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  • Letter from a Literary Agent

    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    I found this in my inbox yesterday:Joe,First off, thank you. I've been struggling with a lot of aspects of working "inside" the publishing industry lately. I found your blog following a link trail one day last week. I sat down and promptly started reading from 2009 (when you dove into self-publishing) until present. You make a ton of sense.Unfortunately, you didn't do anything to make me feel better about my current position (although, that's not your job). I've been struggling with my role as an advocate for authors. I have been working on one contract now for almost four months. I keep…
  • 110 Free Kindle Books, 45 kindle Book Deals (Apr 22nd, Tuesday)

    Kindle Review
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    22 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 1:15 pm Tuesday, Apr 22nd. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day **This Beautiful Thing (Young Love) by Amanda Heath.
  • 128 Free Kindle Books Wed, Apr 23rd

    Kindle Review
    switch11
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 2:22 pm Wednesday, Apr 23rd. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day ***The Illegal Gardener (The Greek Village Series…
  • Second Life in Self-Publishing

    PublishersWeekly.com PW Select Articles
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For romance writers, getting dropped midseries is no longer the end of the world -- thanks to self-publishing.
  • USA Kindle Store Bestseller Analysis April 19 2014

    I Love My Kindle
    Bufo Calvin
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    USA Kindle Store Bestseller Analysis April 19 2014 I do an analysis of the bestsellers in the USA Kindle store from time to time. The last one was on November 10 2013. Unfortunately, just as we’ve been seeing with our monthly Snapshot of the New York Times bestseller fiction hardback equivalents, the prices have gone up…a lot. The top twenty titles averaged $4.77 in November…and they average $6.48 today. That’s an increase of almost 36%! That reverses a drop that we had seen before. It simply can’t be ignored that some prices on e-books at Amazon are going up.
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Letter from a Literary Agent

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    I found this in my inbox yesterday:Joe,First off, thank you. I've been struggling with a lot of aspects of working "inside" the publishing industry lately. I found your blog following a link trail one day last week. I sat down and promptly started reading from 2009 (when you dove into self-publishing) until present. You make a ton of sense.Unfortunately, you didn't do anything to make me feel better about my current position (although, that's not your job). I've been struggling with my role as an advocate for authors. I have been working on one contract now for almost four months. I keep…
  • Latham Conger and Kickstarter

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    I met Latham Conger in fourth grade. We were plucked out of our respective classes to attend a two year program in another school called Special Opportunities. And no, it wasn't because we were disfunctional. It was a gifted program for supposedly smart kids, and we were taught by two teachers for two years in the same classroom. No grades, just written report cards. We were encouraged to explore our minds, both academically and creatively. Sort of a Montessori set-up, within the public school system.Being with the same group of kids for two years was interesting. I made two lifelong…
  • Guest Post by Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V.

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Giving Our Way to Success- by Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V.Giving comes back around. Tess Gerritsen sparked the giving circle with so much of her time, energy, and money to aid Alzheimer's research – so it's nice that I got to thank her in person at Bouchercon, the world mystery conference.On this site, Joe upped the ante with his guest post offer, raising even more funds – while helping writers at the same time – so we’d like to say “thank you” for this opportunity. We've been reading this blog and others like it for years, and a big part of our going Indie is…
  • A Wake Up Call for Tracy Hickman

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Via PassiveGuy, who was linking to an article from ScienceFiction.com about a convention speech by bestselling sci-fi author Tracy Hickman to a room full of writers.Quote Tracy:“I have to do more now,” he said finally. A hush went over the audience as Hickman continued to describe the conditions under which authors are laboring under today. One can write 12,000 words and sell it for 4.95, he said. At that price point, his 120,000 novel would have be $49.50, which would be impossible to market. “I’m fighting for my life as an author,” he admitted frankly, his voice solemn. He then…
  • My Last Blog Post

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Over three years ago, I did a blog post about successful self-published authors, and how many of them tried out self-publishing because they read my blog.I ended the blog post with this offer:You hear that, NY Publishing? You truly want to slow the growth of ebooks?Shut me up.I'm willing to be bought off. Pass around a collection envelope, like you do for employee birthdays. For a million bucks, I promise I'll never blog about ebooks, or help another writer, ever again.Since that post I've written several hundred more, encouraging authors to self-publish while explaining, in excruciating…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist"

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareStarting in the summer of last year, self-published authors whose books made it onto Amazon's Movers and Shakers list began to receive solicitations from a publicist named Kerry Jacobson (here's an example).Jacobson, who claimed more than eight years of experience boosting authors onto bestseller lists, promised a marketing push that would vault the authors' books onto the New York Times and USA Today lists, or propel them into Amazon's top ten. He also promised guidance and mentoring to help them make the most of the opportunity.Jacobson's fees…
  • Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing is Gone

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAnother small press disaster came to an ugly conclusion last week.In mid-2012, I began getting complaints about Silver Publishing, which started up in 2009 as a self-publishing facilitator, but in 2010 transformed itself into a "traditional royalty-paying press" (I put that in quotes because, these days, it means so little).Reported problems included poor editing, delayed and missing royalty statements/payments, royalty reductions due to claimed "overpayments," arbitrary changes in royalty payment schedules, and lack of communication--or,…
  • How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareGot the yen to write a book, but lack that essential creative spark? Looking to ride the coattails of the Kindle self-publishing craze, but don't want to bother with all that pesky scribbling? Want an author to create a story for you, but don't know where to find one?Fret no more. The Internet's got you covered.Here, for instance, would-be but inspiration-challenged authors can "Cash In on the Kindle Fiction Publishing Craze" by purchasing a "MASSIVE SET OF PRE-WRITTEN FICTION PLOTS."That's right! A diligent ghostwriter and her crack writing team…
  • Pamela Wray and WordWorks Publishing Consultants: The Amazing Case of the Serial Plagiarizer

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEvery time I consider purging Writer Beware's files to get rid of documentation on agents and others we haven't heard anything about in years and years, I'm reminded of why I hold onto that old paper.Last Friday, I received an email from successful independent editor Jodie Renner. Apparently, client testimonials from her website had been plagiarized by an outfit called WordWorks Publishing Consultants. I hopped on over to WordWorks' website, expecting to discover something on the order of faux publicist Mike Albee, who decorated his site with fake…
  • The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWhen Entranced Publishing (its website is now gone, but a recent archived version can be seen here) opened to submissions in 2012, it looked like a promising small press, with a number of imprints, a sizeable staff, and a commitment not to churn out books, author-mill style.However promising-seeming, though, authors always need to be wary of brand-new small presses, because there's such a high attrition rate for such ventures. Even if the staff are very experienced (which often isn't the case in the small press world), it's wise to watch and wait…
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    Goodreads

  • Easily Add Books You Purchased from Amazon to Your Goodreads Shelves! (Available for members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia)

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Our members have been asking for a long time for a quick way to add their Amazon book purchases to their Goodreads shelves. So, we’ve come up with a new way to help: Today, we’re starting to roll out an Add Your Amazon Books feature! You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Why add your Amazon purchases? Building out your bookshelves means that more of your friends will know about your favorite books. More books added to your…
  • New Discovery: Goodreads to Publish Lost Jane Austen Novel

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    "A girl without a father can never have too many brothers, yet Abigail Branscombe often found her three elder brothers to be quite vexing."—Opening line of Mirth and Mischief by Jane AustenIt is with great excitement and a weighty sense of responsibility that we make today's announcement: Goodreads has acquired and will release a previously unpublished work by Jane Austen. The full-length novel, titled Mirth and Mischief, will be made available to all readers in fall of 2014. We could not be more thrilled to introduce the world to Abigail Branscombe, an irrepressible heroine to join the…
  • Raise Your Glass to These St. Paddy's Day Reads

    12 Mar 2014 | 1:29 am
    Here at Goodreads, we've ordered some Guinness for our kegerator and learned two essential phrases in preparation for St. Patrick's Day: Éirinn go Brách! ("Ireland Forever!"—usually anglicized as "Erin go Bragh.") Sláinte! (A drink to good health—pronounced "slan-che.") If your Irish vocab stops there, you're not alone. Irish, aka Gaeilge or Irish Gaelic (not to be confused with Scottish Gaelic!), is one of the world's dying languages. Recent estimates put the number of speakers who use it daily as low as 80,000, out of 4.5 million people living in Ireland. However, Irish is still…
  • Goodreads Is Now on the First Generation Kindle Paperwhite

    10 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    “We want Goodreads on the original Kindle Paperwhite, too!" was the cri du coeur in November when we first launched Goodreads on the new Kindle Paperwhite. For all of you who asked, your time is now!Starting today, Goodreads on Kindle is available on both models of Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, and Australia. This is part of our ongoing commitment to bring Goodreads to you on all your favorite devices.Goodreads on Kindle will be made available in a free and automatic over-the-air upgrade to the first generation Kindle Paperwhite in the coming weeks. How will you know when…
  • What's Your Love Story? Literary lovers: An Infographic.

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Ah, love! It takes so many different forms. Are you engaged in a forbidden affair? Tormented by unrequited love? Totally content in your bromance? In honor of Valentine's Day, we present a handy flowchart that will help you find your literary love counterpart. Read the corresponding book for some relationship insight! So, what's your love story? posted by jade on February, 13
 
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    Indiereader

  • A Rich Tapestry

    Sabrina Ricci
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    “Whenever there was a lull in conversation or I didn’t know what to say, I’d offer the saying ‘Hey, it’s a rich tapestry!’”
  • Quotable

    IR Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    QUOTABLE: 20 YEARS OF BLACK AND WHITE offers a plethora of quotations to stimulate hearts and minds and motivate.
  • The Spark

    IR Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Captain Donny Robertson knows fire - how it should and shouldn’t behave. So, when Donny loses his mentor and long-time friend, Chief Paul Fitzgerald, to a fire that wasn’t supposed to “flash” , Donny suspects foul play.
  • An Animal Life

    IR Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    AN ANIMAL LIFE is as smart as it is funny; brilliant characters, hilarious occurrences, and smart medicine make this a fun and engaging read.
  • Presenting “Indie Insider’s Next Picks”

    IR Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    INP is an unprecedented compilation by indie publishing heavyweights of suggested indie authors to help you, the reader, discover great indie books.
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    Dear Author

  • Thursday News: Shakespeare’s alleged dictionary digitized, cellphones increase literacy, Amazon Prime now includes some HBO shows, and the arrival of e-book art

    Janet
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Shakespeare’s Dictionary? Skepticism Abounds. – Count me in on the side of the skeptics. Two booksellers buy a 1580 four-language dictionary on eBay (eBay!!) in 2008, and now claim that it’s Shakespeare’s personal dictionary. If you want to know about the authentication process that will now be undertaken, check out this article in the Chronicle. If you want to see the digitized dictionary, check it out here. In addition to analyzing the handwriting and marginal marks used by the annotator, the Folger experts wrote, researchers will ask questions like “How many of…
  • Daily Deals: Special Ops, Post apoc MC club, and one hit wonders

    Jane
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    All Fired Up (DreamMakers, #1) by Vivian Arend+Elle Kennedy. $ .99 From the Jacket Copy: He’s ready to lead the way Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his. She’s more than willing…
  • REVIEW: Nice Tie by Jules Jones

    Willaful
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. Jones: I was intrigued by the premise of this novella because I often find reading about kinks fascinating — the intense excitement they create, and how seemingly random yet intricately developed they are. Who would have thought that a story about someone with a unusual fetish could turn out to be so dull? It begins promisingly, with Alex noticing a fellow frequent bus rider who often does up his tie during the ride: Eye Candy pulled the tie looser so that it hung slack around his neck. But rather than pulling it over his head, he undid the knot and slid the tie free of his…
  • REVIEW: His Fair Lady by Kimberly Gardner

    Jayne
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Mark Talleo is something of a dog with the ladies. Any girl, anytime, anywhere is his motto until he meets Josie Frazier. The long lean redhead not only shares his love of musical theatre, but her smoky sexy voice and infectious laugh drive Mark wild and haunt his every step. Equally fascinating is his sense that she has a secret, one he is determined to uncover on his way to becoming her leading man. Josie does have a secret, one she guards with her whole self. Although she has always known she was female, her name used to be Joey and she’s still biologically male. As much as…
  • Wednesday News: Women keeping boys from reading, men reading Romance, Comcast growing again, and Amazon planning Kindlephone

    Janet
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: We’ve been having a number of server issues for the past few months related to spambots. At the advice of our host, I’ve installed a simple math captcha. If you want to bypass the captcha, you can register with DA using this link here. I’ll add these links to the footer so when you return (and if the system has logged you out) you can easily log back in. Are Boys Not Reading Because of All Those Women in Publishing? – Forgive my bad pun, but oh boy. Despite the fact that VIDA’s figures don’t support the premise that women control the…
 
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    Free Ebooks Blog

  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-23-14

    Admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The Outcast By Jolina Petersheim / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (213 reviews) Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-23-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-22-14

    Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    When I Break By Kendall Ryan / Genre: Romance, Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (99 reviews) Knox Bauer’s life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, this […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-22-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-21-14

    Admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Birthdays of a Princess By Helga Zeiner / Genre: Psychological, Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (45 reviews) One October morning, Melissa watches a breaking news story on television. A young girl has been filmed by bystanders, committing a brutal assault in broad daylight in a downtown Vancouver Starbucks … and […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-21-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-20-14

    Admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Splintered Oak (Winsor Series) By T L Gray / Genre: Romance, Religious & Inspirational Fiction / Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (57 reviews) A Broken Man… Jake Matthews understands loss. In just one year, he lost his mother, his first love, his career and now his cousin and best friend. Desperate to find some […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-20-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-19-14

    Admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I Married a Billionaire (Contemporary Romance) By Melanie Marchande / Genre: Romance, Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars (103 reviews) Maddy Wainright has given up on marriage – and men. After dating way too many losers who aren’t capable of appreciating her for who she is, she’s about ready to resign herself […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 04-19-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
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    Kindle Review

  • 128 Free Kindle Books Wed, Apr 23rd

    switch11
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 2:22 pm Wednesday, Apr 23rd. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day ***The Illegal Gardener (The Greek Village Series…
  • 110 Free Kindle Books, 45 kindle Book Deals (Apr 22nd, Tuesday)

    switch11
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 1:15 pm Tuesday, Apr 22nd. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day **This Beautiful Thing (Young Love) by Amanda Heath.
  • 89 Free Kindle Books for Monday in April (21st)

    switch11
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 1:15 pm Monday, Apr 21st. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day *** A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1) by…
  • 97 Free Kindle Books, 47 Kindle Book Deals (Sun, Apr 20)

    switch11
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 2:15 pm Sunday, Apr 20th. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day *Abducted (When a soul is stolen, caged fury is…
  • 126 Free Kindle Books, 49 Kindle Book Deals, 1 cent Christian Book Deals (Sat, Apr 19th)

    switch11
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Sign Up for Free NOW – Free Kindle Books Emails! Book Covers View at Zero Friction Books. Also option to see ALL free books today. Not in the US? Sign Up – Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle Germany, Kindle Australia, Kindle Brazil, Kindle India, Kindle Italy, Kindle Japan, Kindle Mexico,Kindle Spain, Kindle France. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in your countries! Please check Prices at Amazon BEFORE buying. Free at 1:20 pm Saturday, Apr 19th. Please see bottom of post for the meaning of *, **, ***. Free Kindle Books – KEBooks Books of the Day *Doppelganger – A World War II Espionage…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Attention Women Writers: Meet the #WoMentoring Project!

    catherineryanhoward
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    Today I’m honored to help introduce something very exciting, timely and worthwhile: The WoMentoring Project!  The Wo-what now? The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities. The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simply to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices…
  • Sunday Coffee Reads | Apr 6

    catherineryanhoward
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Welcome to Sunday Coffee Reads which, if you’re not familiar, is my occasional sharing of the most interesting thoughts and links to things I’ve come across on Twitter and marked as favourites to read later, later being Sunday morning when I’ve the first of many cups of coffee in hand… I’ve actually been out of the office (read: away from the desk in my living room) for the past week, as Andrea Summers was here and I took her on a very rainy trip around Ireland. Well, a few bits of it anyway. Highlights were breakfast with a view at the Lake Hotel in…
  • Writer/Blogger? You May Need a Contact Page Intervention

    catherineryanhoward
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    It may be news to you but for the last year and a half or so, I’ve been doing some freelance social media work for a publishing house, helping promote other authors’ books online. As my goal is essentially to connect readers with books I believe they’ll like, a lot of my time is spent trawling through the magical interweb looking for book blogs. They’re easy enough to find. But it’s not always easy to find what I need when I get there: a way to contact the blogger in private. It’s a particularly bad day when the coffee machine is still brewing and the…
  • Sunday Coffee Reads | Mar 23

    catherineryanhoward
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Welcome to Sunday Coffee Reads which, if you’re not familiar, is my occasional sharing of the most interesting thoughts and links to things I’ve come across on Twitter and marked as favourites to read later, later being Sunday morning when I’ve the first of many cups of coffee in hand… So, behold! This week’s tweets: 50+ Better Questions To Ask Than How To Be More Productive http://t.co/BD6LET4c2p via @CharlieGilkey — Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) March 23, 2014 Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. LOUIS…
  • The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write

    catherineryanhoward
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
    This morning I am contributing a stop to The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write, this on-going blogging and writing thingy where each blogger answers four questions about their writing, tags three victims and runs away screaming, ‘You’re it!’ Normally I avoid such things because they have a tendency to get out of hand quickly (‘I just nominated for you for this award – now all you need to do is make a list of 53 bloggers you love and get each of them to nominate 87 other bloggers…’ etc. etc.) but Jason Arnopp (a) asked me before he tagged me and (b)…
 
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    MobileRead Forums

  • Two Years after Tor's DRM-free Announcement

    pdurrant
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Two years ago today, Tor announced that they would be removing DRM from all their books. In July 2012, Tor announced it had happened, followed by Tor UK in August 2012. In December 2012, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillian, said "initial results suggest there was no increase in piracy" In April 2013, Tor UK said that the change had not affected piracy of Tor books "we’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles" Happy DRM-free anniversary to Tor.
  • MobileRead May 2014 Book Club Nominations

    WT Sharpe
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    MobileRead Book Club May 2014 Nominations Help us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for May, 2014. The nominations will run through midnight EST April 30 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days. Book selection category for May is: Mystery/Thriller In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third). How Does This Work? The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On…
  • MobileRead Week in Review: 04/12 - 04/19

    Alexander Turcic
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ok kids, time for the weekly roundup of what we've covered this week: Miscellaneous - AnnouncementsThe MobileRead wiki turns 8 years old
  • The MobileRead wiki turns 8 years old

    DaleDe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The MobileRead wiki turns 8 years old this month. You can see a history and status of the wiki at Wiki Statistics. To celebrate this event I have redone the eBook Reader Matrix with an all new page with all new devices. All of the products shown are available this year. I saved the original E-book Reader Matrix page for posterity. It has 1.9 million views and was around even before the wiki existed. It now shows what may have been the heyday of eBook readers but it out of date with the current generation of products. The wiki itself continues to grow with over 1200 pages in the main pages and…
  • Amazon acquiring digital comics platform Comixology

    Dopedangel
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/10/56...orm-comixology I hope this doesn't mean I will loose access to my collection. Amazon does not sell Kindle here or ebooks.
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Writing a One-Page Business Plan: 5 Questions a Self-Publisher Must Ask

    Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Whether you are about to self-publish your first book, or start a micro-niche publishing company, you need to have a business plan in place. A business plan will give you a basic road map for your new business. An easy and quick way to do this is to create a one-page business plan. This will ...
  • Blurb to Distribute to Amazon

    Henry Baum
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    BGood news for photographers. Before, Blurb was more of a boutique press – you’d have to send customers to Blurb to purchase a book. Less like publishing, and more like gift-making. Now Blurb is opening it up to self-publish photo books on Amazon, no matter how many copies are sold. Photo books are so expensive ...
  • The Road to the Bottom: 99 Cent Box Sets

    Henry Baum
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    A guest post on David Gaughran’s site covers the new world of bundled box sets. A good idea on the surface, and very profitable, but also problematic. She addresses this in the post: With the attention, of course, also comes the inevitable criticism: that 2012 was the year of the freebie, 2013 the year of ...
  • What Makes a Good Book Marketer?

    Bookwhirl
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There are certain qualities and values that define and characterize good book marketers. Find it out and try to see if it satisfies your expectations.
  • Book Excerpt: Restless Spirits by Jean Marie Bauhaus

    Jean Marie Bauhaus
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    [Below is an excerpt from Restless Spirits by Jean Marie Bauhaus.] The stairs took a left turn at the top and let out into a long, empty hallway. I paused to calm myself down. I didn’t know who this kid was, but if it was me, I wouldn’t be too eager to show myself to ...
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  • Round up #251: Rose colored glasses aren’t always wrong, World Book Night

    Bufo Calvin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Round up #251: Rose colored glasses aren’t always wrong, World Book Night The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later. It’s World Book Night! April 23rd (Shakespeare’s birthday/deathday, Cervantes’ deathday) is World Book Night, when select books are given away. Why is it book night? There was already a World Book Day, where kids were given tokens for books…this was for grown-ups, and night-time is supposedly more grown up (you know…like Nick at Night or Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, which is night-time). Specially…
  • Harris poll: E-book readers read more

    Bufo Calvin
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Harris poll: E-book readers read more Years ago, I remember saying that “…the more you love books, the more you love e-books.” Initially, people who read e-books were treated by some “serious readers” as…inferior. It was somehow insulting, or even anti-literature, that we would read the same words that the other person was reading, but not in the same “container”. I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but I thought my Significant Other had the best line. When somebody saw my SO reading a Kindle and sneeringly said, “I like the feel…
  • Round up #250: $5 Audible credit, challenging Underpants

    Bufo Calvin
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Round up #250: $5 Audible credit, challenging Underpants 250? Wow! The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later. Captain Underpants challenged more often than 50 Shades of Grey in 2013 The good news for many people will be that the American Library Association reported about a third fewer “challenges” to books in 2013 than in 2012: 307 versus 464. The list is, as always, a bit puzzling to me. It may have to do with the age of the kids. Perhaps a school library that would carry Fifty Shades of Grey is less likely to be scrutinized by people who would…
  • USA Kindle Store Bestseller Analysis April 19 2014

    Bufo Calvin
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    USA Kindle Store Bestseller Analysis April 19 2014 I do an analysis of the bestsellers in the USA Kindle store from time to time. The last one was on November 10 2013. Unfortunately, just as we’ve been seeing with our monthly Snapshot of the New York Times bestseller fiction hardback equivalents, the prices have gone up…a lot. The top twenty titles averaged $4.77 in November…and they average $6.48 today. That’s an increase of almost 36%! That reverses a drop that we had seen before. It simply can’t be ignored that some prices on e-books at Amazon are going up.
  • Don’t judge a box by its content

    Bufo Calvin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Don’t judge a box by its content We’ve probably all heard the old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The idea is that the cover of a book may mislead you. It might be bland, while the book inside is exciting…or the opposite might be true. There have been some pretty hilarious covers, like the ones in this Trivia Happy post Of course, nowadays, we may not even see the same cover for an e-book we are going to buy. I haven’t heard about this happening, yet, but I  certainly anticipate it. As you shop in different sections of a site, the cover…
 
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  • How To Write And Publish Books That Sell [Webinar]

    Denise Wakeman
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to KindleEveryone says, “Now is the best time to be an author.” But do you have the knowledge and training to produce a marketable book and to succeed as either a traditionally published or self-published author? To produce a book that gets read by thousands of people in your target market, you have to have more than just a good idea and writing skill. Withalmost 400,000 self-published titles and about 500,000 traditionally published titles released each year, it’s not easy to make a book to stand out in the crowd. In fact, the average print book sells only 250 copies per year and…
  • How To Market Your Book To The Locals – Four Secrets

    Kristen Eckstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Kristen Eckstein While the internet is a huge place that allows us to connect with audiences all over the world, we shouldn’t neglect our own backyards. It’s easy to focus your marketing strategy only online, however local marketing can go a long way toward preparing you for interviews, giving you media exposure, and helping you gain practical experience you can use to properly position yourself as a successful author. Here are four secrets to market your book to your local target market in your own backyard: Secret #1: Contact local organizations Find out what local…
  • How To Start Your Own Publishing Company – 10 Essential Steps

    Shelley Hitz
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Shelley Hitz Disclaimer:  This blog post is for informational purposes only.  I am not a lawyer or accountant and am not giving legal advice.  Consult with a tax professional and lawyer before making decisions regarding your business.  As an author, have you considered starting your own publishing company?  Many self-published authors are now choosing this option.  In fact, this is what my husband CJ and I have done.  We started Body and Soul Publishing in 2012 and haven’t looked back yet. Three Reasons to Start an Independent Publishing Company 1)    It looks…
  • The 5 Qualities You Need To Successfully Self-Publish Your Book

    Nina Amir
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Nina Amir You can find lots of articles and guides on how to write and self-publish a book. Beyond the advice on promoting your book, including so-called bestseller campaigns, you’ll find less information on how to succeed as a self-published author. Here’s the truth of the matter: Achieving the status of “successful self-published author,” no matter how you publish, comes down to attitude. In fact, the majority of successful people in any industry will tell you their attitude helped them achieve their goals. You Need an Author Attitude If you want to become a…
  • 7 Tools to Create Killer Headlines

    Joan Stewart
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Joan Stewart On average, 8 of 10 people never make it past your headline or title. That’s because headlines are usually an afterthought–slapped onto an article, a press release or a blog post after you’ve  spent an hour or two painstakingly writing it, rewriting, proofreading and correcting errors. By the time you’re done with all that, you’re exhausted. So you write the first headline thing that comes to mind. In my work as a publicity expert, a writing coach a former newspaper editor, I’ve identified five major problems with headlines…
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  • What’s on sale?

