Congratulations to P.G. Holyfield!

A huge congratulations is in order for author and podcaster (not to mention hall-of-fame Dead Robot) P.G. Holyfield. Today he announced that Murder at Avedon Hill has won the inaugural Dr. John William Polidori Award for Best Vampire Novel of 2010. If you’d like to listen to the awards and hear his brief acceptance speech, please go to the Out of the Coffin podcast and check out episode 70.

Well done, Mr. Holyfield! I feel like we had a hand in getting you this honor (we didn’t, but I want to feel like we did anyway). I really hope you enjoy this award, and that it helps take some of the sting out of never winning a Parsec. 😉

In all seriousness, congratulations! We Dead Robots are very very proud of you.


Barnes & Noble are now an ePublisher

Not content to sit idly by while Amazon forges ahead with the Kindle and epublishing, Barnes & Noble — who also make the Nook eReader — has opened up electronic publishing to all. I haven’t personally used their service yet, but from looking at the FAQ it seems to be very similar to Amazon’s digital distribution. If you’d like to know more, head on over HERE.


Ray Gun Revival – Issue #57

Here it is folks, the final issue of Ray Gun Revival being published with Double-edged Publishing. It is the end of an era, as they say, but not the end of RGR. Here are the words of Johne Cook to better tell you what their next step will be…

So what is RGR going to do? We’ve gone back and forth. We were definitely going to go forward on our own, and then were definitely going to fold. I am happy to report that we have reconsidered that stance. It is simply too much fun being an Overlord. So here’s what we’re going to do. We have set up the normal social networking presences: we’re rgrzine on Twitter and Gmail, and we have an RGR group on Facebook. We’ll probably switch that over an RGR page. We’re going to be an HTML-based zine. We’re planning on going 4theluv at this point instead of looking for advertising or subscriptions for the simple reason that it’s easier that way. We don’t have to worry about collecting or paying money, and we don’t have to worry about reporting anything. We’ve run RGR pretty lean and mean so far, and we’re going to be even more stripped down after this.

And there you are. RGR is changing with the times, but they aren’t giving up, and I hope they see even more success in the months and years to come. Thank you, RGR editorial staff, for all you’ve done and all you will continue to do. God speed to you.


Kindle ebook sales outpace hardbacks

Hey, everyone, Justin here with a quick link to a CNN Money article. Apparently all the talk about ebooks being the death of paper books might be coming true. To learn more, click on the link and give it a read, and then come back here to discuss it.

What do you think?


“Publish or Perish” discussion on NPR’s Fresh Air

On April 27th, Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” had a conversation with Ken Auletta about his recent article in The New Yorker titled “Publish Or Perish.” The article focused on eBooks, the iPad, and how those things are changing publishing. I really enjoyed their talk, and I thought some of you might enjoy it as well.


News from J.C. Hutchins

For those who don’t already know, J.C. Hutchins, one of the founding fathers of podcast fiction and author of the novels “Personal Effects: Dark Arts” and “7th Son: Descent,” has decided to step away from podcasting to persue his writing in a more focused way. We here at the Dead Robot offices are saddned to hear this, but we understand why, and hope him nothing but success in the days ahead, both financially and creatively. J.C. is a friend of the show, and he will always have a place at our table whenever he wants it.

To learn more about this astonishing announcement, please CLICK HERE.


A Sad Beginning To The Year

For those who do not know, yesterday (01/06/10), the wife of Podiobooks founder and all around great guy Tee Morris passed away due to illness. It was sudden and unexpected, and sadly she leaves behind not only a wonderful husband, but also a young daughter, neither of whom deserve this tragedy. To make things worse, they also have a mountain of debt to go along with their mourning. We can’t make their emotional mountain any easier to climb, but we can show our love and support by helping chip away at their monetary concerns. Philippa Ballantine has setup a ChipIn account, all without Tee knowing about it, to help do just that. Please take a moment and go by. Tee has been a wonderful friend to this show, and I think we can all afford to help him in his time of need.

Thank you.


Lulu now offering eBooks

Yep, you read that correctly. Lulu, a company known primarily as a PRINT on demand company, is now delving into eBook as well. They will offer optional DRM, Multi-Device Support (Mac, PC, iPhone, Sony Reader, and Stanza), and you’ll have your choice of formats (ePub and PDF with more on the way). And, to make it an even more attractive choice, they’re only charging you $3.99, so whatever you charge over that is all yours to keep. For those who have an issue with Amazon and don’t want to put their work on the Kindle, yet still want to offer an eBook, here is an option for you.



“Dracula” gets an authorized sequel


CNN has an article about a new novel, “Dracula the Un-Dead,” written by Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, the author of the original “Dracula.” Please head over there and give the article a read, and then come back and tell us what you think. Should this book have been written? Does Dracula still have a place in our world? Let us know.


Online book price war subject of investigation

An article at Yahoo Finance today caught my attention. Let’s see if you can guess why…

This seems to be the heart of the matter:

The booksellers association fears that such prices are “devaluing the very concept of the book” and make it impossible for smaller stores to compete.

What do you think?


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