The most terrifying book I’ve ever read

December 30, 2011 Rob 0

I just finished reading James Rickards’ book Currency Wars, and I’m torn between telling everybody I know to read it or going to CostCo to stock up on canned food and bottled water. I wish I were joking. Rickards starts with a historical tour, highlighting the near-catastrophic results of two previous currency wars — the first of which led to the Great Depression and World War II, and the second of which led the malaise and stagflation of the 1970s. […]

Do you have an exclusive contract with Amazon? I sure wish you could also publish through Smashwords so I could read you on my Nook.

December 21, 2011 Rob 0

Almost all author-publisher contracts are exclusive. You can’t sell a book to Random House and then, after Random House has done the heavy lifting (market research, editing, cover design, marketing, etc.), turn around and sell the book to Simon & Schuster. That means as much as I’d like to, I can’t make the Mercury books available on the Nook. As I’ve pointed out before, however, the Nook uses the Android O/S, which means that it there is no technological barrier […]

Hi! I recently read Mercury Falls at the recommendation of my roommate, and I have a question regarding the Amazon Prime Lending Library. I really loved the book, and I wanted to know if you still get payment/royalties for my checking out Mercury Falls for free.

December 21, 2011 Rob 0

Excellent question, Anonymous. And thank your roommate for me. While I can’t go into the details of my contract with Amazon, suffice it to say that I’m perfectly happy with you borrowing the book from the Amazon Lending Library. And telling all of your friends to do the same.

Why I Fear Congress More Than I Fear Thieves

December 15, 2011 Rob 0

I would like you to do something for me. Go to Google and type in “Mercury Falls book free download”. Hit Enter and you should get a few pages of sites purporting to offer free digital copies of my novel, Mercury Falls. I haven’t checked the integrity of the files they are delivering, but it seems pretty clear that if you want to steal a copy of my book, you can do so fairly easily. Let me be clear: Mercury […]

99% Bull$@!#

December 6, 2011 Rob 0

Police forces across the nation have done a fine job of generating sympathy for the #Occupy movement. Although the protesters are right to be outraged at the treatment they’ve received by municipal authorities, one could argue that the heavy-handed attempts at repression by the police are the best thing that could have happened to the movement as a whole. When peacefully demonstrating civilians are attacked by police with pepper spray and billy clubs, it’s not hard to determine what the […]