Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Today's Ebook Market, Redux

I work at a magazine, and the way these things go, I get a whole lot of junk mail, both email and snail mail. It was the snail mail kind that grabbed my attention a few days ago.

The magazine itself had a title that caught my eye: "EContent," the magazine for "creating, distributing, and managing digital content." The lead feature was about "The True Price of Privacy: What users are willing to exchange for (free) content."

But there was something in the small type that got me. "Today's Vibrant Ebook Market," I read.

Huh. As an ebook author, I had to check it out. Generally, it was an interesting article, with a lot of information I already knew--that ebooks have been around for quite a while, but technology had to catch up. The article goes into how ebooks are available 24 hours a day, no more waiting around for bookstores to open, etc. And what a boon it was for academia, because students didn't have to deal with large, cumbersome tomes, the professors could direct the students to the ebook versions. Yadda yadda yadda.

I know, this is all stuff we know. Ebooks, we are told, with each passing year, are getting to be more and more the thing. "People are expecting more things to be available in digital form. However, as it is when there is anything new, people need to take time to get used to it," the article concludes.

Okay, here's my complaint. WHEN?! WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO GET USED TO IT?!

Anyway, that's my whine for the day!

Eilis Flynn


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Finally, a Reader to read those ebooks with

Announcing The Cerridwen Press Spring Contest!

READERS! Here's the information you've been looking for!
Go here for rules you can download:

Here are the rules for the First Annual Cerridwen Spring Giveaway:

· The Grand Prize winner must be a United States resident (due to mailing and
custom costs, we cannot ship the grand prize out of the country).

· You must be a member of the Cerridwen Chat Yahoo group to participate in
this contest. All clues and contest information will be posted on that loop. To
subscribe, send a blank email to:

· You cannot share information about the contest with other readers. All
participants should act independently.

· Every day, starting on March 1 and ending on March 15, a clue will be
posted on the Cerridwen Chat loop. This clue will lead you to a specific web site
or blog location. You must find the hidden/special word on that web site or
blog. There will be fifteen words to find, one for each day of the contest. The
word will be in a special font, something like this so it will stand out and
you should be able to see it easily. If you want to be eligible for the grand
prize, you have to find these words. Note the word and the location where you
found it.

· You also need to find a tree icon and note that location. Beginning on
March 1, look for the tree icon on the web site or blog of the participating
authors (see the author list at the end of this page). Make a note of the location
of the tree icon or blog.

· The contest ends on March 15 at 5 PM. The tree icons and the 'secret words'
will be removed from the author locations at that time.

· Assemble the words you've found into a sentence. Send the sentence and the
location of the tree icons you found in the following format in the body of an
email to

          Sentence: write your sentence here
          Location of Secret words:
          1st word: page.htm
          2nd word: (if blog)
          3rd word:
          4th word:
and so on .... 
          Tree Location 1:
          Tree Location 2: 
          Tree Location 3:
and so on .....

· You will need to find 15 words and 13 trees for a total of 28 entries.
Sound like a lot? It is, but the prize is pretty big, too!

· E-mail your response by 5 PM (central standard time) on March 16. No
entries will be accepted after that time.

· The grand prize winner will be chosen from those who submit correct

· Winners will be announced on the Cerridwen Chat loop on March 20, the first
day of spring, at 5 PM (central time). Winners will also be notified by email.

· Grand Prize: A Rocket 1200 Ebook reader with 7 downloads already loaded.
Complete instructions will be provided for using the reader and for transferring
books to the reader.

THIS IS NOT AN EBOOKWISE ebook reader. You cannot directly download books to
the Rocket Ebook reader. In order to use the Rocket Ebook reader, you will
need to use GEB Librarian software or the REBlibrarian PC software. Both are
available for purchase for a minimal cost ($20-$30).

You will also need a Compact Flash reader/writer device for your PC. These
are available at any computer store for approximately $15-$30.

