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  • Seducing the Masseuse in Indonesia

    XinXii.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stories of how a Western man finds love through massage therapy. Episodic, occasional humor. Massages in Bali, Jakarta, and East Java, mystery, success, challenges, and sexual conquest. How Indonesian women do not need an apology for sex. 
  • How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

    The Creative Penn
    Joanna Penn
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – see the picture at the bottom of the post! With Camille Mofidi at the Kobo booth at Frankfurt Book Fair Here are my slides from the event and a list of notes with more links is included below. It is 95% relevant to all authors, with a little bit of German specific info throughout. How to be successful in…
  • My Self-Publishing Journey: Sailing My Indie Ship and Cover Reveal

    PublishersWeekly.com PW Select Articles
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Choosing to self-publish is not always without doubt. It can’t be.
  • A Penguin Journey: PW Talks with Eric Bennett

    PublishersWeekly.com PW Select Articles
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We chatted with the indie author about the collaboration, the advantages of self-publishing through an already established business, and his plans for a sequel to his penguin picture book.
  • Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

    The Creative Penn
    Joanna Penn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David Gaughran, Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant from the Self Publishing Podcast in audio, video and transcript format. The PowerPack is at 99c for a very short time in an exclusive deal, and even if you have all the books already, it’s worth it for the…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • More Advice To Authors United

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Two days after Simon & Schuster and Amazon announced a multi-year contract, David Gaughran wrote a great post about things Authors United can do next. He opined that while AU was ineffective in the Amazon/Hachette dispute, they did excel at getting media attention. Why not use that attention to address some real issues?He's correct. But before they get to his excellent list, they still have one big thing they can help out with.I gave my advice to Authors United a month ago. That advice is more applicable than ever before, now that S&S has proven that Amazon can be successfully…
  • Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties!

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Barry sez: There’s a meme afloat in the publishing world, most recently articulated by Kobo president Michael Tamblyn, to the effect that, "When Amazon kills all competition, it will lower royalties. So indie authors should support Hachette and legacy publishers generally."Even beyond the obvious (why so worried about a lion possibly eating you next year when there’s a bear in fact eating you right now), the argument above has things exactly backward.The underlying concern is legitimate: without meaningful competition, a publisher is free to lower royalties. We know this is true in no…
  • Eisler & Konrath & Patterson... Again

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Barry sez: Well, James Patterson is at it again, issuing alarums from the sumptuous grounds of his bazillion-dollar mansion about how Amazon Must Be Stopped lest Jeff Bezos fulfill his evil plan to usher in The End of Days and yada yada yada. Joe’s been doing yeoman’s work for a long time in keeping up with these Pattersonian pontifications -- see here and here and here and here and here, so naturally I asked him to join me in tackling Patterson’s latest, a video interview with The TelegraphIn a weird way, this interview is probably Patterson’s most interesting outing to date because…
  • Fisking Salon and Rob Spillman

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Updated below.Just when I think media coverage of Amazon/Hachette can't get any worse, Rob Spillman gets everything wrong in today's Salon.Seriously. Everything. Doesn't anyone fact-check at Salon? Are there editors? Rob in bold italic idiot font, my responses in plain reasonable text.If you are an author, how can you possibly defend Amazon? Because Amazon is responsible for tens of thousands of authors making money, many for the very first time?Is that a decent reason?Here's another: I published with Hachette, and they suck. Poor royalties, shitty one-sided contract clauses, mediocre…
  • Guest Blog by Leslie Wells

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    One Way Or Another by Leslie WellsFirst of all, a disclaimer: Joe and I go way back. I acquired his first six novels at the New York publishing house where I was an editor. It was a wonderful experience to work with Joe on Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, and Cherry Bomb. To me, what made the books really sing were his break-the-mold protagonist, Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels, and the many snort-beer-out-your-nose-hilarious scenes. Not to mention that Joe was willing to go on a huge cross-country tour that he set up himself; sleeping on friends’ couches,…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • How Not to Change Your Business Model: The Latest on Permuted Press

