Looking for Innovative Stories? Here’s a List of Ebooks, Apps, Websites, Games, and More

Ebooks, or maybe I should say stories, come in all shapes and sizes: EPUB, apps, virtual reality, games, and more. If you want to see some exciting, innovative new forms of storytelling, check out this list (sure devices have some limitations and enhanced ebooks haven’t exactly taken off yet, but there are ways to make ebooks great): Continue reading

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New Year = New Websites

It seems like at the beginning of every new year (at least for the past three years), I suddenly get sick of the way my websites look and spend a week or two obsessively redesigning. Well, it’s that time again, and I’m proud to say I have a few new websites in addition to some prettier websites–hopefully these will help out anyone interested in my work!

So here’s a little more on what I did, and what you can expect from me this year. Hint: it involves ebooks and dinosaurs. Continue reading

Taking a Short Break, and Reading Short

Well it’s almost Christmas, and for the next couple weeks I’ll be taking what I’ve heard other people call a digital break so I can regroup and be back in full swing come the new year. I might have a couple posts here and there, but for the most part, I won’t be around again until January.

And so, in the spirit of taking a break, and because I’ll be using that time to read a lot, I’m writing this post about reading and reading shorts. Personally, I’m a fan. I like quick reads that I can finish in one sitting and make me feel accomplished. Plus, some stories are meant to be short.

Most of you probably know about Amazon’s Kindle Singles, but there are other places to find that sweet spot of content that’s too long for a magazine article but too short to be a traditional book.  Continue reading

The Art of Flipping (Books?)

I’m in the process of looking to buy my first house (exciting and terrifying, I know!). One thing I’ve noticed is listings for houses on sale tend to use the same key phrases: spacious rooms, great light, charming, near x, y, z freeway, close to shopping, etc.

However, even though on paper a house may sound perfect, in person they can be completely different. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen houses that should be condemned, houses with add-ons just slapped on that actually make it less livable (but somehow more expensive), and houses that failed to mention the neighbors could easily see inside your bathroom. Yikes. Continue reading

New Ways to Write

When you write, you don’t always write books. There are many forms of content available, including blogs, research papers, white papers, short stories, articles, poems, flash fiction, and more. Recently I wrote a post about “New Ways to Read,” but now I’d like to focus on all the tools and sites out there that make it possible to write and produce new content.  Continue reading

12/13/10: This Week in Publishing

Have hope, all of you who have declared print books as dead. According to David L. Ulin, the Los Angeles Times book critic, “print books aren’t going anywhere.” E-books complement print books, and the real issue “is that we read, that we continue to interact with long-form writing; by altering the conditions of the conversation, e-books and e-readers have already served an essential purpose.” E-books are the first step towards enhancing literature. Authors are already experimenting, whether it be with PowerPoint or by integrating websites with stories. Ulin ends his note with what he thinks e-books offer, “the promise of immersion, enhanced or otherwise, just as their analog counterparts have always done.”

E-books are good news for the literary world

Still, e-books are a force to be reckoned with. NPR says that e-books constitute one out of every 10 trade books sold. And, the companies who make ereaders can not only track what you download, but how much you read of your download, and even where you read it.

Is Your E-Book Reading Up On You?

Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly media, says about publishing in an interview, you “need to care about more than preserving your business.” Here’s part of the interview on YouTube.

In Conversation with Tim O’Reilly. Part 5 of 7