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by Doug Pardee
April 19th, 2011, 11:48 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2698

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

If you had a problem giving books away free, you would never, ever sell a book to a library. In fact, you would never sell a printed book to anyone. You would license each book and limit its use to the original purchaser. This used to be done until 1908, when the US Supreme Court ruled in Bobbs-Mer...
by Doug Pardee
April 19th, 2011, 11:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: grammar question: the word "as"
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: grammar question: the word "as"

What Quill said. Here's an article about the matter: http://www.floggingthequill.com/floggin ... ur_as.html

There are other ways that "as" is commonly abused, too. It's a word that I try to avoid unless I'm sure that it's the correct choice for the situation.
by Doug Pardee
April 6th, 2011, 4:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pen names
Replies: 23
Views: 3098

Re: Pen names

Totally uninformed opinion: the horse has left that barn. Using a pen name for anonymity is temporary at best. At some point, someone will post the connection between your pen name and your real name. And then it's all over. See this article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/19/belle_de_jour/ abo...
by Doug Pardee
April 1st, 2011, 2:20 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: E-book Reviews Gone Insane
Replies: 2
Views: 881

E-book Reviews Gone Insane

I wish I could say that this is an April Fools joke, but it's not. Over at B&N, people are writing 1-star reviews for the sci-fi novel God's War because it's currently available for free as an e-book and the reviewers don't read sci-fi. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Gods-War/Kameron-Hurley/e/9781...
by Doug Pardee
March 27th, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: ISBN Numbers To Have or Not to Have
Replies: 5
Views: 831

Re: ISBN Numbers To Have or Not to Have

Margo, I'm not an expert on the subject, but from what I can tell, for an e-book you only need an ISBN if you're trying to work with a bookstore that requires an ISBN — Sony and Apple being the two that I know of. Amazon-published e-books don't have ISBNs, most B&N-published e-books don't have ISBNs...
by Doug Pardee
March 11th, 2011, 3:59 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: ISBN Numbers To Have or Not to Have
Replies: 5
Views: 831

Re: ISBN Numbers To Have or Not to Have

Bear in mind that if your book has an ISBN, it will show up on the "sales tracking Radar" (Nielsen BookScan, etc.) where publishers and such can see how well your book is selling. This can be a good thing if you sell tons of copies, or a bad thing if you sell almost none. If you're just going e-book...
by Doug Pardee
March 3rd, 2011, 4:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does grammar matter, and will it?
Replies: 17
Views: 5628

Does grammar matter, and will it?

These questions are for discussion purposes. I'm not looking for an official ruling. Q1: Do you think that proper grammar has any effect on a manuscript's potential success? At a different site, an aspiring fiction author who'd asked for comments on something he'd written objected to my pointing out...
by Doug Pardee
February 25th, 2011, 10:52 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Publishers limiting library e-book loaning?
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Publishers limiting library e-book loaning?

I'm with Mike Perry, who commented at PWxyz. A better system is to simply charge the library for each loan, rather than make libraries buy copies up front. For printed books, libraries have been able to rely on the First Sale Doctrine. They have no such aegis for e-books. Macmillan and Simon & Schus...
by Doug Pardee
February 25th, 2011, 1:24 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How are e-books created?
Replies: 11
Views: 3433

Re: How are e-books created?

The answer is (shock!): "It depends". For the very latest releases, e-books are usually made from the digital file containing the book contents. Those tend to come out pretty clean. Bear in mind, however, that the printed version undergoes additional screening during the typesetting process, when wo...
by Doug Pardee
February 18th, 2011, 8:06 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Do e-books change the way you read?
Replies: 11
Views: 4341

Re: Do e-books change the way you read?

I can't say that I feel like it's different, but there certainly are differences. For one thing, I'm able to make the print large enough that I can read in bed without glasses or contacts. I never read in bed before, because it was just too much of a hassle to find where my bookmark had slid off to,...
by Doug Pardee
February 18th, 2011, 7:12 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: E-Book Lending
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: E-Book Lending

This isn't anything to be concerned about, because it isn't going anywhere. It's just one of the dozen or so sites where Kindle and NOOK owners can get together to use the lending feature of their e-readers (booksfornooks, ebook exchange, lendle, etc.) Those lending features are very restrictive. An...