Offensive game causes stir on DriveThruRPG PDF store

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

One of my earliest long articles, written for Jeff Kirvin’s “Writing On Your Palm” before I ever came to TeleRead, was a piece called “Whither the PDA D&D?” in which I looked at the emergence of role-playing game books in digital form, largely as PDFs. I wondered if we might ever see [...]

Converting PDF documents: Use a web tool, or use Calibre

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

PDFs are tricky critters, aren’t they? Not precisely e-books in the truest sense of the word, they are more like ”dehydrated” printed documents—simply a printed form with the paper removed. But sometimes they’re all you’ve got—so you have to convert them into something else. A few [...]

‘Do Chromebooks make good ereaders’—for K-12 students or adults?

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Face it. One iPad per child can pricey for many school districts—just ask Los Angeles. What to buy instead if budgets are tight? Some districts have snapped up Android tablets. But there is another choice, made more attractive by Google’s K-12-related software and related [...]

Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary RPG. This RPG, financed by Kickstarter, lets players run a band of mercenaries adventuring in the [...]

How to handle PDFs on Android devices – or at least, try

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

PDF is an ereader file format I’m still being bombarded with constantly, despite my issues with it. I find its lumpy file size and rigidity to be hugely challenging, for relatively little commensurate benefit in terms of readability and fidelity to the original format. Yet publishers continue [...]

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. [...]

University of Chicago Press offers Liberace biography for free this month

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The University of Chicago Press free e-book this month is Liberace: An American Boy by Darden Asbury Pyron, a biography of, yes, Liberace. It’ll be free throughout the month. The interesting thing to me is that I haven’t looked at University of Chicago free e-books in a while. Last time they [...]

Bundle of Holding offers Spirit of the Century pulp RPG at a great bargain

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve mentioned the pay-what-you-want independent-published role-playing game bundle the Bundle of Holding before, but this time they’ve got a really good one up for grabs. There’s just over five days remaining to grab the Spirit of the Century bundle, which is a collection of books related to [...]

Simultaneous print/PDF and EPUB publication stymies publisher

By Chris Meadows
April 28, 2014 // 7 Comments

Found via a blog post by Adam Tinworth: The publisher of The Magazine ran a Kickstarter project to put together a hardcover book and e-book of the best of The Magazine’s first year. When it came to producing the print book and the PDF, the going was easy. But they found converting it to EPUB [...]

GenCon 2013 Interview: M. Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

During GenCon 2013, I had the chance to speak with Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio and author of Mad Science Institute. I asked him about Exile’s use of Kickstarters for publishing its game products, and this is what he had to say. Me: Tell me what Exile’s been doing with [...]

‘Steam in the Willows’ all smoke, no fire?

By Chris Meadows
December 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Ran across this Kickstarter project on GalleyCat. Australian writer Krista Brennan is raising money for “Steam in the Willows,” a “steampunk version” of the classic Kenneth Grahame novel The Wind in the Willows. It will be published in PDF, print, and (if a stretch goal is met) audiobook [...]

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended goals of just republishing out-of-print stuff to publishing in-print stuff at the same time as or even [...]

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights

By Chris Meadows
July 10, 2013 // 22 Comments

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for [...]

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