And now for some good news

May 20th, 2014  |  Published in Misc

Smashwords (where I have a bunch of stuff) has just announced that it has partnered with Overdrive (the company that most libraries use for ebooks). This is awesome on a number of fronts. First of all, authors on Smashwords will have the opportunity to sell to libraries and get exposure through them. Second the publishing industry has been very reluctant to sell ebooks to libraries (and when they did, often selling them at exorbitant prices) and it appears that libraries will be able to purchase from Smashwords at pretty much the list price (although there is a price floor of $1.99 due to Overdrive). This move will hopefully add some leverage to the library side of things (after all, they do have budgets for procuring new material and it is more difficult to set one-sided terms if there is an alternative). Finally, this will allow libraries to better work with the independent and local community. All in all, good news.

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Free Stuff

March 3rd, 2014  |  Published in announcement

Apparently, this week is Read an Ebook Week. So, through Saturday, March 8th, you can get everything that I have available on Smashwords for free. Granted, most of it was free already, but if you wanted to snag a copy of Caldera, Heist (the most recent Horizon Station story), Try Not To Panic, The Press, or The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, now is your chance. Instructions are up on the site, but the short of it is that you will enter RW100 as a coupon and the books will then be free.

If you aren’t familiar with Smashwords, it is a digital self publishing platform, kind of like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. There are some key differences, however, in that it gives the author a lot more control over their books and that it is much friendlier for the reader. When you get a book directly through Smashwords (they also distribute through just about everyone but Amazon), you can download it for your Kindle, your Nook, as a generic epub, a printer-friendly PDF or RTF, or read it online (among other options). The upshot of this is that you aren’t locked into a particular marketplace or device. If you want to share the book, you can, there is no DRM (although this is somewhat discouraged in the license text at the front of each book, but I would rather you share my stuff than keep it to yourself, license be damned).

If, for whatever reason, you feel bad about downloading one of my books for free (whatever the provenance of that free book) and want to help me out, just leave a review of it and we’ll be more than even. Happy eReading!

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Horizon Now Available on Smashwords

June 22nd, 2012  |  Published in announcement

HorizonThis morning I uploaded Horizon to Smashwords, where it is now available in a variety of formats, for free. Formatting for the Smashwords Meatgrinder is a little tricky (I’ll try and post a guide on it soon), but if you download a copy of Horizons, let me know about any formatting hiccups that I might have missed.

In other news, I’ve begun work on my next story The Symbol Formerly Known As Google, which isn’t part of a series. It should be a lot of fun and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

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Try Not To Panic and The Press available for free this week!

March 5th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

If you’ve been wanting to read my short stories, The Press or Try Not To Panic, but haven’t wanted to shell out the $0.99, you should know that they are available for free this week from Smashwords (as part of their read an ebook week promotion a whole bunch of other stuff is discounted or free, too). Heck, even if you aren’t convinced you want to read them, you should snag them anyway, I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Just use the code RE100 and you’ll be all set.

The Press

Try Not To Panic

Enjoy!

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