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4 Links and 1 Lesson

The Lesson: iBooks will yank your e-book from the store if it contains any Amazon or B&N links. Good to know.

The Links:

Hal Duncan talks about segregation in fiction at the SFWA Blog.

Via Writer Beware: Author who files charges over a bad review ends up being fined the equivalent of $11,000. I’m no lawyer, so I won’t claim to fully understand all of the details, but I believe the legalese translates to “Don’t be a dumbass.”

Via theguindo: California’s proposal to eliminate library funding. Unfortunately, libraries seem to be a popular target these days.

Confessions of a Slush Reader at Shimmer.  “Slush readers are like lonely folks sitting at a singles bar: we came here to fall in love.  The odds aren’t good because the goods are odd, as the old saying goes, but there is one truth—when we start reading your story, we want it to be beautiful.”

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 19th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Can you clarify what does the "it" refer to in the "if it contains any Amazon or B&N links"? The e-book itself?
Mar. 19th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sure. At the end of the .epub file, I've got a page of "Other Books by Jim C. Hines..." I included direct purchase links, figuring I'd make it as easy as possible for people to click right from their reader and buy another book, if they were so inclined.

B&N, Amazon, and Kobo seem fine with this, but iBooks apparently has rules against allowing any competitor links in products sold at the iBookstore.
Mar. 19th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Smashwords has the same requirement.

That's why I'm listing my other books at the end of my collection, but I'm only adding a link to my website. (Though I might see if I can create variable links, so that Apple gets Apple links, B&N gets B&N links, etc.)

Mar. 19th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
At this point I have an iBooks .epub file and an Everyone Else .epub. From a sales perspective, I want to make it as easy as possible for readers.

I've been thinking of setting up a "Bookstore" page on my web site, and a link to that page would be a good alternative...
Mar. 19th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
I agree--I'd rather provide links inside the e-book itself. If I go with Smashwords, however, I'll be doing the same as you and making a Bookstore page. (I'm almost there, but it's not as organized as I'd like.)
Mar. 19th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Off-topic, a shiny new ARC showed up in the mail today. Thank you! :-)
Mar. 19th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
popular target
Of course. Libraries are something a lot of people use. Cutting cushy jobs would only hurt the people involved, and we all need to sacrifice.
Mar. 19th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: popular target
It might be the online reading thing, but I can't tell if this is serious or sarcasm.
Mar. 19th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: popular target
Dear lord I hope it's sarcasm. I apologize. The ebook thing has me confused as I don't have a reader. (Kindle, Nook, etc.) Can you buy the goblin book and just read it on a computer?
Mar. 19th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: popular target
Right now it's for sale on Kindle and Nook. However, both Amazon and B&N have free software that will allow you to read Kindle and Nook books (respectively) on your computer. Does that help?
Mar. 19th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
I quibble with Hal Duncan's use of the word "abject", but I love the essay.
Mar. 20th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
I don't know if you've seen it, but Hal follows up with a related post on his blog here.
Mar. 20th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Most library funding is local, not state level, for one thing. This particular idiocy doesn't cut front line workers except indirectly, via the services libraries (as opposed to patrons) get from the state. For another, this is Not News. California's been cutting back on libraries bit by bit (and chunk by chunk) ever since Prop. 13 (which *did* affect local funding in a drastically bad way) passed back in the late 70s. I know librarians who had to leave the state after 13 passed because their jobs were gone and were not coming back.

Not that I don't think they're not shooting themselves in the kneecaps, but it's not what people think it is, even if it is just as bad.
Mar. 20th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
My library had a sign out on the check-out desk the last time I went in with a quote from from... Eleanor Roosevelt, I think? I don't remember the exact wording, but it was something along the lines of getting rid of libraries in a recession being about as dumb as getting rid of hospitals in a plague. I wish more people thought that way.
Mar. 20th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting that.

Those blog links are great. I ended up staying up way later than I should have reading a bunch of posts at Shimmer. I've always found the advice from slush readers to be extremely helpful.
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