Why the Pitchforks and Torches?

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Last week we answered the question once and for all, Is TUEBL legal? with a decisive YES! But on Friday, we heard from a pro-copyright author who still thinks we’re all dirty rotton thieves. The fact remains that, despite efforts to serve both the writer and reader communities, our little library attracts the occasional hysterical mob…. Read more »

Is TUEBL legal?

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Is TUEBL legal? It’s a common question about our friendly neighborhood ebook library. And fair enough. If something is awesome enough, there’s probably a law against it. So let’s answer it once and for all with a resounding YES. Under the current admins, TUEBL has always had a DMCA takedown process, which means it falls solidly… Read more »

Hey TUEBLovers, Welcome to Cheapass Fiction!

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Hi there! I’m Aelius. I write. I’m also an avid TUEBL fan. You know that Facebook page everyone checks for the latest library news/panic/oh-my-god-where-is-TUEBL moments? I made that. After false DMCA takedowns (sent to Facebook…….. where exactly zero books are kept o_O ) forced the official page offline, I wanted to make sure that readers and… Read more »

Writing to Amazon, Re: Free Books

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This week, in the quest to get my books free on Amazon, I wrote to them asking if they could speed up the process. For anyone curious about the behind-the-scenes process, here are the letters. This will be updated as (/if) I get more responses. (Also, if you still want to help me by telling Amazon… Read more »

I Need Your Help: Get Amazon to Free Skyland!

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As many of you already know, earlier this year my book Skyland Book I: Abominations came to rest quietly on the digital shelves. Now, it needs your help. I need your help. After some… uh… disagreements over distribution in the Smashwords catalogue – which distributes to all the major online ebook retailers – Skyland was published separately to Amazon, which accepts public domain… Read more »

Is TUEBL Down?

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No. TUEBL is just fine. But six-strikes rumors have sent a chill through the ebookworm community. For those who missed it, the United States’ six-strikes schemes, like it’s foreign cousins the three–strikes, is a plan hatched between the copyright industries (read: Hollywood, Record Labels, and other non-artist middlemen) to stop people downloading and sharing art for free…. Read more »

I’m Not Crazy! Others Break Into The Public Domain

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When I first used CC0, the public domain “license”, on Stories About Things in 2011, I’d only ever seen it in two places: Falkvinge.net (the blog of the Pirate Party founder – no surprise there!) and Your Face is a Saxophone (yeah, that’s as awesome as it sounds.) No basic googling turned up any big time indie writers using it. Not even… Read more »

Ownshelf

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There’s a new player in the ebook world. Welcome Ownshelf! Ownshelf is a new platform that helps Facebook users connect with their friends for a more social reading experience. It also gives readers a convenient place to share their books across devices. Like Facebook itself, it’s exclusive – the “Bookshelves” you see are specific to your social circle…. Read more »

Review: Above Ground by A.M. Harte

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Above Ground by A.M. Harte Genre: Fantasy (Of the vampire, werewolf & etc. variety) In short, I really enjoyed this book. Ever wonder what it’d be like to grow up without seeing the sky?  That’s the reality for humans in the post-apocalyptic underground world of Above Ground. (And, yes, I DID feel claustrophobic just reading about it…) Above… Read more »