Cover to Cover #351B: E-Books, Students and Piracy

The Empress of MarsDiscussion: Michelle sends in a comment about Trampas' reluctance to explore new genres, and gives a list of points to keep in mind when looking at stories outside your usual comfort genres.

Next, a suggestion on one way to get people hooked on e-readers: students needing expensive textbooks; Anna refers an article from The Guardian that surmises that ebooks aren't taking off because there isn't enough piracy to push demand higher; David's text to speech translator demonstrates that an text to speech option to the Kindle reader might need a lot of work;

Listener Review: Jonathan reviews Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines.

The Library: New entries this week: Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon; The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs; City Without End by Kay Kenyon; ReVamped by J. F. Lewis; The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker.

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  1. Hi guys & gals,

    I'm a Slice Of Sci-Fi & Babylon Podcast listener. I wanted to check out some older Cover To Cover episodes in the archives, but I noticed that there are no links to MP3s for older years of the podcast. The RSS feed will also display only the newest podcasts. Are the older podcasts unavailable, or am I doing something wrong?


  2. PowerSat technology - microwaving solar energy from above atmo to ground, getting around pesky protective barrier. Is there a faster way to accelerate global warming?

    Space Elevator - there was a great story on this in Analog a few years ago called Resonance. Anyhoo, another disastrous (albeit minutely gradual) peril besides the wire cutting loose is noted here in humorous fashion by David Sagus.