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Last Build Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:47:37 GMT

 



Another ebook format

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:55:21 GMT

I wanted to read a comic book. Tried Books-A-Million. After my purchase completed, it appeared with the description: "Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles by Geoff Johns; Greg Rucka; Gail Simone (PDF)" This ebook can NOT be read by: Kindle for PC, Nook for PC, FSS ePub reader, KOBO Reader, SPS Annotator, or Sigil. It is NOT really a .PDF format. The file, is titled, "Download.acsm" and can only be read by Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 or higher. While there is no version for my Nook (I could not fine one for Kindle, but there might be), I did get one on my PC. I install it. I prevented it from going into my start-up, preventing it from loading third-party software and not allowing it to take over ePub formats. Then it asks for a vendor ID and a vendor Password. I have neither, and have mentioned this to Books-A-Million. (Email, says they will get back within 48 hours.) :bulb2: If only it warned about this new odd format. Since it shows as PDF in the description, I wonder if the bookstore was even aware of it.



Brian Aldiss has died

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:43:08 GMT

I have just noticed on the BBC News website that Brian Aldiss has died aged 93. I met him a number of times at Eastercon (UK) he was a nice chap.



Amazon to close its "LoveFilm" business in the UK

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:59:30 GMT

---Quote--- The Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service will cease to operate on 31 October this year, its owner Amazon has said. Amazon cited a "decreasing demand" for the discs and a growing number of customers who were streaming movies and TV series instead. The move has irritated some fans, who argue that a wider range of films is available to rent on DVD and Blu-ray. Lovefilm was founded in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2011, when it had more than 1.4 million subscribers. ... ---End Quote--- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40925062 A victim of the success of video streaming. A few years ago LoveFilm was a huge player in the British DVD market.



Announcing the 2017 Hugo Award Winners

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:21:25 GMT

http://www.tor.com/2017/08/11/2017-hugo-award-winners ---Quote--- The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below. [Note: This article is being updated as winners are announced.] The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland. With 108 finalists, this was the most extensive Hugo ballot on record. 3319 valid ballots, the second highest in the history of the award, were received and counted from the members of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Science Fiction Conventions. This year’s award statue base was designed by Helsinki-based artist Eeva Jokinen. This also marked the year that the Hugo Award was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running Science Fiction Award ever! All winners are in bold. ---End Quote---