Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ditmar time

Dear reader. It is Ditmar nomination time again. Allow me to humbly submit for your sophisticated consideration such things as I have been busy producing in the 2011 Ditmar Awards eligibility period. And if you feel them worthy of nomination to go into the Ditmar voting shortlist, that would be peachy!

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
The William Atheling Jr Award is for the writing or editing of a work or related work of criticism or review pertaining to the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

 Best Achievement
This award recognises an outstanding achievement related to science fiction, fantasy or horror and not eligible in any other category of these awards.
  • Terra Incognita Australian Speculative Fiction Podcast, Keith Stevenson (producer/ presenter), a monthly podcast of "the best Australian speculative fiction read by the authors who created it". (TISF website
And the nomination form is here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Related to DRM is the issue of ebook costs. Horror writer/ publisher Shane Jiraiya Cummings is hosting a grand discussion about ebooks over on his website, and inviting publishers, authors, editors, readers and anyone else with a point of view to pitch in and discuss the epublishing phenomenon. The discussion is running for the whole of February and I've jumped into the debate on ebook pricing with a little piece entitled:

“Do you know what you’re paying for, and are you happy about that?”
Books are very cool. Ebooks are cool, too, but they are not pbooks (a term I’ll use from now on to differentiate ebooks from books made out of dead trees). Ebooks are very different from pbooks and that difference goes a lot deeper than some people realise. And you can pay quite different prices for the various formats. This is such a new market, no-one’s really nailed down what value to attach to what format and how that value should be reflected in the cost to the consumer. Authors, publishers, and retailers all have their own ideas, and it’s a topic I want to look at a little deeper. So what are the options for you in 2011 if you want to read a book?
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