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Tuesday Links: SOPA Blackout & Deals

News

Even though the House has purportedly backed off from bringing SOPA to the floor, the idea is still percolating on Capital Hill.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid still plans to bring PIPA to the floor for a vote.  Tomorrow, many sites on the internet are going black including Wikipedia.  Twitter CEO has lashed out, saying that it is a silly and foolish decision:

Via Twitter, Radar correspondent Alex Howard asked Costolo, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whether they would have the ‘cojones’ to follow in Wikipedia’s protesting footsteps. “That’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish,” Costolo replied

The list of blackout sites can be found here.  It’s easy to pull your site down for 12 hours by adding a javascript or installing a plugin.  DA will be joining the protest.  If you plan to participate, this guy suggests a 503 redirect so that your SEO will be unharmed.

Deals

I found some deals!  Yay!

Once in a Full Moon with Bonus Material by Ellen Schreiber is $1.99 but I can only find the discounted deal at Kobo. However, you can use the KOBODOLLAROFF code and get it for $.99. Sweet, right?

Elizabeth Lowell’s medieval trilogy is $1.99 for each book:

  • Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Forbidden by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S

There are three self published author bundles. 5 books for $1.99

  • Vampire Love Story Series by H T Night * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Samantha Moon: All Four Novels by J R Rain * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • High Heels Mysteries Boxed Set by Gemma Halliday * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S

I thought these indie books had fabulous covers and/or intriguing blurbs. I haven’t read either but I did buy The Seduction of Sebastian St. James.

  • The Seduction of Sebastian St. James (House of Renwick) by Rachel Van Dyken * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • A Knight in Central Park by Theresa Ragan * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
Some other nice deals
  • Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Highlander’s Bride by Michele Sinclair * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Wedding Vow by Jillian Hart * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Making it Big by Lyndsay Russell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Until There Was You by Francis Ray * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

16 Comments

  1. Elyssa
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:47:26

    Oh, bought the Guhrke–I’ve read it numerous times and now I have a digital copy of it. Such a great book.

    Jane, is there a link somewhere that explains how exactly to add blackout codes to blogs operated through blogspot?

  2. Brian
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:56:52

    Lord Scandal by Kalen Hughes is free at Amazon (US & UK) and B&N right now.

  3. Maili
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 11:11:39

    Theresa Weir’s reissued/self-published contemporary romance Last Summer is free today at Amazon US and UK (and probably at other Amazon branches).

  4. Brian
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 11:16:51

    @Elyssa:
    Here is some code & instructions someone posted (not a true “blackout”, but as close as you’ll likely get)…
    http://erratasec.blogspot.com/2012/01/january-18-sopa-blackout-day.html

    …note, I’ve not tested this code myself and don’t know how well it works nor if it will cause any problems.

  5. Sunita
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 12:23:20

    @Maili: Thanks, that looks wonderful!

    Kalen Hughes’ Lord Scandal is also free at Amazon US today.

  6. Mikaela
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 12:26:15

    I can recommend the Gemma Halliday box and Jana Deleon novel. Funny, witty contemporary romance with a high dose of mystery.

  7. Barb in Maryland
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 13:51:29

    Are you sure the Vampire Love Story Series is by Elizabeth Lowell? or were you so used to typing her name from the previous set of books that you just continued on? I know she did a ton of SFF romancey stuff as Ann Maxwell, but I never heard that she did Vampires!

  8. hapalochlaena
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 13:55:49

    Was there an Open Thread for Readers this month? I wanted to mention that Jana DeLeon had acquired some print copies of her Mudbug/Ghost in Law trilogy as well as Rumble on the Bayou and Unlucky from a book distributor.

    These titles are now on sale from her web page: http://janadeleon.com/books/purchase-print-books/ . (If you follow the backlist link from the main site you’ll get 404 errors because it’s still pointing at janadeleon.net instead of janadeleon.com. That should be fixed soon.)

  9. Jane
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 13:55:53

    @Barb in Maryland oops. Yes, it is HT Night not E Lowell!

  10. Anna
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 14:53:05

    DA, thank you for bringing up the SOPA/PIPA issue and supporting the blackout.

    Piracy is a problem and writers, artists, performers, and other generating content should get credit and be paid. But anti-piracy laws and actions should not come at the expense of free speech and access to information.

    We need to keep the Internet accessible and neutral and not monitored by a government or corporations who care only about money.

  11. eggs
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 16:05:57

    Interestingly, when I search for ‘Elizabeth Lowell’ and click on ‘all books’ Amazon tells me these are the only formats available for any of her books: Paperback (54), Hardcover (10), Board Book (1). Zero kindle versions available. When I look at the individual paperback book listings, however, the kindle versions of books appear as ‘other formats’ and I can buy from there. This is not the first time it’s happened, either.

    Dunno if this is a glitch, or a deliberate attempt to steer me away from kindle versions! I suspect glitch, because very occasionally the opposite happens, and a kindle version I know should be geo restricted to me pops up as available. I have a list of geo restricted books I search about once a month, just in case. I am searching from Australia.

    Looking over Lowell’s list makes me nostalgic for how excited I was to read her Donovan brothers series when they first came out. Man, those were fun times for a romance reader!

    I don’t understand much about SOPA as I’m not an American. If it is implemented, will Americans be able to dodge it by using one of the IP shields currently used by non-Americans to access geo-restricted US sites like itunes? Or will everybody have to take out Canadian internet accounts and set up home VPNs? From an outsider’s perspective, it looks like the US government is working hard to drive the US IT industry off-shore.

  12. Loosheesh
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 20:45:14

    @Mikaela: Thanks for the rec; I’ll try out the Gemma Halliday box.

  13. cecilia
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 21:53:18

    @eggs: I don’t think a Canadian internet account will help if this bit from the G&M is any indication:

    Even though SOPA and PIPA are proposed American laws, their impact is unlikely to be contained within U.S. borders. As Canadian copyright expert Michael Geist points out, SOPA defines “domestic” IP addresses – the numeric code by which websites are listed – as an address for which the allocating entity is located within the United States. However, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, which is located in the U.S., doesn’t just assign IP addresses domestically – it’s also in charge of allocating addresses to Canada and 20 Caribbean nations. That means, American legislation designed to alter the domestic Internet landscape could end up altering much more.
    source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/four-reasons-why-the-web-hates-us-anti-piracy-act/article2306149/

  14. willaful
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 22:36:32

    Did you actually get the Schrieber for $.99? Usually Kobo codes don’t work on Agency books. I’ll be annoyed if I could’ve gotten a discount on the Lowells I bought today!

  15. eggs
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 22:48:00

    @cecilia: That’s just nuts! Canada probably thought it took the easy way out when they just allowed themselves to be lumped in with the USA for IP addresses. Live and learn, I guess!

  16. B
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 04:59:07

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