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Hans Rudolf Giger, who just died in hospital from injuries sustained in a fall, is best known globally for designing the iconic Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s Alien, as well as his work on set design for the entire movie, and for an immediately recognizable style that transposed comfortably into media from furniture to human skin […]

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Hugh Howey, author of the Kindle Direct-published Wool SF series that was optioned by Ridley Scott, has a very interesting pair of blog posts on how he would “fix” the publishing industry, or at least one particular company in the publishing industry. As a thought experiment, he lays down what he would do in his [...]

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Wool is not Fifty Shades Of Grey,’ says Hugh Howey, an American self-published ebook author who’s being described by excited critics as the next EL James.

‘But I would gladly take her sales.’

The sleeper success of Wool, Howey’s series of bleak sci-fi novellas (it’s now been published in over 30 countries, while director Ridley Scott has bought the film rights) mirrors the remarkable rise of James’s series of erotic novels.

First released as an ebook before flowering into a publishing phenomenon, Fifty Shades Of Grey has sold more than 5.3 million copies…

Measuring the efficacy of social media marketing still isn't an exact science, regardless of what the gurus and ninjas tell you.

So how can we whittle all the thousands of social campaigns we've seen this year down to a definitive list of the '10 best of 2012'?

Do we gauge it on the number of new fans acquired, retweets, ROI, YouTube views, the number of people it reached, sentiment analysis, the amount of traffic it drove or maybe the number of new brand advocates it created?

Three and a half years ago, I had an e-reader unwillingly thrust upon me.  I ignored it at first; shunned it.  Then one day I was packing for a long trip and it came on me in a flash that if I used the damned thing I wouldn’t have to limit myself to five pounds of books in my luggage. Since then I read more ebooks than physical books. I buy a lot more books, too. Last year I noticed that books were getting cheaper, but the writing was getting worse.

How popular is self-published fiction becoming? Apparently popular enough to draw major Hollywood attention. Gossip site Deadline reports that the production company of Ridley (Prometheus, Bladerunner) and Tony (Top Gun) Scott is in the process of snagging the movie rights to the self-published dystopian SF novel Wool by Hugh Howey. Wool seems to be a [...]

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