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  • Capt. Xerox 8:28 am on August 27, 2018 Permalink
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    Tor and Macmillan have issued a 4-month embargo on letting libraries lend their e-books, to test the impact on book sales. https://t.co/bLE4gUgd8w

  • Capt. Xerox 1:39 pm on November 25, 2016 Permalink
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    Perfect for this era of e-readers, Tor wants to bring back the science fiction novella. https://t.co/eTWx7pbVi5

  • Capt. Xerox 3:38 pm on March 13, 2016 Permalink
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    Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors is a free e-book download until March 31. https://t.co/2wjev0Ygpw

  • Capt. Xerox 5:13 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink
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    Love this effort to design attractive covers to entice people to read e-book classics. https://t.co/y0T1ewyq6E

  • Capt. Xerox 11:59 am on February 9, 2016 Permalink
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    Some of the Best from Tor 2015 can be downloaded as a free #ebook. https://t.co/0dcnYrL7Bx

  • Capt. Xerox 10:42 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink
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    10 best-selling authors I've never heard of have launched a new publishing venture. To bypass Amazon, maybe? https://t.co/ohuIw6Oleg

    • Lazarus 11:10 pm on March 3, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nope. Never heard of any of them either. I know I’m behind the times in my SF reading but I still read a bit about the on-goings in the field so you would have thought that I’d run across ONE of their names.

  • Capt. Xerox 11:24 am on February 6, 2015 Permalink
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    Singularity & Co. needs your help again to save some out-of-print sci-fi books and bring them into the digital age. http://t.co/49UlSYX9vp

  • Capt. Xerox 11:51 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink
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    If you like scif-fi ebooks and charities, take a chance on the Humble Sci-Fi eBook Bundle. It's for a good cause. http://t.co/4SPIRFEz36

  • Capt. Xerox 1:36 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    Don’t have time to read the 860,000 words of the 111 authors featured in the free 2014 Campbellian Anthology? http://t.co/tnVQpp4KeP

  • Capt. Xerox 9:58 pm on November 28, 2013 Permalink
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    Most young readers prefer printed #books over #ebooks. Sure, that’s because they don’t need reading glasses yet! http://ow.ly/rgU5R 

  • Capt. Xerox 9:12 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink
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    Are you a digital hoarder? You can add 30 years of Cinefex magazine if this Kickstarter project succeeeds. http://ow.ly/nesMY 

  • Capt. Xerox 8:16 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink
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    To celebrate it’s 5th birthday, http://Tor.com  has assembled all of its fiction into a free download. http://ow.ly/n87Jr 

  • Capt. Xerox 10:43 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink
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    Publishers Weekly didn’t think much of Wool, but the author’s already made millions selling it online. http://t.co/t88eSXYucz

  • Capt. Xerox 2:04 pm on May 10, 2013 Permalink
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    The e-book piracy debate is never-ending. At least as long as there are e-books to pirate. http://t.co/VIWhkOjYL7

  • Capt. Xerox 1:37 pm on April 29, 2013 Permalink
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    Ray Bradbury classics finally coming as eBooks. Good thing his fans had already scanned them for him years ago. http://t.co/HZCPB0xKgg

  • Capt. Xerox 1:29 pm on April 14, 2013 Permalink
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    The advent of ebooks brings another chapter to the history of serialized science fiction. http://t.co/XXBLrTKt9C

  • Capt. Xerox 4:50 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink
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    If you’re mom tossed your Starlog magazines into the trash, rejoice that the Internet archive has preserved them. http://t.co/Af2LDb8bSB

  • Capt. Xerox 8:01 pm on March 18, 2013 Permalink
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    Want to support indie writers? Here is GalleyCat’s list of self-published #scifi bestsellers for March. http://t.co/rwDOc4XEsA

  • Capt. Xerox 5:40 pm on March 8, 2013 Permalink
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    WSJ has an excellent profile of the author who scored a hit with the self-published Wool books. http://t.co/oN1Fdd0Ld8

  • Capt. Xerox 10:01 pm on February 19, 2013 Permalink
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    The great thing about technology is it is now possible for anyone to publish their own book. You could also say the bad thing about technology is that it is now possible for anyone to publish their own book.

