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Star Fantasy and Science Fiction Author Dave Duncan Receives Career Honor

The first novel in a popular Duncan fantasy quartet. Thirty-one Duncan works are offered by E-Reads.

Curtis Agency client Dave Duncan, a fantasy and science fiction star, has been elected a lifetime member of SFCanada, an association of writers, editors, and academics.

The Association’s election recognizes a lifetime of consistently brilliant work, of which more than thirty backlist titles are published by E-Reads. Duncan is not resting on his laurels, however. Look for a new duet by fantasies coming from Amazon’s 47North science fiction line, building on his prior 47North bestseller Against the Light.

“Recognition by one’s peers is the highest form of praise there is, and I am both honored and very grateful,” says Duncan.

We send Duncan our most heartfelt congratulations for a lifetime of distinguished achievement,


Canada Puts Out a $1 Mil Hit on Filesharers

On the heels of antipiracy legislation passed by the British, Canada is considering a bill to go after digital thieves, according to Steven Chase of The Globe and Mail.

“The bill,” Chase writes, “”would go after the big fish in Internet copyright infringement, giving copyright owners stronger legal tools to shut down ‘pirate websites’ in Canada that support file-sharing and introducing a separate criminal penalty of up to $1-million for serious cases where commercially motivated pirates crack digital encryption.”

The government is going after smaller fish, too: “Breaking the digital encryption on a movie DVD – even if copying it for personal use – would make individual Canadians liable for legal damages of up to $5,000 under a tougher copyright law proposed by the Harper government Wednesday,” writes Chase.

The proposed legislation distinguishes between deliberate code-breaking and more common (and impossible to control) practices like “backing up the contents of a music CD, home recording of TV episodes for later viewing or copying legally acquired music to a digital player.”

Details in Tory bill cracks down on copyright pirates.

Richard Curtis


Canada Secedes from Kindle Sphere of Influence

When Canadians say (as one recently did) they “feel like a third world country,” you know they’re alienated. But are they complaining about agriculture? Industry? Nuclear capability? No, they’re complaining about Kindle. Oh, you can buy one – you just can’t use it.

Two issues have stymied the device’s introduction into their country. The first is that Kindle’s technological model relies on wireless delivery of content. Amazon has been quiet about any pending deal with a Canadian cell phone carrier for the Kindle’s whispernet service that carries Amazon’s ebooks to Kindle users.

The second is copyright. While a great many – probably the majority – of books published in the US and UK are cleared for distribution in Canada, that territory may be excluded in some book contracts. Figuring out which ones would be a nightmare. Rather than risk infringement claims, Amazon restricts distribution to the USA.

Though some dogged and resourceful Canadians have figured out how to access and download content into their devices (Amazon itself tells you how to do it), most Canadians questing after The Kindle Experience resign themselves to reading books made out of paper while waiting for the advent of an E-redeemer.

And now they have one.

Indigo Books Canada is reportedly in “final” discussions with a number of manufacturers to furnish e-book readers Canadians can call their own. Indigo developed a successful mobile app called ShortCovers and is now determined to satisfy an e-book starved nation. You can read about it in Kris Abel’s Indigo Books & Music To Launch E-Book Reader Device By End Of Year.

And by the way, the problem is not restricted to Canada. The same problems have kept Kindle out of England and Europe. Robert Andrews of Paid Content UK writes,

“The likely stumbling block to a UK Kindle is still Whispernet. Whilst in the US, Kindle’s over-the-air book and newspaper downloads are carried out over Sprint’s mobile network, the European picture is complicated by a fragmented market, UK execs have previously said.

Amusingly, Andrews’ article is titled Kindle 2.0 Still Not Coming To Europe; But Amazon Will Happily Sell You A Sony