Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > News

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-06-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
wayspooled
Bibliophile
wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.
 
wayspooled's Avatar
 
Posts: 437
Karma: 4580
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Virginia
Device: Tablet PC until a 10" comes out that I like
Baen Universe Closing

Been waiting for one of the Baen regulars to post about this but haven't seen anything.

I think this is a real shame. I hope they change their minds or plans. I think the Baen efforts have been admirable and for the benefit of ebook readers and readers in general. Quite sad to hear this.

story here - http://www.locusmag.com/News/2009/08...ter-april.html and here http://baens-universe.com/articles/Universe_Closing

Last edited by wayspooled; 08-06-2009 at 10:02 AM.
wayspooled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
Dr. Drib
Grand Sorcerer
Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dr. Drib ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Dr. Drib's Avatar
 
Posts: 26,450
Karma: 11157379
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Borja (Lima), Peru
Device: Kindle PW2(WiFi) / FireHD; Kindle DX-G; Kobo-AuraHD,Glo,Mini; Ipad Air
I'm in agreement with you on this. Sad to see them close.


Don
Dr. Drib is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 11:06 AM   #3
Xenophon
curmudgeon
Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Xenophon ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Xenophon's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,453
Karma: 5657812
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Device: Kobo Aura (soon), (soon-to-be-ex)nook, (ex)PRS-700, (ex)PRS-500
Waaaah!
Xenophon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 11:19 AM   #4
wayspooled
Bibliophile
wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.wayspooled is fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.
 
wayspooled's Avatar
 
Posts: 437
Karma: 4580
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Virginia
Device: Tablet PC until a 10" comes out that I like
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xenophon View Post
Waaaah!
Yeah yeah.. me too..

Bad as the news is, I think this just means the magazine service, nothing about Baen publishing thank goodness.
wayspooled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 11:28 AM   #5
Morlac
Connoisseur
Morlac doesn't litterMorlac doesn't litter
 
Posts: 75
Karma: 181
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Jersey, USA
Device: Pocket Pro
Quote:
Originally Posted by wayspooled View Post
Yeah yeah.. me too..

Bad as the news is, I think this just means the magazine service, nothing about Baen publishing thank goodness.
still not a good sign generally. Glad that they are being proactive about it and handling it as an orderly shutdown -- shows what I think is a continued concern for their authors and general ethical business sense.

Anyone have any insights into the financial health of Baen in general? I'm about to buy an ereader in large part because I've reached critical mass in the number of ebooks I'm buying -- and they're almost all from Baen! I'd hate to get a reader and then have my supply cut off!
Morlac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 11:32 AM   #6
AnemicOak
Bookaholic
AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
AnemicOak's Avatar
 
Posts: 9,376
Karma: 25820341
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Minnesota
Device: HDX 8.9, AuraHD, Nook HD+, Kindle 2,3,T , Opus, Nexus7, iPhone5, etc
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morlac View Post
Anyone have any insights into the financial health of Baen in general? I'm about to buy an ereader in large part because I've reached critical mass in the number of ebooks I'm buying -- and they're almost all from Baen! I'd hate to get a reader and then have my supply cut off!
I'd hardly read anything into Baen's financial health due to them shutting down this project.
AnemicOak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 11:36 AM   #7
igorsk
Wizard
igorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfolded
 
Posts: 3,443
Karma: 52235
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Belgium
Device: PRS-500/505/700, Kindle, Cybook Gen3, Words Gear
Jim Baen's Universe was a separate venture from Baen Books. They were only related by persons of Eric Flint, Mike Resnick et al.
I don't think Baen Books themselves are in any trouble. They keep putting out great books every month. Actually, it seems one of the biggest gripes they have now is that S&S gives them too few monthly slots, that was probably the reason David Weber did Safehold series with Tor.
igorsk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 12:07 PM   #8
weateallthepies
Lord of the Pies
weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.
 
weateallthepies's Avatar
 
Posts: 247
Karma: 1710
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Nokia N800, BeBook 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morlac View Post
still not a good sign generally. Glad that they are being proactive about it and handling it as an orderly shutdown -- shows what I think is a continued concern for their authors and general ethical business sense.

Anyone have any insights into the financial health of Baen in general? I'm about to buy an ereader in large part because I've reached critical mass in the number of ebooks I'm buying -- and they're almost all from Baen! I'd hate to get a reader and then have my supply cut off!
I think it's more a sign of the slow decline of the paid-for short fiction magazine. Lots of short fiction magazines now publish online with no direct cost to the consumer relying on advertising and donations so something like this has a hard time competing particularly with the tiny readership for this small corner of the genre.

