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Does “Free” Mean “Worthless”?

I just threw away yet another card from Starbucks that offered me something free. This time it was for an app, but often it’s for a song, and sometimes it’s for a book.┬áThis time, I didn’t even bother getting the app. Between the Starbucks offers and the iTunes free song of the week, I’ve probably [...]

Amazon Still Hasn’t Reactivated Macamillan Book Sales

Although Amazon said they would capitulate in their dispute with Macmillan four days ago, they still have not reactivated Macmillan book sales on their site. They don’t seem to have thought out anything very well in this mess. So although it was widely reported Amazon gave in, it isn’t true. Most people speculate Jeff Bezos [...]

Why I removed all the Amazon links from my site

Crap! I really don’t want to write this blog post. I’m not a fighter, but when someone screws with my livelihood, I get angry. Really angry. And anger can make me do things that are outside my comfort zone. You see, Amazon has removed all Macmillan books from its website because it is having a [...]

BTG 011 Podcast: News From Our Crazy Digital World

This post goes with an audio podcast. In some cases, the link to the audio file will be at the bottom of the page. You can also subscribe to the podcast at iTunes. Google Book Settlement Society of Authors on the Google book settlement Library Journal article about the book settlement Paid Content article about [...]

001BTG Interview with JC Hutchins

In the first episode of my new podcast, Behind the Grammar, JC Hutchins coins a neologism (“vlurb”), reveals what JC stands for, and talks about how he wrote Personal Effect: Dark Art in two months and made his amazing video trailers. JCHutchins.net/trailers