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What’s Good, E-Books?

Over at the Two Dollar Radio blog, EIC Eric Obenauf has noted an e-book positive:

Something I do like about e-books is that people in other countries have easier access to read our books. People can order our books electronically through vendors by entering a random U.S. address. Even if we assign sales restrictions to only U.S. and Canada, for e-books that doesn’t mean squat because the vendors can’t enforce these restrictions. But I enjoy getting emails from someone in Turkey saying that they’re reading our books.

I thought this would be a good opportunity for all of us to get a little dirty and say one good thing about e-books, e-readers, e-mags, etc. I’ll continue the trend.

I like that people can read the newspaper on their e-reader. On a crowded subway, this leaves a little more elbow room for everyone.


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Improving Indie Author Events

By Shane Solar-Doherty

On Monday night I went to a reading at Lorem Ipsum Books, a local used shop, a business I get great pleasure out of supporting. They were hosting Lindsay Hunter and Christian TeBordo, two authors with debut story collections with Featherproof Books, an indie publisher out of Chicago. Featherproof sent Hunter and TeBordo out on a five-stop tour that they dubbed the Road Read tour. Their fourth stop was Lorem Ipsum.

Hunter and TeBordo picked funny and daring stories to read and delivered them well. Their stories were very short, and they were read quickly, which the pace of the stories called for. But the reading only lasted about ten minutes, or to measure it another way, approximately one minute for each audience member in attendance. The audience and the authors were crammed into chairs and stools in a corner of the store. And there was no discussion to wrap things up, the part of a reading that I look forward to the most. In the end, I felt lead on, like I was supposed to anticipate what was to come next. And that’s a quality I admire at the end of a well-written story. It’s not what I expect at the end of a reading.

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One Tab, Two Discoveries: Three Guys One Book & Dark Coast Press

And thus, the literary gods make their presence known once more.

After discovering that indie publisher Two Dollar Radio has a blog and subsequently subscribing to their feed, I read a post by $2R’s Editor-in-Chief about how and why they started their publishing business. (“The age of microwaveable dinners has passed. The future is bright, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”)

Then I clicked on the title of the post and some real serious stuff went down. In one incredibly loaded tab on Google Chrome, I learned that Three Guys One Book is a very awesome thing, and that they’re always highlighting unique writers and energetic publishers, like Seattle’s Dark Coast Press. Writes Aaron Talwar, publisher of Dark Coast, in 3G1B’s Why We Love What We Do series, “We’re addicted to good books, we utterly love them, to a creepy, swooning degree.” Yep. We know that feeling.

From Dark Coast’s website:

Today’s literary landscape provides an enormous precedent for invention and growth. For example, corporate publishers and major reviews maintain, on average, a 90% rejection rate. While this upholds both their means and the quality of their publications it also says to us that an overwhelming number of new writers have yet to be discovered. The work is there, the good books are being written, so why, for the most part, are readers not seeing them? Corporate book sales are down because the right writers aren’t being published. We will publish them.

Dark Coast Press published An Dantomine Eerly by Jarret Middleton in March of this year, and is set to release two more books in 2011. Keep your eyes peeled — I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

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