    OverDrive
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Don’t miss out on these great deals! Talk with your Collection Development Specialist today.   Books on Tape Spring Sale – Select Titles 30% Off (4/1 – 4/30) Over 100 top audio titles, including Sue Grafton, John Grisham and more are 30% off for the month of April. Easter Sale – Christian Titles 30-50% Off (4/14 – 4/28) Shop popular Christian fiction and nonfiction on sale from the following publishers: Zondervan, Barbour Publishing, David C. Cook, Baker Publishing, Nazarene Publishing, Thomas Nelson, and eChristian. Green Planet Films – Earth Day Sale (4/16 – 4/30)…
  • Staff Picks: Streaming Starz Digital Media movies I am excited to watch from my library

    Karen Estrovich
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    You may have recently read our Weekly eHighlights Streaming Video edition. I don’t know about you, but it got me really jazzed to get streaming! Here are a few videos you can find in the Starz Digital Media catalog that I can’t wait to watch from my library: Our Idiot Brother: I love Judd Apatow-esque comedies. Also, Paul Rudd is a comedic gem. This will probably be the first one I watch. The Master: Loosely based on Scientology—and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I’m sold. Battle Royale: Okay, so this movie I have already seen and it totally freaked me out; however, if you liked…
  • New and forthcoming movie tie-ins

    Cindy Orr
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
      New & Forthcoming Movie Tie-Ins 1/1 New & Forthcoming Movie Tie-Ins MA Divergent was a hit on the big screen, with a $56 million debut. Want to be ready for the next big movie hit by making sure the eBook version is available? 2014 promises a good mix of classics like Far from the Madding Crowd and modern classics like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, as well as kids’ films that are sure to be big, like The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Giver, and Vampire Academy. Then there are bestsellers-turned-movies like Scott Spencer’s…
  • I believe in… reading

    Adam Sockel
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    I’m a big fan of writing what I believe in. To me, there is nothing more refreshing than typing out a list of all the things that move me on a daily basis. It can be the big things like the day I got to marry my best friend, or it can be something seemingly insignificant like the perfect weather for a long run. I find that putting these things on paper reminds me of who I am through the beliefs I have. I’d like to share one of those lists right now. I love everything that revolves around reading, and not just because I work at OverDrive. Something tells me if you’re looking at this, you…
  • Weekly eHighlights: Special Streaming Video edition

    Cindy Orr
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    If your library has not yet purchased streaming video, all you have to do is place an order! Once you submit your order, your Account Specialist will be in touch about updating your site to support streaming video for your users. Streaming video titles are available under the one copy/one user model. Users can select their lending period for three, five or seven days. OverDrive Streaming Video is a convenient and exciting way to instantly watch videos anytime, anywhere, on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection (and coming soon: the OverDrive Roku® channel)!
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  • 10 Free Kindle eBooks – April 23

    Nathan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Here’s a list of free Kindle books as of April 23rd, 2014. Please note that some of these ebooks are free for a limited-time only and could expire at anytime. Make sure to double-check that they are still free before hitting the buy button. Subscribe to The eBook Reader Blog to keep updated on future […]
  • Onyx Boox Zeus: 9.7″ E Ink eReader with Android

    Nathan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    There’s a new large-screen Android-powered ebook reader available in Russia that I sure wish I could get my hands on. The device is called the Onyx Boox M96M Zeus. Ereading must be popular in Russia because they get all the coolest ebook readers. Here is the States we’re stuck with bland Kindles and Nooks and […]
  • Amazon Gives Samsung Custom Kindle App with Free Monthly eBooks

    Nathan
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Amazon and Samsung have announced an interesting new partnership that has resulted in a co-branded Kindle reading app called Kindle for Samsung. The new app includes some exclusive features, notably access to Samsung Book Deals, a service just launched that provides access to 12 free ebooks a year to all Kindle for Samsung users. The […]
  • Goodreads Adds New Feature to Add Amazon Books to Shelves

    Nathan
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Last year when Amazon acquired Goodreads, an online book community where people review and discuss books as well as find new books to read, we knew it was just a matter of time before Amazon started making use of Goodreads’ resources. Amazon has already integrated Goodreads into their Kindle Paperwhite ebook readers and Kindle Fire […]
  • Hisense Sero 8 Android Tablet Incoming, But is There a Sero 8 Pro?

    Nathan
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    My favorite budget tablet last year was undoubtedly the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which is pretty surprising given all the competition in the budget Android tablet market and the fact that Hisense had never even made any tablets before. Now Hisense is moving forward with at least one new tablet this year, called the Hisense […]
 
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  • Buying a Computer For Dummies (by Dan Gookin)

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    CPU, Ghz, Mhz, DIMMS, RAM, ROM, AGP, ISA, PCI, USB, CRT, LCD, NIC, CCD, CIS, DP, Kbps. What do all of these acronyms mean? Are you baffled by computer technology and technology? Intimidated by computer salespeople who grimace or grin when you say “gizmo?” Buying a Computer For Dummies 2005 Edition gives you the ABCs of buying a computer. You don’t have to be able to talk tech you just have to know what you want and how to get it. Read more...
  • McGraw-Hill's GMAT, 2008 Edition (by James Hasik)

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    We've put all of our proven expertise into McGraw- Hill's GMAT to make sure you're ready for this difficult exam. With this book, you'll get essential skill-building techniques and strategies developed by a team of renowned test-prep tutors. Their innovative teaching methods and expert coaching will help you master every question type. You'll also get vital access to practice problems, model GMAT essays, 6 full-length practice tests, and all the facts about the current exam. Read more...
  • Endocannabinoids: The Brain and Body's Marijuana and Beyond (by Emmanuel S Onaivi)

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Over the past decade, there have been major advances in understanding the mechanisms whereby marijuana interacts with the brain in producing psychoactive and potentially therapeutic effects. The discovery of specific gene coding for cannabinoid receptors activated by smoking marijuana,В and the finding of endogenous cannabinoids, which also activate the receptors, have transformed cannabinoid research into mainstream science with significant implications in human health and disease Endocannabinoids: The Brain and Body’s Marijuana and Beyond documentsadvances in the discovery and…
  • Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (by Tristram Hunt)

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Cannabinoids and the Brain (by Attila Kofalvi)

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    The aim of this book is to help clinicians, neuroscientists, as well as students, understand the significance of the endocannabinoid system. This book, however, also will be very useful to those who already feel comfortable with the neuroscience of endocannabinoids. The book will introduce the reader to the up-to-date neurobiology of endocannabinoids and related systems, and will detail their pathophysiological role and therapeutic potential. Authors involved in clinical investigations present results of recent clinical trials, and the development of new therapeutic strategies and medicines.
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  • Speaking JavaScript

    Admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Speaking JavaScript helps you approach the language with four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. Description Topics included: Basic JavaScript • Why JavaScript? • The Nature of JavaScript • How JavaScript Was Created • Standardization: ECMAScript • Historical JavaScript Milestones • […]OnlineProgrammingBooks.com has a Facebook page, giving a new way to see our latest announcements and posts without leaving the comfort of your Facebook newstream. So check out…
  • Twitter Bootstrap Succinctly

    Admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Twitter Bootstrap (TWB) is a free front-end framework built by Twitter developers to ensure visual and functional consistency across websites and applications. In Twitter Bootstrap Succinctly, Peter Shaw walks you through the basics of using TWB Version 2 CSS classes to add beautiful, user-friendly components to your projects. You’ll learn how to add TWB to […]OnlineProgrammingBooks.com has a Facebook page, giving a new way to see our latest announcements and posts without leaving the comfort of your Facebook newstream. So check out facebook.com/freecomputerbooks and like us…
  • AngularJS Succinctly

    Admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Author Frederik Dietz uses AngularJS Succinctly to outline common tasks and challenges for developers using Angular.js. With his help, novices and experts alike will find a reference that clearly outlines a variety of challenges, their solutions, and technical explanations for how the challenges are overcome. Description Topics included: An Introduction to Angular.js • Controllers • […]OnlineProgrammingBooks.com has a Facebook page, giving a new way to see our latest announcements and posts without leaving the comfort of your Facebook newstream. So check out…
  • Visual Studio 2013 Succinctly

    Admin
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:28 am
    With author Alessandro Del Sole as your guide, you will learn how to harness these features for increased productivity and efficiency. For novices and returning experts alike, Visual Studio 2013 Succinctly offers a point of entry into one of Microsoft’s most powerful tools. Description Topics included: Synchronized Settings and Notifications • The Start Page Revisited […]OnlineProgrammingBooks.com has a Facebook page, giving a new way to see our latest announcements and posts without leaving the comfort of your Facebook newstream. So check out facebook.com/freecomputerbooks and…
  • Windows Phone 8 Development Succinctly

    Admin
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:27 am
    With Windows Phone 8 Development Succinctly by Matteo Pagani, you’ll go from creating a “Hello World” app to managing network data usage, enabling users to talk to your application through speech APIs, and earning money through in-app purchases. Dozens of additional features are covered in the book, including launchers, choosers, and geolocation services, so you’ll […]OnlineProgrammingBooks.com has a Facebook page, giving a new way to see our latest announcements and posts without leaving the comfort of your Facebook newstream. So check out facebook.com/freecomputerbooks and…
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  • Oracle Magazine

    kfadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
  • Your Unofficial Raspberry Pi Manual

    kfadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    You’ve surely heard of the Raspberry Pi: the palm-sized computer with enough power to run servers or media centres complete with retro gaming. Download Now Rasberry Pi has the connectivity to control security systems and enthusiast projects; and with the software tools to encourage the teaching and understanding of programming. Since its launch in 2012 the Raspberry Pi has exceeded expectations, becoming a must-have piece of computer hardware for enthusiasts and tech-heads. For a small project developed to be sold to schools and colleges to teach programming principles, that’s not bad.
  • Joomla! 3 Essential Training

    kfadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In this course, Jen Kramer shows how to build a custom Joomla! template that automatically tailors and sizes content for a wide range of displays, from desktops to mobile devices. Download Now This course covers using Joomla! 3 with its built-in Bootstrap framework, and a start-to-finish development strategy that covers everything from converting the wireframe to HTML, to styling the headers and footers. Jen also shows how to incorporate Dreamweaver and the Firefox developer tools into your workflow, and accommodate multiple layouts and color variations in a single template. Download Now
  • The Ultimate Windows 8 Kit

    kfadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Become familiar with Windows 8. Whether you’ve pre-ordered a Windows 8 device or are just wondering what’s new. Download Now Included in the Ultimate Windows 8 kit is one 44 page guide and two Windows 8 cheat sheets: - Getting Started: Your Guide to Windows 8 - Windows 8 Cheat Sheet: Touch and Mouse Gestures - Windows 8 Cheat Sheet: Keyboard Shortcuts Download Now
  • Apple iPhone — Free Quick Reference Card

    kfadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This Apple iPhone Quick Reference provides shortcuts, tips, and tricks for the popular mobile device. Download Now Use it to brush up on the basics and to find alternate methods to your favorite commands. This printable quick reference is yours to use, distribute, and share at your organization! Along with this free reference card, you will also receive a 30-day trial of CustomGuide training, including over 7,000 Online Skills Assessments and Interactive Tutorials. Download Now
 
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    Gizmodo

  • Samsung Galaxy Owners Now Have a Custom Kindle Store With Free Stuff

    Jamie Condliffe
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Got a Samsung Galaxy device? You're in for a treat: Amazon is building a custom Kindle store for you and your device—and it comes with perks.Read more...
  • How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place

    Eric Ravenscraft on Lifehacker, shared by Brian Barrett to Gizmodo
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most ebook sellers try to lock you into a particular ecosystem. If you don't mind buying from the same company every time, this isn't too bad, but you lose the ability to comparison shop, as well as making it difficult to switch apps. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem.Read more...
  • You Might Have Free Amazon Money Waiting in Your Inbox

    Brian Barrett
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    If you're a regular buyer of Kindle ebooks, you want to go check your email; inside, there might just be a little present from Amazon waiting for you. And by "present" I mean "legally mandated compensation to make up for years of price-fixing." Just like Christmas!Read more...
  • The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Costs Less Than a Kindle Paperwhite Today

    Brian Barrett
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    While at this point the year-and-a-half old 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD might be showing its age a bit, it's still one of the best tablets you can buy. Especially considering that you can get one today for just $130—less than an e-ink Kindle Paperwhite.Read more...
  • The first-gen Kindle Paperwhite is finally getting the second-gen software features it's been waitin

    Jamie Condliffe
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:16 am
    The first-gen Kindle Paperwhite is finally getting the second-gen software features it's been waiting for—including Goodreads, kid-friendly FreeTime, improved cloud organization, and a handful of other little benefits.Read more...
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    The Kindle Chronicles

  • TKC 298 Molly Hawthorne

    Len Edgerly
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Retired Special Ed Teacher and Kindle Reader Interview starts at 19:42 I read The New York Times Book Magazine on Sundays, and I belong to a book group, and there are suggestions there. If I come across anything in the newspaper or whatever, then I check it out. The nice thing is I can get a sample of it and read that sample. If I like it I can download it, and if not I just go onto the next.  Show Notes and Links:  News “Amazon Kindle Fire Smartphone Expected Release Date” by Christine Celis at AndroidOrigin – April 14, 2014 Tech Tip Amazon Cloud Collections Interview with Molly…
  • TKC 297 David P. Vandagriff

