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Andrew Moore from Belfast Northern Ireland is reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King February 3, 2012 - 9:16pm

The Guardian's Ewan Morrison did an indepth article which makes slightly grim reading for all involved in the e-selfpublishing movement. 

 

 It can be read here... http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jan/30/self-e-publishing-bubble-ewan-morrison

 

All the while I was very lucky to give a counter argument on BBC Radio Ulster a day later with Ewan which is basically me just talking about my love for writing essentially... 

It can be listened to here... http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01b65jm

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Charles from Portland is reading What we talk about When we talk about Love February 4, 2012 - 12:14am

tell me something i didnt already know, and i'll mail you a cookie.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. February 4, 2012 - 1:13am

Some turtles can breathe through their asses*.

 

*Technically, it's a cloaca.

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Charles from Portland is reading What we talk about When we talk about Love February 4, 2012 - 2:26am

i was referring to the OPm bryan.  and of course he's on the other side as this article because all his eggs are in the bubble.

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Dwayne from Lexington, Kentucky. is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 4, 2012 - 3:30am

For the most part he is right, anything new will attract a ton of peole, and you'll see a lot of them leave; both authors and publishers. However I think that will be more the smaller sites/readers with a few of the big ones like Kindle, iBooks, Nook, maybe Kobo, and maybe Sony eReader living through it.

Also he has a fairly black/white view of success. Of couse the vast majority will never come close to the sales of the people he named BUT if someone is happy with say $30,000.00 a year which would be about 49 downloads a day, which depending on the number of book is HARD but way easier then publishing a million books.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Burnt Tongues February 4, 2012 - 4:00am

Ewan Morrison thinks Applebee's is a good place to take a date. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 4, 2012 - 10:20am

"Ewan Morrison thinks Applebee's is a good place to take a date. "

I drove by Applebee's last night and the parking lot was packed out.  It amazed me that there were apparently a lot of people who didn't know what Applebee's was. 

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Bruno Hat from Glasgow, Scotland is reading writing and arithmetic February 4, 2012 - 10:35am

Ewan Morrison's from Glasgow. From his book 'Swung' I think nearly every place he visits could be a good place to date.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 4, 2012 - 11:43am

What's wrong with Applebees???

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Charles from Portland is reading What we talk about When we talk about Love February 4, 2012 - 8:16pm

"don't you know almost all the food at applebees is microwaved?" - some chick on a friend's facebook page a couple months ago.

 

i think she used to work there.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Burnt Tongues February 4, 2012 - 8:20pm

"You haven't lived until you've fucked an Applebee's waitress."

-Mitt Romney

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 4, 2012 - 9:56pm

Mitt Romney so did not say that LOL

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Burnt Tongues February 4, 2012 - 11:34pm

Not on record, he didn't.

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nathaniel parker from Cincinnati is reading Mysteries - Knut Hamsun February 5, 2012 - 12:11am

Maybe I don't understand the arguement, but by "Bubble bursting" are they saying eBooks are going away?

That seems ridiculous. Printed books aren't going anywhere, but pretty soon they're going to be relegated to something akin to Albums vs CDs or MP3s.

If anything the "bubble" is just starting to inflate. It's going to be a madhouse as soon as that first series of books comes along that falls in the Harry Potter/Twilight mold. Then there's going to be a whole thing about whether ebooks should be published in hard copy form, and there's going to be a bunch of hipster stuff over which edition is the most "real."

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 5, 2012 - 5:29am

Can you imagine if we had a Mormon President?  Does that mean we would have to take that Joseph Smith thing seriously?  Would South Park get cancelled?  Would Christmas be outlawed? Would we have to answer the door to young boys in dress pants? Would polygamy be legalized?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 5, 2012 - 5:31am

I think the so-called elitist "serious writers of serious, serious fiction" just hate self-publishing because it demeans the concept of elitism. Is there some terrible self-published crap?  Of course.  Does that mean all of it sucks?  no.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 5, 2012 - 10:30am

"Can you imagine if we had a Mormon President?"

I'm going to quote JFK, which probably seems strange, but I'm going to do it anyway, as a reflection of how I would like all politicians to act in regards to their religion.

"I'm not a Catholic president, I am a president who happens to be Catholic."

Actually, despite the fact that I put that in quotes, I'm paraphrasing because I don't want to look up the actual quote.  You are warned.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 5, 2012 - 11:35am

I know, I know.  I was just being a smartass.

Yet people associate the religion of a President with politics, it's silly.  Like imagine having an atheist President, the majority of the nation would freak out because they are religious and wouldn't trust him because of it.

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nathaniel parker from Cincinnati is reading Mysteries - Knut Hamsun February 5, 2012 - 3:47pm

I think the so-called elitist "serious writers of serious, serious fiction" just hate self-publishing because it demeans the concept of elitism. Is there some terrible self-published crap?  Of course.  Does that mean all of it sucks?  no.

 

This argument doesn't make any sense to me. There's more than enough crap from actual physical publishing houses. Unless they're trying to say that the ratio of crap to good is a lot farther apart for self-published works.

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Dwayne from Lexington, Kentucky. is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 6, 2012 - 10:34am

@parker - You could have stopped your post at the sixth word, most people just aren't big on logic.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 7, 2012 - 2:33am

Fuck your logic!

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Dwayne from Lexington, Kentucky. is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 7, 2012 - 3:17am

You ain't no Charlie Murphy. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 7, 2012 - 2:37pm

Well, you ain't no Dwayne Johnson.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 7, 2012 - 5:01pm

There was a bubble? When did that happen? Where was my cut?

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Dwayne from Lexington, Kentucky. is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 7, 2012 - 8:17pm

Actullly Alien I'm a lot closer then you migh think, through no fault of my own.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 7, 2012 - 8:59pm

So you make lots of bad movies?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 7, 2012 - 9:07pm

That's what I got from it.  Or maybe he can do the eyebrow thing?

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Dave from Austin is reading constantly February 7, 2012 - 9:28pm

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 7, 2012 - 9:41pm

He looks smelly too.

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Dwayne from Lexington, Kentucky. is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 8, 2012 - 3:37pm

Our last names rhyme.

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JonnyGibbings February 9, 2012 - 9:57am

I blogged about this... but again I was pissed. Ended up comparing ebooks to titty bars: http://jonnygibbings.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/ebooks-the-death-of-print-and-titty-bars/

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 9, 2012 - 7:28pm

So you can't read an ebook near a church in Oklahoma?

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nathaniel parker from Cincinnati is reading Mysteries - Knut Hamsun February 9, 2012 - 10:30pm

And God said, "Thou shalt not have wi-fi!" And it was so.

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promethues July 13, 2012 - 4:31am

E-publishing opens enormous potential for creative design. It has become a popular choice for an increasing number of publishing professionals.

 

epublishing plans

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy July 13, 2012 - 11:17am

Good point, robot. I never thought of it that way.