From here, good news: “Australians can now use ther iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a serious e-book reader after Apple opened the doors to its iBookstore today.”
Bad news: “Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books cost $12.99 each on the iBookstore, compared to $US8.99 on the US version of the iBookstore and $US8.59 on Amazon’s Kindle.”
I wonder when the strong Australian dollar is actually going to mean something to Apple/distributors? We’ve already stopped buying TV episodes and renting movies from iTunes because of how much more they are charging on the Australian iTunes store compared to what the US pays.
Great post categorising books into a ‘book pyramid’ re the fod nutrition pyramid, with some incisive comments about where fiction aimed at women fits in.
An interesting article (from July) about what we might be losing in a digital-based world…the art of slow reading.
From Bookninja, a useful list of collective nouns for supernatural beings. Though ‘a vexation of zombies’ seems a bit of an understatement…
Guardian article about the Page 99 test, which posits that an author is trying hard to impress on page 1, so you’re better off checking page 99, far enough in to test the author in full swing and the plot but not so far as to reveal plot twists, to assess the whole. Further:
A new website, page99test.com, launches next month to test that premise. It will offer (courageous) authors and aspiring authors the chance to upload the 99th pages of their works and invite readers to comment on whether they would buy, or like to read, the rest.
An article in Salon that finally remembers the reader in the ongoing debate about the ‘new world’ of publishing. Not that it’s good news for small writers and publishers, nor in the short term is it particularly good news for readers. But at least someone remembered the reader at last.
I fully understand people’s resistance to ebooks beyond the logistics (DRM, device-locked, geographic restrictions, price) and their attachment to paper books, and the first part of this argument is valid…but the second? Smudges? Really?
like this one, which features a quote from The Truth (as well as much needed perspective).
Title: A Tapestry of Spells
Author: Lynn Kurland
Year of publication: 2010
My rating: 2.5 stars or D
This is the first failure of my new reading policy: it sailed past my 50-page test, but with about 100 pages to go, I was weighing up whether to bother finishing it. I did, and I regret it: this should have been a DNF.
It starts out promisingly enough. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: Owen Sheers
Year of publication: 2007
Genre: Literary alternate history
My rating: 4 stars or B
Just days after news of the invasion came crackling through on Maggie’s wireless…the men, lit by a hunter’s moon, met at William’s milking shed and slipped out of the valley. Moving in single file they walked through the higher fields and up over Hatterall ridge; an ellipsis of seven dark shapes decreasing over the hill’s shoulder, shortening to a last full stop and then nothing, just the blank page of the empty slope.”
Resistance is set in a 1944 where the D-Day landings have failed and the German have invaded Britain. A young woman in a remote Welsh border valley, Sarah, wakes to find her husband gone. She soon discovers that all seven of the men in the valley have disappeared, leaving their wives and children behind, with circumstantial evidence to suggest they’ve become resistance agents (as per real plans laid in 1940). When a small German patrol appears on a mysterious mission and becomes (deliberately) trapped in the valley for winter, the women must come to an accommodation with the enemy to keep their farms running and their sheep alive through the harsh weather.
I admit to a certain impatience with this book for the first third Read the rest of this entry »