    Len Edgerly
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Attorney and Creator of The Passive Voice blog Interview starts at 17:13 In my opinion, any midlist author that sticks with a traditional publisher is crazy, because I personally know a number of formerly midlist traditionally publishing authors who are making a very, very nice living off of self-publishing now. We’re talking a 10-x increase in their royalty payments over what they had with traditional publishers. Show Notes and Links: News Fire TV Amazon Fire TV Voice Search FAQ “Estimating Kindle E-Book Sales for Amazon” by Trefis at nasdaq.com – April 7, 2013 “Inside…
  • TKC 296 James McQuivey & Amazon Fire TV

    Len Edgerly
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation It could literally just be a bluetooth microphone that you clip to yourself, and maybe it’s combined in a pedometer or a wristwatch or a something else. All it does is listen for specific commands, like “Amazon, send me toothpaste.” Well Amazon would know exactly which toothpaste to send me. Interview starts at 1:56 Show Notes and Links: Amazon Dash Interview with James McQuivey “Disrupting Disruption at the AAP Annual Meeting” by Calvin Reid at Publishers Weekly – March 21, 2014 Digital Disruption:…
  • At Home in Denver with Fire TV

    Len Edgerly
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    By the time I arrived home in Denver last night, it had been a long day, beginning with 4:30 a.m. wakeup in Cambridge, Mass., for the Amtrak Acela ride to New York City to the Amazon press conference, then a Southwest flight from LaGuardia to DIA, toting with great mindfulness the attractive shopping bag (in photo above) holding my review unit for Fire TV. I briefly considered going to bed and saving the installation of Fire TV until morning, when I would be rested and alert. Right. Instead I made a ham and Swiss sandwich and headed quietly to the guest room, where our relatively new Samsung…
  • Liveblog of Amazon NYC Press Event on New Video Service

    Len Edgerly
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    This is my liveblog of Amazon’s press event Tuesday, April 2, 2014 in New York City to announce a new video business. If you have arrived here but don’t see the live posts, click once on the headline above to reveal them. Thanks for following along, and please feel free to spread this link to others who might be interested in what Amazon announces today about video. I will be checking Twitter, so let me know if you have questions or comments @LenEdgerly. Send to Kindle
 
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  • IndieView with Marie Lavender, author of Upon Your Return

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Oh, and the number one thing – never give up.  You have to have a pretty strong backbone to compete in this industry, and perseverance will help. Marie Lavender – 20 April 2014 The Back Flap Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life. But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for…
  • IndieView with Jocie McKade, author of Heart River Inn

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Most of my characters are based loosely on people I’ve met along the way. Some are people I’d like to meet and some are characters I wish I could be more like. Wow, that sounded like I have a multiple personality disorder. How about I just go with fictitious characters that are highlighted with reality? Jocie McKade – 17 April 2014 The Back Flap A mysterious photograph, lethal swans, gushy beds and a kitschy lovers resort in the Pocono Mountains. Can you say single woman in hell? Lexi Sheridan doesn’t believe in true love. It’s a fantasy found only in old Hollywood…
  • BookView with Elizabeth Corrigan, author of Raising Chaos

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      My characters are largely made up. I don’t know any immortal angels who embody virtues, after all. But there is one sort of exception to this. I created the character Siren as a kind of joke side character—me, if I were an angel. Elizabeth Corrigan – 13 April 2014 The Back Flap When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge. The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped…
  • BookView with Rebecca Forster, author of Keeping Counsel

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Hopefully, any thriller reader will enjoy this book but I think fans of romance or women’s fiction will also find it intriguing. Rebecca Forster –  10 April 2014 The Back Flap New Mexico attorney Tara Linley has always believed in the power and fairness of the law. All that changes when she takes on her best friend’s lover as a client. It is only after she reluctantly agrees to represent Bill Hamilton that Tara discovers the real reason he has sought her out and the shocking crime he has committed. Attorney/client privilege prevents Tara from warning her friend that her…
  • IndieView with reviewer Don Grant of Gut Reaction Reviews

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      I will review what I want to review. While I read ebooks, I do prefer printed books. I read both fiction and non-fiction. In fiction, I read most genres with the exception of romance novels. If I read a book, I am blunt in my review as to how that book resonates with me. If it is good I will say so, and if it is crap I will say that, and it doesn’t matter how famous an author may be. Don Grant, April 8, 2014 About Reviewing How did you get started? Having been an avid reader all my life, it wasn’t until Amazon came along that I decided to review books. Seeing reviews of my favorite…
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  • April’s FEATURED AUTHOR: Kelly on the Top 10 Things Writers Wish You Knew…

    drey
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s another Wednesday in April (is Spring here yet?), bringing another visit from our Featured Author Kelly Moran! Today she’s here to share a Top 10 list with us… Drey, thanks so much for having me! Hello, Everyone! In case you haven’t guessed, I’m an author. I love being an author. It’s what I’ve always wanted to be from the time I first started reading as a kid. Not only that, but it’s something I have to do. Yes, have to. We creative types are lost and broken without the ability to make our characters heard. In that regard, here’s a…
  • Review: 41. Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard…

    drey
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Marcella Burnard’s Nightmare Ink intrigued me with its premise of living tattoos, so I was excited to have access to a review copy. drey’s thoughts: Living ink, tattoos imbued with magic. That’s what Isa Romanchzyk can do, but she doesn’t let herself. Instead, she makes it her life’s work to tie off the tattoos that aren’t done right, the ones that can kill their “bodies”, if you will. Which doesn’t garner her many fans, though she’s a fabulous artist… When someone is brought to Isa too late, she somehow winds up on the…
  • Review: 40. Hell Bent by Devon Monk…

    drey
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been staring at the second Broken Magic novel, Stone Cold since the awesome publisher sent it to me. But I couldn’t start a new it’s-gotta-be-good,-it’s-Devon-Monk series without reading the first book, so I picked up Hell Bent… Warning, there are some spoilers here if you haven’t finished the Allie Beckstrom series. drey’s thoughts: This new series features the same world as Monk’s popular Allie Beckstrom series, albeit with wonky magic. Wonky, because Allie and her friends broke magic in the finale of that series. Seamus Flynn and Terric…
  • April’s FEATURED AUTHOR: Kelly’s Favorites!

    drey
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s another (the THIRD!) Wednesday of the month already, and I woke up to snowflakes on Monday morning this week. Yeah. Spring? What spring? BUT. This Wednesday’s perked right up with a visit from our Featured Author Kelly Moran, who’s here to share some of her must-read authors! Take it away, Kelly! Thanks again, Drey, for having me. Today I was asked to talk about books. My favs, who I read, why I love them. And, oh man, this is crack for an author. I could be here until Christmas. Seriously. Let’s start with tropes. My favorites are friends-to-lovers, reacquainted…
  • Blog Tour: 39. Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones…

    drey
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m so excited to be on tour today for Nicole Mones’ Night in Shanghai! About Nicole Mones: A newly launched textile business took Nicole Mones to China for the first time in 1977, after the end of the Cultural Revolution. As an individual she traded textiles with China for eighteen years before she turned to writing about that country. Her novels Night in Shanghai, The Last Chinese Chef, Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light are in print in more than twenty-two languages and have received multiple juried prizes, including the Kafka Prize (year’s best work of fiction by any…
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  • Computer issues

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    My computer has kicked the big one so I'm currently without a means of updating regularly right now.  I will continue to check my review requests and write down reviews the old fashioned way so I can get them transferred to the blog when I'm back up and running.Thank for the understanding.Scott
  • Review - Balanced on the Blade's Edge by Lindsay Buroker

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism—he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship—but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full…
  • Review - Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude

    19 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past? Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons…
  • Fireteam Zero Kickstarter

    11 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    For those who have been following this blog for a while may recall my reviews of Bad Radio and Liar's Harvest by Michael Langlois, well he has recently started a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for a board game based on the world of his books called Fireteam Zero.  It reached it's funding goal on day one and has continued to grow with new and awesome add-ons being added regularly.  If you are a fan of tabletop gaming at all, check out the details and pick up a discounted copy of this game.Sorry for the bland post, but I'm at work and can't really do much with images from this…
  • Review - The Avatar Battle - Cragbridge Hall, Volume 2 by Chad Morris

    2 Mar 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin their second semester at Cragbridge Hall, the most prestigious secondary school in the world. But when Grandpa Cragbridge admits them to the Council of Keys—a secret group of people who have keys to travel back in time—strange things begin to happen. One by one, members are found unconscious and unable to wake, their keys stolen. Now Abby and Derick must scramble to figure out who is behind the attacks before they become the next victims, which would give their enemy the power to change the past forever.Review by: Scott 4 starsThe…
 
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  • Review – Forget Me Not by Jordan Castillo Price

    Red
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Title: Forget Me Not Series: Mnevermind #2 Author: Jordan Castillo Price Publisher: JCP Books Rating: 5 stars Amazon order link Publication date: February 18, 2014 Genre: M/M romance/Science fiction Length: 206 pp Review Summary: A mesmerizing second book in the Mnevermind series from Elijah’s POV – even better than the first, but doesn’t stand alone. Plot Summary/Blurb Elijah Crowe is a talented mnemographer with skills and ideas that startle even Daniel Schroeder, but he’s on the autism spectrum and his communication issues have stopped his career from ever taking…
  • Review – The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

    Red
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Title: The Persistence of Memory Series: Mnevermind #1 Author: Jordan Castillo Price Publisher: JCP Books Rating: 4 stars Amazon order link Publication date: May 2, 2012 Genre: M/M romance/Science fiction Length: 194 pp Review Summary: Intriguing first book in a trilogy focusing on induced dream/memories with some very engaging characters. Plan to read the whole series because you won’t want to stop at the end of this one. Plot Summary/Blurb Daniel Schroeder is a mnemographer, helping clients to have positive experiences or mnems in a kind of dreamworld, and he used to be very good at…
  • Review – Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford

    Red
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Title: Fish and Ghosts Series: Hellsinger #1 Author: Rhys Ford Publisher: Dreamspinner Rating: 4 stars Amazon order link Publication date: December 30, 2013 Genre: M/M paranormal romance Length: Novel Review Summary: A must for anyone who likes their M/M romance served up in a haunted house. Plot Summary/Blurb Tristan Pryce’s uncle died and left him the huge and beautiful Hoxne Grange because he was the only one of the family who could see the ghosts that used it as a stopover on their way to the next world. His other aunts and uncles, not surprisingly, want to have Tristan certified as…
  • Review – Rites of Passage by William Golding

    Red
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Title: Rites of Passage Series: To the Ends of the Earth, #1 Author: William Golding Publisher: various Rating: 5 stars Amazon order link Publication date: 1980 Genre: Literary fiction, historical with LGBT interest Length: Novel Rites of Passage Review Summary: Stunning and sad historical prizewinning novel set on a ship bound for Australia in the early 19th century. The arrogant upper class narrator is unintentionally hilarious, but it’s really the story of the young parson Mr Colley and his catastrophic wish to please. Plot Summary/Blurb In a makeshift cabin on a stinking former…
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    Author Solutions

  • Confused about how to do book marketing? Here is a simple way to build an effective marketing plan.

    keithogorek
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    It wasn’t that long ago that the biggest challenge for a writer was getting published. Clearly that has changed because now there are four paths to publishing which I have written about extensively. So getting your book into the hands of readers is not the obstacle it once was. Now what I hear from authors is confusion about how to market their books. They seem overwhelmed or not sure where to start. Knowing this POEM will help you. So in this blog post I want to give you a simple framework and acronym for how to think about book marketing that will take some of the mystery out of the…
  • Even in the media drenched times in which we live, books still impact lives in unique and signficant ways.

    keithogorek
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:13 pm
    A number of years ago, I wrote a white paper titled, The Democratization of Publishing.  I suggested then that one of the key benefits of self publishing was not just getting to market quicker or earning more royalties, but using books to make a difference in the lives of others. Author Solutions (AS) has recently started a campaign that validates that claim. Under the banner of Real Authors, Real Impact, AS is highlighting authors that have published a book for the purpose of impacting others. In this campaign, there are stories of authors who have promoted organ donation and saved…
  • Overcoming the last 3 roadblocks that keep writers from finishing their books.

    keithogorek
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In my previous post, I set forth five common roadblocks that I have seen stand between writers and a finished book. That list included: Forgetting why you wanted to write the book Losing the discipline of writing regularly Losing sight of the day you want to hold your book Doubt takes over Unclear what you will do when you are done writing. I suggested ways to overcome the first two and so in this post, I would like to address the remaining three reasons why some writers never see their books in the hands of readers. Losing sight of the day you want to hold your book A third roadblock I often…
  • Overcoming 5 Common Roadblocks That Keep Writers From Finishing Their Books (Part 1)

    keithogorek
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:08 am
    Having an idea for a book is really easy.  Starting a book is easy, but writing to finish is difficult and very few people actually reach the goal. Why is that?  I believe it is because the path to a finished book has many obstacles. Why do some authors get published and others do not?  Well, I have authored three books myself, but more importantly, I have had hundreds of conversations with authors. It is from those chats that I have seen five common roadblocks that prevent writers from getting the manuscript to finished book.  Here is that list and some ways you can overcome them.
  • Holding your book for the first time. Hear what it is like from these authors.

