Somebody is illegally advertising non-existent pirate copies of my books

I discovered a web page last month alleging that my book Guns and Utu (Penguin 2011) was available for free PDF download from a company named Playster. According to the page I found, some 2048 copies had reportedly been downloaded in the last month. This was odd: I hold the copyrights and publishing license. Neither … More Somebody is illegally advertising non-existent pirate copies of my books

Why I didn’t read Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Of all the classics that we are ‘supposed’ to read, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange – first published in 1962 – is high on the list. I saw the movie, years ago – as a Kubrick fan it was a natural. I am also a monolithic fan of Moog synthesisers – which Wendy Carlos used … More Why I didn’t read Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Those niggly publishing errors and how to deal with them

There is a moment with every book where the author advance copy of your latest title arrives from the publisher. You open it, leaf through the pages, and find a mistake. It’s happened just about every time I’ve had a book published, and it happens despite all the care, effort and due process that publishers … More Those niggly publishing errors and how to deal with them

Online book reviews are really social media comments

I’ve always had the impression that online ‘book reviews’ are a vital commodity on which to sell books. I have heard that sales algorithms are driven, in part, by those reviews – and certainly if the book’s discovered they can help the would-be reader decide whether to buy the book or not. The thing is … More Online book reviews are really social media comments