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Young readers prefer printed books


A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens.

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AK Press warehouse fire: crowdfunding for survival


The excellent radical publisher AK Press has had a devastating warehouse fire and is fundraising $150K to stay in business.

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I hate your censorship, but I'll defend to the death your right to censor

An app called Clean Reader lets silly bluenoses swap swear words out of the ebooks they read, an idea I hate: but I hate the idea that anyone can tell me how to read even more.Read the rest

Terry Pratchett's advice to booksellers


From A Slip of the Keyboard, Pratchett's very sensible advice to booksellers on care and feeding of touring authors.

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Kickstarting a new volume of Rudy Rucker's journals


The wild and talented cyberpunk original Rudy Rucker is kickstarting a volume of his journals, from 1990-2014, inspired by Kafka's journals, and "as long as three or four novels put together."

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RIP, Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett, a treasure of a writer, a gem of a human being, and a credit to our species, has died, far too soon, at the age of 66.

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Kelly Link talks about her new short story collection


David writes, "Whenever I ask guests of Between The Covers who their touchstone writers are, nobody is more often mentioned than Kelly Link. We talk (MP3) doppelgangers, rorschach tests, finding one's authentic mask, Basho, Buffy, weird writing rituals, and about her latest (and perhaps greatest) new collection Get in Trouble."

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Audiobook of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town


Blackstone has adapted my 2005 urban fantasy novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town for audiobook, narrated by Bronson Pinchot, who does a stunning job.

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Nebula nominees announced

The Science Fiction Writers of America have announced this year's Nebula Award Nominees, as selected by the professonals in its membership.

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Borderlands Books will stay open, thanks to cash from supporters


The store had been slated to close after San Francisco's new minimum wage law tipped it from marginal (due to high rents, competition from Amazon) to unprofitable, but after a meeting with customers, the owners decided to offer $100 "memberships" to make up the shortfall.

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Generic YA dystopian novel (Twitter edition)


The @Dystopianya account is tweeting an entire cliched YA dystopian novel in bite-sized chunks.

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Tor.com announces new line of novella-length books

Starting next Sept, the company will publish 3-4 new, DRM-free, original science fiction novellas as ebooks, audiobooks and print-on-demand paper books per month, and they're launching strong, with titles by Seanan McGuire, Mary Robinette Kowal and Paul Cornell, as well as a slate of first-time authors.

Andy Offutt, insanely prolific porn pioneer


Chris Offutt, son of Andrew J Offutt, a golden age science fiction author, reveals that his father wrote and published hundreds of early porn novels, pioneering descriptions of the clitoris in men's stroke-books, producing at least one book a month.

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Kickstarting a new life for out-of-print sf classics


Once again, Brooklyn's wonderful sf bookstore Singularity & Co is running a Kickstarter drive to research and acquire the rights to lost, brilliant science fiction classics, convert them to ebooks, and release them as free or low-cost ebooks (the last campaign rescued 36 books!).

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Humble Brainiac Book Bundle: tech books for kids!


Get more than 15 DRM-free kids tech ebooks from No Starch Press, including the amazing Lauren Ipsum, as well as a wealth of killer Lego books, books for young makers, and kids' programming guides -- support EFF and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, too!

2600 won't settle with the distributor that screwed it and all the other indie mags

2600 Magazine's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "2600 Magazine (The Hacker Quarterly) has found itself embroiled in a bitter dispute over the bankruptcy declaration of one of the largest magazine distributors in the United States."

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SF/F writers: apply now for Clarion and Clarion West

Applications are open for both the Clarion Writing Workshop at UC San Diego and the Clarion west workshop in Seattle, a pair of legendary, six-week intensive instructional summer workshops for aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers.

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How to fix copyright in two easy steps (and one hard one)

My new Locus column, A New Deal for Copyright, summarizes the argument in my book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, and proposes a set of policy changes we could make that would help artists make money in the Internet age while decoupling copyright from Internet surveillance and censorship.

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New editor at the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Congratulations to Charles Coleman Finlay on becoming the ninth editor of F&SF in its glorious, 66 year history. (via IO9)

Tor.com's annual free "Best of" ebook

Every year, Tor.com anthologizes some of the best short fiction from its website in a free ebook, and it's always one of the best sf anthologies of the year -- this is no exception!

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Downpour.com: audiobooks without the DRM


I love audiobooks, but I hate DRM (actually, I think it's an existential threat to humanity), and since Audible requires all its books to be sold with DRM (even when the publishers object), that's left me with limited options -- until 2014, when I discovered Downpour.

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Discounted ebooks for readers who own Dilbert, Oatmeal and Nom Nom Paleo books


Peter writes, "Vancouver based ebook bundling start-up, Bitlit has signed a deal with Andrews McMeel publishing. The deal allows readers who own a paper copy of an Andrews McMeel book to get the eBook for 80% off. The deal includes comic collections from Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and Scott Adams (Dilbert), and Michelle Tam's bestselling cookbook Nom Nom Paleo."

Vast Humble Comics Bundle


The latest Humble Bundle features an indescribably vast array of comics from Mega, including work from Mark Waid, Darick Robertson, Garth Ennis, Gail Simone, Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, J. Michael Straczynski, David Mack, Howard Chaykin, Bill Willingham, Sean Phillips, Tim Seeley, Chuck Dixon, Andy Diggle, Duane Swierczynski, Joshua Hale Fialkov and others.

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Weird fiction Storybundle to benefit Helsinki Worldcon bid


Crystal writes, "Love indie fiction? Want a choose-your-price set of Weird Fiction ebooks that will help support the Helsinki bid for Worldcon? We want to bring Worldcon to Helsinki in 2017, to boldly go where no Worldcon has gone before.

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Lawquake! Judge rules that explaining jailbreaking isn't illegal


A federal judge in New York has ruled that telling people where to get DRM-removal software isn't against the law -- it's a huge shift in the case-law around DRM, and it's an important step in the right direction.

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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: the audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton


I've independently produced an audiobook edition of my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, paying Wil Wheaton to narrate it (he did such a great job on the Homeland audiobook, with a mixdown by the wonderful John Taylor Williams, and bed-music from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls.

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Nature makes all its papers free to view


The premiere science publisher will make shareable "read-only" links to its all papers stretching back to 1869, using technology from a startup that its parent company, Macmillan, has invested in.

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Gates Foundation mandates open access for all the research it funds

Effective January 17, all research funded in whole or in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation must be published in journals that are immediately free-to-access, under a Creative Commons Attribution-only license.

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Kickstarting a coloring book of bygone Hollywood stars


Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy bookstore writes, "Portland based, self-taught artist, Alicia Justus, is Kickstarting her first coloring book in collaboration with Show & Tell Press (publisher of Crap Hound)."

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Barbie "computer engineer" book is a total disaster


The storybook has Barbie infecting all her friends' computers with a heart-shaped USB drive, then calling on the boys to fix the computers and program the video-game that she goes on to take credit for.

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