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  • October 16, 2011
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Previously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy 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: A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber For this book, we…

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  • October 3, 2011
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FutureBook’s Robin Harvie has a post speculating on whether e-books will soon be more widely adopted to send review copies. The costs for sending review copies of physical books can run into the hundreds of pounds for just a single book, and this would seem to be an area where e-review copies could save publishers…

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  • September 30, 2011
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When Lenovo announced a pair of Android tablets this summer, we didn’t even pretend it was the IdeaPad K1 we were most jazzed about. Sure, it was exciting to see Lenovo enter the Android tablet market on any terms, but it was the ThinkPad Tablet that set our curious minds rolling. There was the design,…

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  • July 29, 2011
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My father-in-law, Bob—a Marine and decorated Vietnam veteran—recently surprised us all by bringing a slender box along with him on his latest visit. Inside the box lay a Nook Touch Simple. “This is a good one, right?” he asked. “The ad online said it can hold 1,000 books…” I told him I had heard good…

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  • July 26, 2011
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In his latest column for the Guardian, nerd blogger/novelist extraordinaire Cory Doctorow reviews the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and finds it to be lacking in features for a putative iPad replacement. In particular, he dislikes the way that it uses a proprietary docking cable just like Apple, lacks the micro-SD card reader in the wi-fi version,…

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  • July 19, 2011
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Publishing Perspectives is carrying a column by Patti Thorn, former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News and co-founder of BlueInk Review, a fee-based book review site. In this column, Thorn makes the case for fee-based reviews as a solution to sorting through the avalanche of self-published titles. Drawing on her experience at the Rocky…

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  • July 12, 2011
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Occasional TeleRead contributor Robert Nagle passed me a link to a review he lately posted of our founder David Rothman’s self-published novel, The Solomon Scandals, which recounts a journalist’s investigation of a scandal in 1970s Washington. Nagle quite liked the book, giving it four stars, though noting that the tone could get a little preachy…

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  • July 12, 2011
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Within a week after Amazon ended its Affiliates Program here in California, I received this rather disquieting email from one of my freelance employers, 1776 Productions (they run online reputable book review websites and some of the last book review paper publications in the country): Amazon.com has decided that Sacramento Book Review and San Francisco…

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  • June 5, 2011
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Lately, I have been working my way through the works of science fiction writer H. Beam Piper. Piper was one of the great science fiction writers of the fifties and early sixties, and, tragically, he committed suicide right before his works’ popularity really took off. Perhaps as a result of the disorder brought about by…

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  • May 30, 2011
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One of the biggest events in computer gaming last month was the long anticipated launch of Valve’s puzzle game Portal 2. After several months of promotion, including an alternate reality game, Valve’s Portal sequel was exactly what’s a lot of gamers had been waiting for. And after they finished beating the game—which, like its predecessor,…