    keithogorek
    7 Feb 2014 | 8:17 am
    In conjunction with the release of its 225,000th title, Author Solutions has released a video titled, “Special Delivery: Holding Your Book for the First Time.”. This unique compilation captures a range of authors speaking about what it was like to see a copy of their print book for the first time. Two of the authors, Donna Schwenk and J. L Witterick were eventually picked up by traditional publishers, Hay House andG.P. Putnam’s Sons respectively, one of the world’s leading trade imprints of Penguin. If you are still working on your manuscript, I think this video will motivate you to…
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  • Audio Review: The Troop

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Listened 4/8/14 - 4/16/145 Stars - Highly Recommended / The Next Best Book - this book is felt as much as it is readAudio CD (uncertain of length)Publisher: Simon and Schuster AudioReleased: February 2014If you're familiar with TNBBC, you know I typically don't review the 'big publishers' on this blog. Heck, I don't usually read the big publishers. But in the rare instances where one of their books catch my attention, I have no qualms with taking it up on audio and giving it a listen on my commute to and from work.When Simon and Schuster initially pitched THE TROOP my way, I couldn't say no.
  • Nik Korpon's Guide To Books & Booze

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Time to grab a book and get tipsy!Back by popular demand, Books & Booze, originally a mini-series of sorts here on TNBBC challenges participating authors to make up their own drinks, name and all, or create a drink list for their characters and/or readers using drinks that already exist. Today, Nik Korpon assigns each of his books a drink. Bottoms up!Drinking in Baltimore: A Functioning Alcoholic’s Guide to the Books of Nik Korpon.A lot of my writing is set in bars. I don’t know what that says about me. Or maybe I do, but I don’t want to admit it. I worked as a…
  • The Audio Series: Tim Chapman

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." is an incredibly special one for us. Hatched in a NYC club during BEA week, this feature requires more work of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Tim Chapman reads us one of his short stories, in the hopes of drawing your attention to his debut novel, Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold. Tim is a former forensic scientist for…
  • CCLaP: Turtle and Dam

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Monday, CCLaP celebrated the birth of another book!Say hello to Scott Abraham's Turtle and DamTurtle and Dam is Scott's literary debut, and if you enjoy literature that elbows cultural references and differences in the ribs, you'll find a lot to love in here. It pokes fun at so much and yet it tells such a serious story about going after what you believe in. Turtle - a twenty something year old American educated Chinese man and recent college graduate - is desperately hunting for a job. He is also incredibly full of himself. Hilarity and head-biffs ensue as the reader follows him…
  • Lavinia Reviews: Shut Up / Look Pretty

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Shut Up / Look Pretty - Anthology193 PagesPublisher: Tiny Hardcore PressReleased: 2012Guest Reviewed by Lavinia LudlowIn 2012, Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale, and Amber Sparks released Shut Up/Look Pretty, a collection of short stories and micro fictions about everything from bad break ups, vampires, to classic familial dysfunction. The contrast of narrative voices brought a charming feel to the compilation, and collectively, made for a unique reading experience. Becker opens with a story called A Simple Explanation, which reads more like a low self-esteemed…
 
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  • More Bargain and Free Books for 4-23-14

    Brooklyn
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Cozy up with your Kindle and download this selection of 3 bargain books and 2 free books. Please “LIKE” and share these deals with everyone. Book Of The Day: Almost Matched by A.O. Peart has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2! BARGAIN BOOKS Take Me, I’m Yours by Gael Morrison Rating: 5.0 Stars Genre: Romance Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Take Me, I’m Yours – Nook “…sexy, charming, and deftly proves that love—and a very sexy man—can triumph over even the most…
  • More ENT Deals for 4-23-14

    Brooklyn
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Here is another set of 4 bargain books and 2 free books for your reading pleasure. Remember to “LIKE” and share with fellow book-loving friends and family. Book Of The Day: Almost Matched by A.O. Peart has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2! BARGAIN BOOKS Touched With Fire by Christopher Datta Rating: 4.8 Stars Genre: Historical Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Touched With Fire – Nook “Chris Datta creates a fine blend of history and storytelling with well-rendered characters in this…
  • More Kindle Deals for 4-23-14

    Brooklyn
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Add more reading material to your Kindle library with this set of 4 bargain books and 2 free books. Make sure to “LIKE” and spread the word about ENT. Book Of The Day: Almost Matched by A.O. Peart has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2! BARGAIN BOOKS Between Now And Forever by Barbara Freethy Rating: 4.8 Stars Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Between Now And Forever – Nook Between Now And Forever – Apple iBooks Between Now And Forever – Google Play Between Now And…
  • Book Of The Day – Almost Matched

    Ron
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Today’s Book of the Day is a Contemporary Romance novel by A.O. Peart and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Almost Matched has a 4.2 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2! “A ball of laughs with a surprising emotional core that gives weight to the story.” F.T. – Amazon Reviewer Almost Matched by A.O. Peart Rating: 4.0 Stars Genre: Contemporary Romance Price: $0.99 save $2   Almost Matched – Nook Almost Matched – Apple iBooks Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits? Their heartbreaking past will move…
  • Bargain and Free Books for 4-23-14

    Brooklyn
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Here are 3 bargain books and 2 free books to enjoy with that cup of coffee. Please “LIKE” and share your literary finds with family and friends. Book Of The Day: Almost Matched by A.O. Peart has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2! BARGAIN BOOKS For Eternity by Suzanne D. Williams Rating: 4.5 Stars Genre: Christian Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “I highly recommend this wonderful book to all. It has a wonderful story line about what God has planned for your lives.” -cscott9 His heart…
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  • Book Promo Feature – Poetry from behind the Curtain by Madison Kent

    Indiebookpromo
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Madison Kent to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, Poetry from behind the Curtain. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below. Three selections chosen from a collection of 72 poems Poetry From Behind the Curtain AN UNATTAINABLE TASTE     Champagne bottle riddled with bullet holes   Phosphorescent green glass exploding into enigmas   Its purposeful celebratory elaboration scotched   Disheveled spectators glean fortuitous witness   Some deliciously…
  • Book Promo Feature – Why Do They Leave Christianity and Come to Islam by Aicha Zoubair

    Indiebookpromo
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Aicha Zoubair to the blog! She is here to share about her latest book, Why Do They Leave Christianity and Come To Islam? If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two!   BLURB: If you have ever wondered how Islam and Christianity are similar and different, be ready to learn some of the most interesting facts in this well written and well researched book. You think you are saved in Christ, think again! This book exposes the lies that has been spread in the name of Jesus. Be…
  • Book Promo Feature – The Bounty Hunters by Van Holt

    Indiebookpromo
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Van Holt to the blog. He’s here to share about his book, The Bounty Hunters. If this sounds like the sort of book you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below. THE BOUNTY HUNTERS description His name was Dan Britton, but he used other names—Ben Travis and Rex Farley among them—because both lawmen and outlaws hunted him for the bounty Sam Grayson had put on his head to get even with Britton for killing his brother. Grayson was himself an outlaw and the leader of other outlaws who had joined the hunt for Britton. All of them had…
  • Book Promo Feature – How to Gain Wealth with Just One Word

    Indiebookpromo
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Gene Geter to the blog! Gene is here to share about his book, How To Gain Wealth With Just One Word. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below. Blurb:   Money, money, money! It makes the world go round and round so it seems. You can either think about it or not, but you cannot escape it! How To Gain Wealth With Just One Word is a short and sweet ebook alternative. The author shares his personal experiences on receiving wealth and how his experiences will help you. This ebook discusses the…
  • Book Promo Feature – One Little White Lie by Pricilla Bleik

    Indiebookpromo
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Pricilla Bleik to the blog! She’s here to share about her book, One Little White Lie. If this book sounds like the sort of book you would be interested in reading, please find some buy links below and pick up a copy or two.   BLURB When India Roman’s sister Cylia dreams of making it big and decides to enter the worldwide phenomenon that is the STAR singing competition, India is horrified. Cylia suffers from a number of anxiety disorders and India is convinced that her sister won’t be able to join the winding open-audition queue without…
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  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 23rd: Part 2

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Ready for some more great reads? Take a peek at this round-up for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Political Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Urban Fantasy KIDNAPPED by Suzanne Ferrell Still free? Click Here to find out! FBI Agent Jake Carlisle is in deep trouble. He’s been shot and if he can’t get help fast, two lives will be lost – his and that of the young witness whom he’s sworn to protect. Desperate, on the run from both the police and the Russian Mafia, he kidnaps a nurse from a hospital parking…
  • [Kindle Daily Deal] Linda Goodman’s Love Signs

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Amazon has a daily promotion called the Kindle Daily Deal. You can view this special deal every day here: http://amzn.to/KindleDailyDeal Today’s deal is… Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman Genre: Astrology The 1968 publication of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs popularized astrology worldwide. Magazines and newspapers began running regular astrology columns and Goodman contributed insert articles into the mass circulation women’s magazines. An ever increasing percentage of people knew their sign (as well as yours) and studied astrological tendencies. Linda…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 23rd: Part 1

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Amish, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim Still free? Click Here to find out! Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 22nd: Part 2

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with these great reads tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Post-apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Time Travel Clockwise by Elle Strauss Still free? Click Here to find out! Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this – she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward. Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome,…
  • [Hot Deal] The Septembers of Shiraz – Save $12

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer Genre: Literary Fiction In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known. As Isaac navigates the tedium and terrors of prison, forging tenuous trusts, his wife feverishly searches for him, suspecting, all the while, that their once-trusted housekeeper has turned on them and is now acting as an informer. And as his daughter, in a childlike attempt to…
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Penguin Random House Opens Cookbook Store

    Jeremy Greenfield
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Another day, another publisher taking matters into its own hands and building a direct-to-consumer store. This time it’s Penguin Random House, opening up a cookbook store attached to its online TasteBook community. The store, dubbed The Bookshop, will sell books from all publishers and launches with 10,000 titles available. Current thinking is that vertical communities can sell books and ebooks. The interesting thing about this particular community is that free online recipes, which makes up much of the utility of TasteBook, have really cut into the commercial viability of cookbooks. It…
  • Digital adolescence: reflections on LBF

    John Pettigrew
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    It’s nearly two weeks now since the London Book Fair, and many words have been spilled about people’s experiences. Looking back, though, I’ve been left with one over-riding impression. Getting real The tone of publishing events has changed over the years. Only two or three years ago, the over-riding tenor of presentations and conversations was barely concealed panic over ‘digital’. Many people worried that ebooks and apps and games and ‘the internet’ would roll over the publishing industry and wash us away. But it hasn’t played out like that.
  • Apple Pumps Another 60 Million E-Reading Devices Into Market

    DBW
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Another quarter, another avalanche of revenue and profit from one of the world’s most admired tech companies, Apple. While the company’s $45.6 billion in revenue and $10.2 billion in profit were of interest to Wall Street, publishers should be more interested in the 16 million iPads and nearly 44 million iPhones the company sold last quarter. Each one is a potential ebook reading device. While iPad sales were down from about 19 million, phone sales were up from about 37 million. More on Apple, its earnings and prospects from the New York Times. Related: – Apple Expands…
  • Young Editors and Agents Gather to Build New Networks

    DBW
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    The scene at Housing Works. Photo credit: Jeremy Greenfield When it comes to buying and selling books, even in the digital era and for the most digitally savvy, it’s still all about old-fashioned connections. Nearly seventy young editors and agents gathered at the Housing Works bookstore in Manhattan one night this week to prove the point. Organized by the League of Assistant Editors, a small, informal networking organization founded by Allyson Rudolph, an assistant editor at Hachette, and Meredith Haggerty, formerly an assistant editor at Hachette and currently an editor at dating…
  • European Library Association Launches Campaign to Get Ebooks

    DBW
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    One of Europe’s library associations is just as upset about library access to ebooks as its American counterpart and has launched multinational campaign to try for change. The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) launched its Right to E-Read campaign today, a multi-country effort to bring awareness to readers as to what their options are in terms of reading digitally through libraries and to also let them know the issues libraries have in obtaining ebooks. The American Library Association, which in a recent report on the state of libraries in…
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    Good E-Reader

  • Amazon Introduces Shipping Friendly Prime Pantry

    Michael Kozlowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Amazon Prime members are getting an exclusive benefit in the form of Prime Pantry. This new program is exclusively aimed at Prime members who love to shop at Amazon. You can fill up a box with whatever you want, as long as it weighs 45 pounds for a flat rate price of $5.99. When you order lots of items and have them shipped it, the costs can sometimes be prohibitive. The essence of Pantry is fill it up with how much or little you want. As items are added to the box the Pantry service tells you exactly how much the box is full on a percentage basis. Pantry boxes are large and can hold up to 45…
  • Yota is Creating a New App Store for the YotaPhone

