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Baen soon coming to iBooks, finally posts announcements of changes to web site
January 24, 2013 | 8:13 pm

A month and a half since Baen made the jump to Amazon availability, the publisher is about to add another feather to its cap. On her forum on the Baen Bar, publisher Toni Weisskopf has mentioned that Baen e-books will soon be available DRM-free in Apple’s iBooks store. A formal announcement will be made when the exact timeframe has been nailed down. As with the current Amazon deal, EARCs and monthly discount bundles will continue to be exclusive to Baen. The time since the program happened has seen some minor controversy erupt on the Baen Bar. After December 15th,...

Baen/Amazon deal takes effect December 15
December 12, 2012 | 11:31 pm

Since I originally posted about Baen’s deal with Amazon, a couple more details of about the deal have come to light. First of all, the deadline for buying any of the old Baen bundles is Saturday, December 15th. That’s when the deal with Amazon goes live, and the old $10, $15, and $18 monthly bundles vanish, replaced by the higher-priced single books only. If there are any old bundles you might want, better look at and snap them up now. They’ll soon be gone. Second, there has been some discussion over what is to happen with the monthly serialized...

Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library
December 9, 2012 | 11:22 pm

Toni Weisskopf has posted a series of messages to the Baen Bar indicating major changes in the offing for the Baen Ebooks (nee Webscriptions) store. Baen is finally on the verge of getting its titles placed directly into Amazon (and is negotiating with others such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) The problem is, that comes with pesky contractual obligations. The changes amount to the following: “Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may...

Tor/Forge e-books to be completely DRM-free by July
April 24, 2012 | 1:40 pm

Tor-Forge LogoWell, that didn’t take very long. The first major publishing imprint has announced it is going to go entirely DRM-free. Tor/Forge has just posted a press announcement to Tor.com that its entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free, both through the current vendors and through retailers that can only sell DRM-free e-books, by July 2012. “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving...

Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com
January 4, 2012 | 7:36 pm

Baen has rebranded its Webscriptions program, changing the name of the site to BaenEbooks.com, redesigning its look, and renaming the monthly e-book package program to “Monthly Baen Bundles”. All account information and previously purchased bundles will remain the same under the new site, though users who have set up their Kindles to receive e-books by e-mail will have to authorize a new email address. Sadly, with this change Baen is no longer providing OPDS catalog support for downloading e-books directly to Stanza. This is disappointing given that some people (such as me) don’t have iOS devices recent enough to...

E-book Review: A Beautiful Friendship (Stephanie Harrington #1)
October 15, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Previously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen The Short Victorious War Irresponsible captain, itinerant noble Field of Dishonor Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber For this book, we actually jump back to the beginning of the chronology, because this novel is an expanded version of the novella of the same name, which I reviewed as part of the “Treecat Trilogy”. In fact, it also serves as a partial sequel to the second story in that group, “The Stray”, as well. Unlike most books in the...

RIP, old Readability bookmarklet; I will miss you
February 26, 2011 | 2:02 am

Readability disabled its old bookmarklet this afternoon, redirecting the script reference to its new browser applet instead. Rationally, I can see why they would have to do it—if they’re wanting to track pages viewed for the purpose of doling out content payments, they have to channel them through a source that can actually track those views. But I’m finding that the new applet is considerably less satisfactory than the old bookmarklet for a number of reasons. The old bookmarklet seemed to do its actual processing on my own computer. This provided a faster response time, and it also...

Charlie Stross: Why a middle Merchant Princes book has no e-book
October 15, 2010 | 11:23 pm

image911[1] Charlie Stross has posted to his blog about the mysterious absence of one of his Merchant Princes series—not the first book or most recent one, but a middle book in the series—as an e-book. The problem, Stross explains, is that the missing book, The Merchant Wars, fell between two periods of Tor e-book activity. The first few volumes were issued during the ill-fated Tor Webscriptions experiment, which Tor’s parent company shut down after just a couple of days. The later volumes were issued after Tor started up again with e-books in 2008. But The Merchant Wars...

E-reader donation drive sends Kindle 2s to soldiers in the Middle East
August 20, 2010 | 9:15 am

kindle-2[1] iReaderReview reports on a seriously cool idea that could get a lot of e-reading devices in the hands of soldiers overseas. E-Books for Troops is running a Kindle 2 donation drive, asking readers who are upgrading to Kindle 3s to send in their working Kindle 2s so that they can be shipped to soldiers. (Kindle 1s are not accepted; the donation page does not mention the Kindle DX.) I’ve seen a number of paper book drives for soldiers (including ones by Baen aficionados, many of whom have military ties themselves), but an e-book reader drive might have them...

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller hold contest to give away free e-books
July 4, 2010 | 9:43 pm

dragonvariation Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, authors of the Liaden Universe stories (including the Storyteller’s-Bowl-financed drafts of Fledgling and Saltation that I mentioned here), are holding an e-book giveaway contest to give away 36 e-book copies of The Dragon Variation, the omnibus edition of the first three novels (chronologically) of the “main” Liaden Universe series. The contest is open only to people who have not read any of the Liaden Universe novels before. Contestants may enter by leaving a comment on the blog entry linked above, until midnight Friday, July 16th. After the entry period concludes, 36 commenters will...

Another source for Kindle books: The Baen Free Library and Webscriptions
January 18, 2010 | 5:20 pm

baen_logo Many new Kindle owners may not be aware that they are not entirely locked into the Amazon ecosystem. There are a number of places where public-domain books can be downloaded for free, such as Feedbooks and ManyBooks. But there are also places where commercial e-books can be purchased. And while conflicting DRM may muddle the issue with purchases from places like Fictionwise (where “multiformat” books are Kindle-compatible but DRM-protected books are not), there are still places to buy e-books DRM-free. One of these places in particular is one of my favorite publishing houses: Baen Books. Not only...

Book Review: Fledgling, by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
November 17, 2009 | 5:18 pm

fledgling Fledgling, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is a fun return to their Liaden universe, the first half of a bildungsroman for a character who has been the subject of Liaden fan curiosity for the longest time. That being said, it also makes a good jumping-on point for people new to the Liaden universe. I highly recommend it. The novel Fledgling, and its sequel Saltation, are two of the biggest success stories of the “Storyteller’s Bowl” e-publishing format. As we reported before, the idea behind this format is that the writer agrees to post one chapter per week as long...