Very proud to introduce the first issue of Puberty Tales to you. It’s a new series of high quality erotic fiction.
Puberty Tales is download only. When your payment has cleared you get access to four files:
- Regular PDF (30 pages), suitable for printing or computer screen
- As above but with a discreet cover
- Smartphone PDF (37 pages), suitable for – you guessed it – smartphones
- As above but with a discreet cover
Be advised that the sex in Puberty Tales is extremely explicit and that the fictional characters who have sex with each other are twelve years old.
Hot or not? You are warned!
It is now five years ago I announced on this blog that I Love Mags had opened for business.
Happy birthday, I Love Mags!
Five years is a long time on the internet. It proves devotion both from the creator (me) and the customers/readers/fans (you). There are plenty of examples of similar businesses that have vanished during those years, for various reasons. “None mentioned, none forgotten”, as we say in Scandinavia.
The main reason why I Love Mags is thriving is that I’m not into it for the money. Of course, they are a necessity. But they are not my main objective. I Love Mags is and will remain a small player.
Five years is also a sign of the legitimacy of the publications. We all know how sensitive credit card companies can be, but they haven’t found anything objectionable at I Love Mags. (I’ve even sent paper copies of Destroyer on request to be scrutinized by their Swedish representatives, as told in the book about Destroyer, now on sale!)
I would like to say a big thanks to all my loyal readers! You’re not many, but you’re devoted. I often smile when I recognize a name or an address that I know has been with me for many years, sometimes even from the very start (thus having experienced a handful of shop and payment solutions). It is you that have made the various publications I’ve put out over the years possible!
Normally I would celebrate a birthday like this with a huge sale, but the biggest sale in I Love Mags’ history is already ongoing. Take the chance to fill up the holes in your collection to bargain prices!
What’s next for I Love Mags? There are plans, both on a technical level (more about that later) and regarding content. A more ambitious print project is scheduled for next year. Hopefully I can put out a smaller thing before that.
Let’s end with a trip down memory lane (click the thumbs to open the screenshot gallery), including how the Destroyer website looked like ever since the start in 2006. Enjoy!
And don’t forget about the print sale! Running for two more weeks.
PS: Attentive readers might note that I Love Mags was actually launched in June 2008. True, I’m one month late with the celebrations. But better late than never, no?
It’s the first of July and we’re halfway through the biggest sale in Destroyer’s history.
It’s a print sale only. In order to clear storages (at least a bit) I’m offering 30 to 70 percent discount on all print items, even newly released ones.
PLUS you get Destroyer Fiction 03 for free.
AND free shipping if your order reaches 50 euros (65 usd).
It must have been embarrassing for Google to be accused of delivering live wiretaps to NSA. No matter if they did it or not, the story has been interesting to follow from a pure PR perspective. What would they do? They wrote this blog post where they denied any such involvement.
It’s quite convincing, but was it convincing enough for people and media to forget about the NSA story?
The company has now announced that they will invest $5 million (!) “to eradicate child abuse imagery online”.
Sounds good, no? Child abuse imagery must be just as “disgusting” as Google calls it. But of course, as we know from plenty of examples in the past, “child abuse imagery” can mean virtually anything, from Japanese comics to teenagers photographing themselves in the nude. (Though Google is smart enough not to use the term “child porn”, which the reporting media do – I guess that means we’ll still be able to see GQ’s infamous Glee cover starring some 20-something models engaging in child porn according to some “concerned parents”, at Google would have put it.)
Response has been tremendous. A reader called Dieter gives Google “+1.000.000″. No doubt he’s a good and moral person who protests publicly against child porn with one million plusses! But a bit further down, Sandy comments: “Go Google! +5,000,000,000,000 ……” I guess that means she hates child sexual abuse much more. Too bad, Dieter! You should have added some zeros!
So, can we all leave the Google + NSA story now? After all, this was a masterpiece of damage control – and an expensive one at that. But probably worth it. Watch and learn, PR people!
Ein bisschen off topic, aber … die Rennradsaison ist schon voll im Gange, und ich werde ein Par Touren in Deutschland machen. Genau wohin weiss ich momentan nicht, aber die Touren würden jedenfalls in Berlin starten und enden.
Wenn Du ein Bett für eine Nacht bieten kannst (und willst), meld Dich gerne in den Kommentaren (wird nicht veröffentlicht) mit einer kleiner Präsentation (Stadt, Alter, vielleicht was mehr), und ich werde Dich kontaktieren.
Es wäre ja toll wenn ich eine Tour planen könnte, je nachdem wo es Unterkunft gibt, und es wäre echt supertoll sich mit Euch, meine deutsche Lesern, zu unterhalten.
Also, vielleicht bis diesen Sommer!
Japanese model and porn actor Koh Masaki (left) died 18 May 2013 at age 29.
It seems the cause of death was peritonitis.
