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Monday New: S&S DRM-free imprint; Nobel Lit Prize awarded; British free speech case; and the possible future of print magazines

Monday New: S&S DRM-free imprint; Nobel Lit Prize awarded; British free...

“The science fiction and fantasy community were early adopters of electronic formats, and have enthusiastically embraced DRM-free content while showing great respect for authors’ works under copyright,” said Joe Monti, executive editor of Saga. –Publishers Weekly

Much of his work is concerned with the aftermath of the German occupation of France during World War II, and since Modiano was born right after the end of the War, his own sense of identity is entwined with the cultural and political impact of occupation on France.

In a rare interview accorded to France Today in 2011, Modiano says he never considered becoming anything but a writer. “I had no diploma, no definite goal to achieve. But it is tough for a young writer to begin so early. Really, I prefer not to read my early books. Not that I don’t like them, but I don’t recognize myself anymore, like an old actor watching himself as a young leading man.” –NPR

The artist, who is well known in his field, says his right to freedom of speech is particularly acute because he was a victim of such serious abuse, and because his book is intended to encourage other victims to come forward. . . .

However, his ex-wife’s lawyers dispute claims that the case could set a precedent undermining the rights of other authors, arguing that it is concerned only with the rights of one child, who has a number of health problems, who they say would suffer catastrophic psychological distress were he to read parts of his father’s work.

What is not in dispute is that the case hinges on an obscure piece of Victorian case law, known as Wilkinson v Downton, in which a man who played a practical joke on an east London pub landlady in 1897 was found to be guilty of the “intentional infliction of mental distress”. –The Guardian

The joy we get from throwing magazines away seems like a bad sign for their future. On the one hand, there is something nice about reading something you know is finite. Unlike the endless internet that you will never conquer, once you’ve read a magazine you’ve read it, and you get a nice feeling of accomplishment at least until the next issue arrives. On the other hand, it’s a reminder of what a curious position magazines hold — they are so much more disposable than books that you almost wonder why they should be in print form at all, and yet once they go online you tend to lose your incentive to read them, since there’s so much other stuff to read online. –Gigaom

Podcast 110: Subscription Services, What Jane’s Reading, and Listener Email

Podcast 110: Subscription Services, What Jane’s Reading, and Listener Email

Jane and Sarah are together again – yay! We don’t talk about the lawsuit against her because, well, many reasons.  But we do talk about Kindle Unlimited, the KU All Stars, and a few of the different subscription services. We AGREE on a BOOK. We can hear you asking, “Really?” YES. Yes, we do. But of course we like it for totally different reasons.

One of the things we discuss is the practice of the henna application prior to the wedding. Janhavi shared a few pictures with me of her own wedding and I have her permission to repost them. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why that’s important.

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Here are the books we discuss in this episode.

Christina Lauren - Beautiful Bastard Sweet Filthy Boy Beautiful Stranger

Dirty Rowdy Boy Cora Brent - Risk Bollywood Affair

Sarina Bowen - The Year We Hid Away Sarina Bowen - Gay hockey player

Book Reaper's StandThis podcast is brought to you by Berkley, publisher of Reaper’s Stand, the latest bad-boy biker romance in Joanna Wylde’s edgy, sizzling Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy–he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after–a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life–how far will she go to save her family?

 

Our music in each episode is provided by Sassy Outwater, who is most excellent. This podcast features a song by Three Mile Stone titled “Snug in the Blanket.” You can find out more about Three Mile Stone at their website or on iTunes.

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