DRM? Pah! Plus: Shimmer, Locus, Apex, LS, & much more

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    Shimmer Magazine – Issue 14 coverDRM-free ebooks are in the air (as it were) with MacMillan announcing that all Tor books will be DRM-free by July of this year. We’ve always thought that DRM-free ebooks are the only way to go as they’re the most reader friendly so we’re super happy to see Tor make this great choice. Yay! Well done to everyone involved! We’ll talk to Tor and see if we can get their titles up here once they’re available.

    New this month to Weightless is Shimmer magazine. We have their current issue, #14, available in (yes, DRM-free, ok, ok, I’ll stop) pdf, epub, and mobi, and will be adding pdfs of back issues in coming months. (Ping us if you have a fave issue you’d liked added and we’ll see if we can get those sooner.) I’ve always enjoyed the physical Shimmer—it’s well designed and feels great in the hand—and am looking forward to seeing how it translates into an ebook.

    We just posted the May issues of Locus (interviews with Seanan McGuire and Nick Mamatas, reviews galore), Apex (fiction by Rachel Swirsky, Nnedi Okorafor, et al), and Lightspeed (fiction from Linda Nagata, C. C. Finlay, Nicola Griffith, Catherynne M. Valente, Kage Baker et al, excerpts from new novels by Paolo Bacigalupi and Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as interviews with Vernor Vinge and Michael Chabon). New issues from Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies will also go up in the next couple of days.

    I was talking to a friend who publishes a quarterly magazine recently—naming no names in case it doesn’t work out—and it looks like we may  have a nice announcement about that in the works. We’re always happy to add new magazines and indie publishers. We hope to add NYRSF soon.

    Elsewhere on the site, Wildside are selling a lot of those megapacks and Aqueduct have promised us more ebooks very soon—although like many people we know they are busy, busy with WisCon prep. So sorry we won’t be there this year. Hope to get back soon. We will have a table (courtesy of David J. Schwartz) and will co-sponsor the Genderfloomp dance.

    Since we’re now well into the second quarter of the year, we dropped the price of A Working Writer’s Daily Planner from $3.99 to $2.99 and the Almanac edition from $4.99 to $3.99.

    April BestsellersFireside Magazine – Issue 1 cover - click to view full size

    1. Ginn Hale, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, Irregulars
    2. Kickstarter prodigy, Fireside Magazine
    3. Melissa Scott, Lisa A. Barnett, Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant
    4. Nancy Kress, Fountain of Age: Stories
    5. Lightspeed Magazine subscription

    In sadder news, we’re sorry to say Something Wicked announced they are officially stopping their monthly publication schedule. We refunded all subscribers and are happy to point readers to their website where they will continue to post individual stories, reviews, and interviews. Back issues are available here—and with luck more back issues will be added as spring goes on. It was a brave run and we wish Joe and Vianne the best of luck with future projects.

    These continue to be interesting times in ebook land with Microsoft and bn.com teaming up together, Google giving everyone the boot (boo), Tor going DRM-free and so on. Weightless exists so that indie publishers and readers could find one another. Thanks for reading, for supporting indie publishing, and for spreading the word, it’s much appreciated! We’re always happy to hear from readers and encourage reviews and comments.

    That’s it. Happy May Day!

    New Rifter, New DeNiro, New TK, too

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    Something Wicked Issue 10

    What a week we had! I sent off the latest part of The Rifter, only to get a lovely polite note from a reader pointing out that somehow I had just sent out Part 3 labeled as Part 4. Oops. Fixed. Part 4, Witches’ Blood is now available. And, if you’re enjoying The Rifter, you can go say hello to Ginn Hale in the Goodreads What will happen next in The Rifter? group.

    This week we’re also proud to release an exclusive short story by one of my favorite writers: Alan DeNiro’s Moonlight is Bulletproof. It’s got a cover by Alan and is only 99 cents. Best buck you will spend this week.

    “Moonlight Is Bulletproof”

    On the first day of spring, Dispatch awakens me with a case.
    “This is a good one,” she says.

    We also have two fab new ebooks from Apex:

    Starve Better

    Starve Better
    Nick Mamatas

    Starve Better makes no promises of making you a bestselling author. It won’t feed aspiring writers’ dreams of fame and fortune.

    Let’s Play White
    Chesya Burke

    White brings with it dreams of respect, of wealth, of simply being treated as a human being. It’s the one thing Walter will never be.

    and nice news for those who love their monthly subscriptions: I’m happy to introduce our latest subscription, all the way from Canada:

    Something Wicked Magazine “a monthly Horror and Science Fiction short story magazine publishing some of the great new voices in the horror and science fiction genre.”

    While you’re here, please consider signing up as a Weightless Books affiliate. Our new widget generator means you can make author or book (or genre!) specific badges and widgets for your site.


    And: we’re hugely excited about one of the new publishers we have lined up to come on board asap: Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s new line, Cheeky Frawg Books.

    Jeff sent us an initial list of authors and titles and this stuff is going to blow your mind. There are new books, old books, new editions, new art, new is the new is the news. Just wait!

    Sure is nice to have something like this coming down the pike.

    Thanks for going Weightless!