Baen Catalog Available on Apple iBookstore

Baen Books are now available for purchase from Apple’s iBookstore.

Until recently, the publisher’s ebooks could be purchased only at Then in December, Baen began offering ebooks through the Amazon Kindle store.

Whether purchased directly from Baen, or Amazon and Apple, the ebooks come DRM-free.

Baen’s best-known sf and fantasy lines include David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International urban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga.

“Now that we’ve made our books available on the iBookstore, it will be easier than ever for fans to read their favorite Weber, Ringo, or Correia book on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, says Toni Weisskopf, Publisher. “We see this as a promising expansion of our famous pioneering digital spirit and customer-first orientation.”

The full press release follows the jump.

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Haywood-Cory’s Humanitarian Work Honored

Laura Haywood-Cory

Heart attack survivor Laura Haywood-Cory didn’t stop at boundaries of fandom in getting out the word about heart health (efforts covered here in “A Heartfelt Fanzine” and “A Second Change of Heart”).

She and Katherine Leon approached and encouraged Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharonne Hayes to study the rare heart condition called spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).

Those extended efforts have been recognized by Woman’s Day magazine with a 2012 Red Dress Award. (See the video of her appearance at the February 15 ceremony here [YouTube].)

Her award citation reads:

Laura Haywood-Cory is a graduate of the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium (a WomenHeart Champion) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2009, she helped enroll women in the largest single-center study of patients who’ve suffered from spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) and heart attack.

A devoted advocate for women with heart disease, Laura volunteers at health fairs and other events across the state [North Carolina] where she educates women about heart disease risks and prevention. She herself is a heart disease survivor, having suffered SCAD and a heart attack in 2009. She is active on the WomenHeart online support forum and has a blog, A Change of Heart, where she chronicles her post-heart attack life.

Laura says tonight (February 28) NBC affiliates may broadcast a story she was interviewed for when in New York for the award presentation. So keep an eye out.

Van Name to Donate Hardback Income

Mark Van Name will be giving 100% of his proceeds from hardcover sales of Children No More (Baen) to Falling Whistles, a charity that helps rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers in the Congo. The novel’s official release date is August 3.

For more information about this promise, visit To learn more about the subject of child soldiers and Falling Whistles’ work, visit

The full press release follows the jump.

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A Second Change of Heart

Laura Haywood-Cory is seeking contributions to the second issue of her heart health-related fanzine, A Change of Heart: “This one will be timed to come out during February, which here in the United States is American Heart Month. If that issue does well too, then I may have an annual fanzine on my hands.”

Here’s what she needs:

As before, I’m looking for essays, poems, artwork, and short fiction–from fans with any type of heart disease/heart failure, on the topic of being a fan with heart problems. See first issue for examples.

Emailed submissions are greatly preferred–to laurahcory at yahoo, but if you know someone who doesn’t do email but has a story to tell, ping me and I’ll get you my snail-mail address.

Laura’s deadline for submissions is January 30, 2010. That means there’s still time left for you to read the and LoC the first issue!

A Heartfelt Fanzine

Laura Haywood-Cory wants to get out the word about heart disease:

Since my heart attack and angioplasty/stents, I’ve been trying to think of a fannish way to get the word out about heart disease, which as I’m sure my readers are aware, is the #1 killer of men and women both in the US. I volunteered at a health expo last weekend, at the WomenHeart booth, handing out brochures and information.

Well, on my way to work the other morning, a lightbulb went off. Fans don’t want to read brochures, we want to read *fanzines* (duh). So I figured I’d try to solicit as many stories from as many fannish heart patients as I could, put them all together in a one-shot, and distribute it far and wide.

The zine will be called A Change of Heart. She’s looking for essays, poems, letters and artwork from fans who’ve had heart-related illness themselves, or had experience with family members who did.  

Submissions can be e-mailed to <laurahcory [at] yah00> — the deadline is July 24. She intends to have it ready by the Worldcon.