Monthly Archives: August 2010

  •    Zhook is an ebook format that isn’t. To make one:
    You create a HTML document, call it index.html.
    You mark up the text of the book in this file.
    You put all your resources, like images and stylesheets, in the same folder or a subfolder.
    You make sure you have a cover.png.
    You zip it all up, and change the file extension to .zhook.
    The best thing about it is that it’s easily convertible to both ePub and webpage. #
  •    Richard Ziade on ‘The New Clutter’:
    There’s a new kind of clutter littering Web pages. It’s not just the obnoxious “Refinance your mortgage” ads plastered atop and alongside articles. It’s also not just the animated nonsense that floats by as you’re trying to read. It’s the article itself.
    Not necessarily fiction-related, but I have to agree. Am beginning to be sick of all the lists and cookie-cutter pieces online journals find it fit to throw our way. #
  •    All My Friends Are Dead is 1/8th of a very cute book. #
  •    Anthologize is a Wordpress plugin for ebook conversion, built in one week. It’s a brilliant idea, quickly executed and staged. (Note: I’ve yet to try it out, though) Extra: a Snarkmarket post about the launch. #
  •    Barnes & Noble is considering selling itself, says the New York Times. See also: the Wall Street Journal on possible buyers (currently a buyout is expected from either founder Leonard Riggio or investor Ronald Burkle.) #
  •    Simon & Schuster have released a series of Choose Your Own Adventure apps for $3.99:
    Instead of turning to a particular page to make a choice, the U-Ventures apps allow the reader to tap the screen and enjoy, with sound, light and other special effects — music and alien voices, for example — added to the titles, as well as new variations and endings dreamed up by Packard. Enhancements include readers having to remember codewords and type them in to affect the course of the story. Packard is particularly excited about “very fast-paced segments”, which would have taken up too much space in a printed book. “There’s no such problem in cyberland, and we take advantage of that,” he said. “Because we don’t have printing costs, we can have many more pages and colour illustrations.”
    I remember going through a whole series of Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child – I must say that I’m already looking forward to the rest of the apps. #
  •    Cory Doctorow’s First Law:
    “Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you a key, they’re not doing it for your benefit.”
    He manages to get Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo to offer his ebooks without DRM. Sony and Apple, on the other hand, refuse. #