Sep 20 2011
Updated with some deals that might go away in a week:
- Halfway to the Grave with Bonus Material: A Night Huntress Novel for $1.99
- Cassie Palmer Series: Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night and Curse the Dawn in one bundle for $7.51
Kindle lending is being tested by readers in the Seattle, Washington area. The Kindle Support page has been updated. You will only be able to use WiFi to access the library from your Kindle device:
Note: Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle’s 3G connection. If trying to send to a Kindle device and do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you may instead choose to load your library book via USB. Both Mac and Windows users can manage Kindle content through a USB connection.
Even when a book’s lending period expires, you will still keep all your notes and highlights:
What happens to my notes and highlights after a loan expires?
You can always access their notes and highlights through kindle.amazon.com, even after a book expires. And if you check a book out again, or purchase it from Amazon.com all of you notes and highlights will appear in the book as before the loan expired.
The library feature will be available for all apps:
What Kindle devices can I read public library books on?
You can read borrowed Kindle books on any generation Kindle device or all free Kindle apps, as well as in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device.
Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle’s 3G connection. If trying to send to a Kindle device and do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you may instead choose to load your library book via USB.
Berkley Executive Editor, Cindy Hwang, and author Meljean Brook, are engaging in an author/editor chat at Goodreads. They are answering questions about Brook’s Guardian and Steampunk series. There are ARCs of Heart of Steel to be had. They are answering questions about publishing in general. I thought the questions and answers about how much the editor contributed to the overall story were very interesting.
One of the things I always try to remember is that these characters are not MY characters–they’re the author’s characters, so I usually try to give my authors enough room and support so they can be the characters the authors envisioned. Sometimes, I do have issues or concerns about the direction a character is going in–if I see the issues in the proposal stage, I’ll point them out there. If I see a problem in the manuscript, I’ll talk it with the author. Ultimately, though, I won’t force an author to make changes if it’s something she feels strongly about, since it’s her name on the cover
Hwang, among other things, commented that novellas can birth entire series such as the Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series:
This is the case with Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series–it was originally a novella in the anthology LOVER BEWARE. I loved the world and characters in her story so much, I encouraged her to develop a series from it. I’ve also used novellas to introduce new authors to readers–this is what I did with Meljean. Her first published work was a novella that was a prequel and introduction to the Guardian universe in the anthology HOTSPELL.
Someone brought TheDroidLibrary.com to my attention and I just want to give you all a warning about this. The Droid Library sells itself as a subscription service where, for $60, you can download millions of books. They proclaim to have partnerships with major publishers and show books on the site like The Help, Twilight, and even Harry Potter. The major publishers are engaged in Agency pricing which means it has to offer the same price on books everywhere. Further, Harry Potter isn’t even released, legally, in digital form. You can read more about this company here at Gear Diary. All I can say is buyer beware.
Amazon doesn’t sound like a very good employer. High unemployment rates are being taken advantage of by using only contract/temporary workers and running through them like a playboy and his playmates:
During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.
And while redhead women are the holy grail for some men in romance books, in the real world, the demand for redheads is low according to the world’s biggest sperm bank.
The world’s largest sperm bank is telling redheads to keep their semen.
Demand for ginger-haired donors is so low that Cryos International says they needn’t bother donating.
Seanan McGuire argues that print equals accessibility of knowledge for the poor and that the move toward digital books will increase the digital divide.
In a situation where truth is stranger than fiction, German news reported a teen boy having emerged from the woods suffering from amnesia.
A mysterious young fellow named Ray, around 17-years-old, walked out of a German forest last week and told authorities he and his dad, who had just died, had been living in the wild for about five years. But that’s all Ray remembers about his life.