Another year is over, and a new one is just beyond the horizon, so I guess that means it’s time for me to write the obligatory New Year post looking back on the last twelve months and looking forward to the next twelve.
This is just a brief update to let you all know that I am still here, and that there are going to be some changes made to the site over the next few weeks.
Okay, I guess anyone who follows this blog with any sort of regularity could be forgiven for thinking that maybe I’ve died or something, given the lack of posts in the last few months. Well, the good news is I’m still around; I just haven’t had anything to say, nor the motivation to say it.
So recently I’ve been thinking about the price of ebooks, and I have a few thoughts I’d like to share with you, if I may.
Within the last twelve months the Big 5 publishers have all negotiated new deals with the major booksellers that basically means the resellers have to sell ebooks at a fixed price determined by the publishers themselves, and effectively stops the resellers from offering any sort of discount on ebooks. This has led, in turn, to a gradual increase in the average price of ebooks through most resellers, with the Big 5 published books showing the highest price rise.
Contrary to the impression you may have gotten, I’ve not yet abandoned this site, and I am still here in some small way. I just haven’t really had the inclination or the energy to put finger to keyboard recently and as a result these pages have stagnated slightly. The same is true of my book reviews over on GoodReads, so my apologies to all who frequent this little corner of the web.
This week there’s been a lot of discussion and controversy on the old interwebs about the nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards. Long story short, a bunch of people have gotten together and created enough influence amongst the voters that many of the nominees can be found on one or both of the slates put forward by those people. This in turn has upset a bunch of other people because apparently that’s not how it’s supposed to work. Cue much bad language and online dickery.