    Michael Kozlowski
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The Yotaphone is one of the most unique smartphones on the market due to its secondary e Ink display screen. There is only a one single reading app that is compatible with it and Yota is hoping to remedy the situation. The company has announced that they are working on a new app store and it will be ready in Q3 2014, about the same time as their second generation Yotaphone will be released. One of the drawbacks of the Yotaphone is that there are not many apps that have been made to take advantage of the secondary screen. There are a few on Google Play that uses the e Ink screen as a virtual…
  • Kobo Touch Available for Free in the Philippines

    Michael Kozlowski
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Customers in the Philippines will now have access to the Kobo Touch via Smart Communications. Starting today the Kobo Touch is available will be given away for free to subscribers of their new data plans. Available under Plan 499, the Kobo Touch e-Reader will come bundled with 30 Internet hours every month via the Smart Bro Pocket WiFi, delivering up to 7.2 Mbps of download speeds powered by the country’s largest broadband network. A free e-Reader just for signing up for internet access, not too shabby. The Kobo Touch e-Reader is a great new addition to our quickly expanding lineup of…
  • Kobo Enhances their Content Delivery Network

    Michael Kozlowski
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Kobo has just signed a new deal with Hibernia CDN to boister the performance of their global eBook network. This will basically speed up browsing the companies online bookstore and syncing data from the Kobo servers to your ereader or tablet. HiberniaCDN is now available in Kobo’s over 190 points of presence spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. The CDN leverages deployed infrastructure that is integrated with Hibernia’s IP network. The HiberniaCDN platform enables users to access anytime, anywhere media and applications, including VOD and Live streaming…
  • Prime and Kindle Owners Spend the Most Money on Amazon

    Michael Kozlowski
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    There is a big reason why Amazon issues a number of press releases every single month on the things they are doing with Prime or the Kindle. Today for example, Amazon signed a deal with HBO to bring a number of its most popular television programs, sans Game of Thrones to Amazon Instant Video.  Prime and Kindle owners statistically spend the most money on Amazon, which is why these are the top priorities for media coverage and customer adoption. According to a recent survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners  The two programs “have become significant drivers of Amazon sales, even…
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    Marcello
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    slightly reworded ← Older revision Revision as of 15:07, 15 April 2014 (One intermediate revision by one user not shown)Line 49: Line 49:     The complete Project Gutenberg catalog is available in [http://www.w3.org/RDF/ RDF/XML Format]. It is licensed under the [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html GNU General Public License]. The complete Project Gutenberg catalog is available in [http://www.w3.org/RDF/ RDF/XML Format]. It is licensed under the [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html GNU General Public License].    This file is a tar archive that contains one…
 
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  • Shipping Terms Glossary

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Irreplaceable translation aid for the daily use in the fields of port, ship and cargo. Excellent for training of workers, employees and teams. Contains terms for Navigation, Marine Engineering and Port Operations (English-Portuguese) 
  • Cries of the Soul

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    This book are my thoughts and personal experiences I've been through. The good and the bad. It is God inspired poetry; of joy, pain, and life with the Lord God Almighty. 
  • YOUR FIRST STEP IN HEAVEN

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    What happens to us when the line goes flat? Cardiologists can tell us what happens to the heart at death. Neurologists have extensive knowledge about what occurs in the brain and central nervous system at the moment we die. But what happens to our consciousness? There is much evidence that awareness continues. The Bible tells us exactly what happens when we die. As you read this book you will discover the amazing equipoise of death—the delicate equilibrium between the ‘not yet’ and ‘now’ of the new body and the new spirit-soul. For the person in Christ death is not a…
  • Megan's Father Falls Ill

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    Megan is a 13-year-old teenage girl, who realises that she has psychic powers that others do not have. At first, she tried to talk to her mother about them, but with disastrous consequences, so she learned to keep quiet about them. However, some people do offer to help and an animal showed a special friendship, but they were not 'alive' in the normal sense of the word. They had passed on. Megan has three such friends: Wacinhinsha, her Spirit Guide, who had been Sioux in his last life on Earth; her maternal grandfather, Gramps and a huge Siberian tiger called Grrr. Wacinhinsha is extremely…
  • Prison Break

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    I wrote this book because God graced me to do it! I am sharing my story praying that it helps someone else to Trust God more, listen for God more, Seek God More, and most of all Obey what God says! This book is a witness that God can use anyone in any position to be a help to another person. The person you are counting out could very well be the one chosen to help get you to your next level! So let's walk in Matthew 7. Do not judge others, no matter what the situation. You are no better than the next person. 
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  • Special Girl

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    By K.B. Stevens. Price: $0.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/882">Humor &amp; comedy</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1276">General</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/57">Literature</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1095">Coming of…
  • PMP Formula Guide

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    By M Fahad Usmani. Price: $5.00 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/2369">Engineering, trades, and technology</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3211">Project Management</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/93">Business &amp; Economics</a> / <a…
  • The Bully Squad

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    By C.K. Simms. Price: $7.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/61">Children&rsquo;s books</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4498">Social Issues / Bullying</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/61">Children&rsquo;s books</a> / <a…
  • The Non-Anal Technical Writer's Survival Guide

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    By Steven Gregory. Price: $0.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/2369">Engineering, trades, and technology</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3196">Technical Writing</a>. Steven Gregory Survive in the world of technical writing without being anal. Based on 20 years' experience, this guide is easy to read, funny, and accurate, and is for technical writers of all levels of experience.
  • Eliminate Back Pain: The No-Nonsense Illustrated Guide to Relief from Back Pain and Low Back Pain Through Exercise and Better Posture

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    By Grant Michaels. Published by: Caroline D. Greene. Price: $3.07 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/66">Sports &amp; outdoor recreation</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/175">Weightlifting</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/66">Sports &amp; outdoor recreation</a> /…
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  • PW Select Reviews: April 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The latest reviews of self-published titles from PW Select.
  • Scratch That Itch: Indie Authors Deliver Erotica

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Erotica readers aren’t shy in their tastes, and indie authors are more than willing to provide the product.
  • Second Life in Self-Publishing

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For romance writers, getting dropped midseries is no longer the end of the world -- thanks to self-publishing.
  • New Titles from Self-Publishers: April 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Booksellers, publishers, and agents are encouraged to take a look at the following listings of self-published books from authors either waiting to be discovered or with a track record and a following who are doing it on their own.
  • DIY: Crowdfunding 101

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Without an advance or the support of a publisher, securing funding to publish and publicize a book can be an uphill battle. Because of this, many enterprising indie authors have turned to crowdfunding platforms -- which pair artists and projects with donors -- to support their publishing efforts.
 
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  • A new use for your Kindle! #Kindle

    Patricia de Hemricourt
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Every document sent to Kindle is now on Amazon Cloud Drive (via http://ws.thesweetsystems.com) By Kif Leswing If you mainly use your Kindle to read ebooks, you may be unaware that the device is also an excellent document reader — simply send an email with a document to a specific Amazon email address and it will appear on your e-reader. On… Related Posts :Amazon remotely wipes woman’s KindleHow Kindle Worlds Might Change Fan FictionAmazon pulls mangled ebooks from Kindle shelves #Writers #books #AmazonKindle vs Kobo: battle of the e-readers E-readerAmazon says Kindle sales doubled in…
  • #writetips Breaking Free From the Staging Trap #writing #writers

    Patricia de Hemricourt
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Divas on Writing: Breaking Free From the Staging Trap (via http://writedivas.com) Breaking Free From the Staging Trap – Part One   Have you ever watched a couple of children play with Barbie Dolls? There’s quite an interesting and humorous thing that happens when the Barbies and Kens emerge. The children playing with them tend… Related Posts :#WriteTips How to Spot Your Tic #writing #writers#Writetips But I Loooove Adverbs #writers #writing#Writetips How to Ace Your Book Summary #writers #authors #writing#writetips Accents and Dialects #writing #writers#writetips Understanding…
  • #Copyrights Amicus Briefs In Support Of Authors Guild in Google Books #writers

    Patricia de Hemricourt
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Amicus Briefs In Support Of Authors Guild in Google Books (via Copyright Alliance) Submitted by Sofia Castillo on April 16, 2014On Monday, in addition to the Copyright Alliance, six different parties filed amicus briefs before the Second Circuit in the Google Books case. Several Copyright Alliance members took part in the briefs.… Related Posts :STATEMENT FROM: COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE CEO SANDRA AISTARS #copyrightGoogle Book Search Case Threatens Librarians' Access to InformationPlagiarism and Copyright InfringementCan Google Authorship Help Fight Plagiarism?Most US publications have mobile…
  • #WriteTips How to Spot Your Tic #writing #writers

    Patricia de Hemricourt
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic (via http://writedivas.com) Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic We all have them, those nasty buggers that can suck the lifeblood out of your manuscript. The writer’s tic. Most times you don’t even see the tic until someone points it out, most likely your editor or pre-… Related Posts :#Writetips But I Loooove Adverbs #writers #writing#writetips Understanding "Developmental Edit " #writers #writingPros and Cons of Writing a Series #writers #writingWhy Can’t I Trust Spell Check? #editing #writing#WritingTip - Plot and Genre : Spot the…
  • World leaders, writers pay tribute to Garcia Marquez

    Patricia de Hemricourt
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:19 am
    World leaders, writers pay tribute to Garcia Marquez (via AFP) Presidents, writers and legions of fans paid tribute Friday to Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late giant of Latin American literature whose work inspired generations of story-tellers. Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at… Related Posts :Writers should be paidWorld's biggest book fair explores self-publishing trendThe Power and Perils of Self-Publishing #selfpublish #writers #publishCafePress, Self-Publishing and the DMCA #writers #copyrights #amwritingA romantic Italian oasis that inspired literary…
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  • Prime, Kindle Drive Amazon Sales

    Passive Guy
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Twice:Amazon Prime subscribers and Kindle owners buy more from Amazon than other Amazon customers, says a survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP.)The two programs “have become significant drivers of Amazon sales, even in light of the recent Amazon Prime price increase and significant competition in the tablet computing market,” the company said.“Both serve as superb affinity programs for Amazon, as Kindle owners spend 30 percent more, and Prime members spend twice as much, as the rest of Amazon’s customers,” said CIRP co-founder Mike Levin.Link to the rest at…
  • It’s lovely to live on a raft

    Passive Guy
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnClick to Tweet/Email/Share This Post
  • Changing the DNA of the reader

    Passive Guy
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    From FutureBook:Are readers fixed in how they read? One of the frustrations around the digital transition is that despite all of the under-the-hood changes to publishing, this digital re-wiring has stopped at the reader. Readers, by and large, read now how they did before e-books ever existed.There have been valiant attempts to change this, of course. And many have foundered on the rocks of reader disinterest. Incredibly it is now more than three years since Evan Schnittman called time on the enhanced e-book during a speech at the London Book Fair which included within it a slide that…
  • How fake research journals are scamming the science community

    Passive Guy
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    From The Ottawa Citizen:I have just written the world’s worst science research paper: More than incompetent, it’s a mess of plagiarism and meaningless garble.Now science publishers around the world are clamouring to publish it.They will distribute it globally and pretend it is real research, for a fee.It’s untrue? And parts are plagiarized? They’re fine with that.Welcome to the world of science scams, a fast-growing business that sucks money out of research, undermines genuine scientific knowledge, and provides fake credentials for the desperate.And even veteran scientists and…
  • Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Top 10 Publishers of Q1 2014

    Passive Guy
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    From Digital Book World:The DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings is a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list. The publishers are listed in order depending on how many appearances their titles made on the ebook best-seller list on a week-to-week basis.[For Q1, 2014]RankPublisherAppearances No. 1 Best-Sellers 1Penguin Random House122                                   …
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    AuthorCulture

  • Vocabulary

    Lisa Lickel
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    My, What Big Words You Useby Lisa LickelWhen I first started on the path to publication, one of my lessons was about keeping a notebook of new and unusual words, to constantly update my vocabulary and find exactly the right word for each character, setting, scene, dialogue to convey the tone of my piece. Some of the best literary minds practiced this technique, searching through their journals for the perfect nuance. I’ve been in love with words ever since I first learned in a spelling bee that “ence” endings are Greek and “ance” are Latin origin. When I kept failing spelling tests…
  • Spotlight on Small Publishers: Port Yonder Press

    Linda Yezak
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Port Yonder Press isn't new to the business. Chila Woychik, owner and Editor-in-Chief, has produced several award winning novels. She has eclectic tastes, but always wants and expects excellence.Here's what she has to say:1. Why did you choose to open your own publishing company?In a nutshell, our son had grown up and left home for college, I loved reading, writing, and editing, and someone told me about the world of small press publishing - I was hooked!2. How do you see your role in the current industry?--competing? providing a service? filling a neglected niche?I feel we do all 3 at…
  • Building a Platform by Kevin B Parsons

    Kevin Parsons
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    In order to sell a jillion books, you must first have a platform. What is a platform, you ask? It's a raised wooden deck.I have no idea what that has to do with book sales, but perhaps you should stand on it and yell, "Buy my book!"What you really need is a lot of followers. A LOT. A bazillion. Much more than a jillion. Kevin here will give you some clever methods to get the word out that you've written a blockbuster.First, get Facebook followers, then cross over to every social media. Next, say something controversial. Something like, "I believe we should give monkeys the right to vote."That…
  • Guest Post: Target Marketing with Joseph Young

    Lisa Lickel
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Save Your Story from ObscurityBy Joseph YoungSo, you wrote a book, got it proofread and edited, and published it to Kindle. That's awesome! Now what? Perhaps, you are sitting back and waiting for the sales to come rushing in now that you are an accomplished self-published author, right? Well, you may be sitting there for a long time.One of the biggest downfalls a product creator can make is creating a product without knowing who it is for. The same problem exists with authors too because they write books, which are products, without knowing who their audience is. I did.You may be thinking, "I…
  • Little Did She Know...

