Friday, October 10, 2014

Fatal Abduction now has a Release Date!

I know everyone has been waiting for Fatal Abduction to release. I want to say sorry for taking so long to put it out. Freak of Nature was submitted to some Publishers and I wanted to wait until I heard back from a couple before releasing this one.

With that said, unfortunately Freak of Nature was not picked up at this time. So release for Fatal Abduction is a go. It will be released on Nov. 3rd. I am looking for bloggers to sign up for the Release Day Blitz. If this is something you would be interested in please fill out the doc HERE!

I want to say Thank you to all my fans who have waited patiently for this release. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did while writing it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Self driving cars

The latest in robots and automation. Seems as if  GM will have a slightly limited version of the self-driving car Available in certain Cadillac models within two years!  Two years is crazy.

Technology Takes the Wheel

Once that hits the market I think we'll see rapid progress across the board from all manufacturers. Exciting!

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!

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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...