Facebook is Now Making Business Pages Pay-to-Post

This is a screen grab from Facebook. I am an admin of this page, and Facebook wants businesses to now pay for the people who have already “Liked” that page to get updates in their news feeds. This new update has not yet been implemented across the board, but it is going to be. There is a bunch of more info on this topic over on AlwaysUpward, who have gone through the motions to figure out a work around. You can read that series of 2 articles by clicking here if you want to make sure you continue receiving updates via Facebook. It is a pretty convoluted series of steps, and it may be easier to set up a Twitter. Your call.

That being the case, I want to take a minute to let you know that the Facebook page will still be in existence, but I am going to use it a lot less. I will send the posts to Facebook still, but only about 10% of you will see the posts in your news feeds. If you want to see all of the posts that go up on this blog, then I suggest you subscribe to the RSS feed or sign up for an account with Google+ or Twitter. Twitter is my preferred method of social networking, and probably the most accessible, so that is what I suggest. Links to our other social sites can be found at the top of this blog in the sidebar.

Understand that Facebook is backing all of its “Page” users into a corner with this move and it is out of our hands.  I apologize for any inconvenience, but if I wanted to pay Facebook for people to see my posts, I would run an ad. As I said before, this new functionality has not yet been implemented on all pages, so I’m trying to make you aware of it before I have to start paying to make sure you see it.

Thanks for your attention to this matter,

Matt Jacobs

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Stephen King to Release “Joyland” on Hard Case Crime

Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid” from Hard Case Crime

“Joyland” is going to be released by Hard Case Crime, the same imprint responsible for releasing “The Colorado Kid” in 2005. I really enjoyed The Kid, as I call it, and was looking forward to a new Hard Case Crime release from Stephen when I first heard the rumor that he would be releasing a new one.

According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor,

“Joyland” will follow a college student named Devin Jones who works at a carnival in North Carolina during the 1970’s and learns of a past crime and a child whose time may be running out.

Stephen King plans to release a new book in June of 2013,  as a paper book only. This surprises me as King was one of the first major authors to start releasing ebooks. Also, does this mean no audiobook? As a fan of audiobooks and as a person that does almost ALL of my reading on an iPad, this is a little upsetting. Here’s a quote from the press release:

I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book. -Stephen King

That’s all the info, for now. I will post links to pre-order as soon as they become available. Should you be interested in reading “The Colorado Kid”, here’s some links to grab a copy.

The Colorado Kid:  Amazon | Audible | iBooks | iTunes Audio | Kobo

Posted By: Matt Jacobs

Matt’s Review: Dark Tower 4.5 – “The Wind Through the Keyhole”

This review has been a longtime coming, but not nearly as long as this book has been. As a fan of the Dark Tower series, any amount of time is too long to wait for another adventure with the Ka’ Tet. That being said, it should be pretty obvious that this is a good review.

First off, let me start by stating that this review is a review of the book in its audiobook format. Some would say that there’s no difference… I know some that would argue that point (looking at you Honk :P). I KID! I KID!

*NOTE* IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THROUGH THE DARK TOWER SERIES, I SUGGEST YOU STOP READING THIS NOW. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS OF MOST OF THE BOOKS THROUGHOUT THIS REVIEW, AND I DON’T WANT TO RUIN IT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT THIS FAR DOWN THE PATH YET, IF YA KENNIT.

*FURTHER NOTE* AFTER WRITING THIS REVIEW, I REALIZED THAT THERE ARE QUITE A FEW REFERENCES TO OTHER THINGS WITHIN POP CULTURE AND NERD CULTURE THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO THE BOOK. I USED THEM IN THE NAME OF HUMOR. SORRY IF THESE ARE LOST ON YOU, BUT I AM REFUSING TO OMIT THEM BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT GET THEM WILL LOVE IT.

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Audio: Dark Tower – The Wind Through the Keyhole is Now Available

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This is an excerpt from the “Wind Through the Keyhole” audiobook as read by Stephen King himself!

Stephen King’s new Dark Tower novel, ‘The Wind Through the Keyhole,” is now available in book, e-book and audiobook format! My copy from Audible is downloading as I type this and  I couldn’t be more stoked! I know there are a bunch of DT fans that read this site, so I figured I would throw up a post with links to get the novel! Pick the version you are looking for from the place of your choice and get yourself a copy! If you’re really looking forward to “Dr. Sleep,” the sequel to “The Shining,” the audiobook has an excerpt from the book included.

*NOTE FOR AUDIBLE* this link actually get’s you a free download of the audiobook, but only if you are new to Audible.

*NOTE FOR KOBO USERS* This link actually gets you a 20% off discount if you use the code “June20off” at check out.

Purchase “The Wind Through the Keyhole”

Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | iTunes (audio) | Kindle | Kobo | Nook

Stephen King A/V Round-Up

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Above, is the trailer for the “N.” motion comic. It’s a great story, and if you don’t want to dig up the short story, comic books or audiobook, then this is a great way to check it out! I made a YouTube playlist that includes every episode of the series. You can find that by clicking here.

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Above is a really rad trailer for Stephen King and Peter Straub’s “The Talisman.” This movie was never made, which sucks because this actually looks really cool!

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Reelz Channel put up a video about the top 10 Stephen King movies.

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Here’s a sample reading from King’s upcoming Dark Tower novel, “The Wind Through the Keyhole”

For the final portion of this round-up, I would like to introduce you to a new King fan blog and podcast that is out there called Discordia 19. It’s a good listen and I suggest you check it out!

WOAH! That Was THAT Dude? – Wil Wheaton

Trailer for Wil Wheaton’s web show, “Table Top,” on the “Geek and Sundry” Network

I thought it might be fun to do some posts that are kind of similar to the “Where are they now?” posts that I’ve been doing here, but with a little different spin. This is going to be a series of posts that came from my watching Stephen King Movies and going “I wonder who these people are?” and then looking them up on IMDb. This is the first of those posts, and I wanted to discuss Wil Wheaton and why you may know him.

As you should know by now, I am a turbo-nerd. I am also a huge fan of nerd culture celebrities, mostly due to the fact that nerd culture celebs are generally smart and articulate… in other words, they mock the Kardashians rather than kissing their asses. I am a huge fan of Wil Wheaton.  I, unfortunately, have not had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but he seems like a genuinely nice person. As a member of nerd culture, I like having great people representing us, people that are very approachable and friendly. People like Wil Wheaton, Chris Hardwick and Felicia Day are wonderful examples of this.

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Video: Stephen King Comic Book Club – Introduction

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