Is Google the future of eBooks?

Is Google the future of eBooks?

Feb 02

As I've mentioned, I love my Kindle (I really do), but I'm not crazy in love with the Kindle store. I went to download a book the other day, and and it seriously took me like fifteen minutes to pull the trigger. The problem wasn't the $9.99 I was paying -- I would have gladly paid more for a physical copy. The problem was that if I pay ten bucks for something I want it to me be mine. I don't want it to be locked in some device that I may or may not still have in two years' time. And I don't want to be forced to buy another Kindle when it's time to upgrade because I've got hundreds of dollars worth of books tied to my Amazon account. Granted, Amazon eases the pain by offering kindle software for PCs and smartphones, so it's not like if the thing breaks I'm out of options. Still, it's the principle of the thing...

Kindle Lending Club looks kind of great

Kindle Lending Club looks kind of great

Jan 31

I discovered the Kindle Lending Club just this Saturday when I was googling the title of my own book (what? you do it) and saw that somebody on the KLC twitter feed was asking about Zombocalypse Now. My first instinct, of course, was to start a fake twitter account so I could answer back about how awesome it is and score the $2.99 ebook sale (ka-ching). Cooler heads prevailed on that one. But the idea of a Kindle lending club did intrigue me, so I looked into it...

Kindleous, kindleful, kindlicious

Kindleous, kindleful, kindlicious

Jan 27

So I bought myself a Kindle for Christmas this year, as part of my new commitment to marketing the ebook edition of Zombocalypse Now. My first instinct in an e-reader was to go with something that was a little more of an open ecosystem (most devices use the stantard epub format, but Amazon chose to go with their own format in an effort to lock readers into buying from the Kindle store, unless they want to mess around with mobi conversions and other such voodoo). But the Kindle is where the vast majority of the ebook market is right now, and if I was going to jump in, I figured should jump in the deep end....

Indie eBook Hall of Fame

Indie eBook Hall of Fame

Jan 19

Zombocalypse Now made TeleRead's Indie eBook Hall of Fame! Under the "Paranormal" category, which I suppose is as good a place to put it as any. Thanks, Joanna!

Help think of clever quotes (reward: eternal glory)

Help think of clever quotes (reward: eternal glory)

Jan 13

I need your help with clever brain smartness, because (and I'm not just sucking up here), I know that YOU ARE ALL GENIUSES. See that randomized quote at the top of this page next to the Chooseomatic logo? I'd like to add a whole bunch to the rotation. But I'm kind of running out of ideas. Quotes should follow the basic format of a Choose-You-Own-Adventure choice ("If you..., turn to page..."), and need to be under 20 words or so. Please add any and all ideas to the comments on this post -- my favorite ones will be added to the header rotation and IMMORTALIZED ON THIS SITE FOREVER.

It’s a wizard, IN SPACE

It’s a wizard, IN SPACE

Jan 12

I was just messing around with my new tablet last night, and I drew this. It’s a wizard. In space! This one goes out to Muffy, who PROBABLY wasn’t thinking of anything like this when she pitched me her latest book idea.

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