Complete Wheel of Time on sale for $45 Labor Day weekend

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 4 Comments

Do you have the sudden urge to read a novel series that you could build a fortification out of that could probably stop bullets? Now you can, and you don’t even have to figure out where to build the fortification. Tor is making the e-book version of the complete 15-book Wheel of Time series [...]

Sad Puppies roundup, and the Irene Gallo controversy

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2015 // 8 Comments

It’s been some time since our last few posts covering the Sad/Rabid Puppies Hugo Awards controversy, and a few interesting developments and articles have come out since then, so it’s time for a roundup. First of all, Jim C. Hines has put a lot of time and effort into compiling a comprehensive [...]

Tor and BitLit offer discounted e-books to print book owners

By Chris Meadows
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tor has just announced it will be using BitLit to make DRM-free e-books of TorForge titles available at a discount to people who can prove they own the physical version of the book. It joins HarperCollins, which began using the program last year. BitLit is an iOS or Android smartphone app that [...]

Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the company’s “Authors, Illustrators, and Agents” which has appeared in full on the blog of [...]

Macmillan makes Nature access free in content-sharing push

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The scholarly open access model of scientific publishing received a boost this week when Macmillan Science and Education, “one of the leading publishing and technology companies in the world,” announced a new content-sharing and free access initiative for top journal Nature and other [...]

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. (The storyline then continues here.) It seems to have been inspired by the letter that Cory Doctorow received from Hachette about DRM. Since some authors publish with Tor in the USA but [...]

Tor looks back on two DRM-free years, launches new novella imprint

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tor has posted an interesting article on covering Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty’s presentation at BEA today. First of all, he discussed the aftereffects of removing DRM from Tor books. He said much the same thing Tor said at the one-year-mark. Citing Baen’s example, he [...]

Hugo voter e-book bundle to include entire Wheel of Time series

By Chris Meadows
April 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Hugo nominations have been announced. One of the more interesting things to come out of the nominations this time around has been the inclusion of the entire Wheel of Time series for “Best Novel.” This is something of a first for the Hugos, and would probably be at least mildly [...]

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings

By Chris Meadows
March 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at Publishers Weekly looking at the Humble Bundle e-book program in depth. It has some interesting [...]

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