I love short fiction and buy more magazines than I can read but I know I'm in a dwindling minority.
weateallthepies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:55 PM   #9
Ralph Sir Edward
Gentleman & Cynic
Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Ralph Sir Edward ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Ralph Sir Edward's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,284
Karma: 12335120
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: 5 generation native Texan
Device: BeBook/Openinkpot, CYbook 3rd gen awaiting RTF software upgrade
Sad to see it closed, I was an initial subscriber, and have the complete set. They just couldn't get enough subscribers to make it viable.

End of an era, really. Jim Baen was always trying to get a quality short fiction periodical going for 30 years. First Destinies, then Far Frontiers, then New Destinies, and finally Baen's Universe. There never was quite enough customers to keep them going. Now that Jim's gone, I don't think you'll see the likes of these again. You may not have liked the editorial slant, but the quality was always there....

Adios Universe, y vaya con Dios...
Ralph Sir Edward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 04:47 PM   #10
Over
Wizard
Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Over's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,449
Karma: 3949068
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Device: Cybook Gen3, Kindle DXi, Kindle 3, iPad and iPhone 4
I guess short stories (fiction or not) aren't mainstream enough.
Over is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 07:27 PM   #11
bbusybookworm
Tech Junkie
bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'bbusybookworm knows the difference between 'who' and 'whom'
 
bbusybookworm's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,027
Karma: 10080
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: UK / Egypt / India
Device: PSR500,Gen3, iPhone3G, PPro, iPad , Samsung Galaxy S2
I'm really sorry to hear this.

I only became aware of Universe a few months ago, when Looking for more of Eric Flints Column, and ended up subscribing immediately.

Still I'm glad that they are planning well in advance, to allow the Magzine to go out with a band instead of withered down to nothing.

I'm also happy to hear their offer of All Issues Past and Future for $30 which I definitely think is a complete steal, and will take advantage off as soon as possible.
bbusybookworm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2010, 08:48 AM   #12
Tom Swift
Addict
Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Tom Swift's Avatar
 
Posts: 243
Karma: 1232346
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: China
Device: eBookwise 1150, Sony Reader 500, 505, iPad, Kindle 3, DX, Paperwhite
I had never heard of this service until today but I can't find any mention anywhere if I can download the magazines in ePub format for my Sony Reader. The site has not been updated much and they still show Gem reader format but no mention of anything more modern. Anybody know if I can read the magazine on my Reader easily? I guess I can use Calibre but if I have to, which is the best format to convert?
Tom Swift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2010, 10:26 AM   #13
weateallthepies
Lord of the Pies
weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.weateallthepies once ate a cherry pie in a record 7 seconds.
 
weateallthepies's Avatar
 
Posts: 247
Karma: 1710
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Nokia N800, BeBook 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Swift View Post
I had never heard of this service until today but I can't find any mention anywhere if I can download the magazines in ePub format for my Sony Reader. The site has not been updated much and they still show Gem reader format but no mention of anything more modern. Anybody know if I can read the magazine on my Reader easily? I guess I can use Calibre but if I have to, which is the best format to convert?
Volumes 3 and 4 of the magazine specifically have 'Sony' format to download which I'm guessing is lrf or epub.

The previous volumes have html, lit, mobi, pdf, rtf, rocket so should be easy enough to convert is Sony reader doesn't read any of those.
weateallthepies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2010, 05:42 PM   #14
Tom Swift
Addict
Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Tom Swift ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Tom Swift's Avatar
 
Posts: 243
Karma: 1232346
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: China
Device: eBookwise 1150, Sony Reader 500, 505, iPad, Kindle 3, DX, Paperwhite
Thanks. That's what I was looking for.
Tom Swift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2010, 05:43 PM   #15
JSWolf
Suspended
JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 35,392
Karma: 16147088
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Sony Reader PRS-650, iPad, nook STR
Quote:
Originally Posted by weateallthepies View Post
Volumes 3 and 4 of the magazine specifically have 'Sony' format to download which I'm guessing is lrf or epub.

The previous volumes have html, lit, mobi, pdf, rtf, rocket so should be easy enough to convert is Sony reader doesn't read any of those.
Sony format is LRF.
JSWolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Seriously thoughtful Universe not created by God TGS Lounge 95 09-14-2010 02:43 AM
The Doors of the Universe - review leebase Reading Recommendations 0 04-15-2010 12:40 PM
Unutterably Silly What is YOUR answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything? Nakor Lounge 59 03-21-2010 08:12 PM
Baens Universe weateallthepies Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 0 09-25-2009 04:11 AM
Favorite Sci-fi Universe Andybaby Reading Recommendations 69 06-16-2009 10:42 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:53 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.