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The Book Depository

28. April 2009

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The Book Depository

The Book Depository is an online book store based in the U.K. With a huge database of books for sale, and an easy user interface, I decided to take a look at it, as compared to amazon.co.uk. What I found particularly appealing is the fact that The Book Depository offers free delivery on your book [...]

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Story Reading As Against Story Writing

6. April 2009

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Story Reading As Against Story Writing

On Saturday I attended an in-world awards ceremony within Second Life. The event went incredibly wrong for me, but if interested you can read about my second life exploits predominantly now on another blog, Metaversally Speaking. Go there to see an account of the errors affecting my first ever public appearance with my writing. Whilst [...]

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Defining : ELM (Electronic Literary Macrame)

2. March 2009

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Defining : ELM (Electronic Literary Macrame)

Electronic Publishing – the forms of electronic novels took yet another path with my discovery of a mammoth, multi-threaded novel called Descending Road – written, developed and published by Dana W. Paxson. The novel itself is free as a demo for this format, and is readable on any device with a decent web browser. It [...]

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Rebel Tales

18. February 2009

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Rebel Tales

Holly Lisle is in the start-up process of creating a subscription Fiction E-Zine called Rebel Tales. Here are some rudimentary details and links to get you started into Rebel Tales, which may offer something for both readers and writers alike.  I hope to see Rebel Tales take flight soon, given the concept and thought put [...]

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The 50 Book Challenge

18. February 2009

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The 50 Book Challenge

The official 50 Book Challenge has been around since 2003, but this year I decided to take up the challenge myself. As this is written in early February, I’m already approximately two to four books down on target, so may find myself cheating and choosing some relatively small books for me to read. I’m not [...]

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LibraryThing and Twitter

30. January 2009

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LibraryThing and Twitter

Good news for LibraryThing users (like myself) announced on the LibraryThing blog today – there is now integration with Twitter. This will help me with my own lack of updates to a very worthy book catologuing and social networking site, I’m sure. It simply means messaging in my newest books…

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I’m Saving the Word ‘Jobler’

27. January 2009

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I’m Saving the Word ‘Jobler’

Jobler noun One who does small jobs This seems to fit, and is perfect for my odd-job personality both in writing and external work. The Oxford University Press is trying to reverse the trend which sees words being dropped from the dictionary every year from dis-use. You can adopt your own word at Savethewords.org. The [...]

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Penguin Is All Loved Up

5. October 2008

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Penguin Publishing is launching a dating website aimed at book readers in conjunction with online dating giant Match.com. The service went live this week and can be accessed via the Penguin home page and at www.penguindating.co.uk. When I first read this last week, I thought – “What ever next?” but Match.com has partnerships with other [...]

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Ebooks : Neither E, Nor Books

26. September 2008

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Cory Doctorow has an ebook out – on the subject of ebooks at Book Glutton. This was the first time I have encountered the Book Glutton beta site. And it’s a very interesting concept. Sign in – registration is free – and you have access to an online reader which has chat and annotation functions [...]

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Owning Books and Not Owning EBooks

25. September 2008

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This is an old entry quoted from March 2008 and Matt Buchanan on the Gizmodo blog, and one which is fascinating reading from a copyright perspective. Whereas I’ve always considered when paying for something that I retain some rights of ownership (and usage), my own ideas must be seen to be incorrect when comparing a [...]

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