Barnes & Noble taps new CEO as revamped B&N e-commerce site hinders access to e-books

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Earlier today, Fortune reported that Barnes & Noble has tapped Sears Canada CEO Ron Boire to take over as B&N’s CEO. Boire has been the CEO of the struggling Sears Canada for just 10 months, but before that he was the head of the USA Sears & Kmart chains for three years. Before [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 9: eZines!

By libertyc
October 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** I can’t believe I am 9 months into my year of DRM-free reading! And to my delight, there has been no shortage of material, nor of sites to purchase it [...]

William Lynch Steps Down as B&N CEO: What does it mean for the future of Nook Media?

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 7 Comments

Considering William Lynch’s history with the company, this news probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Lynch oversaw the entire Nook line, including the E Ink Nook readers and the tablet line. Considering that B&N is abandoning tablet development and focusing just on the Nook [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By libertyc
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

Wanted: Publishers who won't treat me like a criminal

By libertyc
November 16, 2012 // 12 Comments

I’ll be going mostly DRM-free next year. I’ve been thinking for awhile about this. I balked because I worried that books would simply not be available without DRM, and that I would be missing out on the good stuff just to make a point. But then I realized that it’s been ages since [...]

In B&N's closure of Fictionwise, Canadian customers lose big

By libertyc
November 16, 2012 // 9 Comments

We reported yesterday on the sad news that e-book pioneer Fictionwise will be shutting down at the end of the year. I feel very bittersweet about this. The sweet is that I’m very proud of the revolution that little company started, and I love that e-books are a commonplace, normal thing, and [...]

Barnes & Noble to shutter Fictionwise, eReader, and eBookwise

By libertyc
November 15, 2012 // 26 Comments

Found via an email from Ed Howdershelt to the Ebook Community Mailing List: the swan song for e-book stores Fictionwise, eReader, and eBookwise. Barnes & Noble has emailed Fictionwise publishers and authors that it is shuttering the long-running e-book stores and will be offering US and UK [...]

My 5 Favorite Sources for DRM-Free E-Books, part 2 of 2

By libertyc
October 21, 2012 // 6 Comments

From Part 1: I love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they’re happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it’s an issue to care about. Unless, that is, you buy and read books that are DRM-free. The books [...]

Is Amazon evil, or are they just really good at business?

By libertyc
February 15, 2012 // 23 Comments

Nico Vreeland’s earlier post, which Teleread reprinted earlier, was one of many articles I have lately seen which explore the issue of the publishers versus Amazon. Is Amazon evil? Are their business practices ‘predatory’ and should publishers be trying to disable them? More and [...]

GenCon Interview: Self-publishing author Michael Stackpole (Part One)

By libertyc
September 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Here is the first ten minutes of the thirty-minute discussion I had with Michael Stackpole at GenCon last month. I will be posting the other two parts in days to come. Stackpole is best known for his extensive work in writing BattleTech and Star Wars tie-in novels, and he also wrote the [...]

The annual ebook spring cleaning: what I learned this year

By libertyc
March 20, 2011 // 3 Comments

Something about being off for March break brings out the nesting/cleaning instinct in me, and after almost a week off, my home is now sparkling—and my digital home is too! Among other spring cleaning chores was the purchase of a new backup drive, the deletion of a bunch of digital clutter so [...]

Unshelved at the celestial library: The Last Ghost vs. Edge of Time

By libertyc
December 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve been distracted for the last few days. A story idea got into my head for one of the Internet fiction series I contribute to occasionally, and it’s been hard to concentrate on anything else until I could get it out of my head. Unfortunately, I’m still not happy with the end results. [...]

Backlist e-publisher E-Reads offers advances on e-book royalties

By libertyc
September 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

In a blog post on its own website, backlist e-publisher E-Reads points out that it is now paying advances for e-book rights (and actually has been for several months). It notes that in a Publishers Weekly article looking at e-book publisher royalties, of all the publishers surveyed only E-Reads was [...]

Fictionwise closing branded stores

By libertyc
September 13, 2010 // 2 Comments

So says an article by Richard Curtis at e-reads. According to Richard: These are store-fronts hosted by Fictionwise enabling customers to view only the publishers’ own titles rather than the comprehensive list of all books retailed by Fictionwise. The dedicated publisher pages will be terminated [...]

Micropay problems at Fictionwise? Company and Barnes & Noble seem unresponsive

By libertyc
August 22, 2010 // 12 Comments

I received the following email from Clytie Siddall, from Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia. Is anyone else having similar problems with Fictionwise? Email begins: My purchasing at Fictionwise has dwindled from a flood to a trickle since the imposition of “geographic [...]

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