Requiem for a Bookworm

Abigail scours the web for interesting news so you don’t have to! This week:

After twenty years, Science Fiction and Fantasy Net (SFF Net) has announced that it will be shutting down operations this Friday, March 31st. Founders Jeffry Dwight and Steve Ratzlaff cited increasing costs and falling revenue as the reason for its closing. In a statement on the site, they claim,

“our deep regret is that we will be unable to continue serving our loyal friends. SFF Net has…been about online friendships, shared interests, and shared lives.”

A SFF Net Facebook page has been created to keep the community in contact.

The news is dishearteningly reminiscent of recent closures of other like-minded bastions of bookworms and SFF fandom, including some Hugo award winners. I’d like to take a quiet moment to remember all the good times we’ve shared together. Cue sappy song.

In Memoriam:

Ranting Dragon

A Dribble of Ink

SF Signal

BookSlut

Like Dwight and Ratzlaff of SFF Net, many creators just can’t afford the time or money to keep their sites afloat.

Reviews were the backbone of many of these sites. And the future of book blogging is only looking bleaker. Recent updates to the Amazon affiliate program could drastically reduce the commission they stand to earn from directed traffic.

It’s more important than ever to show our support to the creators who are still plugging away. The next time you enjoy a post from your friendly web-borhood bookworm, send a little love their way.

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Abigail’s Favorite 2016 Technology

Abigail’s scoured the web for tech updates in the world of reading and writing fiction. Here are her top seven news stories from 2016!

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As the intern for Sell More Books Show podcast, I spend a lot of time with my nose to the ground sniffing out the latest news and author tips in the publishing industry.

Because there’s never a dull day in the wide world of books, we always have fascinating and informative stories that don’t make the final cut for the podcast’s line-up.

In the spirit of giving these discarded stories a second chance, I’ll be sharing them here.

I’ll start with a recap of technological advancements made in 2016. Over the past year, authors and readers enjoyed new ways to create, interact with, and analyze books.

Here are my top seven picks for technology that could revolutionize the publishing industry.

My first four picks are proof that creating and consuming stories became more interactive in 2016:

1) CNET published a “massively multi-writer” sci-fi novel with over fifty authors working at a time on a shared document.

2) Amazon introduced choose-your-own adventure audio stories on Alexa. Continue reading