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. [...]

Book Review: Yesterday's Classics E-Book Collection

By libertyc
August 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s my last week of summer vacation, and I’ll be spending it planning for the coming school year. I have been delighted to find a growing niche of publishers that are targeting the back-to-school market with specialized e-book collections, and this e-book collection comes from one such [...]

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 [...]

Interview: Piotr Kowalczyk of Ebook Friendly on the development of the e-book market in Central and Eastern Europe

By libertyc
June 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Poland’s Piotr Kowalczyk is an “iPhone artist, digital storyteller and self-publisher” with a self-reported download count of 150,000 and rising for his “short stories for geeks”—picture stories created on an iPhone or short Twitter fictions. Kowalczyk is also [...]

Poetry Breaks the Bank, Doesn’t Bring the Book Backlash

By libertyc
May 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

Much publicity has surrounded the record prices fetched for poetry manuscripts at an auction held by Bonhams in London as part of The Roy Davids Collection of Poetry, Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets. The sale made a total of £750,000 ($1,141,550). The draft of Christina Rossetti’s [...]

Should self-published authors use an e-book conversion service?

By libertyc
February 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

I’ve written plenty on this site about e-book conversion (most recently here and here), and I almost skipped over the Bowker press release. I’m glad I decided to investigate further. Okay, quick details first. From the release: Once an author has decided to self-publish, the next step [...]

Kindle will support HTML 5 – Kindle Format 8

By libertyc
October 20, 2011 // 6 Comments

Important news.  Mobi, which is what Kindle uses now, is a pretty limited format, but HTML 5 opens up the world to the Kindle.  Here’s the announcement from their Kindle Format 8 page. Announcing HTML5 Support in Kindle Format 8 CSS3 support Floating elements Fixed layouts Text on [...]

Blog claims Amazon will allow Epubs on the Kindle!

By libertyc
May 18, 2011 // 25 Comments

That’s, indeed, what the Good E-Reader blog is claiming.  Here’s a snippet. Check out the full story at the site: … It seems many publishers have been told by the company that in the near-future, they should be submitting their books to Amazon in EPUB format and not exclusively [...]

Scrivener 2.0 is out and gets good marks from Liza of Threepress Consulting

By libertyc
November 1, 2010 // 3 Comments

I’m not personally familiar with this program, but my ears (or should I say eyes) perked up when I saw a tweet from Liza at Threepress Consulting that said: I did some preliminary test[sic] of its EPUB export & was impressed. It costs $45 and is for the Mac and bills itself as a [...]

Does anybody know: how to read a Gutenberg mobi book on your iPad with Kindle software

By libertyc
October 30, 2010 // 9 Comments

Received the following question. I certainly don’t know the answer. To paraphrase the email: One can read a Gutenberg mobi ebook on the Kindle by simply emailing it to the Kindle’s address and having it sent to the machine. However, you can’t use this method to email a Gutenberg [...]

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