with new chapters posted weekly. The chapters involve not just text, but pictures, videos, animations, and other supplemental material. It is supported by a $10 yearly...

Mongoliad is live
September 2, 2010 | 10:30 am

mongoliadDefault-Portrait.jpgFrom Boing Boing. I hate serials so I won't jump in, but I'll probably buy the thing when it's finished. The Mongoliad is live! This is the collaborative, participatory shared-world project from Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and pals. It's an epic fantasy novel about the Mongol conquest, told in installment form, with lots of supplementary material (video, stills, short fiction, etc), and a strong audience participation component in the form of a Wikipedia-style concordance, fanfic, etc. You can read the free samples without registration, but you need an account to edit the "Pedia." For $5.99 you get a six-month subscription to...