See for an overview of the
process used to transfer content to this reader. We will also provide
instructions for device use.

This is a used device. The cover is slightly scratched but the reading screen
is clear and unmarred. The device is in good working order. It will be
shipped to you with the winning books already loaded and will include instructions
for adding new content, a spare rechargeable battery, and a power adapter (to
recharge the unit). This device operates for 5-6 hours on a fully charged

· Runner-up: 6 downloaded books, emailed to you

· 1st place: 5 downloaded ebooks, emailed to you

· 2nd place: 4 downloaded ebooks, emailed to you

· 3rd place: 3 downloaded ebooks, emailed to you

This contest is sponsored by the authors listed here.

It is not sponsored by Ellora's Cave, Cerridwen Press nor affiliated with
that company.

These authors will have a tree icon on their web site or blog for you to find
starting on March 1:

Amy Corwin
Charlene Leatherman
Catherine Berlin
Dorothy McFalls
J L Wilson
Janet Miller
Lise Fuller
Liz Jasper
Marianne Stephens
Ariana Dupre
Micqui Miller
Vicky Burkholder
Jude Atkins
Jean C. Gordon

The following authors are participating in the Secret Word part of the
contest (some authors may be participating in both: tree and word). You will receive
a clue by noon on each day to find out where to find the secret word.

Amy Corwin Jenyfer Matthews Liz Jasper
Frances Stockton Mary Ann Chulik Vicky Burkholder
Sam Cheever N.D. Hansen-Hill Eilis Flynn
Terri Thackston Terry Odell Micqui Miller
Karen McCullough Jude Atkins Sharon Horton

Enjoy the hunt!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Today I did something that I hope made someone's day.

Some of you may know I work for a specialized magazine. It pays the bills,
close to home (I could, and have, walked home on rare occasions, but that's
about an hour and it's fifteen minutes on the bus door to door), but it's not
thrilling. Most of the time I don't have a say in what we run, though I do have a
voice in the suggestions. As I said, it's a specialty magazine, and it's not
my specialty.

Today, facing a deadline (Monday) and finding myself REAL short of copy (one
of those months when everything you estimate will take up space ... doesn't),
when I was handed a recent over-the-transom submission, I jumped on it. It was
within the range of what we've published in the past, it was relevant and of
interest to the readership, and best of all, it would eat up two pages that we
had to fill. I didn't think twice: I grabbed the phone and asked if it was
still available (since it just came in a couple of days ago, it was likely). I
said we wanted to use it, please sign the form I send over, you'll get paid
when it hits the stands in just a few weeks.

Now, mind you, this call would have been out of the blue for the author. It
was classic, if you think of it: Hey, I have a spot I have to fill, this just
came in, I want to buy it, okay, it's bought.

I'd like to think I made that author's day. It made mine -- I don't have to
worry about the space I have yet to fill over the weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A while back, I was thinking about ebooks vs. print books. Right now, ebooks
aren't as common as they will be in the future, with the most common thing I
hear about them that "I can't read that much on my computer." I can sympathize,
because I used to say the same thing, until I realized that since I work
on-screen (eliminating the need for unnecessary paper) and edit on-screen (it's
quicker and neater than paper), I spend a lot of time with my computer (my sweet
little computie!). Once you realize you CAN read on your computer, or any
screen, life becomes easier.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, ebooks vs. print books. Anyway, to entice those
who may be on the cusp about these matters, a few Cerridwen Press authors
decided they were going to make it a little easier for them, especially if they
like the challenge of a contest -- a scavenger hunt, really.

Check out the rules and regs over at JL Wilson did a fabulous job of organizing everything, even to offering
an amazing grand prize -- ebooks, and a way of reading them. There's going to
be one clue a day starting on March 1 for the hunters involved -- that's all.

Check it out. There are prizes galore, and who knows? You might find yourself
winning a few books that you're willing to read in a new, unfamiliar format!

Eilis Flynn,,
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