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. [...]

Evil Hat Kickstarts Designers & Dragons, a four-volume history of role-playing games

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s an intriguing Kickstarter from Evil Hat Productions, the folks who ran a highly successful KS for pulp tie-in novels to their Spirit of the Century game, and several other Kickstarters besides. This one is for a four-volume history of role-playing games entitled Designers & Dragons. [...]

Pay what you want for two science-urban-fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin

By Chris Meadows
April 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a mini-pay-what-you-want e-book bundle for this month: a pair of whimsical science-urban-fantasy novels from Mercedes Lackey and one of her Secret World Chronicle co-authors, Cody Martin. (I used to play City of Heroes with both of them.) The way it’s set up is, you can get the first [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Diane Duane offers e-book format bundles, Young Wizards series bundle in her e-book store

By libertyc
August 11, 2011 // 3 Comments

A couple more e-book-related news items from Diane Duane’s blog that hit in recent days: First, Duane is now able to make available multi-format bundles, including both EPUB and Kindle/MOBI, for all the DRM-free e-books in her store. (And .LIT will be added to these bundles as well, over the next [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

Will Amazon’s EPUB move force publishers to dump Adobe DRM?

By libertyc
May 19, 2011 // 6 Comments

My, how quickly fears can change. It wasn’t so very long ago that Amazon was a big meanie who forced everyone to use DRM whether they wanted to or not. (What’s more, it used a different DRM format from everyone that had gone before, including the Mobipocket format that was the basis for Kindle [...]

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