Daily Archives: August 30, 2010

Sony Discontinues Daily Edition Reader

Hoping for some more leakage about the new Sony Readers, I came across this listing over at B&H Photo:


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Sony’s entire lineup is now canned. Its new lineup should be interesting.

That’s due this Wednesday, September 1st — yes, the same day Apple is announcing.

Previously here:

Sony Discontinues Readers And Covers

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Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » The Emmys

But the big Hollywood movies, which dominate mainstream media discourse, which are marketed to high heaven, they’re giant pinball games, made to play throughout the world, and, as a result, they’ve become to a great degree meaningless in the U.S. Just like the music business.  Wherein major labels hype bland, manufactured product in print and on radio and TV and expect that we should care.  We don’t.

via Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » The Emmys

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They Crawl, They Bite, They Baffle Scientists – NYTimes.com

They Crawl, They Bite, They Baffle Scientists – NYTimes.com

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The Death Star Of Books

@mfullilove Actually, books are finished. FREEDOM is the last one. Ever.Mon Aug 30 16:31:12 via web

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My Anal-Retentive Size Of Things Post

I’ve just moved this over from Tumblr.

Here’s the good of this blog: to plop a post like this in it that I can get to from anywhere.

Apple iPad: 9.56″ x 7.47″ x 0.5″ – 24 oz

Augen The Book: 8.9″ x 5.1″ x 0.5″ – 10 oz

Pandigital Novel: 7.5″ x 5.5″ x 0.5″ – 16 oz

Barnes & Noble Nook: 7.7″ x 4.9″ x 0.5″ – 12.1 oz

Amazon Kindle 3: 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″ – 8.5-8.7oz

Sony Reader Touch: 6.9″ x 4.8″ x 0.4″ – 10.1 oz

Sony Reader Touch 2: 6.62″ x 4.75″ x 0.4″ – 7.58 oz

Archos 7HT: 8” x 4.2” x 0.5” – 13.7 oz

Camangi WebStation: 4.72″ x 7.87″ x 0.57″ – 13.75 oz

Kobo Reader: 7.24″ x 4.72″ x 0.393″ – 7.795 oz

Sony Reader Daily: 8-1/8″ x 5″ x 0.59″ – 12.75 oz

Sony Reader Daily 2: no specs listed yet

Sony Reader Pocket: 6.25″ x 4.25″ x 0.41″ – 7.6 oz

Sony Reader Pocket 2: 5.75″ x 4.12″ x 0.34″ – 5.47 oz

Archos 5IT: 5.64″ x 3.10″ x 0.4″ – 6.4 oz (32GB Flash)

Apple iPod Touch: 4.3″ x 2.4″ x 0.33″ – 4.05 oz

Yeah, all inches and ounces. The Europeans can go do their own damn metric conversions. We don’t use that here in (what used to be) the Land of the Free.

Now that this post exists, I can just add MOAR stuff as it’s announced — when the stuff announced interests me.

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Editors – Blog – Murderati

A good editor will strengthen your voice, will teach you through their edits how to be a stronger storyteller, and ask questions that make you dig deeper into your story and characters.

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David Mitchell: ‘Readers enable me to continue to do what I love. Prizes won’t do that for you’ – Features, Books – The Independent

His original urge to write was a calling as strong and certain as genetic hardwiring. He wrote a novel prior to Ghostwritten that never managed to find a publisher (“Thank heavens. Watch out for getting published too early”), and he expects, rather than hopes, for an upward trajectory in his literary skilfulness with every book. “I would be very depressed if I didn’t think I was becoming a better writer with each book. How disappointing it would be if your first book was the best. You should be getting better each time.”

via David Mitchell: ‘Readers enable me to continue to do what I love. Prizes won’t do that for you’ – Features, Books – The Independent

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Richard Herley: What Every Creative Person Should Know About Writing for Money

No one with an ounce of sense sets out to write for money. In fact, no one with an ounce of sense sets out to write at all. One writes because one is compelled to do so; because failure to write, to get the words out, results in a malaise that cannot be relieved in any other way.

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Beautiful post.

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Next we’ll have a Steampunk movie run, after this one rakes in the big bucks:

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Christopher Fowler’s Rules For Writing

Openly swiped from an interview with writer Christopher Fowler at Horror Bound Online Magazine:

    -Fiction means you can make things up.

    -Don’t be ashamed of embarrassing yourself.

    -Ask yourself what your hero really wants.

    -Be prepared to think the unthinkable.

    -When you imagine your story can’t go further, go further.

    -You don’t always need to explain why people do things.

    -Crisis moments are better when they’re completely still.

    -Some of the best stories occur because the hero is slow to correct a mistake.

    -Everyone has the same feelings; they just think differently.

    -Leave room for your characters to breathe.

    -You have to love something about your hero.

    -Always keep the story moving forward.

    -Characters who contradict themselves are more human.

    -Dialogue is not conversation.

    -Life is a mess to which fiction brings a shape, which is why it’s called fiction.

    -There’s a difference between being realistic and being believable.

    -Make sure that something always remains hidden.

    -Nobody knows why people fall in love.

    -Believe what you write, even when it’s all made up.

    -No matter how deeply hidden, there will always be love.

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