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CNET Looks at the new way to read books and The Sower 2.0

cnet logoby Josh Lowensohn

The idea of finding out more about a word or phrase you run across while reading is becoming more popular. In reading applications on the iPad, and of course, Amazon’s Kindle, it’s now common to find a built-in dictionary tool, or a way to start a Web search on something that may have you scratching your head.
That same technology is coming to digital book and document repository Scribd via a partnership with Apture.

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New edition: The Sower 2.0 Launches

case6.000x9.000.inddA new edition of the latest Kemble Scott novel launched today: The Sower 2.0.

How can a novel have a version 2.0? Digital books don’t have to be static objects – they can be updated or changed by authors. That’s exactly what has happened with The Sower 2.0. Set in an alternative vision of the present day, the book has been updated from the original so all topical references are completely current for late 2010.

Beyond that, the book has been reimagined, similar to how a film might be re-released in a “director’s cut” edition. There’s a new opening, and what was originally a 30 chapter novel is now 40 chapters – and yet the book overall is shorter.

The Sower 2.0, for its debut today on Scribd, is also enhanced with the new reading technology Apture. This allows readers to learn more about aspects of the novel by highlighting a word or phrase. Pop-up windows bring in videos, photos, maps and articles with additional information, all without leaving the text of the novel. It’s an opportunity for a deeper reading experience, while remaining in the story.

The reimagining of the novel by the author, along with the new added technology, represent a rethinking of how novels can exist in the digital age.

The hardcover edition of The Sower, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, from Numina Press remains for sale for those who prefer to read the book in printed form. It is available in stores in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Booksmith, Books Inc., A Great Good Place for Books, and A Different Light.

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Review from Erotica Revealed


By Kathleen Bradean

The title of Kemble Scott’s The Sower is from the parable in the Book of Mark in the New Testament. If you got kicked out of Sunday School classes as often as I did (I swear the teachers started it) you might not be up on your gospels. Basically, things thrive in a hospitable environment. Or if you spill your seed in enough places, with luck something good will come of it.

Last year, I reviewed Scott’s book SoMa (recommended), so I was already familiar with the character Mark Hazodo. Is he a villain? I guess you could make the case if you have an extreme black and white view of the world. By the end of SoMa, I decided he was the kind of guy who got away with things most of us wouldn’t dare try, and a self-centered ass with no concern for anyone, which made him enviable and vile, but not evil. Now I think he may be Loki, or Brother Coyote. He’s not a main character in SoMa or The Sower, but he’s always an important protagonist.

As The Sower begins, Mark has a bareback (no condoms) orgy planned. Everyone coming knows that there will be one HIV+ man there. Despicable? They’re going into this with full knowledge of the risks. But put that aside for a moment. The HIV+ participant is Bill Soileau, a petroleum engineer. (Soileau is pronounced Swallow, but I’m sure the Soil part of his name was chosen with great care. This is, after all, a parable.)

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Examiner.com Coverage of the Premiere of the Why There Are Words Reading Series

by Evan Karp

A new literary series might not be news to some … aha! I started with an inside joke. It’s rare that humor enters this column; maybe I should change that. (Then again, that wasn’t very funny …)

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Sausalito, January 14, 2010

Sausalito, January 14, 2010

Pen Women Presents archives now online

A blast from the past, circa 2007.

The San Francisco Book Review

“The Sower reaps a good tale.”

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SF Weekly on Kemble Scott’s Dual Identity

Scott James, the author of The New York Times’ Barbary Coast column, is probably the most cutting edge journalist to penetrate the Bay Area media scene in some time.

He’s blown up the blogosphere and riled various segments of the community with his columns that have captured some controversial quotes, most notably from Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis, a devout follower of Assemblies of God. In his Nov. 20 column about the influence of evangelical churches in local politics, James quotes Osby talking about homosexuals: “They are committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven. But you don’t hate the person you hate the sin that they commit.”

What Scott James readers might not know is that he is also the bawdy fiction writer, Kemble Scott, who has allured readers with his descriptive passages of bareback sex scenes and S&M in his two novels, SoMa and The Sower.

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San Jose Mercury News on THE SOWER’s journey


Startup’s one-stop publishing gives writers a new avenue

By Scott Duke Harris
sdharris@mercurynews.com
Updated: 10/09/2009 08:51:31 AM PDT

The Scribd Store, the San Francisco startup’s new e-book marketplace, was jump-started this spring by “The Sower,” a satirical biotech thriller by Kemble Scott about a man who has curative powers that can be delivered only through sexual contact.

Scott, who had a regional bestseller with his 2007 debut novel “SoMa,” turned to Scribd after a major publishing house — he declined to say which — offered him a contract for “The Sower” that was, he said, “absolutely criminal.”

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MediaBistro’s BayNewser on THE SOWER

Scribd Author’s e-Book Goes into Print
By E.B. Boyd
Sep 30, 2009 03:51 AM

A couple of weeks ago, we told you how San Francisco author Kemble Scott’s e-book was debuting at number five on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list. Now the book has made it into print.

Scott tells All Things D’s Kara Swisher that, following the news about The Sower’s success, he was contacted by three different publishers.

His main concern? The story is relevant now. He didn’t want to wait the usual 18 months to see it on store shelves.

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