It’s Up, IT’s UP

I think I broke Amazon.

No, seriously. They didn’t even bitch after Darskhip Thieves. Renegades and A Few Good Men went through without a peep. I guess having an hysterical Latin mom threatening them with la chancla if they keep asking her to prove she’s herself got a note put on my account saying “Do what the crazy woman wants. It’s not worth anyone’s time.”

So, A Few Good Men, Third of Darkships, is once more available electronic.

And hardcover is in the process of publishing.

Ahem. Real post later. I went to bed SO worried about this, though….

A Few Good Men

Lucius Dante Maximilian Keeva spent fourteen years in solitary, before freedom comes suddenly: unexpected and startling.
He returns to the domain he was born to rule to find that his whole family is dead, his younger brother killed by shadowy forces.
With his own life in danger he must depend on revolutionaries and a roll of the dice to save himself and perhaps, just perhaps to win the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for himself those who depend on him.
But nothing is free and his life, his fortune, his sacred honor must be risked in this mad attempt at a Usaian revolution, centuries after that fabled country was erased from history.

34 thoughts on “It’s Up, IT’s UP

  1. It could also be the holiday madness taking up their attention. Oh, and congratulations!

  2. Ahhh…the link on Darkship Thieves is broken. Tried to use it yesterday, to kick a few nickels your way when I ordered some stuff from Amazon. So I used the Deep Pink link.

  3. I fully understand the logistical difficulties of trying to support every fringe platform, but I only buy ebooks these days, and I never buy from Amazon. And I won’t until they provide a method of downloading their files onto my own computer.

    Most of my SF I buy from Baen, if I can. Google Play Books if I can’t, B&N when I absolutely have to.

    1. I do get that. It’s not supporting the fringe platform. It’s that with things the way they are, most people are borrowing books from KU and suddenly that’s half of my income again. And to be in it, I can’t be on other platforms.

          1. Ok cool. I’d heard some folks had been, but was also hearing lately that Amazon has been more selective about ebook returns. Was thinking if that’s been fixed, people may be going back to KU for quick reads.

    2. I’ve avoided Amazon only because of the PIA to pull out the ebook file to read with a generic app even when the ebook author doesn’t apply the DRM, like Sarah.

      Oh, the other ebook sites, be it Amazon or Nook, I remove the DRM. Finally broke down and purchased an DRM removal app, lifetime license, for that (Calibre addons “work” until they don’t.) Two reasons: 1) Sites that went away (yes, I’ve been ebook that long). Granted most were bought by Nook, and eventually (years later) were imported into my Nook library. Not all of them. 2) What Amazon has pulled in the past where someone’s library just “disappeared”. I do not think I saw one reason from Amazon itself that remotely justified their actions. Having the DRM removal app allows me to setup Amazon ebooks for storage in Calibre.

      Amazon ebooks. Except for Sarah’s work, and one other short series. Most the Amazon ebooks I get are free or $0.99. If lost not that big of a deal. But it is the thought.

      1. Amazon made somebody’s Kindle Library disappear????

        Haven’t heard about that.

        What I have heard is that somebody put a book up in the Kindle store and they didn’t have the rights to the book.

        Amazon correctly removed it from the Kindle Store but stupidly removed it from somebody’s Kindle Library.

        They haven’t done that again as I have in my Kindle Library books that you can’t find in the Kindle Store.

        Mind you, there was idiocy on the part of the person who “lost the book”.

        Oh, I have copies of my Current Kindle Library on my PC which Amazon can’t touch.

        Of course, I have copies “off Computer” of all my files including ebooks.

        1. I’ve heard of the specific book disappearing out of everyone’s Amazon library, for a variety of reasons, including book put up on Amazon by someone who didn’t have the rights to it. Other reasons is Amazon censored a book. Either way … Bad Amazon. But there have been (unsubstantiated, possibly?) of people losing entire libraries, if not entirely, at least off devices, or unable to read without access to the web. Latter (I think) because Amazon wanted to verify legal copy when loaded, which required web access. How credible the claims are? Possible early new tech glitches? I don’t know. Since I often turn off device access to web, be it my PC (when we travel, don’t want it auto connecting to strange WiFi), or my phone is in airplane mode (prevents battery drain when traveling area where service is spotty to non-existent).

