Past and Future – Part 2

In more ‘Tales of the Past and Future’ let us travel back all the way to the year 1842 when Edgar Allan Poe wrote a letter to his publishers apologising for his behavior during a trip to New York. “Will you be so kind enough to put the best possible interpretation upon my behavior while … Continue reading »

yellow brick road of books

Need something new to read but not really sure what to start on next? Visit reading trails. It is also a social networking site, so you can create trails of your own and share them with others. Pick a trail that interests you and you can either follow a certain trail or head off on … Continue reading »

Dear [insert word here]

Does anyone still send fan mail to their favourite author using good ol’ snail mail? Has anyone ever gotten a reply? These days it’s so easy to post a message on to an author’s blog or website. You are practically guaranteed a reply by any author  who checks their website semi-regularly. But spare a thought for the diligent … Continue reading »


Just came across this post on Making Light (it’s almost two years old, sorry) that has a really interesting point to make about about fanfic and how it relates to ‘legitimate’ fiction. The discussion that follows in the comments is fascinating, ranging from issues of copyright and trademark, aesthetic and moral problems with fanfic, and numerous attempts to define … Continue reading »

Fans or Pirates?

Returning to the questions raised by the JK Rowling lawsuit thing, another argument that I may have overlooked seems to be whether free material, in the form of free chapters and extracts, e-book downloads, fan paraphernalia, or anything else you find on the internet, impinges on the official sales of an author’s text, or boosts them. … Continue reading »

JK Rowling v. Fan, or Fan v. JK Rowling?

It may have come to your attention that JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter, etc, has gotten into some kind of legal stew with a fan. I’ve only been following it peripherally, myself, and I’ve been unable to decide who’s side to come down on, partly because, from the reportage, I haven’t been able to … Continue reading »

MySpace for Readers

We came across this interesting post earlier this week – it’s a look at the various bookish social-networking sites that are out there, along with recommendations of the best. We like the look of Shelfari and LibraryThing (which is apparently the most established of the lot, and has a handy online tour for those of you not … Continue reading »