Michael A. Stackpole on Second Life Tonight

September 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Did you know author Michael A. Stackpole holds a regular discussion hour on Second Life every Wednesday at 6:00 PM PT? Me neither. For those who don’t know about Second Life, it’s a free to use graphical chat program. More or less a really fancy chat room. Mike posted the details on his website, Stormwolf, and invited fans and writers alike to join him for tonight’s discussion which will cover Amazon’s new release of the Kindle Fire, among other things. And if you don’t make it tonight, there’s always next week!

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Reminder: Timothy Zahn Live Chat Today

September 28, 2011 at 11:42 am | Posted in Books, Events, Interview, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Don’t forget Star Wars Books will be conducting a live Facebook chat with Star Wars author Timothy Zahn today at 2:00 PM CDT/3:00 PM EDT. For more details, click here.

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Walmart of the Web or the Next Evil Empire?

September 28, 2011 at 9:04 am | Posted in Books, Opinion | Leave a comment
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An intriguing article by Julianne Pepitone revealed the threat that Amazon poses to the publishing industry, and now the tech industry as well.¬†Amazon turned the screws to the publishing industry by offering books cheaper than anyone else. With the recent trend in self-publishing and the ease of creating eBooks, Amazon has used its name recognition as a powerful marketing device that rivals the abilities of the largest publishing houses. Now Amazon is going a step further by offering publishing services to authors. But that’s not all because the unveiling of the Kindle Fire today could be the first glimpse of a rather sneaky ulterior motive.

Many will point to the death of Borders as being a result of their inability to stay competitive in the marketplace. Furthermore, many would state that Border’s downfall was a direct result of their inability to compete with Amazon. Think about that for a moment. A company that exists only in the constant streams of 1’s and 0’s that forms the internet was able to kill a goliath bookselling franchise that had over 500 real life, physical stores that people could drive by everyday. The key to success for Amazon is that they simply offer the same products cheaper. In today’s economy, people live on deals. Continue Reading Walmart of the Web or the Next Evil Empire?…

Databurst From the 501st

September 28, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in 501st, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Latest Databurst From the 501st covering event news from September 28th through October 4th. There are a lot of charity walks going on this weekend, so if you’re in the mood for some exercise and want to help a good cause, be sure to check for events near you. As always, remember to mark your calendars and show your support for your local garrisons.

September 30th

  • 70th Explorer’s Garrison will be in Collinsville, IL for Archon 35 from Sept 30-Oct 2.
  • Alpine Garrison will be in Provo, UT for Cartoon Network Clone Wars Takeover of BYU.
  • Badlands Garrison’s Outer Rim Squad will in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for VCON 36 from Sept 30-Oct 2.
  • Central Garrison will be in Council Bluffs, IA for Nuke-Con.
  • Ohio Garrison will be in Columbus, OH for Geekfest Columbus from Sept 30-Oct 2. Continue Reading Databurst From the 501st…

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