Category Archives: Linked List

  •    “Game of Thrones” Author talks about Dwarves, Dragons and Delving into eBooks. At Authors@Google, no less:
    After the talk, I was able to chat with Martin a little about ebooks. The author says he carries his e-reader with him now whenever he travels, whereas in the past, he would incur overweight baggage charges because of the 10 or more physical books he would inevitably bring along. But he was also concerned that digital piracy might do to the book industry what it did to the music industry.
    Ah, the sweet irony about such things: on the one hand an ebook is small enough, and light enough, to carry in a thumbdrive; on the other it’s small enough, and light enough, to copy and spread. # (1)
  •    Kevin Kelly on ‘Post-Artifact Booking‘:
    The primary shift is one of thinking of the book as a process rather than artifact. We are moving from the culture of the book to the culture of booking. Our focus is no longer on the book, the noun, but on booking, the verb — on that continuous process of thinking, writing, editing, writing, sharing, editing, screening, writing, screening, sharing, thinking, writing — and so on that incidentally throws off books. Books, even ebooks, are by-products of the booking process.
    This is, of course, not without its problems — Kelly mentions in passing how this new relationship is already allowing spammers to pollute the Kindle marketplace. (via John Tormey) # (0)
Thursday, 4 August, 2011
  •    The Morning News has the story of Allan Seage: the forgotten writer behind the story of two men at a hospital, one with a window and one without. It’s a tragic, beautiful read. # (0)
  •    Lev Grossman: How Harry Potter Became the Boy Who Lived Forever:
    Fictional worlds, while they appear solid, are riddled with blank spots and unexposed surfaces. There’s a moment toward the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Dumbledore suggests offhandedly that Sirius Black should “lie low at Lupin’s” for a while, referring to Harry’s former teacher Remus Lupin. What exactly did Sirius and Remus get up to there, chez Lupin, while they were lying low? How low did they lie? (Cough, slash, cough.) Rowling never says, but that one little gap has given rise to so much fan fiction that “lie low at Lupin’s” has become a recognized trope of Harry Potter fan fiction, a sub-subgenre in its own right.
    Fantastic essay, and wonderful research from Lev Grossman of TIME. # (1)
Tuesday, 24 May, 2011
Wednesday, 18 May, 2011
  •    Amazon just announced Thomas & Mercer, a new thriller-focused imprint:
    Five bestselling and critically acclaimed authors will be the first novelists published under the Thomas & Mercer imprint. John Rector (Already Gone), co-authors J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch (Stirred), Daniel M. Annechino (Resuscitation), and Kyle Mills (The Immortalists), will all be publishing new titles through Thomas & Mercer in 2011.
    That makes five, along with romance imprint ‘Montlake Romance‘, announced on the 4th of May. # (0)
Monday, 2 May, 2011
Saturday, 23 April, 2011
  •    It seems that a number of online booksellers have resorted to algorithmic auto-pricing. See, for instance, this story about an $23,698,655.93 book about flies on Amazon:
    A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly ”“ a classic work in developmental biology that we ”“ and most other Drosophila developmental biologists ”“ consult regularly. The book, published in 1992, is out of print. But Amazon listed 17 copies for sale: 15 used from $35.54, and 2 new from $1,730,045.91 (+$3.99 shipping).
    Funny things happen when you let programs determine your book prices for you. # (1)
Thursday, 21 April, 2011
  •    Isa’s just released a cool little tool called the thebestsellercode.com. Feel free to play around with it; it’ll be included in fluffyseme’s analytics package in the near future. # (9)
Saturday, 16 April, 2011
  •    Marco Arment speculates about an Amazon iPad competitor:
    … But it would cause a pretty big short-term headache for Apple that, if there’s a new and very inexpensive tablet alternative from Amazon, could pose a credible (although almost certainly not fatal) threat to the iPad’s marketshare. And Apple knows this.

     I suspect the Kindle app will continue being mysteriously and indefinitely exempted from the in-app-purchase rules.
    Better still if it uses a Pixel Qi screen. # (1)
Friday, 15 April, 2011
  •    Eric Snider, a freelance writer at AOL property Cinematical, resigned from his position a few days ago. The resulting rant is one of the funniest things I’ve read all week:
    At first glance, AOL buying HuffPo might look like a good thing. Huffington is well-known for not paying her writers, who contribute work for free because it gives them a platform from which to make their voices heard. Perhaps AOL, as the new owner, would make HuffPo start paying its writers. Say what you will about AOL, but when you perform work for them, they pay you. They’re old-fashioned like that.
    Yes: it gets funnier, and no, this doesn’t end well. # (0)