Daily Archives: September 24, 2010

Harlan Ellison, September 2010


Harlan Ellison, September 4, 2010
Originally uploaded by Randee Dawn

At MadCon, an ailing Harlan Ellison will say goodbye

The Night I Called Harlan Ellison

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Free ePub eBooks At Kobo

Kobo has some new free ePub eBooks today.

I don’t check this every day, but was alerted by a tweet for one. This one:

Crime fiction, with a dedication to Ken Bruen!

To get the freebie, set up an account at Kobo Books. They make it as easy as setting one up at Amazon’s Kindle Store — meaning you do not have to surrender any credit card information. And you can still get the freebies. This is all-Win!

If you don’t have a Kobo Reader (or Sony Reader or Nook, they can read ePub). the books can be read via Kobo Desktop or an iOS, Android, Blackberry, or even webOS app.

Then hop over to the Free eBooks section.

Previously here:

Kobo Updates Its Android App
Kobo’s CEO Speaks
iDevice Kobo App With DRM-Free ePub
Just A Brief Note About The Kobo Reader
Kobo Reader With WiFi Is Leaked
Red Kobo Reader!
Kobo: Desktop View Vs. ePub Formatting
Kobo’s New Desktop App
Kobo Reader Promo Video
The eBookworld Earthquake Begins Today!
Kobo Sends eBooks and eReaders to Canadian Troops in Afghanistan
The Amazing Race

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Jutoh For Mac and PC

Jutoh makes it easy to create ebooks in popular formats that you can sell on many ebook sites, including Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks.

Create your project in seconds from existing files using the New Project Wizard; or create your book from scratch using the built-in styled text editor.

Select a book cover design from Jutoh’s templates, or create your own with the built-in cover designer.

Fully portable – can run from a USB drive

Jutoh works on all major desktop platforms – Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris x86 – and is fast and flexible.

via Jutoh For Mac and PC

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Is This Why Amazon Shuts Up?

Two posts from two different times tying together an incredible figure:

How Many Kindle Books Has Amazon Sold? About 22 Million This Year

If we use the ratio from the last quarter, it implies Amazon has sold around 22 million Kindle books so far this year. That’s just the equivalent of 6% of the total print book market, which remains tiny.

And:

E-book Numbers Hint at Amazon Domination

What did the tally show? Quite simply, that his share of e-book sales through Kindle is exactly what Kindle claims for the entire market: About 75 percent.

OK, I think I understand why Jeff Bezos just shuts up about the Kindle population.

It’s not that the figure is useful for competitors in a good way — it’s that admitting to being the Godzilla of eBook selling would attract unwanted and unfavorable attention, with words like “monopoly” and “bully” being thrown around.

Just look at what’s been happening with Apple and the App Store! Every misstep gets screamed about all over the Internet (with me screaming the loudest when freedom of expression is gutted).

Amazon just doesn’t want that grief.

As a final note, let me get something off my chest. I’m really sick of hearing the proportion of eBook to print book sales being denigrated as “tiny” or “small.” Let me ask you this: If your body was made of 6% cancer, wouldn’t you be freaking out about that? It’s not like eBook sales figures are going to go into remission and shrink!

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What We Are Waiting For As Of 9/24/10

Not in any order:

1) Blio Reader (supposed to be arriving 9/28)
2) Google Editions
3) Barnes & Noble PubIt
4) Kobo Reader WiFi
5) Something else I am NDAed about

Possible Myths:

1) Nook II
2) 7″ iPad
3) Palm Pre II

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Apostrophes Videos Online

If you can bloody see them!

Via Google Translate/French to English: The heyday of “Apostrophes” on Babelio.com

The social network of books and readers Babelio.com has partnered with the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) to raise 440 issues of “Apostrophes,” the cult show of Bernard Pivot.

Cavanna putting in place a drunken Bukowski, a legendary “Shut up, Bukowski!” Interview Solzhenitsyn history, or that of Marguerite Duras on “Lover,” all the great moments of the show are available Online says Babelio in a statement.

Sagan, Barthes, Bradbury, Bourdieu, Umberto Eco, Le Clezio, Modiano, Levi-Strauss: Babelio to rediscover these literary giants in those great hours of television.

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