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Discriminating Against Erotica

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Yesterday iPad had four erotica novellas listed in its top ten selling books including the number one spot Blonde and Wet, the Complete Story by Carl East. Today the iPad list is curiously free of any erotica literature. Coincidence? Probably not.

If Apple purposefully removed these works from its list, it would not be the first time that the company has attempted to ‘clean up’ its content. Back in February, Steve Jobs made the decision to rid the iPhone App Store of all “overtly sexual content.”

While some may argue that it is up to Apple to decide what types of work they promote, many are crying censorship.

While I normally align myself strongly with the "How dare they?!?" side of these types of debate, I must admit I am torn. Business-wise this move makes good sense to Apple. It is a mainstream company that could have its reputation hurt if it becomes known as a popular purveyor of porn (or what some people consider porn). Also from a financial standpoint, it is in Apple’s best interest to take novellas off their top ten list no matter what the genre considering that many of these titles will sell for under a dollar. Hiding the likes of Big Sis, Six Sexy Stories and other short works makes way for more expensive e-books to be sold.


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Using Calibre To Track Print Book Purchases - Part II

BY Dear Jane, JULY 22, 2010 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

This is part two of using Calibre to create a catalog of your paper library (read Part I here.) However, the information below can be useful to those who use Calibre for organization of their digital books. There is a screencast for this which you can find here (full screen) or embedded below. Screencaps and a written version follows.


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Co-Author Confessions: What It Was Really Like To Write Talk Dirty To Me

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2010 | PERMALINK

Co-authors Inez Kelley and Ginny Glass Struggle with "who plays the man" in their new erotic romance Talk Dirty To Me.

Ginny: Gimme Talk Dirty To Me back, I want Jarod.

Inez: Wait your turn, I have the lube out and he is getting duuuuuuurdy.

Ginny:  It is my turn! Send him to me and go to bed. It’s like what, 2 AM there? Selfish cow.

Inez: Pffft …. btw, Jarod is now allergic to cats.

Ginny:  Okay, that works. I’m switching to Nora for the next section. I edited the last five pages, loved the hand holding bit, very sweet. Also I gave them their first kiss.

Inez: Saw that, nice job on the tenderness but I interrupted it * snicker * You want to write the next phone call?

Ginny:  HELL YEAH! Have you sent him back yet?

Inez: I’m almost done this bit. Keep your shirt on.


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Using Calibre To Track Print Book Purchases - Part I

BY Dear Jane, JULY 15, 2010 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

Dear Jane:

You mentioned something a few weeks ago about using Calibre to track my wants and to-be-reads and purchases for my print books. Is that possible?

~Lauren

Dear Lauren: Yes! I created a short screencast to walk you through adding books to create a library of your print books. The process is fairly simple. You can watch the full screencast (link to a full screen version) or read on below. Download Calibre here (compatible with Mac, PC, and Linux).


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The Mystery Of the Hohokam People Has Turned Author Liz Fichera Into A Captive Spirit

BY admin, JULY 02, 2010 | PERMALINK
  Author Liz Fichera delves deeply into the cultures of native american tribes for her historical romance Captive Spirit. Now she shares how she brings the mystery of the Hohokam people to life in her new release. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive* review of Captive Spirit.

Trivia likes to lodge itself in my brain and never leave. I can remember the most obscure facts and anecdotes. Whenever my friends and family play Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy I’m suddenly popular, but if you’re ever stranded in Phoenix, Arizona, and happen to ask me for simple directions to a grocery store or gas station, I will most assuredly disappoint you with a blank stare.

I forget where I was when I learned about the Hohokam Indians but I most definitely remembered the history behind Phoenix’s original inhabitants. It stuck in my brain like a seed. And it’s also what inspired my historical romance novel, Captive Spirit.


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Comic Books - There Is An App For That

BY Morgan Doremus, JUNE 29, 2010 | PERMALINK
 

DC Comics launched an app last week that makes its comics available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Prices range from free to $2.99 per issue and digital comics will be released the same day as print versions. Payment is quick and easy as the user makes purchases through their iTunes account.

This weekend I downloaded the app and within two minutes was looking over a variety of DC comics. What did I find? All of the usual DC fare including Superman, Jonah Hex, Justice League, Green Lantern and many more. The app also includes a section for featured comics, one for free reads and another for new releases. (I also really liked the browse feature which allowed me to search the comic database by series, genre, creator, imprint or storylines.)

 


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Janni Nell Asks The Audience

BY admin, JUNE 28, 2010 | PERMALINK
 

Author Janni Nell stops by to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her novel Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator. And don't miss her question for readers at the end of the blog entry.


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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E-Books In The Public Domain

BY admin, JUNE 24, 2010 | PERMALINK

I received an email from reader Lynn about MyPadMedia selling access to free books. MyPadMedia was using Feedbooks feed improperly but the email prompted an issue I have wanted to talk about for a bit but never gotten around to: The sale of public domain books through every Internet retailer out there.

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Dear Jane: 

I see promotions for e-book readers saying that the e-book readers come with $100 of free books but is this really a great deal?

~ Curious

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Dear Curious:

Short Answer: It really is no deal at all. What the e-book device sellers are doing is collecting a number of popular books in the public domain and preloading them onto your reader. This can actually be a hassle when you go to power up your e-book device and have 100 unwanted books you'll need to delete.


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The Gift of Art By J. Wachowski

BY admin, JUNE 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Debut Romantic Suspense author J. Wachowski writes about her art.

A long time ago, I read that a finished piece of art (book, painting, or song) is the beautiful corpse of a time of creation. Sounds a little creepy but that idea resonated in my head. A writer gives a book energy and passion to bring it to life. After the story’s complete, it exists separate from you.

“The End” always brings a mix of relief, accomplishment, and sadness. I celebrate with a present. I find a piece of art to represent the story--a print, painting or photo—something to hang in my office, maybe? Sometimes, I find the perfect thing at a craft fair. Sometimes, they come from friends or family.
Sometimes, there’s magic involved.

After I wrote my first mystery, In Plain View, I happened to wander into a store up the road from my house. There was a poster on display. A panorama photograph of a farm house surrounded by weather worn fences and bare limbed trees.

My story is set in the deep Midwest, where hundred year-old oaks rise from oceans of grass. These trees embody survival. Shaped by fire, lightning, drought and snow, they rarely have perfect forms. They’ve seen too much for that.


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Finding Free (Or Nearly Free) E-book Deals

BY admin, JUNE 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

Dear Jane: I'm see all these promotions for free e-books (or cheap ebooks) but I don't own an e-book reader and I don't want to buy one just yet (I'm waiting for that perfect device). But I still want to read some of these books for free. Is there anyway I can do that?

~Lynn

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Dear Lynn: Yes, for almost all free ebooks or cheap e-book promotions, you can take advantage of these deals by using just your laptop or desktop. The truth is nearly half of people who read e-books do so using some type of personal computer. The only disadvantage is that you might have to download more than one software program to your desktop to take advantage of these promotions.


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