Current news items related to eBooks and the eBook publishing industry.

Available soon: Harry Potter ebooks in the Amazon Kindle lending library

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Friday, May 11, 2012, 11:04 am

in News

J.K. Rowling has decided to loosen up on her own restrictions: Subscribers of Amazon Prime, a service providing free shipping and discounts for $79 a year, will be able to borrow these bestsellers for free from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, reported Xinhua. Author J.K.Rowling has been refusing to sell Harry Potter in electronic form […]

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Even mainstream media news sources make grammar goofs: Loose vs Lose

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Sunday, February 19, 2012, 10:05 am

in Grammar Tips,News

Note the yellow-highlighted word here: Do you ever mix up “loose” and “lose”? Loose is an adjective meaning the opposite of tight or contained. Examples: My shoelaces are loose. I have a loose button on my sweater. The neighbor’s dog was allowed to run loose all the time. Lose is a verb meaning to suffer […]

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A first in Canadian journalism: eBook collections of news articles

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Monday, December 19, 2011, 1:22 pm

in News,Publishing,Trends

The National Post in Canada is introducing an eBook publishing program to offer readers the opportunity to purchase the news site’s various collections: Through National Post ebooks, readers around the world will be able to purchase collections of our best work from Apple’s iTunes, Amazon, Kobo Books, the Google ebookstore and the Sony ReaderStore. Our […]

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Updates to the Apple-eBook publishers price fixing story

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Monday, December 19, 2011, 9:00 am

in News,Publishing,Trends

I’d posted about this here and wondered how it could be considered price fixing. The following makes it clearer that it most certainly sounds like price fixing: An agreement between six major publishers has seen prices rocket for many books worldwide – some of which are more expensive than the paper version. The agreement includes […]

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Apple under investigation for alleged eBook price fixing

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:46 pm · 1 comment

in News,Publishing,Technology

From ITProPortal: The US Department of Justice has announced that it has started an anti-trust probe against Apple and its partners for allegedly fixing the prices of ebooks. […] The regulators have reason to believe that Apple conspired with book publishers on its iBooks ebook platform. If you read on in the article, it says […]

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Science fiction/fantasy author finally caves in to ebooks

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:44 pm

in News,Publishing,Trends

Ray Bradbury, who’s always rejected ebooks, is finally giving in and allowing the digital release of his classic Fahrenheit 451 : At age 91, Ray Bradbury is making peace with the future he helped predict. The science fiction/fantasy author and long-time enemy of the e-book has finally allowed his dystopian classic ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to be […]

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Attention writers: November is time for NaNoWriMo!

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:41 pm · 6 comments

in News,Writing Tips

It’s almost that time again: National Novel Writing Month! That’s 50,000 words in just 30 days, starting November 1st and finishing on the 30th. Are you up for the challenge? The point is to simply sit and write. Don’t worry about editing, just keep busy writing. If you can set a goal of about 1700 […]

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List of sites for obtaining free eBooks

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:42 am

in Miscellaneous,News,Publishing

Here’s a great list of sites where you can find free eBooks: Best Websites To Find And Download eBooks. That’s an excellent list, but I just wanted to add a couple more: Project Gutenberg, where you can download eBooks for free, as their copyright has expired (in the U.S.). LibriVox is a site where you […]

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Happy National Grammar Day!

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Friday, March 4, 2011, 9:35 am

in Editing,Grammar Tips,News

And please, if you do nothing else today, learn the difference between your and you’re, as well as its and it’s!

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The bastardization of literature: Debasing the works of Mark Twain

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Friday, January 7, 2011, 9:21 am · 1 comment

in News,Publishing,Trends

The politically-correct censors among us are hard at work, this time trying to sanitize history and erase the racial and ethnic slurs in selected classic literature: Mark Twain wrote that “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.” A new edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and […]

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