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Kindle and e-book news / Amazon today introduced Kindle MatchBook...
« Last post by Tashia Howk on September 03, 2013, 10:11:59 AM »
... a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook. Over 10,000 books will already be available when Kindle MatchBook launches in October, including best sellers like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, with many more titles to be added over time. Customers can learn more by visiting

“If you logged onto your CompuServe account during the Clinton administration and bought a book like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from Amazon, Kindle MatchBook now makes it possible for that purchase—18 years later—to be added to your Kindle library at a very low cost,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish.”

Bundling print and digital has been one of the most requested features from customers. With Kindle MatchBook, they can keep their favorite book on their shelf, and have a copy in their digital library for reading, perhaps re-reading it with features like X-Ray and Popular Highlights.

“I love this idea. It’s simple, brilliant, and good for everybody,” said best-selling author Marcus Sakey. “I love to have print books on my shelf, but I love reading my Kindle on the go, and there are plenty of titles I’d like both ways. It’s ridiculous to ask readers to pay full retail twice for the same book.”

Kindle MatchBook features include:

Kindle editions at a great price: Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased qualifying print books can get the Kindle edition for prices that are typically $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
For book purchases dating back to 1995: Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook.
Easy discovery: Readers can easily look up their entire print book order history to discover which of their past purchases are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.
Popular Kindle-only features: As with regular purchases, Kindle MatchBook titles have unique features such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, and X-Ray.

Read anywhere capabilities: In addition to Amazon’s best-selling Kindle devices, customers can download a free Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, PC or Mac and start building their Kindle library today.

Kindle MatchBook will launch with books from Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch, James Rollins, Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman, Marcus Sakey, Wally Lamb, Jo Nesbo, Neal Stephenson, and J.A. Jance, among others. In addition, Amazon Publishing will include all its titles in Kindle MatchBook. Authors and publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) can enroll their books in the program today by visiting
Press Releases / Slaine Anniversary Wednesday 4th September in print
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on September 02, 2013, 12:23:45 PM »
Industry legend Simon Bisley returns to 2000 AD this week for a special one-off episode of the strip that catapulted him to international fame in the 1980s - Sláine.

To celebrate the Celtic barbarian’s 30th anniversary, in Sláine: Book of Scars creator Pat Mills is revisiting classic moments in the strip’s history with some of the artists who made Sláine such a landmark character for 2000 AD, including Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry, and Clint Langley.

This special eight-page episode in 2000 AD Prog 1848 appears in this week’s edition of 2000 AD. Prog 1848 is available from Wednesday 4th September in print, through the 2000 AD iPad app, or DRM-free through the 2000 AD webshop.
Press Releases / Festival in the Shire is only a few weeks away.
« Last post by Tashia Howk on August 29, 2013, 08:56:49 AM »
We are pleased to announce that our next Festival in the Shire event will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 12-15th, 2013. It is being organised by Mark Faith’s Festival Art and Books in association with the Artist Gallery and held at their premises in Holburn Street, Aberdeen.

The event will include an exhibition of fantasy art including album covers and Tolkien inspired art. Also on show will be a selection of rare Tolkien first edition books and collectable posters. World renowned artist Rodney Matthews, who has taken his talents to the world of fantasy art with great success, and a man who in the past has created album covers for rock bands such as Thin Lizzy, Asia and Magnum will be there to give a talk, present his work and sign your prints. Other artists include Ruth Lacon, Joe Gilronan, Ted Nasmith and Roger Dean and many more. There will also be a collection of vintage Tolkien posters.

Mark Faith, founder of Festival Art and Books and Festival in the Shire, is not only Rodney Matthews’ agent and a prolific collector of rare Tolkien first edition books and posters, he is also a Tolkien expert who has recently showcased his knowledge of the subject on a number of television programs including Channel 4’s auction show Four Rooms. The event is to coincide with the airing of a new UK History channel series entitled Pawn Stars UK. Pawn Stars is one of the History Channel’s flagship shows. The original US show was the second most viewed show in North America. Rodney Matthews and Mark Faith will be in an episode screening on the September 9th at 9pm. There will be another chance to see Mark Faith on screen when he appears on a second episode in which he will showcase his rare complete set of the first ten Hobbit impressions on Monday, September 23rd. All of the books are in exceptional condition and took over four years to bring together making a truly unique collection.

