Fan-fiction — amateur books and stories based on established authors’ characters and worlds — is a hugely popular pastime among people with too much time on their hands. Sites like Fanfiction.net regularly receive thousands of submissions a week ranging from Dr. Who/Transformers crossovers to the further adventures of Anne Frank (no really). Now, Amazon wants to pay fanfic writers to publish their derivative “creations” on the Kindle Store. That’s right — your Gossip Girl magnum opus is about to be legitimised.
Escaping Control & Abuse is a free ebook from noted Australian author Kaz Cooke, covering how to recognise abusive relationships and how to get out of them. A great resource (and potentially useful to share with anyone you think might fall in that category. [Penguin]
The elderly can be extremely resistant when it comes to adopting new technology, especially if it supplants something as tried-and-trusted as a book. Subsequently, e-readers and tablets are products to be feared and distrusted; just like broadband internet, car accelerator pedals and kids loitering on lawns (er, we might be generalising a tad here.)
Last week’s news that Wizards Of The Coast would make classic editions and modules for Dungeons And Dragons available for download had me initially excited; I love classic AD&D/D&D. Then I remembered. I still have all that stuff in physical form! How do the PDF versions compare?
When Amazon last upgraded its Kindle range, it wasn’t surprising that the Kindle Fire didn’t ship here, given its heavy integration with US-specific services. It was more annoying that the Kindle Paperwhite wouldn’t ship here either, but that has now changed, as Amazon appears to be happily shipping the Paperwhite to Australia.