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. [...]

Webcomics: Another new medium of the digital age

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

New media for broadcast create new forms of media for consumer consumption. The invention of the cinema led to short films, newsreels, serials, and feature films. Later on, the emergence of television largely killed all the forms but feature films, but it brought TV series—like serials but they [...]

Whither the Kindle Killer?

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2014 // 14 Comments

Found via Slashdot: Larry Press plaintively wonders why nobody’s come up with a “Kindle Killer” yet. He notes a whole host of ways the Kindle falls short of perfection—lack of voice recognition or full interface capability with a computer, for example—and thinks such a device really [...]

E-book review: The Chronicles of the Kencyrath is fun, dark fantasy

By Chris Meadows
May 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking for something interesting to read, I’m going to talk about an underappreciated, inexpensive series of e-books from Baen that I’ve grown to love. It’s called the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, and the first book, God Stalk, was written by Patricia C. Hodgell back in 1982. Go [...]

Surprise! Most consumers buy e-books from a single retailer

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2014 // 15 Comments

At Digital Book World, book industry research firm Codex Group has some news for you that will completely shock and surprise you: in a survey of just over 2,000 people who buy e-books, 86% buy them from only one retailer. Those who buy books from Amazon tend to keep buying them from Amazon, etc. [...]

Baen’s new mobile site and app show promise

By Chris Meadows
December 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

Today I was reminded that Baen has a mobile version of its website and mobile apps under development. I’ve been trying out the Android version, which can be found in the “Baen Mobile” forum on the Baen Bar. It offers some interesting features, but is a bit rough and unpolished as of yet—it [...]

Baen places e-books in Sony store

By Chris Meadows
August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Another brief Baen update: Baen e-books have started appearing on the Sony e-book store. It’s hard to tell how many, because it’s apparently not possible to search by publisher, but a number of Baen David Weber, David Drake, and other titles have started to show up. Baen publisher Toni [...]

Baen news: Changes to bundle gifting; Baen Bulk fundraiser update

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here are a couple of news items from the Baen Bar. The first and most important has to do with the way in which Baen e-book buyers are able to pass along freebies to their friends. Until now, the way it worked was that someone would buy one of Baen’s monthly bundles of e-books, in which a half [...]

Genre fiction is extremely popular in e-books, publishers find

By Chris Meadows
June 26, 2013 // 8 Comments

Speaking of Baen, Wired misses a perfectly good opportunity to speak of Baen in an article about why big publishers seem to think genre fiction is the future of e-books. The article looks at how all the recent digital-only imprints the Big Six have been launching lately all seem to focus on genre [...]

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