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  • Commented on Special offer: Neptune's Brood (UK only)
    And for Kobo owners, http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/neptune-s-brood-1 I note with interest that Orbit's other entries in the novel category are reduced, at least on Kobo. Am now a happy Hugo voter. :-)...
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    @HughHancock I'm paying £45 for an hour every week or two, and it has been worth every penny....
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    A session with a private physiotherapist isn't cheap. It's worth it for someone who's going to be glued to a chair for a death march. I say this as someone with a bad case of day job induced RSI who...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    I hate Word. (I hate it slightly less as of last weekend, when I finally managed to wrap my brain around some aspects of the way it handles styles, but I still hate it.) It is, nevertheless, on my computer,...
  • Commented on Blatant Advertising
    I pre-ordered on Kobo UK a couple of weeks ago. There was an email this morning saying it was available to download, and my Kobo is busy synching as I type. Pity I can't buy my own titles through Kobo...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    Word, let me count the ways I hate it... I'm still using Lotus Word Pro. It's not perfect, but it generally does what I want. And its approach to stylesheets makes sense to me, whereas Word's makes me wonder what...
  • Commented on Cheap Reads!
    I've just handed Kobo 1.99 from within the UK, thank you for the heads-up. My views on DRM are the same as yours (and because I'm a small press author, my publisher doesn't have to comply with Mahogany Row's paranoia)....
  • Commented on "Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying" — Iain Banks, 1954-2013
    I don't recommend The Wasp Factory as an entry point, and I don't want to trigger other "wonderful book, never reading it again" people by saying why. But if it's your first one, whether of the literary books or his...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Jennifer Morgue
    I remember seeing you wandering around the con a few hours later, still clutching your rocketship and still grinning from ear to ear. :-) I love the Golden Gryphon covers, and really wish I'd grabbed copies while I was still...
  • Commented on No. Words.
    After this last week, I may finally go and order that "Fuck cancer" cross-stitch pattern. And then do versions for "Fuck bipolar" and "Fuck Alzheimer's"....
  • Commented on "We're going to need book covers. Lots of book covers!"
    I like the new Laundry Files covers a lot (although I had nothing against the original covers). Not sure how well they'll work as thumbnails, though. The final of the fish tits cover is certainly better than its first draft,...
  • Commented on Obsolete before it ships
    It's too early in the morning -- I can't tell if Ian@23 is being facetious, or really thinks that little of the activities described in CMAP #2: How Books Are Made. Because speaking from personal experience, yes, you can compress...
  • Commented on PDF: Satanic horror from the abyss, or merely evil?
    I have a great deal of sympathy for Patrick's post @12, and I am extremely grateful for the publishers coughing up with the files. Grateful enough that I did in fact take out a supporting membership for 2009 and 2008...
  • Commented on CMAP #5: Why books are the length they are
    Novellas are doing quite nicely in the erotic romance ebook sector, thank you. Both for the readers and for the writers, as far as I can tell from the anecdata. Some readers don't like them, but other readers say that...
  • Commented on For sale; first edition of the Necronomicon (used once)
    Squee! Add me to the list of "I haven't played an RPG for [mumble] years, but... shiny..."...
  • Commented on CMAP #3: What Authors sell to Publishers
    Jaws, I am *still* not sure exactly what happened in the Triskelion mess, because it was getting filtered through very unhappy authors, many of whom had not had the benefit of hanging out in fora where discussing the legal stuff...
  • Commented on Look over there ...
    Aside from the hard numbers, there is the other thing Shiloh refers to in that post -- the experience many of us in romance have had of seeing the pirates talking about how they can't wait for the next book...
  • Commented on Look over there ...
    A note on the "I have to pirate because cracked books are so much more attractive to use" thing. While I understand that POV[*], there is a thriving small press market with a bunch of publishers who do ebooks first...
  • Commented on CMAP #3: What Authors sell to Publishers
    Thanks, CE Petit @80. That was what I thought would be the situation, (partly from the various panels and posts from you about the subject over the years). I suspect that the real issue may have been that the trustee...
  • Commented on CMAP #3: What Authors sell to Publishers
    A diversionary question to CE Petit and Simon Bradshaw -- how does bankruptcy interact with publishing contracts which sell ebook rights for two or three years, renewable by mutual consent of publisher and author? This is *not* a hypothetical. While...
  • Commented on Amazonfail round-up
    Christopher Hawley @56: the link you provided is not to the original article by Anna Genoese in her LiveJournal, but to the wholesale copy of it (with attribution) which someone posted to a different forum. Anna later took the P&L...
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