Monthly archives: September, 2013

Oyster Books App

largeSo Slashdot linked to this article on a new iOS app that basically aims to be “The Netflix For Books.”  It sounded cool.  Personally, I read tons of books and my local library doesn’t do the loaner ebook thing.  If they had a wide selection of books, I could see using this app.

However, my understanding is that Netflix is a horrible deal for the filmmakers.  They are paying well for the series they commission, but everyone else gets peanuts for making movies and TV shows people watch on Netflix.  Like ONE peanut each.  As a publisher and an author, I would really hate for someone to invent yet another way to not get paid for producing entertainment content.  Thusly, I emailed them and asked for information on how they planned to work with authors and publishers.  This is the response I got: (more…)



Westerns

So, I’m doing a bit of research for a post apocalyptic Texas writing project, and let me be frank, the best thing about the two westerns I’ve read so far is the smell of books printed in the 40’s and thereafter stored more or less untouched in the library at The University of Texas at Austin.  Okay, I kid, someone else with lavender scented hands picked these texts up in ’87 and ’01. (more…)



Another WorldCon Here and Gone

Well… it is for us as the babysitting well has run dry.  I’m sure there will still be a few folks getting up to wacky hijinks tonight and tomorrow.

LoneStarCon 3 was a blast.  It was great catching up with old friends and making some new ones in the process.

I’d like to give a special shout out to the many industry professionals, editors and authors that offered advice and encouragement towards our new project over the weekend, especially the crew from Angry Robot.  Y’all are the best!