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Hugo Awards controversy breaks out in self-published e-books

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

I haven’t touched on most of the Hugo and Puppy-related affairs of late. It’s only sort-of on topic for the blog, after all. Also, I think the more that is written about it, the more the flames get fanned, and I’d really like to see them have a chance to die down. (Whether that is actually [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival finishes 2015 on a high

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has finished its 2015 run on what it declares is “the most successful year in our history,” with “over 800 authors from 55 countries taking part in almost 800 events,” and “around 225,000 visits this August,” as well as a [...]

Whether Sad Puppy or opposed, fans are people, too

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 6 Comments

So, yesterday I went up to the local gun show so that a Sad Puppy could approach me bearing knives. That is to say, yesterday I arranged to meet Michael Z. Williamson, Hugo-nominated author of Wisdom from My Internet, to pick up a couple of pocketknives I’d dropped off with him earlier. [...]

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). [...]

Show Notes: TeleRead Podcast Gen Con 2015 Interviews (1 of 2)

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s taken me much longer than it should have, but I finally got around to uploading the first half of my collection of audio interviews from Gen Con this year to the TeleRead Podcast. I apologize for the low quality of the recordings; I’ll be using a different device next time I do such [...]

Hugo nominations closing does not end Puppies Hugo controversy

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Puppies Hugo controversy really is the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the nominations closed at the end of July, the arguments continue. While we wait for the awards to be announced at this year’s WorldCon, Sasquan, held August 19 to 23 in Spokane, Washington, there is still plenty to [...]

What does new Apple hardware portend for e-books? Probably not much

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Apple is holding one of its traditional show-off-the-new-hardware events next month, which means it’s time for everyone to prognosticate or scrabble whatever leaks they can find. Tech Insider is carrying a report suggesting that the new iPad Mini will be as thin as the iPad Air 2. The Digital [...]

Live Gen Con Storium panel amused audience, raised money for charity

By Chris Meadows
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

L-R: Chuck Wendig, Brian McClellan, Stephen Hood, Stephen Blackmoore, Delilah S. Dawson Thursday night at Gen Con, Stephen Hood of the collaborative storytelling web game Storium got together with a number of authors for a two-hour public exhibition (and exhibitionist?) game of Storium, raising [...]

Gen Con Trade Day offers useful advice for librarians, educators, retailers

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Although Gen Con technically doesn’t commence until tomorrow, today Gen Con held a special industry-and-educators-only event called Gen Con Trade Day. Since I am attending the convention on a press pass, I was also eligible to attend. There were panels available to librarians, educators, and game [...]

Mobile technology foments leaks at Comic Con

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ah, mobile technology. It’s giving people the power to e-read and consume other media pretty much anywhere—but it’s also giving them the power to record media pretty much anywhere, which is a problem for studios who want to control the distribution of stuff that’s just supposed to be shown [...]

The Geek’s Guide to Indianapolis: Sample excerpts

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, I made my first-ever self-published e-book, The Geek’s Guide to Indianapolis, available for sale on Amazon, and for free check-out via Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners Lending Library. It’s very exciting to have it out there and available now. I’ve already ordered 500 [...]

The Geek’s Guide to Indianapolis: My first-ever self-published e-book

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’m proud to announce that, as of this morning, I have officially published my first Amazon e-book. The Geek’s Guide to Indianapolis is a handy e-book resource intended for out-of-town visitors—especially those coming to town for Gen Con Indianapolis, which happens at the end of this month. [...]

Paper company creates 8-foot sheet of paper ‘superhero’ for Comic Con

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

San Diego Comic Con was this past weekend—a huge media convention that started out as being about comics but has since transitioned into being about TV shows and movies based on, that have some tenuous relationship to, or may even have nothing whatsoever to do with comics at all. However, as [...]

Unauthorized Mass Effect RPG temporarily nominated for three ENnie Awards

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s an odd little self-e-publishing story that hits unexpectedly close to home for me—in the literal sense. Over the last few days, ENWorld announced the list of ENnie Award nominees for 2015—the yearly role-playing-game-industry fan-based awards that are given out at Gen Con here in [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 lineup announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced what it claims is “its most international programme to date,” under the title “Around the World in 18 Days.” According to its advance notice, “the Book Festival welcomes voices from over 55 countries writing in a [...]

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