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Critter Notices

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at pred-ed.com.

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]

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How to Load eBooks onto your Apple iBooks Library

If you've just bought an ebook from the Critters store, thanks! Now you'll want to load it onto your iBooks library.

It's easy! Here's how:

  1. Download to your computer the .EPUB format of the ebook you purchased.
  2. Connect your iPad/iPod/iPhone to your computer and run iTunes.
  3. Drag and drop the .EPUB file into the folder named 'Books' in iTunes.
  4. Sync all books in iTunes or sync just that one book and click update.

Enjoy!

Notes...

Here's a video that shows doing this.

There are lots of other book reader apps in the app store. (Each will tell you how to download books to it.)

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(If you're looking for something else to do, a quick plug for the Critter Captain's other projects that might interest you:

  • ReAnimus.com — The Critter Captain's project to help authors. ReAnimus Press publishes great books from bestselling and award-winning authors like Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, and many others. All genres, with lots of SF and books on writing. (We can also help you with making and selling ebooks and print editions of your work. We can do the whole thing, or just specific tasks.)

  • Check out the Critters Store for all kinds of cool stuff for writers and readers.

  • I've written some ebooks you might enjoy, such as:

  • The Black Holes response time tracker for writers.

  • Hate nuisance fees? Say No to the Feeconomy. (Warning, humorous fees may apply.)

  • Before you get a loan or refinance, make sure you're making the most cost-effective decision for your unique situation. I created http://tech-soft.com/loancompare as the "ultimate" loan scenario comparison tool. (Not selling anything, just a free tool.)

  • iFiction, a free payment collection tool for writers who have an existing audience.

  • Curing Bad Customer Service -- Just a Dollar a Minute http://critique.org/bcs.ht

  • I'm conducting an ebook pricing experiment you might find interesting.
& more aburt projects at: www.aburt.com. :)

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