This is an important article from Boing Boing. It goes against every democratic principle to hold secret negotiations on major legal issues and yet that is what is happening right under our noses. From the article: ACTA is an unprecedented copyright treaty (unprecedented in that it reaches farther than previous copyright treaties, and that it … More Secret Treaty in DC
Three Tips Number one: Never, EVER pay to have your work published! Any agent or publisher that asks for money up front is NOT your friend! They are called a vanity press and are nothing more than scams. Number two: Any legitimate publisher will look over your work and either offer you a contract, which … More Tips for Newbie Writers
There has been a LOT of blogs, news articles, essays and flame wars on how eBooks are either A) Destroying the publishing industry or B) a new cultural wave that will revolutionize our society. Anyone who has chatted with me knows that I love the idea of eInk technology. I’m looking forward to getting a … More Libraries and eBooks
This weekend, I was poking around a thrift shop (as I’m wont to do) and picked up a handful of cheap paperbacks. They were all books I have read before, but since they are so good and so cheap, I decided to reread and then pass them on to some deserving friends. One of them … More Great quote!
Since I’ve been so remiss in posting lately, this will be a long one, so grab a drink and get comfy. I made a run at the National Write a Novel in a Month challenge again this year. Last year was great and I managed to finish ahead of time. This year, for various mundane … More NaNoMore… And More…
Those of us that love small bookstores have been griping about the way the big chains have been driving them out of business for awhile now. In a way, it is gratifying to see the big chains are now trying to kill off their competitors. From this MSN article: “Barnes & Noble is really complicit … More Book Wars
It seems the Boston free WiFi downtown isn’t so free. Here’s what one person found while attempting to use their network. From his article: “Disturbingly, I could not access many government web sites that inform me of my rights and responsibilities as a citizen, the punishments for various crimes, or available government services.” You can … More Censorship in Boston