About Mark Faith
Mark started in the rare book dealing business as Mark Faith Books (MFB) in January 2003, mostly as a hobby. As time went on MFB became more and more specialized and began primarily dealing in Tolkien books and memorabilia. Despite this Mark very quickly began dealing in millions of pounds worth of rare items. He was dealing with the most valuable and rarest pieces from the beginning, items including a signed Hobbit book which sold for £54,000 and a rare Lord of the Rings set which went for £75,000. This baptism of fire has made him one of the leading Tolkien dealers today. Mark is now trading under the name of Festival Art and Books.

He has helped a number of collectors to become more comprehensive in their knowledge of Tolkien and has recently supplied some of the rarest and most important items to a private Tolkien museum opening in Switzerland this autumn. One avid collector who is a big fan of Mark’s business and describes his dealing with him in the following way, “Mark introduced me to the works of Tolkien a few years ago and he is now coaching me on all things Tolkien and is helping me build up a pragmatic collection. His knowledge and contacts are incredible, they are to die for and I have no hesitation in recommending Mark’s work.”

Festival Art and Books:

About Festival in the Shire
Mark used his expertise and extensive contact list to hold one of the biggest Tolkien events in 2010 – Festival in the Shire. Held over three days, there was a comprehensive list of Tolkien experts giving lectures. Art show, stalls, entertainment and fan expo.

Festival in the Shire

August 2010 Festival, Fan Expo and Conference over three days (

We also produce 2-3 smaller, local fan events in the UK and Europe.

Other Events:
August 2011 Machynlleth, Wales. Art exhibition, rare books and artists
September 2012 Leiden, Holland. 75th Anniversary of the Hobbit. Art exhibition, rare books and Tolkien merchandise and a program of talks

About Rodney Matthews
Rodney Matthews has worked as a designer-illustrator for over 30 years. He has illustrated album covers (including Thin Lizzy, Barclay James Harvest, Rick Wakeman and Magnum among others), video games, fairy tales, children’s literature and book dust jackets. Over 80 of his designs have been published as poster prints, selling in millions world-wide. His talents are world renowned. For example, John Cleese places him “among the greatest artists who have ever lived.” His works have been exhibited in Britain’s most prestigious galleries, and he has held one-man exhibitions in variety of places including Switzerland.

His very unique style has earned him a loyal following of fans, who have seen his illustrations in connection with some of the literary worlds biggest names including C.S Lewis, Kenneth Graham, Lewis Carroll and of course Tolkien.

About Four Rooms

Channel 4’s hugely popular television show Four Rooms offers sellers of valuable and collectable items, a chance to pitch their items to four of the UK’s biggest dealers. Up to 30 dealers are rotated throughout the series to give the viewers variety. They range from the art collector and academic Ruth Meakin to the interior designer and A list dealer Celia Sawyer. Mark did not accept any offers for his Lord of the Rings first editions when he appeared on the show but recently sold the set for £15,000.

Further information:
Press Releases / Yes, I must confess this is really a fantasy tale... or is it?
« Last post by tonythorne on August 28, 2013, 04:35:10 AM »
Press Release: August 2013 - BEST SELLING AUTHOR PLAN

Something for all budding, enthusiastic, never give up, optimistic, genre writers to absorb... the voice of experience to date... plus a bonus success story to consider?
News / Wanna publish a new Sci-Fi Mag?
« Last post by R Taylor on August 22, 2013, 02:39:09 AM »

