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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tolkien and Pratchett Sales

An interesting couple of notes at Locus Online. FFO noted in January that a new J.R.R. Tolkien story, edited by a relative, Christopher Tolkien, would be out in May. It is called The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun and is published by Houghton Mifflin.

Locus is reporting moderate sales on Amazon.com of the book. On the other hand, the next Discworld volume by Terry Pratchett, The Unseen Academicals, is doing briskly on Amazon.com a full five months before publication and is expected to reach best-seller levels soon. It is published by Doubleday UK. FFO also noted that Terry Pratchett now may be addressed as Sir Terence David John Pratchett, OBE.

BONUS! Here is a gadget that will let you write and surf anywhere, Novatel's 2200 "MiFi." It's a credit card-sized (but thicker) gadget that is cellular data card and personal WiFi hotspot. It's similar to the cellular data cards that you can plug into a laptop with a USB or PCMCIA port for Internet access over the cellular network. This one is self-contained. Your access is via its integrated WiFi hotspot, which you can share anywhere (or not; it has encryption). It's battery powered.

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