    Sophie Dawson
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It's often the last line in a chapter. That little sentence as a teaser to make sure the reader turns the page, or swipes the screen. It's called foreshadowing. I'm not a fan of foreshadowing. Many famous authors use it. That doesn't mean it's a good idea. (I have a theory that famous authors get paid by the word so they end up using them in excess.)I don't want to know what comes next before it happens. I want the action to play out in proper time sequence. Knowing that Jane is going to drive into a ditch before it happens spoils the read for me. I may have figured it out anyway from the…
 
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  • Blurb Add Amazon Distribution, ISBN Allocation and New Offline Design Software

    Mick Rooney
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    DIY self-publishing platform Blurb has finally added additional distribution to its offering for authors publishing a book using its online tools. The announcement today also includes ISBN allocation and the introduction of BookWright, a software tool enabling authors to design and publish print and e-books from the same file, at the same time, all in one place.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Self-Publishing Round Table | Transitioning From Traditional to Self-Publishing

    Mick Rooney
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Self-Publishing Roundtable started out as a joke between five strangers on Twitter. It's one of a few excellent video podcast resources along with Self-Publishing Podcast 101 and a must-visit point for independent authors exploring the world of self-publishing, whether you are a seasoned author or on the first step of your writing journey.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Former Bewrite Founder and Editor Neil Marr Has Died (1949-2014)

    Mick Rooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    1949-2014It's with great sadness that TIPM reports Neil Marr has died. Neil began his writing career as a journalist, founded Bewrite Books as an editor and publisher, and was a much respected light in recent years in the self-publishing community. Many authors within the UK will be very familiar with Neil and his constant energy and enthusiasm to support and encourage writers.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • The Global eBook Report | Spring 2014 Edition

    Mick Rooney
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Getting concrete and accurate data on e-books and the digital marketplace in the book industry can be a precarious business. Bowker and Nielsen both provide regular data to the industry but their can often miss the full global picture if certain sales channels are omitted or the data is correlated solely from books published with an ISBN. For example, Amazon are notorious for not sharing book sales data unless you are an author or publisher client. Even then, it's your data, no one else. Similarly, with so many self-publishing platforms out there facilitating authors to…
  • Publishing Service Index | April 2014

    Mick Rooney
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for April 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past 4 to 5 weeks. CreateSpace and Amazon KDP swap places at the top and Bookbaby enters the index for the first time at 17th. You can see our TIPM review of Bookbaby here.IngramSpark continues to make up some ground after its launch last summer, rising to 4th place.TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. Your comments are always welcome and every comment and experience…
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  • What Killed It For Me, #7: Issues with Sequels

    Becca Puglisi
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    I started this series talking about issues in books that pretty much everyone can agree are a problem: weak writing, clichéd characters, unclear character goals, etc. Last week’s post on Action Openings was a little more subjective, and today’s pet peeve is going to be more so. It has to do with sequels and why I may finish the first book but not read any of the rest. First let me say that I’ve never written a series. All of my books so far have been stand-alones (though I’ll eventually be turning one into the first of a series). So I don’t have any experience…
  • Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: Sewing

    Becca Puglisi
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.  When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created…
  • What Killed it For Me #6: Action Too Early

    Becca Puglisi
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    This looks like a good place to start my story… It’s likely that we’ve all encountered these stories—the ones that open with an explosion, plague, car chase, alien abduction, fist fight, or other volatile scene involving a main character that we know virtually nothing about. I get why authors do this. It makes sense that starting the story with a bang would engage readers and suck them right in. But most of the time, the opposite happens for me: I end up confused and uninterested. And here’s why: To care about what’s happening to the character, I have to first…
  • Eight Steps to an Agent, a Publisher, and a Two-Book Deal

    Becca Puglisi
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Happy Monday, everyone! I know, I know…Mondays. Bleh. Luckily, Donna Galanti is here to cheer you up. When it comes to publishing, she’s done it all: her short story collection is self-published, her debut novel was published through a small press, and she’s recently acquired an agent for her children’s book series. Today, she’s here to share her journey to traditional publication—the lessons she learned and is still learning as a published author. So be encouraged, everyone. IT CAN BE DONE! Courtesy of Mark Sebastian @ Creative Commons Over three years I…
  • Character Skills and Talents: Survival Skills

    Angela Ackerman
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.  When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created…
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  • Productivity For Authors. Fighting Overwhelm And How I Am Refocusing My Workload

    Joanna Penn
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    To be a successful indie author means wearing many different hats. Indeed, to be successful at anything involves wearing many hats! But sometimes, we can look up from the mountainous To Do list and wonder what the hell is going on! I have been feeling this way lately (again!) and two things have helped me to refocus. a) The brilliant interview on strategy with Charlie Gilkey, when I asked about outsourcing and Charlie suggested elimination first, as well as focusing more on the primary goal b) My game changing experiences at London Book Fair, where I recommitted to my growth as a fiction…
  • 7 Tips To Help Promote Your First Self-Published Book

    Joanna Penn
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    While this site is now aimed at being a graduate education for author-entrepreneurs, I still get emails every day from new authors who are just discovering self-publishing. I suggest that they start with my Author 2.0 Blueprint, and the other free resources as well as the audio podcast. Plus I wrote this checklist for new self-published authors when I published my Dad’s first book. But there are always more questions! So today, Debbie Flint offers some tips for promoting your first book. This will also be one of the last guest posts on the site, so expect to hear from me more in future…
  • Using Kickstarter For Graphic Novels With Ben Galley

    Joanna Penn
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Kickstarter is a fantastic place for creatives to find funding, but you do need to use it for the right projects and understand how it works. In this interview, I talk to Ben Galley about his graphic novel adaptation Kickstarter campaign, as well as his tips for getting the funding right, attracting backers and more. Full transcription below the video, or you can watch it on YouTube here. Ben Galley Interview Transcription Joanna: Hi, everyone, I’m Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com and today I’m here with Ben Galley. Welcome, Ben! Ben: Hi there, Jo, how are you doing? Joanna: I’m…
  • Why Indie Authors Need A Team

    Joanna Penn
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    People often ask me about how to be a successful indie author, or what’s the best way of marketing. I seem to be replying in the same vein every time these days – it’s all about collaboration and about personal relationships. I have a team of people I work with in my business. I have editors, a cover designer, an interior book designer, a graphic artist, a transcriber, a book-keeper, outsourced contractors for specific projects, a creative mentor, a community of twitter & blog friends and many more. Without these, I would not be able to do what I do. This is also why I…
  • Lessons Learned From A Game Changing London Book Fair 2014

    Joanna Penn
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The last few days at London Book Fair have been mind-blowing for me. I feel this is a tipping point in my own author journey, and in this post I share with you what I have learned. (1) Ambitious authors can achieve 7 figure success as indies This week I experienced the Indie Bestseller group of authors, made up of Bella Andre, Hugh Howey, Jasinda Wilder, Barbara Freethy, Liliana Hart, Candice Hern and Stephanie Bond, all of whom are incredibly successful as indie authors, both in terms of hitting the big lists, satisfying readers, and making a very good living. I say ‘experienced’…
 
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  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Cancer: It’s a Good Thing I Got It

    selfpublishingadvisor
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: Cancer: It’s a Good Thing I Got It David A. Koop Publisher:…
  • How Self-Publishing Can Help the Environment

    Kelly Schuknecht
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In honor of Earth Day yesterday (April 22, 2014), you may be looking for ways you can help protect our planet and preserve our precious resources. Self-publishing is a great option for eco-conscious authors. Many self-published companies offer “green” services and technology. Here is why self-publishing is the most environmentally friendly publishing choice.  Self-published ebooks save trees because they are paperless. Saving trees is important for not only maintaining the beauty of our land, but also the health. Paperback or hardcover copies can be printed on recycled paper or…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 4/22/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news. Research and Markets: The Rise and Impact of Self-Publishing 2013-2014 Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “The Rise and Impact of Self-Publishing…
  • Help! There are so many self-publishing companies!

    Jodee Thayer
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve decided to self-publish, congratulations! Now it’s time to pick a self-publishing company. As you’ve probably already realized, this can be a stressful task since comparing self-publishing companies is like comparing apples to oranges. At first glance, you might think it is simple to compare packages from different companies, but once you dig deeper, you’ll realize that each company’s packages feature different services. When researching and comparing self-publishing companies, be sure to ask yourself these questions: 1) What services do you want and need? Before you start…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 4/18/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING When meeting someone new—and hoping to establish a friendship—there are two topics of conversation that most people stay clear of: Politics and Religion.  Thank goodness, writers have no such boundary!  As of this blog entry, I have not yet had the pleasure of working with an author in the genre of World and/or National Politics.  However, I am very blessed to say that my life has been enriched by working with authors from the mission field, from pastors to world evangelists and prophets to next door neighbors who write about the legacy of their faith walk. …
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  • 10 iconic dishes from famous novels (pictures)

    Ola Kowalczyk
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Novels are the food for the soul, but who said they can’t please the body?Now it’s easier to imagine – and cook – most memorable meals from classic and contemporary novels. Dinah Fried, an award-winning designer and writer from San Francisco, has just published a wonderful photo album Fictitious Dishes, which immediately got extremely popular thanks to the invaluable Brain Pickings blog.In Fictitious Dishes you’ll find 50 gorgeous pictures that are photographic interpretations of “culinary moments” from classic and contemporary novels.Each…
  • Tips to help children refocus on reading (infographic)

    Ola Kowalczyk
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Internet makes us distracted. Our attention span shrinks, we move too easily from reading to scrolling, every second page of the book we need a tweet-break.Now, imagine our kids – the generation that doesn’t know the world without the internet, animated gifs, looping 6-second videos, or quick Facebook updates.We suffer from distraction. Our kids are distracted by default.The infographic from Chronicle Books, a shopping site with wonderful personalized books, shows how to make the children focus – or refocus – on written word.You don’t necessarily have to buy…
  • Now Google web search lets you find the nearest library

    Piotr Kowalczyk
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    More and more features, specific to Google Now (and mobile Google in general), can be found in the desktop Google search as well.When you type the word “library” in Google web search, the first thing to come is a little widget asking “Looking for local results for library?”.You can type your city or a zip code, and on top of general results, you’ll have a Google Maps module with libraries in your area.Below there is a screenshot with results for “Washington”.More about libraries:Libraries and books of the future as imagined by Ray Cummings in 193015…
  • The complete process of print book publishing (infographic)

    Ola Kowalczyk
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    A possibility to publish a book in an electronic format, quickly and at no cost, is luring authors to digital self-publishing. There is one value that suffers most from it: quality.In fact, in digital publishing we should keep as many steps of the traditional process as possible, especially the ones that result in a better book: manuscript check, editing, cover design, professional book marketing.Agency Fish has put together a simple chart that guides us through the process of publishing a print book. There is much more to do than just:writing a book you’re personally satisfied with…
  • Libraries and books of the future as imagined by Ray Cummings in 1930

    Piotr Kowalczyk
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Illustration from Brigands of the Moon, Astounding Stories of Super Science, March 1930Ray Cummings was an American science-fiction author, one of the founders of sci-fi pulp fiction. He wrote more than 700 short stories and novels.Before he started to write sci-fi, he was working closely with Thomas Edison, as his personal assistant and technical writer.In a foreword to Brigands of the Moon, a first part of his four-part novel from Gregg Haljan series, published in Astounding Stories of Super-Science from March 1930, he gave an interesting description of how libraries and books might…
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  • Liberty Angel

    Kayte M
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Jennifer Lynch Gemma’s life as a single parent rapidly changes as she discovers the real her. The road to personal freedom and liberty is strewn with obstacles which constantly block her path. However, she soon learns to find strength through her spirituality and begins to see the light in her relationships, first with her husband Tony and later with her friend John. Then, she meets the charming Alessandro who she is immediately attracted to. Is it simply a call of destiny to take control of her life, or have they been together in a past life? Gemma weaves her way through the…
  • Inside/Outside

