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Old 10-24-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Keeping Track of your favorite authors

How do you keep track of your favorite authors? Do you know of a web site that will email when one of the authors on your list publishes either a hardback or a paperback?
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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I normally subscribe to their blog (if they have one) or something like "author tracking" which some publishers have-- basically they email you whenever the author is doing something or publishing something new.

I don't think there's a directory which keeps track of every author ever and what they're doing (someone let me know if I'm wrong, though!), but if you check their publisher's website there should be something like what you're looking for.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:06 PM   #3
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I devoutly read the new releases page at Kobo. It seems to keep me pretty up to date when an author I like has a new book. Then I add it to my library and wait for a price drop or coupon code...
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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I have found a free service called changedetection.com that will email me any time any website changes. So I use fantasticfiction to tell me what books an author has published, but will not email me and tell me when an author has published new work, so I am going to use changedetection.com to monitor the fantasticfiction site and let me know when there is a major change to the site, so together the two sites should be able to achieve my end of letting me know when one of my favorite authors publishes new work without my having to go to the site each day.

i think that birdbrainbb should consider adding changedetection.com to his/her method of keeping track of authors, simply substitute the blogs for fantasticfiction.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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FictFact is something else than a reference site. It's useful for me because I can say that I "follow" a series and they send me info when a new book is added to it and when the release date is near.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:57 AM   #6
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Y'all beat me to it. I've just started using this.. it's great!
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for recommending FictFact. It looks useful. Is there a setting to let me know when an older book is released as an eBook?
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #8
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Is there a setting to let me know when an older book is released as an eBook?
No, but I found a place that does on the Kindleboards. Right now it just works for Amazon and Kindle. It more or less monitors your wish list and works for other things besides books. I haven't tried it yet, so don't know how well it works.

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All you have to do is search for media you want Mysteria to watch out for. If you find something for her to watch, click on it. She’ll add it to your watch list, and she’ll send you an email the instant she finds it online in digital form. Signup is simple: you just enter your email address. There are no fees, no credit cards, no persnickety forms to fill out. Mysteria will only send you emails if she finds something — you’ll see how easy it is. And you can always opt out.

Mysteria’s website will show you your watch list, and you can add stuff to watch anytime, or delete things you’re no longer interested in.

Right now, Mysteria only monitors the Amazon.com store. But if she gets enough interest from you, she’ll start looking at other stores. So give Mysteria a whirl, see if you like this — it is a digital whirlwind, after all!
http://oscurapress.com/mysteria/docs/Mysteria.html
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I have found a free service called changedetection.com that will email me any time any website changes. So I use fantasticfiction to tell me what books an author has published, but will not email me and tell me when an author has published new work, so I am going to use changedetection.com to monitor the fantasticfiction site and let me know when there is a major change to the site, so together the two sites should be able to achieve my end of letting me know when one of my favorite authors publishes new work without my having to go to the site each day.

i think that birdbrainbb should consider adding changedetection.com to his/her method of keeping track of authors, simply substitute the blogs for fantasticfiction.
I like learning about what other stuff an author is doing, though, not just when a new book of theirs is published. Thanks, though!
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