Archive for August 29, 2008

Twittersnipes: August 29, 2008 (Part Two)

August 29, 2008

Twittersnipes: The “snipe” as in “sniper.” Tweets that hit me like bullets. (Or that I blast others with!)

Books 1.0

August 29, 2008

Dutton Signs Major Multimedia Trilogy

Dutton has laid out big money for what it’s dubbing a “digi-novel” by the creator of the C.S.I. television franchise. The Penguin imprint paid millions for a multimedia three-book series from Anthony Zuiker that, at its centerpiece, features a mystery novel which will send readers to a Web site with companion footage relating to the plot.

“Digi-novel” = printed book for which you have to go to a computer to call up the interstitial material. Hey, what happened to that “You can curl up in bed with a book” crap? Sounds like you’ll have to get out of bed for this one.

Keep kidding yourself, silly rabbit.


With Weak First Half, RH has “Much Catching Up to Do”

Sales for e-books are already more than double the total for all of 2007, although Dohle acknowledged they still represent only a tiny source of revenue.

That’s a worthless, ambiguous sentence. We’re near month nine in 2008. So what is the actual rate of sales acceleration? Did sales cross the double mark back in June? April? July?

Reviewing RH’s other worldwide operations, Dohle said Random House Group UK outperformed the marketplace, and added that the group will role out its e-publishing program next month in connection with the debut there of the Sony Reader.

Go Sony Reader.

— via BookSquare

Free Crime Fiction: Plots With Guns #3

August 29, 2008


Blistering skin, hurricane warnings, and melted ice cream all over the concrete. Despite the sun and the waves, summer can be ugly, too. Sublimely ugly. Just like the eight new stories in the Summer 2008 issue of PLOTS WITH GUNS, now live online.

Plots With Guns #3

Takiji Kobayashi: Writer’s Revenge

August 29, 2008

Japan: Marxist book turns bestseller 79 years on

A 79-year-old tale of rebellion among a fishing boat crew has become an unlikely summer hit among young Japanese people facing economic decline and rising poverty. Sales of Kani Kosen (The Crab Ship) have soared, keeping it at or near the top of bestseller lists since May, an unheard of achievement for such an earnest work.

Written by Takiji Kobayashi in 1929, the novel quickly became Japan’s answer to The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell’s critique of capitalism. But Kobayashi paid for his radicalism in 1933 when he was tortured to death by the secret police at the age of 29.

Emphasis added by me.

That is why Apple’s banning mattered.

Yet there are assholes who sit in the comfort of their fucking homes typing masturbatory copy for gadgets who think writing is, like, nothing.

No one will break down your door because you didn’t like the latest gadget.

Free Speech TV: Ralph Nader In Denver

August 29, 2008

Sound begins seconds late. Boost that volume too. I watched Obama, now you watch this!

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Murderdrome: Eleven Years Old!

August 29, 2008

Update: And yet another twist. The comic was originally done in 2005! See the Comment here.

There’s another twist to the Murderdrome comic book that was banned by Apple.

A Commenter with the handle FishKill stated:

Just done a bit of poking around the net with Murderdrome, and the story isn’t a new one.

Murderdrome was originally penciled by Simon Penter back in 1997. You can see his artwork here:

So this is nothing new, just a new medium for distribution. The bloody story is over 11 years old.

And he is correct! See the 1997 2005 version here.

Previously here:

Print: Dying. And The Net: No Future?
Apple Forfeits eBooks By Banning A Comic Book!

Twittersnipes: August 29, 2008 (Part One)

August 29, 2008

Twittersnipes: The “snipe” as in “sniper.” Tweets that hit me like bullets. (Or that I blast others with!)

Plus …


Fox News: Look! It’s the Anti-Christ!

Probably our next President.