    Because it is now so easy to create, publish and sell your own book, there has been a veritable explosion of self-published titles. The runaway success of books like Fifty Shades of Grey has only helped to fuel the Gold Rush.

    Undoubtedly, a lot of the books that people are flogging online are mediocre and will probably never find an audience. More disappointing is that there are some great books that are being drowned in that sea of mediocrity and will also never find a substantial audience.

    APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur is a book that will help you rise above that mediocre sea so that your book has a fighting chance.

    Co-authored by Guy Kawasaki, former Apple evangelist turned author and web entrepreneur, and Shawn Welch, a developer and author of programming books, the book is a step-by-step manual for anyone interested in self-publishing. As the title suggests, it teaches you about the three hats you need to wear as a self-published writer.

    The author part of the book explains the nitty-gritty of what it takes to write and prepare your text for publication. If you’re one of those writers who spends more time reading books about writing than actually writing them then you’re probably familiar with some of this, but what is different is that the information is updated for the internet era.

    The publisher part of the book outlines the steps needed to sell a book online, whether it be an electronic or a physical book. Like the author portion preceding it, this book goes into great detail about the many services available online today to help you in this process. In many ways it goes into too much detail so you may find yourself only skimming large portions. That’s okay, because the authors suggest you don’t get too caught up on the details when first reading the book, but to instead familiarize yourself with its contents so you can go back to it as a reference when you are actually ready to publish.

    The entrepreneur portion of the book explains how to use the internet and social media to help spur sales. I’d imagine that the advice is good if you actually have a product worth selling. I don’t think any amount of social media is going to get people to buy something that is a boring read. Word spreads pretty quickly if something is poor quality.

    As I read APE, I couldn’t help but think that large portions of the information contained within had a short shelf life. There were detailed descriptions of services offered by Amazon and others which is great stuff, but would it still be pertinent two years from now? Maybe, but web years go fast so who knows what disruptive services might come along by then?

    They do have a website which is part promotional and part practical as it contains resources mentioned in the book so it’s possible that the authors will update its contents over time as the self-publishing landscape changes.

    If you’re at all interested in skipping the traditional publishing process and want to sell your own book directly to your readers, then APE is a great place to start, but, be forewarned, you have to be ready to work three jobs: author, publisher and entrepreneur.

  • Capt. Xerox 7:35 pm on January 3, 2013 Permalink
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    Looking for something different to read? Why not try a self-published #scifi novel? Here is a list of bestsellers. http://t.co/SGuiYBYi

  • Capt. Xerox 7:50 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink
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    This book excerpt published by Slate argues that e-reading is not reading. Does that mean digital photos aren’t photos? http://t.co/65l3w1Lw

  • Capt. Xerox 3:21 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink
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    I remember buying the first issue of OMNI Magazine. I followed iit for years. Now I can read them online for free! http://t.co/58LCNga5

    • Lazarus 10:12 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That IS cool. I remember that there were even TV commercials preceding the launch of the magazine and while it sounded interesting I wasn’t dazzled or anything and did not even consider getting it. But a few months later a friend and I were perusing the magazine racks while waiting for the Metro and some some pretty cool stuff in one of the issues and each of us bought one. For a number of years after that I bought them one the stands as soon as I saw a new one. Loved the science as much as the science fiction among many other things. There were many months in which I read pretty much the entire issue from end to end. I regretted getting rid of my pile years ago. Now I can have it back (if I ever find the time that is). Thanks

  • Capt. Xerox 12:01 pm on October 11, 2012 Permalink
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    Interesting to see that people give more for SFWA’s Humble eBook Bundle than they do for the indie game bundles. http://t.co/sA9fXLj5

  • Capt. Xerox 6:26 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink
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    We are cursed with an oversupply of free ebooks! Here are 130 Places for free #scifi. http://t.co/U34MZeNn

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