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On Wednesday from 8 am EST to 8 pm EST, Dear Author will join others like WordPress and Wikipedia in going dark. We are joining these other sites in solidarity to protest SOPA and PIPA, in their current incarnation, bills that will be used to censor the internet.

Think of it this way. A number of authors host their own message boards. If one user posts a link to an image of a hot guy that is copyrighted, someone else could get that author’s site pulled down. If an author posted a video from YouTube that used copyrighted songs, that author could be in violation of the law and have access to her site blocked.

A protest against this bill is not a protest against the fight against piracy. Instead, it is a statement in support of a due process, the right to be heard, the right to be presumed innocent of wrongdoing until proof has been made.

Tomorrow some sites around the internet will be black to display what the outcome of PIPA/SOPA could be, if passed. But don’t take my word for it. I urge you to spend some time tomorrow reading up about the law.

Tuesday Links: SOPA Blackout & Deals

Tuesday Links: SOPA Blackout & Deals


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.


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