A quick look at the issue of file-size in digital comics distribution, storage, and the pricing model.8th of June, 2018
A series featuring great independent e-bookshops, continuing with a look at the Fantasy genre.1st of May, 2018
Linen Press is the only independent women’s press in the UK.
Only recently starting to sell e-books direct from their own shop, Linen Press has been publishing "fine writing for women, by women" for about ten years.
Founded by Lynn Michell, their first book, Childhood’s Hill:
"...sold out, was re-printed, and beat Ian Rankin one week in Blackwell’s best sellers."
Their two (for now) e-books are reasonably discounted from their paper counterparts and are sold as a Zip file containing both ePub and Mobi formats.
Futurefire is a publisher of short speculative fiction stories, poetry and art.
They publish The Future Fire, a magazine:
"...of beautiful and useful short stories and poetry in Social-political and Progressive Speculative Fiction, Feminist SF, Queer SF, Eco SF, Multicultural SF and Cyberpunk, and an experiment in and celebration of new writing."
Issues are published approximately four times a year and are available to download for free in ePub and Mobi formats.
The Italian comic creation and shop site, Comics Fu, is currently in its pilot stage, but looks very promising for both comic readers and creators.
A platform which enables authors to distribute their digital comics directly to readers.
Creators set the price for their work, and get their own shop page. The site automaticaly generates multiple formats from uploaded files to suit every reader, and takes a fee from each transaction.
While it's currently in Italian, the founders have expressed their desire to support more languages. Keep an eye on the full launch of Comics Fu for some great deals.
Comics are available in both high and low quality PDF, ePub (in different versions) and CBZ/CBR formats.
Dynamite's CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci explains that:
"Expanding into DRM-free content, made available directly to consumers from our website, is simply giving the consumers the option for what they want and how they want it, and continues to reach out to a non-traditional comic-reading audience."
Dynamite have a massive selection of comics. From Battlestar Galactica: Zarek to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, there's a range and depth to their collection. I'm going to dive into the Pathfinder titles and maybe some Bob's Burgers.
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A selection of books readers are currently enjoying.
The Last Herald-Mage Trilogyby trashHeap: Reading EPUB
Web of Lifeby trashHeap: Reading EPUB
How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Natureby mrnigelgreen: Reading EPUB
The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation...by kevin: Reading EPUB
A selection of readers' favourite books from their libraries.
Concrete Islandby mrnigelgreen: Read MOBI
Blackbirdsby kevin: Read EPUB
Dark Matterby mrnigelgreen: Read MOBI
Welcome to Night Valeby trashHeap: Read EPUB
A selection of book recommended by readers.
Muti Nationby sakina: Read
A nail-biting introduction to South African magic and a nice bit of terror into the bargain. No reading this one on a dark stormy night unless you're bigger and hairier than the sorcerer!
Saga #1by kevin: Read
Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, Saga is a beautifully intimate space opera.
It touches on race, religion, conflict, family and love, with a deft hand and imagery that is just sublime.
Proof that Image Comics' creator-owned approach really works. These are the kinds of stories that comics were made for.
Memoryby kevin: Read
An amazing story that more than fulfils my need for great world-building. Such a creative mix of the unrecognisable, beautiful prose, and an uncanny skill for weaving technology into mythology.
Memory is slow to build, but when it does, it does so steadily. As our characters explore the 'Ring of the World' we learn with them, understand with them and fight back with them.
A wonderful read.
What people are saying about Libreture
I'm using Libreture to manage my books now and it's a very cool service...
I recently signed up to this. It's a nice way of storing all your DRM Free eBooks in one place. You can also share your library with others! It also helps support DRM-Free authors, publishers and bookshops by allowing users to link to where they got it from.
I think its really awesome, and ive been kind of glad someone is trying to build stuff in the eReading space that isn't vertically integrated.