The editor, Harrison Demchick, of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns (a recommended read by Robin aka Janet) and The Understory written by Elizabeth Leiknes, wrote us to let us know about a giveaway the publishing house is running to celebrate the release of The Understory.
Basically, it’s like this. As long as we get 100 entries, we’ll be giving away to a lucky winner:
1.) The Understory
2.) The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns
. . . and two more eBooks of the winner’s choosing.
And the more people who enter after that, the more winners we’ll choose!
Harrison Demchick writes the best review queries I’ve ever read. I would never be able to say no to him. In any event, Robin really thinks the world of Elizabeth Leiknes’ writing and if you want to support a small press, this is the way to do it.
Speaking of small presses, get a load of this authorial meltdown:
The Man Who Thought He Was King | Fantasy Faction – “Basically, M. R. Mathia, a self-published author from America, took great offence when we moved a forum thread of his, that was advertising his own book, from the main book discussion forum into the Self Published & Small Press section of the forums. Now, this is something we do regularly. Fantasy-Faction welcomes ALL small press and self-published authors to come and tell us/our readers about their books, but we have a special place to do it. The reason for this is that our site is a place to discuss fantasy novels, primarily those in the mainstream, and we leave it up to our members to choose which books they would like to discuss. Once we moved his thread, we got this response:Fantasy Faction
I am not a small press. I am an author with 18 titles for sale. That is more titles that some big publishing houses. I have advertising currently running in Locus, Publishers Weekly, Fantasy and Sci Fi, and Revolver magazines. I have blog advertising across the entire blog-o-sphere. I am not a small press or even self published. M. R. Mathias’ books are PUBLISHED by Michael Robb Mathias Jr. and should be treated no differently that any big named publishers title. WHY? Because I do my job as a publisher too. Please quit sending my posts into the self published/small press thread. My titles are neither. I have 92k twitter followers @DahgMahn and 10 titles in their genre bestselling list. There is nothing self pubbed, or small, about books written by M. R. Mathias. Thank you, M.R.Mathias’ publisher, Michael Robb Mathias Jr.“
Personal Note: go read the entire post. It is thoroughly entertaining.
EPUB Lightweight Content Protection: Use Cases & Requirements | International Digital Publishing Forum – “User Experience: lightweight DRMs are simpler to use and cause less end-user confusion. The FairPlay DRM for Apple iTunes is often cited as a good example of a DRM with a decent user experience. Elements of good user experience include: Does not get in the way of users’ expected interactions with the content. Works seamlessly in the absence of a network connection…. While courts have refused to set a bar for “effectiveness” such that any technology below the bar is not entitled to protection under the law, there is some evidence to suggest that a technology that is particularly ineffective could face such a challenge.[…Therefore, a lightweight DRM should be a technology that clearly enjoys protection under anticircumvention law. “IPDF
Personal Note: Let me give some context here. IPDF is an organization that contains members from various publishing houses, retailers, and other interested parties. IPDF hopes to create industry standards and one of those proposed standards would be a lightweight PDF. Watermarking is out because IPDF asserts an end user reading a watermarked book can’t be sued for using anti-encryption tools (or DRM stripping tools). Whatever DRM IPDF chooses, it wants to make sure that its members can sue readers for circumventing the DRM. One step forward, two steps back.
Hachette is offering new e-books to some libraries — paidContent – “Hachette, which has not made new e-books available to libraries since 2010, is reconsidering the idea. In a pilot program starting this spring (which is…now?), the publisher is working with two e-book distributors to bring a “selection of HBG’s recent bestselling e-books to 7 million library patrons.””Paid Content
Amazon to Sell Ads on Kindle Fire Welcome Screen | Digital – Advertising Age – “Amazon is pitching ads on the device’s welcome screen, according to an executive at an agency that Amazon has pitched. The company has been telling ad agency execs that they must spend about $600,000 for any package that includes such an ad. The ad campaigns would run for two months and also include inventory from Amazon’s “Special Offers” product. For $1 million, advertisers would get more ad inventory and be included in Amazon’s public-relations push, according to this executive and an exec at another ad agency.” “AdAge
Just one today (because I’m super busy. I promise more later this week)
Witchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com