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Why is a media savvy investor like John Malone interested in taking over Barnes & Noble? The day after B&N announced that would be releasing a new e-reader , John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media (QVC, DIscovery Channel, USA, Encore, Starz, etc.) offered to buy 70% of B&N for about $1 billion. Malone, like others, […]

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Cory Doctorow, Self-Pub Pioneer

Science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) – and the author of the bestselling novel Little Brother, Cory Doctorow has issued a new volume of short stories, With a LIttle Help, that you can’t buy in your local bookstore. (See WSJ review.) In a matter of weeks, the […]

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Two Problems with YouWriteOn.com

I’ve been praising YouWriteOn.com, a UK website that lets you post short stories (under 5,000 words) and the initial chapters of a novel (up to 10,000 words) to be critiqued by other writers. The deal is that you need to read and critique someone else’s work in order to have your story assigned randomly to […]

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Calling all mystery/suspence writers

Two books on my bedside table are there to help me complete a mystery novel that I once thought would be finished months ago. What happened was I discovered that writing a mystery is a lot harder (for me) than writing suspence, which is what my first novel in essence can be labeled. Hence, The […]

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Publishers Making Room for E-Books

Another example of a publisher conceding the growing import of e-books came from an interview with Penguin Group CEO John Makinson in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. To his credit Makinson defended bookstores and physical books, but just last Friday Penguin along with Simon & Schuster and Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown & Co., Orbit {sci […]

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