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.