New Previously Unpublished Kurt Vonnegut Fiction? Yes!

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Amazon found it and is releasing it as part of its new Kindle Serials program. With the cooperation of the Kurt Vonnegut estate, Amazon Publishing is releasing a collection of previously unpublished works by Vonnegut: six unpublished short stories (plus an additional unfinished science-fiction story) and one unpublished non-fiction essay, releasing today as a Kindle Serial for $2.99 under the … Read More

Ay Caramba – Is Windows 8 Toast?

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Readers considering the Microsoft Surface may want to consider this. Windows 8 has to run on a PC and on a tablet, which, at least in this version of Windows, is making it hard to use. Sales are below Microsoft’s expectations. As reported two weeks ago, I quickly encountered Windows 8′s split personality when I tried to use my new … Read More

David Gaughran: Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

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David Gaughran bring amazing historical perspective: We aren’t the first to be accused of killing the industry. In 1939, Robert de Graff threatened to kill publishing, too. At the tail end of the Great Depression, when hardcovers regularly sold for between $2.50-$3.00, he started selling paperback Pocket Books for $0.25. To put that in 2012 dollars, hardcovers cost roughly $40-50. The … Read More

New Star Wars Film Set for 2015

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I feel a disturbance in the Force

I feel a disturbance in the Force.  George Lucas just sold LucasFilm to Disney! They’re going to make new Star Wars films! The Walt Disney Co. has acquired George Lucas’ Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a stock and cash deal. Studio plans to release “Star Wars: Episode VII” in 2015. If they can make Bond films every 3 years, they … Read More

Nexus 10 Display to Out-Do iPad’s Retina Display

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300 pixels per inch vs. Apple’s 264 pixels per inch. I’m surprised to see this happen. Under Jobs, nobody caught up with Apple’s products.  When Microsoft came out with a Zune that matched the specs of the then-current iPod, Apple almost simultaneously came out with a new iPod that was a fraction of the size, making the Zune obsolete immediately. … Read More