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E-Publishers’ Guides to Writing Books

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Ever heard of this guy?

Chances are you haven’t, but one peek at that link will show you just how much you’re missing out on. Manuel Ortiz Braschi is one of the most prolific self-publishers on Amazon’s Kindle site and, as author of more than 3,000 e-books on topics ranging from herb gardens to potty training, seems a veritable 21st century renaissance man.

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Books Are Greener Than E-Readers

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“One e-reader requires the extraction of 33 pounds of minerals. That includes trace amounts of exotic metals like columbite-tantalite, often mined in war-torn regions of Africa. But it’s mostly sand and gravel to build landfills; they hold all the waste from manufacturing wafer boards for the integrated circuits.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Greetings, Rumpusers. You might have been relieved to see me go for a bit, but you had to know you couldn’t get rid of me forever. I’m back from a life-alteringly excellent trip to Los Angeles, where I finished school, and a less awesome though somewhat relaxing trip to Orange County, the result of which won’t be discussed here (good things rarely happen in Orange County, for the record).

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Saturday Morning Links

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It’s Saturday morning. Get the sleep out your eyes and start clicking.

Farhad Manjoo has some solid ideas on how to beat the Kindle. Now, if only Amazon’s competitors will listen.

There is great sadness in Sequoia National Park, at least for someone.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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This week, the book blogs are scaring the ever-loving Jesus out of me.

Sure, there have been a few fun, interesting updates and interviews, but most of what they’ve been saying makes me want to build a series of tunnels in and around my house so that I can start planning the first push of the resistance.

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Want to kill e-publishing?

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I read stories like this one, where Amazon has gone onto their subscribers’ Kindles and removed books (refunding the purchase price, but still) because the publisher decided they didn’t want to make the books available electronically anymore, and I wonder what the company is thinking.

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The Screen to Page Transfer

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images-13“The electronic book, on the other hand, represents—and furthers—a circuitry of instant access, which giveth (information) as it taketh away (the great clarifying context, the order)… Right now the Kindle still lives within the context of print. But what would happen if, through growing market share and broad generational adoption, the Kindle were to supplant the bound book?

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Kindle Personal History

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kindle2_2“Late one night, I was reading on my ten-day-old Kindle while brushing my teeth. I was midway through a crucial point in a story when, just as Bezos had said, I got wrapped up in the world created on the screen.

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