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  • August 30, 2012
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Paul Laity at The Guardian has a look at the recent paid review scandal on Amazon and what it might portend for the future of “traditional” reviews. Perhaps not surprisingly, even though the piece opens with a headline proposing that reader reviews might be “killing off the critic,” and even though it admits that only…

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  • August 9, 2012
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I may not actually have a dog in this hunt. I have a Goodreads account, but haven’t used it for much more than marking that I’ve read a few books. I have so much stuff to do in my life between my day job, blogging, and the computer gaming and fiction writing I do for…

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  • July 16, 2012
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Trolls, feel free to skip to the bottom of this column and post your comments immediately without reading a word. Actually, who are we kidding — you didn’t make it this far. Everyone else, brace yourselves. You may want small children to leave the room. I’m about to do something I don’t do often —…

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  • March 21, 2012
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Which is the better e-reader, Nook or Kindle? If you listen to Consumer Reports, the answer is the Nook—by a nose. Book eReader reports that CR’s latest review, comparing the Kindle to the Nook Simple Touch, calls the Nook better…by 1 point. The Nook tied the Kindle on most things, such as battery life and…

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  • January 29, 2012
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We might have made a big deal out of the FTC’s guidelines for review blogs back when the commission imposed them, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary. The New York Times reports that one vendor gamed Amazon’s review system by offering customers full refunds if they posted reviews of its products—including a case for…

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  • November 25, 2011
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As I mentioned in my review of Honor Among Enemies, with In Enemy Hands the Honorverse series changes from a pure space navy series to something more politically-based. While there are still plenty of naval battles in the offing, at times the space combat takes a distinct back seat to all the political maneuvering. I…

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  • October 25, 2011
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Sony sent me a PRS-T1 for review – and at the outset let me say what a nice unit it is.  Let’s start with a comparison to my new Kindle.  (Of course the best comparison is to the new Kindle Touch, but that isn’t out yet.) Here are two screens side-by-side.  I used the third…

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  • October 23, 2011
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Next up, chronologically, in the Honorverse are a pair of short stories. Although they have nothing to do with each other, they both cover events that become important in the next book. And they both involve events of great change to their respective worlds—one not violently, but the other very much so. Previously: Introduction Treecat…

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  • October 22, 2011
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As I continue my series of Honor Harrington reviews, in the hope of eventually reviewing the entire almost-completely-free e-book series from start to finish, I notice some news from David Weber has popped up lately: Weber and an unnamed CGI/3D movie studio are in the process of finalizing negotiations over the movie rights (Baen Bar…

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  • October 17, 2011
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Previously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy A Beautiful Friendship Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen The Short Victorious War Irresponsible captain, itinerant noble Field of Dishonor Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: Flag in Exile by David Weber And…