First up is the Apple iPhone issue.
On Thursday, Apple released an iPhone firmware update that adds several functions incluing TV out functionality (meaning you can hook up the iPhone to the TV and watch the video iPhone content on the TV) and the ability to buy music over a wifi connection from the iPhone. Updating the firmware will remove any modifications but it will NOT make the phone inoperable. If you have hacked the phone to add the books.app, as I suggested in this post, wait until the programmers have updated the iPhone jailbreak code.
I do want to note that “jailbreaking” and “unlocking” are two separate things. If you have unlocked the iPhone to use with another carrier, then it is possible that your phone will be inoperable. If you simply opened up the iPhone’s programming (also called “jailbreak”) as I did, the firmware update simply removes your modifications and returns the iPhone to Apple’s preferred settings.
If you have done the jailbreaking but want to update, follow Natetrue’s advice here. If you did update and it is “bricked” or won’t work, then follow the instructions here on how to resurrect the phone from the dead.
I’m so happy with the state of my device right now that if I never upgraded the firmware, I would be fine.
Bookeen eBook reader.
The Bookeen eBook reader has been delayed until October. Bookeen has started a blog and Baen Bar has its evaluation units. Derek Benner has been posting his thoughts on the evaluation unit at his blog. The Bookeen unit will now support PDF files but not encrypted one.
Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
I read this book at a Friday Night HS football game and if you know me, you know I love football. This is a pre-order ladies. It’s a fabulous historical. The book is not due out until January 2008 and while I don’t mean to torture you all with it, I will just give you fair warning I’ll probably be chattering about it non stop from now until January. It’s really exciting to see some new historical authors enter the field like Sherry Thomas and now Joanna Bourne* (no website that I can find). Claudia Dain is back in the game after a couple years absence with The Courtesan’s Daughter (our lego video review link). Elizabeth Hoyt finished her last trilogy very strong. I think things are looking up for historical romance lovers. According to the information I’ve got, Thomas and Bourne will release four books between them in 2008.
RWA Call for Papers
RWA is taking submissions for the 2008 RWA Conference in San Francisco. In the recent RWA Hot Sheet, the organization announced that the Business Education Task Force is working with the National Conference Workshop Chair to ensure that there are workshops at the 2008 conference that pertain to small press and e-publishing.
Today is essentially the last day to vote for in the RWA Board of Directors Election 2007. Voting ends 10/1/2007 7:30 AM Central Time USA. I voted last night and noticed that two of the five regional director positions went unchallenged. In Region 5, Melissa Schroeder is challenging Lorraine Heath. I voted for Melissa Schroeder because I do believe that e-authors need a voice at the table and Melissa Schroeder could be that voice. In Region 2, Cheryl Rabin is that voice. I voted for her too. I wish I had blogged about this sooner. I hadn’t thought of it until the other day when I spoke with Angela James on the issue. I think that either RWA needs people who understand ebooks in a position of leadership or ebook authors need a different organization. It seems like RWA is open to learning about ebooks and serving as an advocate for ebook authors, but change has to be led by author who are passionate about ebooks. It appears that Melissa Schroeder and Cheryl Rabin are those types of people.
If you are an ebook author and did not vote, then what foundation do have to complain about future RWA treatment?
*Joanna Bourne wrote Her Ladyship’s Companion for Avon in 1983 so while she’s been previously published, I think she’s still considered a debut author.