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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.

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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.

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

11 Comments

  1. Estara Swanberg
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 07:01:22

    I’m not quite convinced by IDream. I looked for Andrea Höst and they only find one Kindle edition for her books and NO reviews whatsoever. The fact that And All the Stars was nominated for the Cybils and for the Aurealis in both the YA and Science Fiction bracket isn’t mentioned either. Because Andrea paid to have AAtS on Netgalley there are also quite a few bookblog reviews out there, none of them show up.
    So maybe they stop at small epresses and not truly independent authors…

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  2. skittles
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 07:19:50

    Librarything already has every library mapped…. or at least 99.9% of the US libraries. It probably has almost every library in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and almost everywhere else in the world, too. What is sad is how many parts of the world do not have access to libraries…. parts of the US, too.

    Also almost every bookstore has been listed. If a museum has a bookstore then it is probably included… sometimes even without a bookstore.

    http://www.librarything.com/local

    (I have to promote LibraryThing, one of the few sites I go to more then Dear Author!)

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  3. Ros
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 07:35:33

    @Estara Swanberg: I looked up my own name (of course!) and the two books listed for me are both self-published titles. None of my trad published titles are there. So I think gaps are more a function of this being a relatively new service than any particular bias against indie publishing.

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  4. Beth
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 08:15:46

    Jane,
    What’s Readmill?

    Tomely looks good but it 20% then pays you pay pal which also takes a bite. I love Pay Pal and have used it for years but I’d rather not get royalites there because its to easy to spend the money again. :-)

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  5. Jane
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 09:09:25

    @Beth – Readmill is a reading application for the iThings. They emailed me last week after the Sunday post I did about iOS reading apps suggesting I look into it so I plan to this week.

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  6. Patricia Eimer
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 09:33:05

    Okay am I the only one geeking out on the invisibility cloak? That is some seriously cool material science. I thought the levitating frog in my matsci class was cool– this is so much cooler.

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  7. wikkidsexycool
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 09:55:40

    Found both my books on IDream, and I’m a totally unknown, independent author.

    Congrats to Rysa Walker. This could be a big test for Amazon, since this year they are the main publisher for all the semi-finalists and the winner.

    Oh, and thanks for the info on the Invisibility Cloak. The wheels of my imagination were turning as I read that!

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  8. Estara Swanberg
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 11:46:10

    @Ros & @wikkidsexycool: Oh, I found the books (all of them) but they’re only mentioned as Kindle, not all the other formats (.epub and paperback) and there is not a single review for any of them counted. So if this is a Rotten Tomatoes kind of site, I thought they’d have an eye on more than just magazine or newspaper reviews (the one link I followed only had online reviews from media that were also print published, but admittedly I didn’t take a bigger sampling).

    On the other hand, great to know your books are there ^^. And with reviews, I presume.

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  9. Ros
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 12:49:33

    @Estara Swanberg: Oddly, no. One has ratings, the other has nothing, which did strike me as very strange. I looked around at some other books and found reviews from various blogs (DA among them) as well traditional media. I guess it’s still having some growing pains.

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  10. Carrie G
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 13:41:47

    Relationships: I love #14–because I’ll always have a soft spot for Milo and Otis!

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  11. PatF
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 18:10:05

    Thank you for the link to the article on libraries and museums. I have served as a library board trustee for over 20 years. We hold our breath every year at budget approval meetings.

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