Monday News: Cute animals, invisibility cloaks, and libraries
In the interest of information sharing, I bring to you three things from my inbox:
- Tomely is a retailer site devoted to indie books. It looks like a Smashwords competitor and is designed to work with ePub, Kindles, and even the iBooks App. You can even send to “Readmill”, an iOS reading app that I’m currently trying out. The benefit for the authors is that they get paid immediately and keep 80% of the retail price. The benefit to readers? It’s a heck of a lot prettier than Smashwords.
- IDream is the brainchild of Amy Idelman of Indie Reader. Set up like a Rotten Tomatoes for books, the site collates reviews and gives an average rating. Clever. The database is deep. I searched indie and traditional titles and found few gaps. I think this could be really useful.
- Timebound by Rysa Walker was the winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Rysa will receive a $50,000 advance in addition to a publishing contract with Amazon Children’s Publishing imprint Skyscape. The book will be released on October 22, 2013. It is a YA novel that features 17-year-old Kate who can travel through time. Congratulations to Rysa.
Stanford Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Jennifer Dionne and her co-workers have designed a new type of metamaterial with a unified structure that allows it to efficiently interact with both the electric and magnetic fields of light over a broad range of colors. It was created using a design technique called conformal transformation, which involved “folding” a two-dimensional metamaterial with known properties into a three-dimensional nanoscale object shaped like a crescent moon that preserves those original optical properties.
Now all I can think is that Science Fiction writers are going to have to work extra hard to stay ahead of actual science.