Small e-book store agency pricing lawsuit to move forward again

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Did you know there’s another agency pricing Apple lawsuit? This one hasn’t gotten as much press, though Nate has covered it at The Digital Reader and we touched upon it once in regard to a ruling by Judge Cote on the legality of removing DRM. It was filed by three booksellers: Australian e-book [...]

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. [...]

Designers & Dragons vol. 3 now available to Kickstarter backers

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2014 // 2 Comments

A quick update on the Designers & Dragons Kickstarter, whose first volume I reviewed a few weeks ago. The second volume in the 4-volume series, covering the 1980s, has been available for a while to those (such as myself) who kicked in at least $15. Today, the ‘90s volume came out. The second [...]

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. [...]

BookBale offers eight big-name SF titles in pay-what-you-want book bundle

By Chris Meadows
November 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

It seems that the pay-what-you-want book bundle has been getting more popular lately. They’re popping up all over the place. Here’s one called “BookBale” that features a number of major-name authors and books. The pay-what-you-want has a minimum price of at least $2.99, and includes six [...]

Kindle app for Windows 8 does not read user-generated content…yet

By Chris Meadows
July 12, 2013 // 4 Comments

The Kindle e-reader client for Windows 8 does not support loading user-created MOBI format content. Writer Patricia “Pooks” Burroughs discovered this recently, and when she contacted Amazon to inquire about it she received an email from Amazon support saying simply that Kindle for Windows 8 did [...]

Diane Duane puts all her e-books on sale at 60% off through 3/27

By Chris Meadows
March 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

I know I mention Diane Duane’s e-book store sales a lot, but I figure that she’s one of very few excellent examples I know of authors who run their own DRM-free multi-format e-book stores and offer frequent discounts to boot. She’s a shining example of how to do things right, and I think that [...]

Does more e-book competition lead to more DRM?

By Chris Meadows
December 22, 2011 // 2 Comments

On PaidContent, Bill Rosenblatt looks at whether we can ever expect a universal format for e-books, equivalent to “MP3” for audio. He doesn’t think so. For one thing, he points out that MP3s aren’t actually used all that much in digital music sales. Apple uses AAC, which has generally [...]

Putting Skyrim in-game books on your e-reader

By Chris Meadows
November 30, 2011 // 1 Comment

One of the hottest new computer games is the latest entry in the Elder Scrolls franchise, Skyrim. Although I haven’t played the game myself, it seems that one element of the game is that it includes a bunch of in-game books, some of them quite long, that go into the backstory of the game world [...]

Diane Duane releases revised Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses e-book

By Chris Meadows
November 22, 2011 // 2 Comments

Diane Duane has revised and relaunched another of her backlist as an e-book. This one, Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses, takes CSI-style forensic drama (though it was first published in 2002, the same year as the original CSI launched) and puts it into an SF/fantasy setting. It’s one of the few [...]

Diane Duane marks her e-books down 50% for today only

By Chris Meadows
October 10, 2011 // 4 Comments

For “absolutely no reason”, Diane Duane is running a 50%-off sale on every e-book in her on-line store, good today, October 10th, only. Use the coupon code NOREASON to get the discount. Duane’s e-books are available DRM-free in both mobi (Kindle) and EPUB (Nook, Kobo) formats, and are already [...]

Amazon confirms Harry Potter e-books to be available for Kindle

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2011 // 7 Comments

Those worried that Kindle owners might be left out in the cold by Google’s partnership with Pottermore for Harry Potter e-books no longer need worry. On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that an Amazon spokesperson told them that Amazon is working with Pottermore, too. Indeed, Owens reminds [...]

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