Saturday Summation – 28 April 2012

Here are some of my most interesting blog and news reads of the week:

The big publishing news this week included publishing company Tor/Forge to go DRM-free by this summer. DRM stands for Digital Rights Management and has to do with the digital protection of e-books. Currently, most e-books cannot be copied or transferred from device-to-device. The primary purpose behind this, of course, is anti-piracy. One of the big publishers is now saying that they will get rid of this tech-embedded aspect to their e-books and target piracy in other ways. Ultimately, this is fantastic for readers, of course, but my initial thought is that it could end up going the way of music piracy. Perhaps not. John Scalzi, one of the publisher’s authors, expresses his support for this decision.

Thanks to the husband we have this interesting tidbit of the portrayal of women on fantasy novel covers and how they are put in unrealistic positions – likely for sex appeal. Author Jim Chines provides an entertaining post by trying to pose for some of these covers, himself. He has another link within the post with comparative male covers.

USA Today books posted an interview with author Elle Lothlorien about changing a novel’s ending based upon reader response – an advantage to self e-publishing. At least a couple reactions I’ve seen to this have been really positive. As for me, I confess that my first instinct is against this kind of thing… it feels like an integrity thing – or maybe just an over-commercialization of the craft. But perhaps I’m just being stodgy. What do you think of this idea?

I cannot help myself on this one… but anyone who knows me also knows that I’m a huge fan of the show, Bones. Additionally, I have to say that if given the choice on whether I could meet one of the stars of the show or one of the creators, I would choose the latter. This particular article about the show’s creator, Hart Hanson, solidifies this wish even more. There are many reasons why I would love to meet with him – and equally enjoyable would be if he were with his partner-in-crime, Stephen Nathan. (Don’t get me wrong, I certainly wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk to T.J. Thyne though – you know, if he just happened to be nearby at the time.) Kudos to journalist Curtis Gillespie for an engaging piece

I could now give you the real “Bones” opening theme – but instead I’ll give you a clever rendition that joins my current favorite show with a past one:

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