Odds and Ends—and a Pair of Lucky Winners

Congratulations to Georgia Wilson and Robin Lehman,

winners of the Agatha award-winning

Books, Crooks and Counselors by Leslie Budewitz!!


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I’ve come to love ebooks in the past six months since I caved in and bought a Nook but print books will always be things of beauty and magic to me. Watch this video for a small taste of what I mean—

Birth of a Book
http://vimeo.com/38681202

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One of the big objections people have had to ebooks is the inability to lend them. There have been exceptions to the rule—notably books published by Baen—but, for the most part, the most the reader could do was tell her friends what a great book she just finished and then they’d have to go find a copy for themselves. The bugaboo was DRM, a built-in gizmo that prevents sharing. As a supporter of authors and their financial well-being (not to mention being a former bookseller), I prefer that most readers buy their own books but sharing is a time-honored way of introducing folks to a new book or author or genre and I miss being able to do that with the electronic books I read. Now, though, Tor/Forge (which is part of Macmillan, one of the two Big 6 publishers fighting the Department of Justice’s accusations of collusion) is going DRM-free and that’s reason to rejoice. Tor/Forge publishes science fiction, fantasy and mystery and, since those are among my favorite genres, I couldn’t be happier. Does Tor/Forge hope to gain more readers and sales? Of course they do but there’s nothing wrong with that and the end result will be a boon to readers and authors. Hopefully, many more publishers will follow suit.

http://tinyurl.com/6psmu7w

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