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Red Lemonade / Cursor, a new attempt at social publishing

Richard Nash, formerly the head of the small press Soft Skull, has launched a new project called Cursor, which he intends to be a platform for independent presses. To test the concept, Nash has launched his own Cursor-driven small press, Red Lemonade which he describes here and also on his blog:

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Science fiction authors and publishers weigh in on the next ten years in publishing

Nothing too spectacular. Most of them wisely stay vague. I suspect print editions will be more rare than many of them are suggesting, but I would agree print books will still exist (hard to imagine print magazines will, though).

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WE WON! Senate Joins House in Passing the Local Community Radio Act! | Prometheus Radio Project

WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President's signature.

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The Mongoliad: First Impressions

Been meaning to get into this, especially because Michel asked me to give it a look, and I've kept him waiting on that MUCH too long.

But then again, now that I'm giving it a look, waiting might not have been a bad idea, because with a project like this, what you see on the first day isn't likely to be representative of what the project will ultimately become.

As for what it is:

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According to Lifehacker:

"Authonomy is a writing-focused social network conceived by publishing house HarperCollins. Community members upload their work, review and rate the work of others, and polish their writing for potential publication."

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iPad and the two futures of text

Two must-read pieces about the future of text, and a useful follow-up. I'm not even going to try to summarize them, because they both touch on so many issues of central concern to the FFI. So I'll simply list them here, and recommend you make time for them:

Part one: Steven Johnson's The Glass Box and the Commonplace Book

Part two: Jeff Jarvis's iPad Danger: app v. web, consumer v. creator.

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FastPencil / About Us

FastPencil is self-publishing with a twist. The traditional publishing process is a daunting one that can take many months of effort and more money than most writers anticipate. It’s no wonder authors get discouraged.

You shouldn’t have to ask anyone’s permission to write and publish your own book! We have removed the hurdles inherent in traditional publishing by combining amazing advances in print on demand technology with a sophisticated online workflow system.

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Reading the future

At this point, the mini chain has purchased a single Espresso for its 28th Street store in Grand Rapids, but it will deliver on-demand books to its Okemos and Lansing stores several times a week.

Fehsenfeld said the bookstore had been exploring on-demand printing for some time, but this year OnDemandBooks, manufacturer of the Espresso, signed content agreements with Google and Ingram Book Co., which helped make his decision. “On demand is important to the future of the industry,” Fehsenfeld said.

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Our first spam comment post

So, today, moments ago, marks the first time that a comment spammer posted to this site. Since the site has an image captcha, I assume that the person manually typed in the spam (and also because it was one submission).

I deleted the submission, and temporarily set anon comments to approval before they are published, since there are now a few others besides Rick/Paul/Sam that receive messages emailed from this site.

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