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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Midnight Echo issue 6 announced

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Issue 6 of Midnight Echo, the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writers Association will be available in November. The theme of this issue is science fiction horror, with stories from Cody Goodfellow, Cat Sparks, Stephen Dedman, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Joanne Anderton, amongst others. There are also interviews with Hugo and Locus Reader Award winning author Charles Stross, and renowned science fiction artist Chris Moore.

New Kindle Fire tablet and updated e-ink devices

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As expected Amazon announced new Kindle models today. The existing e-ink devices have been updated, with both models losing the physical keyboard and one of them gaining a touchscreen. As before, these models use a greyscale e-ink display and are designed specifically for reading. However, the new Kindle Fire is a 7 inch tablet device intended for reading, web browsing, game playing, music and more. Amazon clearly want some of the iPad market with this one, and the low price indicates they hope to sell millions and recoup their costs through content sales. However, I think there’s plenty of room for both Amazon and Apple. The direct competition is Barnes & Noble, and companies such as Samsung and RIM who tried to copy the iPad but couldn’t match it on cost, design, ease of use and content availability. (Of course, this is just me thinking out loud and I might change my mind when I get hold of a Kindle Fire. Just what you need, eh? Another blog with unqualified, unverified speculation on a product that isn’t available yet.)

Release the monsters! Trick or Treat ebook available

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Trick or Treat by John Gatehouse and Dave Windett is now available, so visit the Little Lemming Books site to help Neela stop those rampaging monsters! The ebook is currently available from Amazon and Lulu. The Amazon version can be viewed on the Kindle or the Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC. The Lulu EPUB version can be viewed on a range of devices and apps such as the iPhone, iPad, Nook, Adobe Digital Editions and more.