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis is a very long post. If you're already familiar with the issues involved, scroll down to the third section and read from there.Last week, social media lit up with news that Permuted Press, a well-regarded small publisher of horror fiction, was going digital-first, and also suspending new title releases until 2015. In an email sent to authors, Permuted Press's President, Michael L. Wilson, touted PP's success in 2014, along with a huge increase in its release schedule: from 20-25 books per year to over 100 so far in 2014. However, While we’re…
  • How Not to Register Copyright

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareA few years ago, I wrote a post on the difference between copyright (literally, the right to copy or reproduce, ownership of which guarantees authors control over their intellectual property) and rights (the bundle of rights contained within copyright, which authors can grant or license to others or exploit on their own). This week, that post received a (likely spammed) anonymous comment:Copyright protects works of original authorship such as text, artwork, photographs, sound recordings, screenplays, music, lyrics, etc. You can register more than…
  • How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewarePartly in connection with the controversy surrounding troubled publisher Ellora's Cave, I've been getting questions about how to go about requesting rights reversion from one's publisher. There's no official format for a rights reversion request, and if you do a websearch on "rights reversion request" you can find various pieces of advice from authors and others. Here's the procedure I'd suggest. (Note that I'm not a lawyer, so this is not legal advice.)First of all, if you have a competent agent, ask your agent to handle it. Especially if you're…
  • A Hand in Your Pocket: Monetizing the Business of Writing

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThere is a natural law in writing and publishing (as elsewhere): where need and desire are greatest, moneymaking enterprises follow.Vanity publishers are an easy (and long-standing) example of this law, presenting themselves as a way around the bottleneck of traditional publishing--as long as the writer is willing to "invest" in his/her work. Ditto for literary agent "middleman" services, in which an individual or company offers to "represent" writers to agents, supposedly to increase their chances of snagging a super-busy agent's attention.More…
  • COLOR SONG Release Day!

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    We don't often do self-promotion here at Writer Beware--but I have a new book out!Today is publication day for my young adult historical novel, Color Song. A tale of art, intrigue, and romance set in glorious 15th century Venice, it's a followup to my previous YA historical, Passion Blue, but can be read as a standalone.I'm incredibly excited to have Color Song out in the world at last, and for the wonderful reviews it has been receiving on Goodreads and elsewhere. It's published for the older teen market, but there's plenty of crossover appeal for adults.I've got a virtual book tour…
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    Indiereader

  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster Ink Deal + 75% of All Books Self-Published? + More in this Week’s Roundup

    Lucy Wang
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    This week’s big news is Amazon and Simon & Schuster reached a new multi-year agreement for sale of both print and digital books in the United States. En garde, Hachette.
  • Black Moon Draw

    IR Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    When Naia is magically transported from our world to one depicted in a book she read, she must fight to understand unfamiliar dangers, her own unreliable powers, and the terrifying but alluring Shadow Knight bent on conquering it all.
  • A Star Called Lucky

    IR Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A formerly successful businesswoman turned investigator for the New York State Department of Corrections becomes involved in a search for a legendary miracle cure in India.
  • Twisted Body: Dance Theory of Argentine Tango

    IR Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    TWISTED BODY: DANCE THEORY OF ARGENTINE TANGO, by Igor Polk, is not for the layman. The book contains complicated instructions for various steps and poses essential for the dance of Argentine Tango.
  • Witch’s Dark

    IR Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    All is not well in Colonial Massachusetts in 1736.The witches of Salem have become restive, demons prowl the colony and the Rattlesnake Society is challenging the iron fist of the Crown. In order to protect Boston from the spells cast by the witches, Gov. Whitelocke has employed Dr. Ephraim Rush as the colonial Doctor of Magical Sciences.
 
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    Dear Author

  • Favorite books to movie adaptions

    Jane
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My daughter is about to start reading Anne of Green Gables. After she’s done, I told her we would watch the television miniseries. It is one of my favorite book to movie adaptions ever. The actress chosen to be Anne Shirley was everything I had ever imagined Anne would be from her carrot-y braids to her penchant for over dramatization. So often when you see the transformation of a book into a movie there is this let down, a certain disappointment that the movie failed to capture the spirit and magic of the characters you have built up in your mind. Books have been a ripe source of movie…
  • Friday News: Adobe supposedly fixes ADE 4, Joan Didion Kickstarter campaign, corporate commentary on Gamergate, and a former slave bests his “master”