If you’re among that large and growing fraction of our blog readerrs who never miss anything in the blog and never forget anything you haven’t missed, you may recall an occasional musing from me about how much fun (and also how much labor) editing Galaxy and If was.
  August 19, MILWAUKIE, OR—This weekend, Dark Horse Comics is headed to Toronto for the second largest pop culture convention in North America - FanExpo! Stop by Booth #856 to pick up FREE giveaways—lanyards, window clings, buttons, and posters.  You can also buy copies of your favorite comics, books, and products, including an exclusive Fan Expo Canada variant cover of Halo: Initiation (10 per person per day). All giveaways, exclusives, and items for sale are available while supplies last.
  Signings at the Dark Horse Booth
  Lines may be capped as needed.
  Friday, August 23
  1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.              THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY 
  Vivek J. Tiwary (creator/writer)
                                                  *FREE The Fifth Beatle print!
  5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.                        ORCHID  Scott Hepburn (artist)
                                                  *FREE Orchid comic!
  Saturday, August 24
  11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.            BREATH OF BONES and CRIMINAL MACABRE 
  Steve Niles (creator/writer) and Justin Erickson (cover artist,
  Criminal Macabre)
  *FREE Breath of Bones poster and Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein print!
  1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.              THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY 
  Vivek J. Tiwary (creator/writer)
  *FREE The Fifth Beatle print!
  2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.            MIGNOLAVERSE (Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Witchfinder, and more!)  Mike Mignola (creator/writer/artist)
                                                  *FREE Hellboy poster, Itty Bitty Hellboy window clings, and more!
  Special Event
  Saturday, August 24
  1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.             BLOODY DISGUSTING PRESENTS: MIKE MIGNOLA
                                                  Room 716
  Since his first introduction in 1994, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has gone on to achieve a status in comics typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc of Hellboy in Hell (one of his most popular miniseries to date), an all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the B.P.R.D., we offer you a rare opportunity to enter one of the most intriguing minds of the industry today! Join Bloody Disgusting’s James Wright for a live interview with creator Mike Mignola, along with a chance to ask your own questions about your favorite cast of characters.
News / Spy... or Fry!
« Last post by Emmett Etherington on August 17, 2013, 02:38:57 AM »
Lavabit's owner threatened with arrest for shutting down rather than spying on customers.
Kindle and e-book news / Pining for dead trees?
« Last post by Emmett Etherington on August 16, 2013, 07:28:46 AM »
The simple truth is that with one exception, every link in the value chain must be profitable or the entire chain breaks.  Bookstores are breaking and are taking the entire chain along with it.  Amazon’s hands are outstretched to receive the new customers, to play its dominant role in the new ecosystem. The one exception?  Authors.  Most authors don’t now and have never been able to live on the proceeds of their work.  A few do, and do so spectacularly.  That spectacle draws authors in:  it’s not the prospect of a good and interesting job but the chance to win the lottery that makes a writer out of a normal human being. 

Great stuff!

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Wednesday 4th September 6 - 7pm - Geoffrey Gudgion signing Saxon's Bane

Thursday 5th September 6 - 7pm - David Gibbins signing Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage

Friday 13th September 6 - 7pm - Sherrilyn Kenyon signing Styxx, and there will be a FREE tote bag for the first 50 people in the queue!

Tuesday 17th September 6 - 7pm - Kim Newman signing Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard

Wednesday 18th December 6 - 7pm - Cory Doctorow signing Homeland

Thursday 19th September 6 - 7pm - Joseph McCullough signing Zombies: A Hunter's Guide

Thursday 26th September - Elizabeth Hand signing Available Dark

To fine out more about our events, please go to
Press Releases / Blake's 7 returns ... to Xbox!
« Last post by Janet Rider on August 15, 2013, 08:53:12 AM »
A Microsoft-funded reprise of the 1978-1981 series is headed to the Xbox Live service, according to The Financial Times (paywall), replacing earlier plans to revive the show on the SyFy channel. SyFy's choice of director, Martin Campbell, will still helm the new production.
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