Category Archives: Technology

Why Authors Shouldn’t Pay for Social Media Services

I accidentally clicked a press release the other day. This release announced an exciting new “social media system” to help independent authors create buzz for books. A noble goal, albeit a lofty one. Dog Ear Publishing, one of the many … Continue reading

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Amazon is Not Waging a “War” Against Books

Amazon is waging a war against “bookstores” and “book culture.” According to a new article from Salon, anyway. Well, if Amazon is at war, I guess I’m a soldier. Of the last three books I’ve bought, two have been through … Continue reading

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The Robots that Write… and Do Everything Else, Too

A while ago, I read the excellent book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McCafee, Race Against the Machine. Since then, I’ve thought a lot about automation, whether I’m looking at Google’s driverless cars or checking out at CVS through a self-service kiosk. … Continue reading

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Fitzgerald & Hemmingway Were Bloggers, Too

Sometimes, I feel guilty about blogging. It’s a little pinching sensation, probably a sensation most writers are familiar with – the feeling that you’re wasting time you should be using to work on your novel. That’s why I was reassured … Continue reading

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Social Media, iPhones, and Memory

I had a friend in high school who had garnered a lot of attention after high school. Because we went to college and he did other things that seemed a lot more exciting, like climbing rocks all day. Collectively, those … Continue reading

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How eBooks Can Save Journalism

At the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), Michelle Bachmann said a lot of things that weren’t true. She said she got the information from a self-published book, Presidential Perks Gone Royal. It’s written by a Republican lobbyist. Bachmann trusted a … Continue reading

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The Internet Has Made Us All Entitled Content Thieves

This week, the New York Times closed another loophole that got around its notorious paywall. You know… the paywall. The thing ensuring that one of the last bastions of what Americans call journalism (even if it’s owned by someone with a … Continue reading

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The Identity Crisis of eBooks, Writers, and Writing

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Google Glass: Is an App Store for Memories Just Around the Corner?

Google Glass is Google’s latest awesomely terrifying innovation. It’s basically a pair of dorky glasses that function as a high-definition video camera wherever you go. The footage you record can be shared virtually with friends, in real-time. Friends who you … Continue reading

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Is the Final Draft Dead?

I wrote a lot of this in my car, because I have a smartphone, so now I can talk sternly to it and, magically, those incantations are turned into text. I’ve tried this method to write blog posts before, but … Continue reading

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