    Janet
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Adobe Updates Digital Edition, Stops Sharing User Info With the Internet – Nate Hoffelder reports that Adobe has stopped sending data on the books you’re reading back to Adobe in plain text. Adobe insists that: “Enhanced security for transmitting rights management and licensing validation information. With this latest version of Digital Editions 4.0.1, the data is sent to Adobe in a secure transmission (using HTTPS).” I don’t distrust Hoffelder on this, but I’m sure as hell not read to trust Adobe yet – on anything. Update: I’ve heard from another…
  • Your trust circle of reader recommenders

    Jane
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I think it was Kassia Krozser formerly of Booksquare who coined the phrase “circle of trust” as it relates to your book reader friends who you rely upon to give you recommendations. No reader can be without that circle. One of the reasons we have open threads like yesterday is so that readers can communicate with other readers about books they’ve been reading and what they’d recommend. For a voracious reader, the most difficult question can often be “what do I read next?” At times I feel much like the exasperated person standing in front of his or her…
  • Thursday News: Update on EC v. DA, Atavist Books shutting down, Interview with After author Anna Todd, and mummifying Barbie

    Janet
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Update on Ellora’s Cave v. Dear Author – Jane wanted to update everyone on some of the latest developments in the case. First, the case was recently removed to federal court and opposition papers to EC’s request for a temporary restraining order have been filed by Jane and her attorney, Marc Randazza. There is federal court hearing scheduled for October 29th, where arguments of counsel will be made. Jane would also like everyone to know that she is doing fine and greatly appreciates all the well wishes. I’d like to add another thank you to everyone who donated to the…
  • Open Thread for Readers

    Jane
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
        Today we’re opening it up for readers. What’s on your mind as it relates to books? Is there a book that has lingered long after you read it?  How about a book that you’re hotly anticipating? Did you discover a new story that you’re super excited about? I’ll start off. The very first review I did here at Dear Author was an angry one about a historical wherein the main male lead pretended, for most of the book, to be his twin brother. The male and female leads make love in the story and she still believes it to be his twin brother. I couldn’t…
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    Free Ebooks Blog

  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-24-14

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Travelers Rest By Ann Tatlock / Genre: Religious & Inspirational Fiction / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (106 reviews) New Contemporary Novel from an Award-Winning AuthorJane Morrow has a dilemma. She’s engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard’s 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he’s returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-24-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-23-14

    Admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Love’s Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy Book #1): A Novel By Laura Frantz / Genre: Romance, Religious & Inspirational Fiction / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (173 reviews) On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-23-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-22-14

    Admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    VAN LAVEN CHRONICLES: THRONE OF NOVOXOS By Tyler Chase / Genre: Romance / Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (113 reviews) An action-packed, psychological thriller that explores the depths of obsession and betrayal, and the shocking lengths a man will go to hold on to what he desires most… Sometimes the enemy within is worse […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-22-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-21-14

    Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    UNMASKED: Volume 1 By Cassia Leo / Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Romance / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (195 reviews) I was born into this world unwanted. I spent the first hours of my life unloved. I spent the first eighteen years of my life with the parents who tried to shelter me from […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-21-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
  • Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-20-14

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Leaving Liberty By Virginia Carmichael / Genre: Romance, Religious & Inspirational Fiction / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (112 reviews) At eighteen, Daisy McConnell left Liberty, Colorado and never looked back. The only bright spot in a childhood of neglect and loneliness was the town librarian, Marie. Now settled as a teacher in sunny […]The post Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 10-20-14 appeared first on Free Ebooks Blog.
 
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    Kindle Review

  • 113 Free Kindle Books for Fri – lots of good romance, lots of Classics, Wizard of Oz Children’s Classics, herbal remedies, knitting & crocheting

    switch11
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Save Money: Apple, Nook, Kobo Free Books + Coupons Sign Up & Save Money: Free Kindle Books & Deals, Money Saving Coupons, Money Saving Deals, Apple iBooks Free & Deals, Nook Free Books & Deals, Kindle Fire Free Apps, Deals, Kobo Free Books, Google, Kindle UK Free, Deals, Intel for Authors, Money Saving Deals, Money Saving Coupons. Book Covers View, Free Books Search, All Free Books Book Covers View. Free Books Search. Kindle Unlimited Search. New Book Releases. Price Drops. All New Free.* Jump to: Romance, Mysteries, Christian, Fantasy & SciFi, Historical, Young Adult,…
  • 108 Free Kindle Books for Oct 23 Thur – lots of good romance, good mysteries, good Christian Books, good cookbooks, good homesteading books