I haven’t watched his films, but recently saw a short documentary about him and his Chinese boyfriend:
He seems to have been very sympathetic. It’s especially touching to hear him explain how he must take care of his boyfriend since it’s not easy to be Chinese in Japan.
Rest in peace, Masaki-kun.
BBC reports that Venice has decided to remove a controversial statue of a naked boy, after protests from locals.
The 2.5 meter (8 ft) tall “Boy with Frog” by US sculptor Charles Ray has stood at the tip of the Punta della Dogana for almost four years.
The boy will be replaced by a lamp-post.
“Workers began to remove the sculpture overnight on Tuesday ready to clear the space early on Wednesday”, BBC writes.
In London, there have been calls to remove Eric Gill’s 1932 statue “Prospero And Ariel” from the building of BBC. The statue resembles a man holding a naked boy and is supposed to be a symbol for broadcasting:
The reason why some people want it removed is that the artist, who died in 1940, reveals in his diaries, published in 1989, that he had sex with his daughters and a dog. Sydney Morning Herald writes:
Now Fay Maxted, chief executive of The Survivors’ Trust, a body which represents organisations supporting survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse, told the London Journalism Centre: “It’s an insult to allow a work like this to remain in such a public place. It is almost mocking survivors, it is intolerable.”
BBC has no plans to remove the sculpture, according to a spokesperson, but it’s no surprise that the trend to call for removal of controversial artworks is gaining ground.
We recently reported that Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theatre has added a fig leaf to cover the genitals of their Apollo statue, a move that had a striking resemblance to US Attorney General John Ashcroft clothing the statues outside the US Department of Justice.
I’ve decided to take the Destroyer book off Amazon, for the reason that Amazon has changed the way they stock books.
It works like this with Amazon:
As a publisher, I have a little stock at Amazon’s various inventories in the US. The books are legally mine until they are sold, but by having them stocked up in their own inventory, Amazon can ship them quickly to customers.
In the case not all books in the inventory would be sold, they would be returned to me. However, even though my book didn’t sell at such a high pace, eventually all copies in the inventory would always be sold, and in total, Amazon has sold almost 100 copies of it.
As a publisher, I pay for the shipping to Amazon’s inventories in the US.
Since it wouldn’t make sense to ship one book at the time, since the shipping cost would be unproportionately high, I wished I could set a minimal order number of three books, since that would cost the same to ship as one book. That wasn’t possible, but I was told that each time Amazon placed a stock-up order for one book (which the system automatically did per default), I should contact them and ask them to cancel that order and place a new one for three books. I did that for the first two years and never had any problems with it (except for the annoyance of not being able to set a minimal order limit, which would save time for both me and Amazon’s support staff).
In February 2013, as Amazon ordered their usual 1 copy, and I placed my usual support ticket to ask them to order 3 copies, I was told that they from now on will not accept such stock-up requests, except in cases of marketing campaigns. They suggested:
At this point of time, If you do not wish to ship the quantity ordered by our automated ordering system, confirm that order to zero (0) units and select “Temporarily out of stock” from the drop-down.
So that’s what I’ve been doing since February. Amazon’s “automated ordering system” has since then placed 22 orders of 1 book. I’ve set them all to “temporarily out of stock”, but it’s getting a bit silly. So as of today, I’ve “suspended” my book, meaning I won’t get any more orders, and that the book won’t be available anymore on Amazon.
The finances of Amazon’s 1-copy order policy for me:
- Retail price on their site: 22.80 USD = 17.75 euro
- Minus Amazon’s wholesale discount of 55 percent = 9.75 euro
- Minus shipping = 3.45 euro (not counting packaging)
- Minus cashing checks = 0.65 euro (it costs 11 or 21 euro per check, but I’ve had Amazon void many checks and send out a big one instead, which lands the average cost per book about 0.65 euro. Amazon does not make bank transfers to non-US publishers)
- = I get 3.90 euros from each book sold for 17.75 euro by Amazon. That’s almost 22 percent, yippee!
- Minus the actual printing cost of the book!
- Leaving me with a profit per book counted in cents, not euros.
Making money was never my main objective to sell on Amazon. Rather, having them sell my book was a way to give legitimacy to a controversial story. It was therefore a big moment to see the cover of my book turning up on Amazon - Amazon! – after having been approved by their staff. It was cool to have a button on my website saying “buy on Amazon”, to be affiliated with the world’s biggest retailer – and it was practical for US readers to be able to buy the book on old, trustworthy Amazon.
However, that was two years ago. The book has reached its core audience, made its headlines (in Gay Times, Out, and a number of other magazines and newspapers, gay and straight) – and the thrill of being on Amazon is simple not as … thrilling anymore. As we say in Sweden: It costs more than it tastes.
The alternative would of course be to raise the retail price on Amazon, but at least for the moment, I won’t bother. After all, the best way to buy my book remains I Love Mags, where you can also get it bundled with the full-color Appendix.