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Is the Internet a Greater Threat to Publishers than Self-Pub eBooks?

November 30th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → 16 Comments

Did youDavid-Hessayon_2750886b[1] catch the article in The Telegraph today?

The well-known British horticulturalist and author, David Hessayon, is retiring at the age of 85. While this would not normally rate a post, I was intrigued by one of the quotes.

Dr Hessayon laments that the internet is having a negative effect on the market for non-fiction titles:
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When an Editor Matters

November 25th, 2013 by Rich Adin · opinion → 5 Comments

a guest post by Rich Adin, a professional editor

It isn’t too 0307271609.01._PC_SCLZZZZZZZ_[1]often that the worth of a good editor is hinted at by a reviewer, but when it happens, it stands out.

In “The Surprising Empress” (The New York Review of Books, December 5, 2013, pp. 18-20), Jonathan Mirsky reviewed Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang. I have always been fascinated by Chinese history, so the article caught my attention (I subscribe to the print edition of the NYRB and read the articles in print, not online). This looked like a book I would add to my future list of books to buy in hardcover, until…
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Readmill Could be Amazon’s Next Acquisition Target

November 22nd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → 24 Comments

The mobilereadmill[1] reading app Readmill is back in the news again today with a new retail partner, and it’s going to make them an even more tempting prize for Amazon.

Readmill has signed a deal with Penguin UK so that customers of the Penguin UK ebookstore can quickly and easily send their purchases to Readmill, and then read the ebooks in the Readmill apps for Android, iPad, and iPhone.
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E- versus Print? Burgers and Steak.

November 11th, 2013 by Matt Blind · opinion → 6 Comments

where’s the beef? actually, I suppose that should be “what’s the beef?”

beef /b?f/ noun secondary, informal use: a complaint or grievance. synonyms: complaint, criticism, objection, cavil, quibble, grievance, grumble, gripe, grouse [thank you, Google.]

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Guardian: eBooks Killed 98 UK Publishers in the Past Year

November 4th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → 8 Comments

8494677069_7216a109fdHave you seen the latest nonsense on The Guardian website?

According to Liz Bury, ebooks and digital piracy were responsible for the demise of 98 publishers in the 12 months ending 31 August:
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Report: Hands On With the New Nook Glowlight (2013)

October 30th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → No Comments

This is just a brief note to let my readers know that I have added to my post about the new Nook Glowlight. I spent some time with it this evening and recorded a few thoughts.

Rather than release a completely new post I added to the post I wrote yesterday. You can find the new stuff here.


By The Numbers: Indie Publishing Really Does Have an Issue with Porn

October 21st, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion, statistics → 16 Comments

When thebow chicka wow wow mainstream media made indie publishing into a synonym for pornography last week I was both appalled and infuriated. Many sites, including The Daily Mail and The Kernel, were reporting on the news less because it was news and more for the tabloidistic shock value.

But as annoying as that may be, today I am going to have to admit that there was more than a grain of truth in the reports. It’s not just media hype; indie publishing has a porn problem.
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Is Anyone Else Returning Their Kindle Fire HDX?

October 20th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · hardware reviews, opinion → 22 Comments

Amazon’skindle fire hdx latest and greatest Android tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX, was described in the press release as being this amazing improvement over last year’s model,with a new OS, new software features, a faster CPU, and all around better specs.

My unit arrived on Friday, and now that I have had my hands on it for a couple days I have to wonder if it really is any better than last year’s model. I’ve watched videos, read ebooks, played games, and I have yet to find a good reason to justify the expense of upgrading to a new tablet.
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Agent Andrew Wylie Shits On Readers And Writers

October 9th, 2013 by Mike Cane · opinion → 8 Comments

W122707_wylie_web[1]ith his “carefully crossed ankles” — deliberate, I’m sure, because his ass is still hurting from the buttfuck Random House gave him — snob agent Andrew Wylie frankly tells the world what he thinks of Kindle users and genre writers in an interview in The New Republic.

Kindle owners are “fools”:
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The Incredibly Stupid Thing Amazon Does

October 4th, 2013 by Mike Cane · opinion → 13 Comments

Steven Troughton-Smith has got me to thinking about the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. And when I ruminate about something, I mentally replay all that I’ve seen and read in my head.

And what popped up with a flag in my replay was this:
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