    switch11
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
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  • 112 Free Kindle Books for Wed – lots of good romance, lots of suspense thrillers, lots of gardening books, ebola books

    switch11
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
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  • 109 Free Kindle Books for Tue – lots of good romance, lots of good YA, lots of good non-fiction

    switch11
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
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  • 132 free kindle books for Mon – lots of good romance + some gems (*** historical romance, *** christian mystery, ** christian romance)

    switch11
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • It’s #SelfPrintedSplash Day! (and it comes with PRIZES!)

    catherineryanhoward
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    Happy #SelfPrintedSplash Day! The Self-Printed Splash, if you’re not familiar, is a stupid idea I had [I'm typing these words at 2.36am on the morning of said splash, when I have something like 20 responses left to go and Gmail has decided to stop letting me in and there's only so much coffee a person can drink - hence the stupid bit] to launch the third edition of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. I invited people to ask me their burning self-publishing question and I answered it under the condition that they’d post it to their blog, Twitter feed or…
  • Inserting Page Numbers and Running Heads

    catherineryanhoward
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing, 3rd Edition is almost here! The Kindle edition goes live this Thursday, October 16th (you can pre-order it here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk). Other e-book formats and the paperback will – avoiding any major disasters – be available by the day of the Self-Printed Splash, Friday October 24th. If you want a little e-mail reminder that it’s out, sign up to my laughably sporadic newsletter. It’s been nearly two years since I brought out version 2.0 and a lot has changed. I’ve been addressing…
  • Self-Publishing a New Edition? Get Rid of the Old One First!

    catherineryanhoward
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing, 3rd Edition is almost here, so it’s time to address the woes involved in bringing out a new edition. Don’t forget that in the Self-Printed 3.0 build up we’ve already talked about closing the Facebook and not doing what Goodreads tells us anymore, if you need something to read with your coffee today. See also the end of this post for Self-Printed 3.0 buying options and a chance to see Self-Printed: LIVE! (AKA, me doing a self-publishing workshop) if you live within driving distance of Dalkey, Co. Dublin and are…
  • The SELF-PRINTED 3.0 Splash Needs YOU!

    catherineryanhoward
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Self-Printed 3.0 is almost here EXCLAMATION MARK. Well, it’ll be here soon. It’s hard to estimate exactly when all editions will be up and running, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll be good to go by October 16th. Some editions may be available long before that but usually I watch all self-imposed deadlines pass on by, so I’m way overestimating here just to be safe. I’ll also be availing of Amazon KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stay tuned for that. Since it’s been 2 years since the last one and this new edition is almost entirely revamped,…
  • Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

    catherineryanhoward
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release in a few weeks’ time. (I will definitely be taking advantage of KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stayed tuned for that.) When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely…
 
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    MobileRead Forums

  • Barnes & Noble's latest collaboration with Samsung is the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1

    afv011
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Quote: After rolling out the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook earlier this year, Samsung and Barnes & Noble have announced that they're launching a larger variant based on the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4. The hardware on the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 is exactly the same as that as what Samsung offers with the standard Galaxy Tab 4. The difference is in the software, with the tablet eschewing Samsung's TouchWiz skin for Barnes & Noble's Nook software, which is "optimized for reading and entertainment." Link
  • Simon & Schuster has reached deal with Amazon.

    apesmom
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    From Publisher's Weekly. It kinda sounds like the current situation, agency with discounting to a point. Quote: The multi-year agreement moves the e-book discount policy back towards the original agency plan, and will let S&S set the e-book prices while giving Amazon room for some discounting. The deal is believed to keep the amount of money authors earn from the sale of e-books at current levels. I'm sure this isn't going to help Hachette's position.
  • MobileRead Week in Review: 10/04 - 10/11

