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  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 3:39 pm on September 25, 2012 Permalink
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    Six-Gun Gorilla. The title says it all. Read the 15-part saga of a gorilla seeking revenge for his master’s death. http://t.co/3mgYGXbb

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 6:46 pm on September 19, 2012 Permalink
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    I like this new e-book export feature that has been added to Wikipedia. I don’t know what to do with it, but I like it http://t.co/eJFwdifP

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 1:17 pm on August 26, 2012 Permalink
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    Are you a fan of old-time, pulp #scifi? I just discovered this treasure trove of free stories from Munsey’s. Enjoy! http://t.co/I0aGcRBp

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 2:56 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink
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    Pay what you want for a bunch of #scifi ebooks in The Big Bang Bundle. Love to hear from anyone who’s read any of them. http://t.co/k51qMufP

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 2:43 am on May 7, 2012 Permalink
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    To paraphrase Paul Krugman, you can always find the ebook you’re looking for but you need a bookstore to find what you weren’t looking for.

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 2:56 am on April 29, 2012 Permalink
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    Are indie #scifi ebooks the new pulp fiction? They certainly can churn them out. Here are some recommendations. http://t.co/FkKG9Ky7

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 1:50 pm on April 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Everyone likes free. Here are some free #scifi ebooks that will be given out over the next 10 weeks. http://t.co/KjHtWnhO

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 1:03 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink
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    Not sure how significant this is, but Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games books are among the most highlighted on the Kindle http://t.co/MfWe5E6E

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 6:00 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink
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    I like Singularity & Co.’s goal of reviving out-of-print #scifi #books so they can be rediscovered on ereaders. http://t.co/KZ3KkfVn

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 10:46 am on February 8, 2012 Permalink
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    Some observers are theorizing that part of the reason for the success of e-book readers is that people are using them to read "downmarket" genre fiction. You know smutty stories and trash like science fiction. The thinking is that people can read this stuff in public and not worry about anyone noticing the tell-tale book cover as they sit on the bus.
    One of the bloggers for Wired's GeekDad notes that one of the things lost with ebooks is the cover art with which we judge a book's merit before we buy it. With that in mind, he offers up 102 essential science ficton books for reading on your Kindle, but he has the foresight to include all of their covers for you to browse before making your picks.
    If you're still not tired of people guiding your reading choices with their lists of "essential" books, here's another one that suggests 50 sci-fi authors you must read. Not much new to long-time readers on the list, but it may be useful to newcomers.
    I've always used award wins and nominations to guide me towards fiction worth reading. John Scalzi is asking his readers to come up with titles worthy of nomination for the 2011 Nebulas. Certain names come up again and again so I know that I probably should check some of those out.
    Much more intimidating is Locus' recommended science fiction reading list for 2011. I think it would take me most of 2012 to read even half of it.
     

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 1:22 am on February 8, 2012 Permalink
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    The secret behind the success of e-book readers? People are buying trashy genre fiction and smut to read on them. http://t.co/fJjlTvK1

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 4:15 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink
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    A best-selling author encourages people to pirate books. But what if you aren’t already a popular or known author? http://t.co/6h7KrdLz

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 8:47 pm on January 30, 2012 Permalink
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    Jonathan Franzen’s claim that: e-books are damaging society doesn’t seem to have much support. What do you think? http://t.co/v1dMgm6c

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 7:12 pm on January 16, 2012 Permalink
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    This interesting piece likens the 99-cent bargain books in Amazon’s marketplace to the pulp era of cheap fiction. http://t.co/nBq5e3Xh

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 3:15 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Lovers of indie bookstores love to hate Amazon, but here’s an interesting argument that sides with the online giant. http://t.co/TpVdWJzg

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 1:37 pm on November 30, 2011 Permalink
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    Ray Bradbury gives in an allows Fahrenheit 451 to be released as an ebook. Oh, the irony. http://t.co/MEOzy9Pi

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 8:27 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink
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    Adding more books to your e-reader makes it heavier. Don’t believe it? Science says it is true. http://t.co/CgQRbkyF

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 12:27 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink
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    A tech perspective on how ebooks are killing off paperbacks which carefully ignores piracy as part of the equation. http://t.co/606Lw2cU

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 10:01 pm on November 14, 2011 Permalink
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    As much as I enjoy books, I have far too many of them and am at a stage in my life that I know that I have more than I can ever read.  This gives me the urge to get rid of a good amount of them.
    With the advent of electronic readers, its tempting to simply opt for digital versions of books. They don't take up any space and I can acquire even more of them than I could ever shelve in my house.
    This has me thinking about how to replace a paper version of a book for an electronic one. In many cases, legitimate digital versions don't even exist, especially for older, out-of-print books which are too obscure to ever be digitized by their original publishers. Amazingly enough, though, there are plenty of pirated scans of these books.
    Is it ethical to use the pirated version if there is no other way to obtain one? What if I were to make scans of my own books to digitize them for personal use? Is that different than making a backup copy of any other medium that I already own?
    Of course, digitizing a book on my own is not a trivial task, but it's not an impossible one. There are DIY book scanners that can be cobbled together with a pair of digital cameras and some scrap wood. Once you have one of these devices, you can digitize a book in less than half an hour.
    It is tempting to simply grab a digital file that someone's already created in order to replace the physical book I already own. The end result is the same, but is it legal, or even ethical?
    To complicate the picture, when I actually look at the number of books I own, an overwhelming majority of them were purchased second-hand, which means that not a penny of the money I spent on them ever went to the original authors. My spending has mostly benefitted used-book sellers.
    What would you do?

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 2:52 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink
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    An intriguing publishing model is emerging in China for digital publishing. Can it work in the West? http://t.co/jb0V240K

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 12:39 am on November 3, 2011 Permalink
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    Can Amazing Stories be revived for the digital age? Not without lurid cover art, it won’t or it simply isn’t Amazing. http://t.co/ZCXV4Zfv

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 4:47 am on October 22, 2011 Permalink
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    A long, but insightful, read about the future of the book publishing industry. http://t.co/rFmPLXJy

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 12:17 pm on October 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Will the rise in ebooks kill off traditional bookstores? http://t.co/SuaPEp3l

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 5:03 pm on October 5, 2011 Permalink
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    The future of the novel may be digital, but it certainly isn’t hypertext. Here’s why the book’s future never happened. http://ow.ly/6OowM

     
  • Capt. Xerox

    Capt. Xerox 5:54 pm on August 4, 2011 Permalink
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    It would appear that Amazon’s free SF&F subscription offer for the digest edition is causing some confusion. http://ow.ly/5Vmfx

     
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