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Wednesday Midday Links

The Carl Brandon Society is a literary organization that supports writers of color in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. They are holding a fundraiser for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund. People can enter a drawing by donating a dollar and win an eReader — we’ve got Nooks, Kobo Readers, and an Alex eReader up for grabs. Each one will come pre-loaded with a lot of amazing fiction and poetry as well.

The Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to racial and ethnic diversity in speculative fiction, is holding a prize drawing of five eReaders to benefit the Butler Scholarship, a fund that sends two emerging writers of color to the Clarion writers workshops annually.

In keeping with the Society's support of literature from and about people of color, the prizes include five eReaders: two Barnes & Noble Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader from Spring Design. Each eReader will come pre-loaded with books, short stories and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Writers include: N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and more.

The drawing's tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be purchased at http://carlbrandon.org/drawing.html. Entrants may purchase an unlimited number of tickets, which will be available from November 5, 2010 through November 22nd, 2010. Sales will close at 11:59PM EDT on November 22nd. Winners will be drawn randomly from a digital "hat" and announced online.

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Copia has launched but with a whimper.   The Copia readers are dead according to PW. This doesn’t surprise me as the Copia line of readers kept changing.   It was clear that internally the company wasn’t developing its own reader but trying to use an existing device and rebrand it with its own software.   The thing that sets Copia apart from other platforms is that you can share your notes, in real time, with other readers.   The limiting factor is that you all have to buy books from Copia and only Copia.   Currently Copia works on Mac and PC and iPad.   It does not work on the iTouch/iPhone.   Copia uses Adobe ePub DRM so it is possible that you could buy from Copia and transfer to the book to your Sony, nook or Kobo reader. Copia would be great if a) the prices are good (and they aren’t ) and b) everyone used Copia (and they don’t).

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Kobo will be launching a gift an ebook feature which is one of my favorite features of Fictionwise.   Instead of giving gift certificates, we can now give away specific books.   I’ll be using this for Dear Author in the future, particularly as Kobo sells worldwide.

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Barnes and Noble is selling Spanish language ebooks.   I think this is a big win.   It’s too bad that BN only sells to US customers.

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A Fordham medieval professor studied a number of medieval romances.

Aspects of modern medieval romances uncovered by her inquiry include:

• self-conscious historicizing with a flagrant disregard for historical facts;

• descriptions of time that serve to wrench the reader back into the present; and

• depictions of violent sexual encounters, which are seldom found in non-medieval Harlequin romances.

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A number of reviews of the NookColor have come out and it is all basically the same.   If you are looking for a color ebook reader, this is a great device, but don’t think it’s a tablet because if you do, you’ll be disappointed.

I played with the device yesterday and it’s very slick with a great screen.     My worries would be the battery life and the sometimes laggy response to my finger flicks.

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The Explainer column in Slate takes on iconographic “slapping the hysteria out of people.”   Apparently slapping does not bring hysterical people to their senses.   Instead, it leaves hysterical people with a sore face and some bruising.