The Surprising Games People Made with Public Domain Works (Boing Boing)
The recent Public Domain Jam has spawned a whole bunch of new works…about Captain Ahab, Captain Hook, Cinderella, Dorian Gray and lots more than any fan of classics might like to peruse.
The TeleRead Take: I love this story. Boing Boing points out that while many popular characters are popular because they are free to use, there is a long list of under-utilized public domain characters ripe for remixing. How neat that someone is encouraging this! Information about the Cinderella image here.
Onyx Boox i86 eReader With Frontlight Now Up for Pre-Order (Bits, Bytes & Pixels)
This ereader runs Android 4.0 (with Google Play) on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It’s 8″ E-ink display has a screen resolution of 1,600 x 1,200, and the device also has a frontlight and IR touchscreen.
The TeleRead Take: As Nate notes, this one has been delayed and delayed. Here’s hoping that the wait will be worth it for buyers. Here’s purchase information. Price works out to $270-$300 with shipping considered.
LGBT-Themed Children’s Book on Kickstarter (GalleyCat)
Children’s book author Jase Peeples is trying to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to fund an LGBT-themed children’s book.
The TeleRead Take: This is a timely project, with the recent Jenner family news (bonus link: here are GLAAD’s guidelines) I love that Kickstarter is providing a venue for people to get support for what otherwise would be very niche projects.
UK Courts Must Block eBook Pirate Sites (Wired UK)
The five largest ISPs in the UK have been handed another blocking order by the High Court, this time mandating they restrict access to sites offering pirated ebooks for download.
The TeleRead Take: A necessary move, I think. Personally, I think piracy is a bit of an overblown issue; the vast majority of authors should worry more about obscurity than about piracy. But I think that if writers’ groups can show they are doing everything they can, people will stop focusing so much on this and focus instead on more pressing issues such as getting their work out there and visible in the first place.
Kindle Daily Deal: The Bloodletter’s Daughter (and others)