DealDash – I love it! — Yes, I do.October 8, 2012 | 9:41 pm | Journal: updates | 0 comment
It’s the name of a video review I found on YouTube, and that’s so damn right. I found myself spending more and more time ‘drooling’ after the hundred of daily writing-related auctions that take place every day on DealDash without being able to do nothing with it.
I’m in Italy; DealDash is a USA service. So simple, so bitter, isn’t it?
But a special person in my life came to my rescue. :) I’ll cover postage and she’ll get items for me directly from DealDash (provided that she wins the auctions, of course!).
Take a close look at these two other video reviews:
Now tell me— don’t they make you ‘want’ all that stuff? They do for me.
DealDash.com allows auction winners to save up the 80 to 95% off retail price, which is an awful lot, if you consider all items are new or brand new. If you don’t win, you can still buy an identical item with the “Buy it Now” button and just pay its regular price. Not bad at all; nobody’s going to lose anything that way.
Also, bidders who don’t win will get their bid ‘credits’ back for free, and there’s a 100% money back guarantee policy for all first purchases. That is interesting and honest to say the little. :) A truly risk-free penny auction service.
Have you ever won an auction from DealDash? Please share your experience.
Free book publishing via .Torrent. Ever thought of that?July 19, 2012 | 4:21 pm | Journal: on publishing | 0 comment
The world of book publishing has grown considerably since the advent of the Internet era. You know, I’m referring to the many new forms of publication:
- online magazines
- e-books (epub, lit, etc.)
- HTML books
- print-on-demand books
To those, several new publishing channels made their appearance in recent years, but I do wonder:
Why does nobody talks about .torrent distribution as a form of online publishing channel?
The question is peculiar. It would only take readers a minute on a site like BTDigg (a torrent search engine) to find books (PDF, HTML, EPUB, whatever format available) they’d like to read.
Megan Lisa Jones is an author who knows how to exploit the possibilities torrent search websites give her, and I wish more authors followed her advice. She published her novel Captive in a ‘Bittorrent Edition’ that would make other publishing channels green with envy. According to an interview for WestsideToday.com on April 26th, 2011, Megan’s book reached the goodness of 417,575 downloads. Is that a joke? I fear not. I’m quite excited by it, instead! :)
I know I have made a resolution of publishing a reduced version my own short story collections for free via torrent once I have the bundle ready. I still plan to sell copies, but I want readers on a smaller budget to enjoy them, too; at least some of them.
What’s different about .Torrent book distribution
Don’t think about pirates. For a moment, please, just focus on legal use of P2P technologies, okay?
There’s a reason WHY people go to torrent search engines to find what they love.
First, it’s easy to do a search, and to find what they’re looking for.
Second, most creative common, open-source, and free redistributable resources are shared via torrent— why not books?
It totally makes sense. Free, open-source books should be available for download via torrent, not just from websites, blogs and e-magazines. Also, it saves these parties a lot of bandwidth, which can never be bad!
I believe torrents are the future of Internet publishing and book distribution. Certainly, it will not be the ‘only’ future, but one of the many, and definitely one that puts an author in condition to reach (at least, potentially) every single human being worldwide. Regular readership would never reach such numbers. :)
So, now I ask you, my dear blog readers: what do you think?
I know some of you participated with me in last year’s (and 2010’s) NaNoWriMo, that you enjoy publishing stories online on your blogs or via PDF or through services like Goodreads.org
Do you think .torrent networks would help make the difference? :)
I’d say the whole thing is worth at least a try.
It costs nothing, you won’t lose anything, and we all have so much to gain.
From Riots to Civil War – Is This London’s Future?May 31, 2012 | 2:58 pm | Journal: book reviews, guest writers | 0 comment
The riots in London that many people all across the world thought had to do with nothing more than the shooting of twenty-nine year old Mark Duggan, actually likely had multiple additional underlying causes. The shooting actually sparked fury that had been already brewing as a result of political and class tensions that were taking place throughout London, and the rest of England as well. Many individuals who followed the riots feel that the ruling elite in the country are responsible for the riots because so many cuts have been made to benefits provided for the lower class. Others feel that the riots are the direct result of black immigrants being allowed into the country.
The majority of people who followed the London riots that racked the city from August 6th to August 10th, though, simply blame it on criminal behavior. The problem with all of these different views as to how the riots got started is that without knowing the real underlying cause it will be difficult to determine if the violence of the riots can occur again, and ultimately lead to civil war.
While criminal activity has resulted in civil war in other, more unstable nations, it would be more likely to take severe political unrest and financial disparity to spark a civil war in London. Not to say that cannot happen though, because the possibility definitely exists. After watching the riots that spread throughout London it is much clearer to the people of London, and to the rest of the world, that violence can be sparked very quickly, and it can spread even faster. What started in London’s Tottenham district spread to multiple areas throughout the city, including the areas of Brixton, Enfield, Islington, Wood Green, Bromley, Camden, Chingford Mount, Clapham, Croydon, Ealing, East Ham, Hackney, Lewisham, Peckham, Stratford, Waltham Forest, and Woolwhich. In addition, riots popped up in various areas throughout the rest of England as well. With the violence being so widespread the chances of it resulting in civil war are much more likely than would be if the rioting was confined to one small area of London. The recent events that took place in London are sobering evidence of how quickly violence and chaos can be implemented and spread throughout an entire country. And where there is violence there is the possibility for civil war. The question is, who would the civil war be between?
For the most part the rioters seemed to not so much be out to hurt each other, but rather to make a statement regarding the perceived major inequality in London, and in England in general. If rioting were to be sparked again, and if civil war seemed to be in the future, the civil war would likely be between the poor, and the elite and the government, which is often the characteristic of civil war. And unless certain political issues in London, and in England in general, are not addressed the possibility of an approaching civil war will continue to exist.
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Written by Francois Slander a freelance writer and literal critic who is also interested in ebooks, social media, malware, android applications and art.