      2. TBF next year I intend to implement a book funnel solution for people to buy directly from me via my newsletter. It was supposed to be this year, but things got a little weird.
        It really has been Twenty Twenty Too, this time with weird health things, including the last two two weeks lost to weird med side effects.

        1. I’m sorry to hear about your health issues.

          I’m curious when you’re going to start working the benefits you promised on your fund raiser. I’m so looking forward to you reviewing the first 10 pages of “Walden Shock”. I know you said drafts, but I self-published it, it’s crying for your input, and i intend to implement your suggestions immediately.

          I have a couple of questions about things I did, too. Like endnotes.

          1. Oh, please email me on my hotmail. We’ll schedule it.
            The other stuff should have started being sent out. I’m late on the collection, because of…. things. Mostly things breaking/going wrong, but expect to deliver that within a week.
            We had some problems with emails, so at some point there will be a “can you hear me?” post.
            BUT for critique, please email me and we’ll schedule.

    3. I only get physical books, unless it is something that I can download a copy on to my computer as a pdf or can convert to one, so that the tech oligarchs can’t decide to stealth edit it Oceania style because The Party has declared parts of the text to be thought crime or refer to unpersons. They can’t do that to physical books that I have or things like pdf files on my own computer.

      Thus glad to hear that hard copy editions are coming out.

      1. That’s why I won’t buy from Amazon – they won’t let me download the file. I prefer .epub tu .pdf, but that’s no matter. If I don’t have the file on my own disks, I’m not buying it, only renting it.

        1. Eh. Just need the correct versions and get the pesky DRM removed. Then save file off of your PC. Download current version, it is registered/logged in with your Amazon login. Then you want to install v1.32.00 (build 61109), it will keep the registration. Once you have the pesky DRM removed, you can convert to epud and use any eReader you want.

          I prefer to stick to one source. For no other reason than most sites are good about not letting you purchase a book more than once.

          1. That’s the issue. You can’t download the files from the Amazon website. (You can from Google Play Books and you used to be able to with B&N, but no longer can.)

            You can get access to the files using Kindle for PC, but current versions use a new encryption method that last I checked hadn’t been broken. Older versions of Kindle for PC allow you to download using the older encryption, but older versions can no longer be registered.

            I’ve tried all the methods described here, except buying an e-ink Kindle, and none of them work, anymore.


  4. I use the Kindle DeDRM plug-in on an old version of the Kindle app on a laptop. This works because the old Kindle app forces the book download to be in the format that the DeDRM plugin can decode. If Amazon ever disables the old Kindle for PC and forces me to upgrade, then I’ll have to find another solution.

    At any rate, once it’s in Calibre I then export it as an epub to disk storage, and from there I can read it on MoonReader (or other epub-compatible reader) if I need to. Mostly I read the Kindle books on my Android tablet’s Kindle app, and use MoonReader on my phone for other epubs. Whatever happens, I have my own private copy that Amazon can’t delete.

    I thought I had the earlier Darkship books, but I can’t find them. So I just bought (re-bought?) all three.

    1. I used to use an old version of Kindle for PC, but I inadvertently updated it, and I’ve been unable to reinstall the old version.

      You can find installers for old versions online, but they fail to register after installation.

      1. Yes, exactly. It’s an older Win7 laptop, and I have to be careful not to update either Calibre or Kindle on that machine. Calibre no longer supports Win7, and Kindle for PC probably doesn’t either. I’ll keep it running as long as I can just for this.

        1. At least Calibre does not auto update on you. I’ve had Kindle do this twice since I “down graded” via the link provide by ePubor. Just redo the downgrade. But a PIA.

    2. Getting the correct Kindle version for the Calibre plugin to work was the problem; and Nook plugin had quit working, again. EPubor ($39.00 lifetime license black Friday sale) provides the correct PC Kindle version. And yes, all options can get screwed up by either Amazon or Nook at anytime too. I have a little problem with complaining, when it is likely an error because of the space between chair and laptop, when the solution is free (Calibre plugin). Not so much when it is a commercial product ….

  5. All of this discussion is circumvented by buying a hard copy. I do this for all reference books, especially. There’s a notable trend in changing the definition of words, for example. Look at a hard copy version of “vaccine” versus the electronic, on line references. You’ll be surprised. Also, notably, older versions of some manuals have great content on how to perform scaling and sizing information – they deleted it from the new manuals, and charge a metric crapton for that information. That was Sun Microsystems.

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