    Kayte M
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By Jenny Hayworth Award winning book (finalist) in 2014 Beverley Hills International Book Awards Jenny Hayworth grew up within the construct of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which she describes as a fundamentalist cult-like religion. She devoted her life to it for over thirty years. Then she left it. The church “unfellowshipped” her-rendering her dead to those family and friends still committed to the church. Hayworth is a sexual abuse survivor. The trauma changed her self-perception, emotional development, trust, and every interaction with the world. Inside/Outside is her…
  • WHEAT FREE COOKBOOK- QUICK AND EASY

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    23 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    By Rachel Grant This book cites about wheat, its adverse effects on humans, why eliminating it in the diet will help lose weight, substitute for cooking without wheat, and an array of recipes for a wheat-free diet. The introduction gives you a view on wheat’s background, history, and its reputation globally. Some uses of wheat, wheat-containing foods, and its by-products are also mentioned here. Then the Introduction is followed by lists of wheat components which causes adverse effects. These components were explained well, why and how they cause a negative effect to humans. Example of the…
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    Kayte M
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    By Rachel Grant This book is a collection of delicious VEGAN recipes listed by individual main ingredients. These ingredients are the most commonly used ingredients in the VEGAN KITCHEN because they just happen to be the tastiest. So whatever you happen to have on hand or whatever you happen to be craving you will find here and in a variety of delectable ways to prepare it. This book features various vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices as either the main ingredient or as part of the recipe. This blend of ingredients is so amazing together that you will find yourself going them again and…
  • The Right Stuff(ing): Quick Slow Cooking-The Full Guide for Delicious Stuffed Dishes

    Kayte M
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    By Shira Barak If you have told me a few years ago that what I would like to cook the most would be stuffed dishes, I would have not believe it. Stuffed dishes always looked delicious, but complicated and difficult to prepare, left to professional chefs or to those with lots of cooking experience. I enjoyed eating them in restaurants but wouldn’t dare to try and actually preparing them myself. Five years ago when I made my first stuffed pepper, I realized it is not as hard as I imagined. Actually it’s kind of fun and easy… then I began to indulge … Something about the act of…
 
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  • Stop Trying to Tame God: Rediscovering Dangerous Christianity

    Sherri Huleatt
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Today’s interview is with Drew Dyck, managing editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today. He’s written more than 100 articles for Christian and secular publications, and is the author of Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith . . . and How to Bring Them Back. His latest book, Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying, releases May 13 and explores our dangerous attempts to domesticate our holy, awe-inspiring God. Yawning at Tigers directs people away from a “safe” harbor of sanitized Christianity into a deeper understanding…
  • 24-Hour Deal: Get 70% Off the James Montgomery Boice Bundle!

    Sherri Huleatt
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today’s Journey to the Cross Bundle highlights the inspirational work of James Montgomery Boice—a Reformed theologian and pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1968 until his death in 2000. Today only, get two of his devotionals, To the Glory of God: A 40-Day Devotional on the Book of Romans and Come to the Waters: Daily Bible Devotions for Spiritual Refreshment, for just $10.50 with the James Montgomery Boice Bundle—that’s 70% off! Boice wasn’t only a beloved inner-city pastor—he also traveled to more than 30 countries to teach the Bible and…
  • Tackling the Top 5 Questions from Bible Skeptics: Why Truth Matters

    Sherri Huleatt
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    About four out of ten young adults leave the church and never return. Today’s guest author, Andreas Köstenberger, tackles this issue head on in his new book: Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World. The issue—according to Dr. Köstenberger, senior professor of New Testament and biblical theology—is that today’s youth are embarrassingly ignorant of our faith, making them incapable of properly defending it. His book offers well-reasoned responses to the most common accusations Christians receive, and for just one week you can get it for only $4.99—download Truth Matters…
  • The Wonder of Resurrection: Why You Should Celebrate Easter All Year Long

    Sherri Huleatt
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today’s guest post is from Gloria Furman, a busy mom, author, blogger, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ. In 2008, Furman moved to the Middle East with her husband and young daughter to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. Since then, she’s had three more children, written two books, and been named one of Vyrso’s top authors to watch in 2014. Furman’s books offer fresh humor and a vibrant spirit that speaks to busy and tired wives and mothers everywhere. Get Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home and her new book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel…
  • You Have the Power to Change a Life this Easter

    Sherri Huleatt
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Today’s guest post is by Poncho Lowder, a college pastor at City Bible Church, cofounder of the Bible and Journal App Company, and author of Pursue God: How Do You Develop a Thriving Relationship with God, which, for a limited time, you can get for only99 cents! For many people, Easter is the one day they set aside each year to be with Jesus. Some people are bothered by this fact, but I’m inspired and motivated by this! My hope is that this one encounter could catapult them into a deep relationship with Jesus like what happened to Peter in Luke 5. This one encounter stirred up a new…
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  • Interview with Linda Przybyszewski, Author of “The Lost Art of Dress”

    Hope Leman
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Are American women slobs? That is the question at the heart of the new book The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski. She takes fashion and style very seriously and thinks we should do, too. I wanted to know if elegance matters much anymore compared to the era Przybyszewski chronicles. I asked her for an interview. She graciously agreed and this is the result. Thank you for agreeing to this interview, Linda. Or should I call you, Professor Pski? Either is fine. First of all, you use the term “the dress doctors.” Is that your own coinage and why…
  • Episode 6: How Did You Become A Writer?

    Kevin Eagan
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    In this week’s podcast, Jason and I talk about how and why we got started as writers. Here’s the deal: writing is tough. And it’s not easy to get started. Jason and I are not “experts” on getting published or the game of publishing. But we’ve been writing for a long time, and today we talk about what we’ve learned along the way. In the show, we discuss the L.A. Times’ reporting on the 2014 L.A. Times Festival of Books. At the festival, they conducted a nonscientific survey of published authors selling books and found some interesting stats on how these authors got their start.
  • Episode 5: Reading in the Digital Shallows

    Kevin Eagan
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    In today’s podcast, Jason and Kevin wade through the digital shallows and talk about the science of reading. What does it mean to be bi-literate? Is skimming a “worse” type of reading than deep, “serious” reading? We explore the arguments made in a Washington Post article by Michael Rosenwald: “Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say”. We also discuss the neuroscience of reading mentioned in the article and in the book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf. Some more reading: “10 Things…
  • Episode 4: Smartphone Lit and Writing on Phones

    Kevin Eagan
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    In today’s show, Kevin and Jason talk about writing on smartphones. Did you know a lot of students are writing more than tweets and texts on their phones? Is there anything wrong with writing everything on a smartphone? We want to use our smartphones for good, so join us as we uncover how students use their phones for good. In the show, we discuss: Multimodal Composing on Mobile Devices Using Smartphones in the Classroom Jason mentioned these books: Lives on the Boundary by Mike Rose The Tinkerers: The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great by Alec Foege What Video Games…
  • Five Amazing Quotes From “How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields

    Kevin Eagan
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields is a close look at what makes reading and writing a necessity in the 21st century. Say what you will about David Shields: he’s made a name of himself as a critic of contemporary fiction and isn’t afraid to state what he thinks of the future of reading (read Reality Hunger for an example). I read David Shields’s latest nonfiction book, How Literature Saved My Life, last month. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, which for me means I really liked it. “How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields How Literature Saved My Life is…
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  • The Mask of the Enchantress by Victoria Holt: Review

    pskarr
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The post The Mask of the Enchantress by Victoria Holt: Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. The Mask of the Enchantress is a must read for Victoria Holt lovers and lovers of Gothic romance. Victoria Holt is one of my favorite authors, and this book did not disappoint. Suwellyn lives in a small village and is raised by her aunt and uncle. Aunt Amelia is pretty strict and Suwellyn looks forward [...] The post The Mask of the Enchantress by Victoria Holt: Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
  • Uncle Dynamite by P. G. Wodehouse: Book Review

    pskarr
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    The post Uncle Dynamite by P. G. Wodehouse: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Uncle Dynamite provided the bundle of laughs I sorely needed after my marathon of reading murder mysteries. I must have read and reviewed at least twenty of Agatha Christie’s books last month, as part of my Author of the Month spotlight on the author. P. G. Wodehouse is another British author I immensely admire and [...] The post Uncle Dynamite by P. G. Wodehouse: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
  • No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Kate Angell: Book Review

    pskarr
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    The post No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Kate Angell: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Rich boy meets poor girl and is fascinated by her bag of tricks. Poor girl is too wide eyed to think much. No Sunshine When She’s Gone is one Cinderella story minus the evil step sisters. Aidan Cates as good as owns the island of Barefoot William. Yes, owns it! He has a successful construction [...] The post No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Kate Angell: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
  • Half Moon Harbor by Donna Kauffman: Book Review

    pskarr
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    The post Half Moon Harbor by Donna Kauffman: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. I am a sucker for books that have ‘sea’, ‘bay’, ‘beach’ and other nautical terms in their title. The same goes for inns and castles. Half Moon Harbor is a good read for romance lovers who love a man with a good Irish brogue.   Desperate heroines seem to be the feature this week. Grace [...] The post Half Moon Harbor by Donna Kauffman: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
  • Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay: Book Review

    pskarr
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    The post Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Inn at Last Chance is not of a genre I usually like to read, and avoid reviewing because of my bias. I am going to try to not be unfair to the book and focus on the main story and characters. But then, can you really separate a story from its ghost? Jenny Carpenter has [...] The post Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay: Book Review appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
 
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  • The Curriculum Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts by Stanley Bing

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    17 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
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    17 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
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    17 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook (Best of the Best Presents) by George Stella Description George Stella’s Food Network TV showcase and 5 popular recipe books have conventional him a the finest expert on low-carb preparing. The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook is not just George Stella’s very best assortment of dishes, but his conclusive phrase on low-carb eating. With plenty of priceless guidelines, you’re not just appropriate together; you’re learning to use Stella’s strategies to recreate all of your personal dishes without having to use fast foods. You’re…
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    Skinny Meals Everything You Need to Lose Weight-Fast by Bob Harper Description In The Skinny Rules, super-motivator Bob Harper launched the 20 nonnegotiable consuming and way of life concepts that pave the means to ready and everlasting weight reduction. Subsequently, a huge number of fans requested to get more assistance and guidance! Skinny Meals responses the call, providing 100 new Skinny Rules–abiding formulas (them all below 350 calories!) and a month’s really worth of the latest eating plan methods that fulfill you at each dinner. From an Apple Pie Shake for morning meal to…
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    Android Programming BookAndBook: Android Programming Book by Nicolas Gramlich AndBook is a non-commerical book to learn programming for Google’s Android as a ‘hands on’ process. As mentioned in the book, “This document was written for developers who have worked with Java™ before and want to start developing for the Android Platform. I tried to make this as much “hands on” as possible, placing example codes everywhere it fit. Also I tried to insert as many picture as possible, because they liven up the learning process and relax the reader’s eyes…
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    How to instal bind on fedoraOn most modern networks, including the Internet, users locate other computers by name. This frees users from the daunting task of remembering the numerical network address of network resources. The most effective way to configure a network to allow such name-based connections is to set up a Domain Name Service (DNS) or a nameserver, which resolves hostnames on the network to numerical addresses and vice versa    For search:  How to instal bind fedora, How to instal bind on fedora, fedora, bind, dns, How to instal dns on fedora, How to instal bind,…
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  • Factors effecting cost of Elearning

    Subhatul Marjan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    “Costing e-Learning is much like peeling an onion… there are many layers, they don’t ever seem to end, and sometimes it really smells. … if you understand the variables involved in determining costs you can take the magic right out of the process. Don’t be misled that it’s easy though; there are a lot of variables to consider!” With the advent and proliferation of Elearning, The most remarkable feature which is attributed to the Elearning content development is the cost effectiveness of Elearning training delivery. But it’s not as simple as it is stated above…
  • Simulations – A way of Elearning

    Subhatul Marjan
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    “If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn.” The market for E-learning is ever growing and there are clear indications that it would continue to grow tremendously in the future. The concept of E-learning has revolutionized the whole system of education and training. With ever increasing demand of innovation in the field of content development and authoring tools to make the learning more interactive, effective and productive. The integration of simulation in E-learning has taken a major leap. When we talk about simulation in…
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    Subhatul Marjan
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:17 am
    One of the greatest authoring tools in the field of E-learning appears to be in the form of Articulate storyline. Articulate storyline is the extension of Articulate ’09 suite with advanced and robust features and technological advancement. Articulate has been an integral part of the E-learning industry for a long time for its Articulate ’09 suite edition. The E-learning authoring tools include Articulate presenter, Articulate Quiz maker, Articulate engage and Articulate suite as well. Then a Stage came when it was realized to have robust and technologically more comprehensive tools.
  • Numerous questions arise on E-learning outsourcing

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    19 Mar 2014 | 10:57 pm
    E-learning outsourcing? a big question weather to outsource E-learning content or not? The vital role of E-learning outsourcing plays around cost, quality and Time. Considering things In corporate houses where the need to upgrade the skills of the employees has become fundamental, the demand to develop high quality courseware has intensified too. And to cater to the growing demands, many corporate houses take the services from Elearning vendors to cope up with the requirement and time deadlines. In turn making the online training and E-learning outsourcing more convenient and hassle free.
 
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