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Ads in eBooks Are a Good Thing. Deal with It.

April 20th, 2011 · opinion

Kindle Ads Amazon is introducing an advertising component to the Kindle platform.  I love it.  Kudos to Jeff Bezos & Co. for their forward thinking on this initiative.  I’m talking about the less expensive ($114) device currently known as “Kindle with Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers.”  (It’s not the sexiest name but it certainly describes the product!  Still, I wonder what Apple would have named this…)

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Smashwords: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

March 9th, 2011 · opinion

Smashwords is one of my favorite ebookstores. I probably buy more ebooks there than from any other ebookstore. A lot of that has to do with price, but it also has to do with my desire to find great reads from indie authors rather than supporting Agency 6 overpricing of ebooks.

The good of Smashwords is that it is a place where one can find true gems, true masterpieces among the slush, and find them at very reasonable prices. Some excellent, even outstanding, authors I have found at Smashwords are Richard S. Tuttle, Vicki Tyley, Shayne Parkinson, Lee Goldberg, Catherine Durkin Robinson, Saffina Desforges, and Markus Kane.

The bad of Smashwords is how difficult it can be to find these authors. [Read more →]

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REDGroup – A tale of hubris and the end of the good times

February 18th, 2011 · opinion, redgroup

by Darryl Adams

I originally posted this over in the comments of the Delimiter REDGroup article. I think it answers most of what went wrong, but I do admit some of the conclusions I extrapolated from the data.

My research on REDGroup is leading to me to think that it was the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) and not e-books that killed them. [Read more →]

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Piracy is Good – just ask Google

January 28th, 2011 · opinion

A couple days ago Google started censoring the suggested search terms in their search engine.

Do you know how you can type a few letters and Google will guess at words you’re about to type? Google will no longer suggest words like bittorrent, rapidshare, utorrent, etc. This censorship inspired me to pull out my notes for this post.

I don’t have an actual quote, but I do believe that Google must like the idea of piracy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have designed Android to be so heavily dependent on it. [Read more →]

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Why it’s sometimes good for writers to build on each other’s work

January 14th, 2011 · opinion

Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon writing out my idea for how fanfic and other writers could theoretically use digital technology to bypass copyright roadblocks. What inspired me was the recent story about an unauthorized sequel to “The Catcher in the Rye” that Salinger managed to quash in the U.S. before his death. [Read more →]

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Does a Kindle make a good prison bribe? No, it does not.

January 12th, 2011 · humor

by Chris Walters

The Los Angeles Times reported today that when a prison official returned from holiday vacation last month, she found a new Kindle on her desk. It had been given to her by Fabian Nuñez, former Assembly Speaker for California and father of inmate Esteban Nuñez, who is serving time for murder. The prison official reported it and returned it immediately, and Nuñez Sr. apologized for the bribe gift. [Read more →]

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October 21st, 2010 · opinion

If you follow ebook news, you might have heard of a site called At first glance  it looks like a news site. It has a blog, podcast, and a monthly magazine, and they even opened an ereader store last week. But all of that is all a facade that they are using to hide their true activities.

click = big are  a pirate ebook website that’s been operating for a couple years now. It has been quietly known in ebook circles that they actively pirate ebooks, but no one wanted to do anything about it. We’ve all just been ignoring the matter, and it’s time that changed. [Read more →]

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The Register of Copyrights is about to retire – now is a good time to panic

September 15th, 2010 · opinion

You’ve probably heard the news already that the head of the US Copyright Office plans to retire at the end of this year. What you might have missed is why you should care.

Take a moment and think about who her replacement will be.

Right now we have a Vice-President who has clearly bought in to the story told by  Big Media.  (No, Mr. Biden, piracy is not theft.) And given that the US Congress sold their soul long, long ago, what kind of candidate do you think they’ll approve?

The new Register will be able to influence copyright law for the next 20 years. Think about the damage that person could cause, and then go contact your Congressman. Please. It’s not to late to do something.

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Good News for Readers: Amazon Might be Winning Its Battle with Traditional Publishers Over Prices

September 7th, 2010 · ebookstore news

by Stephen Windwalker

While it has been increasingly clear over the past year that Amazon is dominating the market share and price wars among dedicated ebook reader devices, it is now clear that Amazon is also winning its tug of war with traditional book publishers over ebook pricing. [Read more →]

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Is WiFi-Only a good choice for $50 less?

August 23rd, 2010 · hardware reviews

by Andrys Basten

At the Kindle forums, the question of whether or not a WiFi-only Kindle would be all that is needed was raised quite often this weekend, including by those who don’t seem to have a WiFi setup at home at this point. [Read more →]

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