The One Ebook You Have to Read If You Love Digital Books

You have not read a truly digital book until you've read The New World. The novella is about a woman trying to reclaim her dead husband's head from a cult-like cryogenics company. But more than that, it is the most ambitious attempt I've seen at exploring a future where books lack physical form and are better for it. » 3/10/15 2:10pm 3/10/15 2:10pm

Amazon's Unveils a Huge Movie and Ebook Sale, Plus More Deals

Need something to pass the time until House of Cards comes back next week? Today only, Amazon's offering big savings on award-winning Kindle ebooks and streaming movies to own. The most popular book on the list is Life of Pi ($3), and Boyhood ($7) highlights the movies, but it's a deep and impressive list of… » 2/21/15 9:59am 2/21/15 9:59am

An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm 1/23/15 7:00pm

Load Up on Cheap Kindle Books During This One-Day Sale

Whether you want to learn a new programming language, get lost in a space opera, or brush up on your WWII history, Amazon's got something for you today in a massive Kindle ebook sale. » 1/13/15 9:45am 1/13/15 9:45am

Your Tablet Computer Is Screwing Up Your Sleep Patterns

A new Harvard study is re-affirming the assertion that reading light-emitting e-books before bed, like computer tablets, could have a detrimental effect on sleep, which can in turn lead to serious health problems. » 12/23/14 11:20am 12/23/14 11:20am

Why Do E-Books Cost What They Do?

E-book pricing can seem mysterious. With some of the costs of paper publishing gone, does that mean that producing them is really cheaper? Or are there other hidden costs that get figured into the production of digital books? » 7/25/14 4:50pm 7/25/14 4:50pm

How to Self-Publish a Book

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that someone, eventually, might not reject you. But nowadays you can choose to self-publish anything you'd like. Here's how. » 7/25/14 2:00pm 7/25/14 2:00pm

Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world… » 2/12/14 10:50am 2/12/14 10:50am

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 10:00am 12/22/13 10:00am

Charles Stross gives us a sneak peek at his new novel

Today, author Charlie Stross, from this month's book club selection, joined us for a Q&A, where he filled us his thoughts on how new writers get traction, the skyrocketing of ebook sales (from 1% to 50% of his sales in the last five years), and gave us the first line of his new book coming up in July. » 12/10/13 4:30pm 12/10/13 4:30pm

Neil Gaiman is writing a Doctor Who ebook—and you can read an excerpt

Neil Gaiman is writing one more adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, this time in ebook form. His ebook story Doctor Who: Nothing O'Clock will follow the Doctor and Amy Pond to the year 1984, when they'll face a newly created monster. » 11/05/13 2:40pm 11/05/13 2:40pm

How can you make the ebook novella boom work for you?

When Jeff Noon made his long-awaited return to science fiction, it was with a novella called Channel Sk1n, rather than a full-length novel. And Noon says that the rise of ebook publishers made it possible for him to publish a book that might have seemed too slight in print form. » 8/31/13 3:00pm 8/31/13 3:00pm

Pay what you want for these two scifi ebook bundles

There are currently not one, but two ebook bundles that let you pay what you want for a bunch of science fiction ebooks. Head over to the Humble eBook Bundle and StoryBundle to grab several books for potentially little money. » 7/06/13 4:00pm 7/06/13 4:00pm

Why Science Fiction is Where The Action is for E-Books

Over at Wired, there's a great piece by former io9 editor Graeme McMillan about the rise of science fiction e-books. And through conversations with publishing insiders, McMillan basically confirms what we already suspected — e-book readers are creating a new boom in science fiction publishing. » 6/26/13 10:44am 6/26/13 10:44am

Now at last, Ray Bradbury's novels are out as e-books

Not sure how we missed this news, but at long last, many of Ray Bradbury's amazing books and stories are available in electronic form. Including Dandelion Wine, The Illustrated Man, A Graveyard for Lunatics and many others. » 4/29/13 4:40pm 4/29/13 4:40pm

Everything You Need to Know About SFWA's Clash With Random House

If you're an aspiring science fiction or fantasy writer, you've probably heard that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has come to blows with one of the biggest publishers in SF over the past week. But what's all this about? And how does it affect you and your dreams of being published by Random House? » 3/11/13 1:30pm 3/11/13 1:30pm

The book about earthworms that took Charles Darwin 44 years to write

For most of his adult life, Charles Darwin was mulling over the earthworm question. In the years before his famous adventure on the H.M.S. Beagle, he began investigating how these creatures creates soil-enriching mold during their digestive process. Off and on in the decades after that, he continued to ponder… » 1/23/13 4:50pm 1/23/13 4:50pm

A Chart that Shows a Dismal Trend in Sales of Print Science Fiction and…

Science fiction and fantasy book sales, as measured by Nielsen Bookscan, have dropped dramatically in recent years. Just in 2012, science fiction book sales dropped 21 percent, and fantasy book sales dropped a startling 28 percent. In one year. Before you panic too much, bear in mind that Nielsen is only measuring… » 1/18/13 1:39pm 1/18/13 1:39pm