• barnes and noble nook tablet

    Impressions of my eReader

    So I said that I was going to talk a little about my eReader I got for Christmas. Normally, I wouldn’t find it an interesting topic, except that I’ve spoken out so much about eBooks in the negative. Has finally getting one changed my tune? Yes, it has. The biggest factor has been that it’s now so much more convenient and efficient to read. Want a book? Just buy it and download it. No book store needed. No need to go the library anymore, just put download the book on your eReader. All of the sudden, just about all the books I want are at my fingertips. Of course, books…

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    My New Nook

    I’m sure you’ll all be delighted to know that for Christmas, I got an eReader. A Barnes & Noble Nook Color, to be precise. And you should all hear about my adventures with it, especially given how much I’ve ragged on eReaders in the past. The first thing one does with a new piece of technology is orient oneself to the interface. Since I own an iPod Touch, most of the tricks are known to me — hold down the power button to turn off, slide to unlock, touch and drag. Then came the setup, register, customize, all that good stuff. Then how to operate. It came with a children’s…

  • Daily Farland’s David Kick

    I subscribe to David Farland’s Daily Kick, which is not so daily or kicky. It’s basically a mailing list for writing tips blog. I can’t remember how I first heard of this — I’ve never read any of his books — but sometimes it has good articles, like how to sell to new markets and things people miss when writing female characters. But lately, there are two trends that have really been bothering me. Things that are making me think about unsubscribing. One is probably due to what’s on his mind — eBooks. He’s written a lot about the failings of the paper industry and the advent of the eBook…

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    The Books I Read: June – August 2011

    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Before George R. R. Martin released his latest doorstopper, this was the big epic taking up every fantasy geek’s time. My interest became piqued when Penny Arcade made a joke about the second book in the trilogy. As was my friend’s, who let me borrow the first book, The Name of the Wind. I loved it right away. The book is framed story about the life of a boy/man named Kvothe, a son of traveling actors.  After his  troupe is killed by a supposedly mythical person, he has to learn how to live and survive alone. His primary goal is to learn…

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    What I Want Out of EBooks

    I’m not saying eReaders don’t make sense or that I’d refuse one. The world is moving towards eBooks, and although I elucidated several reasons why getting one doesn’t make sense to me, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. Got to move towards the future, you know? But developers seem to be looking at the wrong things to improve on. So here are some things that would bring me closer into the fold. 1. Definition Lookup. This would let you click on a word, any word in the document, and bring up a dictionary definition for that word. It doesn’t have to be much, just a little speech balloon popup. This…

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    The Enhanced EBook of Prophecy: Thumbs to the Sky or Down in Shame

    So here’s another example of the enhanced eBook, that David Farland says is to be the future of eBook publishing, the way to find the “good books”. You have “electronic publishers” select those worthy books and set ’em up fat. He’s even starting his own company to produce these enhanced eBooks. By investing money in the book and author, it will both signal the quality of the book and provide added value for the reader. Like a stamp of approval. And it scares the hell out of me. Sure it looks great for non-fiction books — you can have direct links to sources, video, maps, etc. But how do you…

  • ereader alice in wonderland

    Publishers Are About to Face Heel Turn

    Last week, I got a scary e-mail in my inbox from David Farland. I subscribe to his “Weekly Kick” which sends out writing tips every once in a while. Today’s tip was titled “Perhaps the Most Important Kick You’ll Ever Read”. It described a well-drawn summary of the current state of the publishing industry. You know the story: paper books down, eBooks up. So what’s the publishing industry going to be doing about it? Well, a lot of evil things, none of which are good for authors. They can print fewer books, save on advertising, paper stock, and most importantly, take money from authors. They can renegotiate contracts for worse…

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    One Thing I Didn’t Think Of For E-Books

    This post by Agent Kristin of Pub Rants made me think of something I haven’t considered for the future of eBooks. How do you get your eBooks signed? This customer apparently thought signing the back was appropriate. And while I like the idea of a single tablet signed by your favorite authors (the equivalent of a guitar signed by the band) there’s only so much space on the back. These eReaders are intended to hold thousands of novels. Apparently, getting your book signed by the author is a big deal in the reading world. I never understood it myself–a signature is just a signature. But I do know why people…