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text 2013-10-23 17:04
I Bought 50 Books by Indie Authors :-)

I went on an indie book shopping spree to show my support for indie authors. After the contempt Kobo showed indies, I wanted to give a token of my solidarity. Because I respect indie authors.


Here’s what I bought:


The Necromancer's Gambit – Nicolas Wilson

Fear of Widths - David D Levine

From Orbit by Rob Goforth

The Accidental Courier – Robert Darke

Cloaks of Vermin and Fish by Forrest Aguirre

Death in a Northern Town - Peter Mckeirnon

Mercury, Sulfur, & Salt - Ben Stahl

The Book of Revelation, Live Onstage and Four Other Stories -Douglas Kolacki

The Red Knight by Karen Davies

The Rubberband Man and Other Stories - J. David Clarke

Timeshaft - Stewart Bint

Water's Lover - J. Annas Walker

Whispers of a Storm - Anthony Lavisher

Wrong Place Wrong Time by David P Perlmutter

A Vampire Carol – Tara Maya

Lucid – A.J. Church

Don't Be Afraid – J.C. Piech

Clipped - Devon Mccormack

Bite Me – Lana Amore

Cursed – S.A. Archer

Earth Tones – Angela Wallace

Paulie – M.A. Myers

Luvya Getcha – Martin Price
The Answer to Your Question -Paulette Alden

Twisted: Four Paranormal Stories - Jonathan Broughton

Your Gift to Me Bonnie Bartel Latino

Writing Active Setting Book 2: Emotion, Conflict and Back Story Mary Buckham

Writing Steampunk - Beth Daniels

Fairy and Blood:Lilac - William J Crisel

Hannah’s Prayer – Regina Sanders

Freaks Like Us - Jackie Trippier Holt

The White Death and Other Ghastly Ghost Stories - Debbie Kuhn

True Monsters - Judas X. Machina

Gossamer Wings and Other Stories - Scott Zachary
Full Circle -Terry Tyler

Untethered - Katie Hayoz

Northman - J.D. Hughes

Twisted Tails - Kensington Gore

The Highlander – Zoe Saadia

Terms & Conditions Apply – Pippa Jay

The Sundered – Ruthanne Reid

Severed – Dax Varley

Darkness Rising – Ross M Kitson

Dark’s Daughter, Hope – Joshua E. Bigger

The Harmony of Isis – Catherine M Walter

Destiny Binds - by Tammy Blackwell

Bullhorns: Screams of the Innocent - Brian Dunagin

Nightmares and Angels – David King

POED – Candy Korman

Angefire: Dark Angel – Hanna Peach

The Forest Between – Eugene Weiss

Heart on Hold – Sara Barnard

The Rython Kingdom - Mandy Eve-Barnett

Division of the Marked - March McCarron


I chose some books because I like the genres, others because I wanted to try something different, some because they were recommended to me or because they took my fancy at the moment. Some titles are authored by people who follow me on Twitter, who belong to my writing groups, who supported my stand against Kobo’s anti-indie discrimination, or who have contributed stories to the Ten Tales anthologies. Others were random picks.


The list contains more than fifty titles, because some of them were free. Normally, I don’t care whether a book is indie or trad pubbed, I just want a good read. But this particular shopping spree was for indie books only. I believe all of these to be indie books, but sometimes this is difficult to ascertain. Where possible, I bought the books from Smashwords (a site genuinely supportive of indies). I also bought some from Amazon.co.uk and a few paperbacks. I didn’t buy any from Kobo .


I look forward to many hours of reading pleasure. :-)


Rayne Hall


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text 2013-10-21 22:53
I Find This Disturbing
 If anyone still thinks that Kobo pulled books because of their erotic content, consider that Kobo is promoting books like this:
[caution before you read the blurb. It may be disturbing]
At the same time, Kobo pulled picture books for 4-year-olds, poetry collections, textbooks, sweet regency romances.... 
In the UK, Kobo pulled books by just one criterion: If written by an indie author, it was pulled. (In the US, a mix of bizarre criteria was applied)
The really gross aspect is that people searching for deleted indie-authored children's picture books get shown books like that one. 
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text 2013-10-20 11:04
I'll buy 50 Indie Books

I'm going to buy fifty books by indie authors this weekend.


Indie authors have been treated so shabbily by Kobo (what Kobo did in the UK beggars belief) that I want to show my respect and support.


I'll buy the books mostly from Smashwords, and some from Amazon.co.uk. Definitely not from Kobo. :-D


I'm going to enjoy this shopping spree.

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text 2013-10-19 09:10
Kobo Fiasco Update


(You may want to read my previous post on the subject first, to understand what it's about.)
The main disaster zone is definitely the UK. I've tested by searching every indie author I know, and nobody's books are still available on Kobo.
Here's the shocking twist: When I search these authors (non-erotic ones), Kobo shows me other books instead.. pornographic ones! Considering Kobo's justification that they were cleaning up the catalogue, this is a sad joke.
With other countries, I get conflicting reports. Some people in the US  tell me they can see indie authors in Kobo's catalogue, though not everyone. Others report that they can see indie books in the catalogue, but the buy links have been disabled. 
Some bizarre though rare variations occur, too. One person from the US told me they could see all my books on Kobo - but they were attributed to "author unknown". Go figure.
Kobo still hasn't installed an 18+ filter, which would surely have been the first step in solving their problem. 
Em Taylor did an interesting experiment: She searched "School of" on Kobo - something a child might likely search - ... and 80% of titles displayed were erotica!  That was *after* Kobo deleted all indie books. Do we need any further evidence that pulling indie books was idiotic?
In the meantime, some people claim that Kobogeddon never happened, that we're imagining things.  That's because they still see their books on their Kobo Dashboards, because they access the US site, or because they're convinced that "Kobo would never do such a thing."
Yeah. Right. 
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text 2013-10-18 16:58
:-) Dear Indie Authors

Kobo may treat you like s**t, but I love you.

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