Monday, September 29, 2014

Authors unite

The New York Times has another article in the on-going 'Amazon vs Hachette' drama.

Literary lions unite in protest over amazons e-book tactics

I would never had guessed that this would have dragged out as long as it has.  Grab some popcorn, I'm sure we'll see more action soon. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And the beat goes on...



So it seems that there is still the ongoing battle of Amazon vs Hachette.  Not sure how author's sales are being affected, but I'm sure they'd rather this drama was over with.

Along the same lines I ran into this article the other day (I've been slacking on post lately!) and thought it was interesting.  The synopsis: Cory Doctorow, an author and long time advocate against DRM thinks that audiobooks will be the next big dust up.

: just wait for the Audiobook Wars

None of my books are available in audiobook format.  There are a few reasons for this:

- I'm not a huge audiobook person so no personal interest (to date) in getting that edition made.

- I haven't researched associated cost, but I can imagine that it's somewhat expensive, especially compared to the physical book and ebook publishing cost.

- It seems that ebooks are a very small percentage of overall sales in the book market.  Most of my sales are via ebooks.  Here is an article back in June that shows difference between ebook and audiobook sales (second chart)

Book revenues are up.

Now with all that said, I'm not opposed to having any of my titles in audiobook format.  And from a choice perspective, it gives the reader yet another format to choose from.  So why not?  While it's not a priority for me now, I'm sure I'll put some research into it in the not-too-distant future.

Who among you enjoy audiobooks?  Is it your primary format of choice or dependent on circumstances?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


YA Bundle Including Freak of Nature with added prologue. Only. 99!!


Six of your favorite Bestselling authors come together to bring you After Twilight: Six Tales of First Loves, Extraordinary Heroines, and Daring Adventures! This special Limited-Edition boxed set includes not only six full-length novels, but also four brand new, never-before released companion stories.




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The eyes have it



Another interesting use of computers to assist us.  This one will track your eyes while you drive to help in the event you are distracted.

Your Next Chevy May Watch You Watching the Road

Seems kind of "transitional" technology, especially with all the buzz about having autonomous driving cars. Guess I can see that also being incorporated so that if you are "in control" of your vehicle and you doze off or something, the computer realises and takes over to prevent an accident. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Robotic Brains!


Another story on robots (you know what I've been working on lately!), this one from the BBC about using the internet to help robots learn.

Robotic brain 'learns' skills from the internet

It's pretty amazing all the things they are doing to advance the field of robotics.  I'm sure it isn't too far away before we have...






Sunday, August 24, 2014

Robots lack common sense

The New York Times published a counter argument about the YouTube video Humans Need Not Apply that I linked to last Saturday in my post The Rise of the Robots!

After reading the article I still think the video is correct and more old jobs will be lost than new types of jobs will be created.

One of the fields the video mentioned that would take a big hit is transportation.  We're hearing a lot in the news lately about self-driving cars, and many people will say "yea but it'll take a while before it's ready."  Well it seems they've been working on it for quite a while.  Here are couple of articles about successful test they've done in Europe back in 2011 and 2012.