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BOOK NEWS FOR OCT 13: KINDLES, TERRY PRATCHETT AND MORE

Amazon to launch ‘Singles’ for Kindles

Source: cbc.ca

Amazon is launching “Singles,” or e-books that are somewhere between the length of a magazine article and a full book, for its Kindle e-reader and digital market place.

The Seattle-based company on Tuesday said Singles will have their own section in the Kindle store and be priced much less than a typical book. Singles will typically be between 10,000 and 30,000 words, or about 30 to 90 pages long.

“Ideas and the words to deliver them should be crafted to their natural length, not to an artificial marketing length that justifies a particular price or a certain format,” said Kindle content vice-president Russ Grandinetti in a statement. “With Kindle Singles, we’re reaching out to publishers and accomplished writers and we’re excited to see what they create.”

Amazon will consider submissions itself and will be looking for “well researched, well argued and well illustrated — whether it’s a business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event.”

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Terry Pratchett Science Fiction or Fantasy Mark Lawson Talks to Terry Pratchett bbc

Source: booksbyexperts.com

Terry Pratchett talks about his books being consigned into the eluisve Science Fiction section of bookshops. Great clip form BBC show Mark Lawson Talks To: Terry Pratchett. Watch more high quality videos on the new BBC Worldwide YouTube channel

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Should Birth Control Be Covered In Science Fiction Romance?

Source: thegalaxyexpress.net

For some reason, this topic just popped into my head the other night. I don’t recall having blogged specifically about the role of birth control in a science fiction romance with a futuristic setting, so here goes.

Peter Paul ReubensWhen reading a science fiction romance, I generally don’t care if an SFR hero and heroine have no birth control concerns. The primary reason is that I like the fantasy of it not being an issue in my reading. If it’s there, I’m not going to complain, but neither do I ding authors for not bringing it up during the course of the story. Some stories demand it or have plot/worldbuilding elements related to it, and power to them. Still, going into detail regarding birth control is not a prerequisite for me.

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