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Fiction Bundle joins the DRM-free pay-what-you-want e-book bundle crowd

By Chris Meadows
November 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

The Humble Indie Bundle has done a lot to put independent and even some big studio software titles on many people’s virtual gaming shelves, but I haven’t seen all that many game bundle sites spring up in imitation of it. I can recall maybe one or two, but not more than that. But once the idea [...]

Refurbished Nook Simple Touch: $40 on eBay

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a good cheap e-reader, an eBay seller is running a $40 with free shipping special on refurbished Nook Simple Touch units. This is B&N’s 2011 model, a 6” 800×600 unlit Pearl e-ink reader that can do EPUB, including Barnes & Noble’s and Adobe Digital [...]

Can e-books be made worthwhile for everyone?

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2013 // 4 Comments

On Studio Tendra, Baldur Bjarnason has been writing a series of posts on e-books relating to the missed opportunities that make e-books not as good as regular books. In his first two posts, about e-book silos (“silo” being the term for an ecosystem that locks the user in), he discusses the way [...]

Baen places e-books in Sony store

By Chris Meadows
August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Another brief Baen update: Baen e-books have started appearing on the Sony e-book store. It’s hard to tell how many, because it’s apparently not possible to search by publisher, but a number of Baen David Weber, David Drake, and other titles have started to show up. Baen publisher Toni [...]

Baen news: Changes to bundle gifting; Baen Bulk fundraiser update

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here are a couple of news items from the Baen Bar. The first and most important has to do with the way in which Baen e-book buyers are able to pass along freebies to their friends. Until now, the way it worked was that someone would buy one of Baen’s monthly bundles of e-books, in which a half [...]

The ‘Cuckoo’ calls for e-books

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Laura Hazard Owen (you know, if my middle name was as cool as “Hazard,” I’d probably use it all the time too) has an article over on paidContent discussing the splash that The Cuckoo’s Calling has made unexpectedly among bookstores and and e-book stores alike. Joanna mentioned this article [...]

When e-books hand you a lemon, make lemonade

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2013 // 7 Comments

For some reason that’s unclear to me, cars seem to be one of the favorite metaphors for intellectual property. You can’t read very many discussions of piracy without some misguided soul spouting, “You wouldn’t steal a car, would you?” (And occasionally someone points out the inadequacy of [...]

Genre fiction is extremely popular in e-books, publishers find

By Chris Meadows
June 26, 2013 // 8 Comments

Speaking of Baen, Wired misses a perfectly good opportunity to speak of Baen in an article about why big publishers seem to think genre fiction is the future of e-books. The article looks at how all the recent digital-only imprints the Big Six have been launching lately all seem to focus on genre [...]

Baen soon coming to iBooks, finally posts announcements of changes to web site

By Chris Meadows
January 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Baen/Amazon deal takes effect December 15

By Chris Meadows
December 12, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Crain’s New York Business profiles Tor DRM-free e-book store plans

By Chris Meadows
June 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Crain’s New York Business has a profile of Tor’s plan for a DRM-free e-book store. (The article is paywalled, but you can read it via Google News search.) It summarizes the situation with the DoJ antitrust lawsuit, and points to that suit and the success of the DRM-free Harry Potter e-book [...]

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