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Offensive game causes stir on DriveThruRPG PDF store

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

One of my earliest long articles, written for Jeff Kirvin’s “Writing On Your Palm” before I ever came to TeleRead, was a piece called “Whither the PDA D&D?” in which I looked at the emergence of role-playing game books in digital form, largely as PDFs. I wondered if we might ever see [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing “hard” DRM from their e-books. Shatzkin ponders the meanings behind these two moves, largely separately. [...]

Of Puppies and Sadness: A Hugo Award post-mortem

By Chris Meadows
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Earlier this month, when I described the latest Hugo Puppies blow-up, I closed with the paragraph: This is really something in the nature of a pre-game show to the kerfuffle that will invariably follow the announcement of this year’s Hugo winners (or “No Award” votes, as the case might be). [...]

Can someone out-compete Amazon in these six areas?

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The ever-thought-provoking Joe Konrath has posted an essay with six areas Amazon seems unwilling or unable to pursue, that might provide fertile ground for some competitor to come in and disrupt the company. The areas Konrath thinks are promising include ad-supported e-books, libraries, [...]

Baen e-book store to drop ‘mail to Kindle’ function

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Baen has just sent an email to its customers noting a change to one method of Baen e-book downloads. At the moment, Baen has a form on its web site where you can fill in your Kindle’s Personal Document Service e-mail address and have the e-book emailed to your Kindle with the click of a button. [...]

Webcomics: Another new medium of the digital age

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

New media for broadcast create new forms of media for consumer consumption. The invention of the cinema led to short films, newsreels, serials, and feature films. Later on, the emergence of television largely killed all the forms but feature films, but it brought TV series—like serials but they [...]

Dumping DRM is not a panacea

By Chris Meadows
June 20, 2014 // 10 Comments

As I’ve watched the e-book market develop, I’ve gradually lost a good deal of patience with the argument that DRM is the thing keeping people locked into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem. The latest example to pop up comes via Cory Doctorow’s latest column in The Guardian (found via BoingBoing). [...]

LonCon Hugo Voter Packet now available for download to paid members

By Chris Meadows
May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

For those who signed up for LonCon membership to get the Hugo Voting Packet containing free e-books (such as almost all of Wheel of Time), LonCon has made the packet available. Go to the Voter Packet page. You’ll need your LonCon membership number and PIN, which should be in an email in your [...]

Whither the Kindle Killer?

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2014 // 14 Comments

Found via Slashdot: Larry Press plaintively wonders why nobody’s come up with a “Kindle Killer” yet. He notes a whole host of ways the Kindle falls short of perfection—lack of voice recognition or full interface capability with a computer, for example—and thinks such a device really [...]

E-book review: The Chronicles of the Kencyrath is fun, dark fantasy

By Chris Meadows
May 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking for something interesting to read, I’m going to talk about an underappreciated, inexpensive series of e-books from Baen that I’ve grown to love. It’s called the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, and the first book, God Stalk, was written by Patricia C. Hodgell back in 1982. Go [...]

Ryk Spoor launches Kickstarter to fund new Oz novel

By Chris Meadows
March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a worthy-looking Kickstarter project. Ryk Spoor, one of the Baen stable of authors, is looking to self-publish Polychrome, his modern-day pastiche on the public-domain Oz setting. He’s already offered it to multiple publishers, but none of them seems to have been able to figure out quite [...]

Surprise! Most consumers buy e-books from a single retailer

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2014 // 15 Comments

At Digital Book World, book industry research firm Codex Group has some news for you that will completely shock and surprise you: in a survey of just over 2,000 people who buy e-books, 86% buy them from only one retailer. Those who buy books from Amazon tend to keep buying them from Amazon, etc. [...]

Baen’s new mobile site and app show promise

By Chris Meadows
December 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

Today I was reminded that Baen has a mobile version of its website and mobile apps under development. I’ve been trying out the Android version, which can be found in the “Baen Mobile” forum on the Baen Bar. It offers some interesting features, but is a bit rough and unpolished as of yet—it [...]

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