    Alexander Turcic
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you missed our frontpage news at any point this week, here is the best way to catch up: E-Book General - NewsAdobe DE 4 spies on users Washington Post is now FREE on Kindles Simon & Schuster testing the DRM-free waters Economist essay: From Papyrus to Pixels
  • Economist essay: From Papyrus to Pixels

    sufue
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Economist has a new essay out: From Papyrus to Pixels The Digital Transformation has Just Begun http://www.economist.com/news/essays...ountered-vault I'm on a big deadline at work, and haven't had time to read it yet, but even the visual way it's presented in my browser is pretty interesting.
  • Simon & Schuster testing the DRM-free waters

    AnemicOak
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Quote: Simon & Schuster's fledgling science fiction and fantasy imprint, Saga Press, will publish its e-books without DRM, the company said Wednesday afternoon. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...-drm-free.html Quote: said Joe Monti, executive editor of Saga. "In launching our imprint, we are pleased to offer this convenience to our readers and test the waters of DRM-free publishing.” More about Saga Press... S&S Sci Fi, Fantasy Imprint Gets Name, Logo Simon & Schuster to Launch Science Fiction, Fantasy Imprint
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Ten Ways To Publicize Your Book You May Not Have Thought Of

    Cate Baum
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    You’ve tried putting your book on all the usual sites, getting reviews and talking about it on forums and still you aren’t getting the sales you imagined. What can you do to improve this situation? Here are ten lesser-known insider ways to publicize your book. 1. Engagement, engagement, engagement It’s not going to be enough ...
  • Review: The Red by Aiden Riley

    James Grimsby
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    In the north of England, in the year 2020, scientific breakthroughs by companies such as ‘L Max’ lead to a new dawn of agriculture, where food would show great changes and never spoil when properly treated by their products. Whether this was the reason that the people and animals of Earth quickly turned to what ...
  • Creative Commons Licensing For Authors

    Cate Baum
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Recently there has been a lot of discussion about whether self-published authors need to use Creative Commons licenses for their work. This quick guide should explain how CC licenses work and when you should and should not use them. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has one goal: To utilize the possibilities for access the ...
  • Review: On The Money by Tariq Saleim

    Naka Jackson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    On The Money by Tariq Saleim is a thoughtful story with an interesting theme: The power and balance of money. What is it that makes those from affluent backgrounds take so much for granted, while others work so hard and get nowhere in life? What happens when you have more money than you could possibly ...
  • $15 Gift Voucher For NaNoWriMo Authors Until November 30!

    Cate Baum
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    If you are taking part in this year’s NaNoWriMo, Self-Publishing Review has a gift for you: An absolutely free $15 gift voucher to use on all editorial and review products until November 30! NaNoWriMo is a great way to get started on that novel. The goal is to write a 50,000-word draft of your novel ...
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    I Love My Kindle

  • Amazon’s Q3 financials: net sales up 20%, operating loss half a billion higher

    Bufo Calvin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Amazon’s Q3 financials: net sales up 20%, operating loss half a billion higher I think you know the basic story by now. Amazon is selling more…a lot more. Amazon is losing more…a lot, lot, lot more. However…they gained more in sales than they lost in, well, losses. You can see numbers in this press release and you can listen to the webcast here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=97664&eventID=5171470 Compared to the same quarter last year: “Net sales increased 20% to $20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with $17.09…
  • Round up #274: Americans’ fear, hardware sales

    Bufo Calvin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Round up #274: Americans’ fear, hardware sales The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later. Hardware sales There are a lot of sales lately on hardware from Amazon. Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $179…$20 off This the model I use every day…and I like it well enough that I’m not looking to upgrade to this year’s models (although I’m hoping to get to review them for you). In…
  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach a deal

    Bufo Calvin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach a deal There is a future for Big Five books in the Kindle store. That certainly seemed like the most likely outcome, although the day may come when Amazon doesn’t need them any more. Why even doubt that the biggest bookstore would carry books from the biggest publishers? Well, Amazon has been in a dispute with Hachette, another of the Big Five…for more than six months. What I call the “Hachazon War” certainly enters another phase with Amazon reportedly reaching an agreement with Simon & Schuster. It makes it much harder for…
  • Comparing the bestsellers: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

    Bufo Calvin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Comparing the bestsellers: Amazon and Barnes & Noble There was a time when the bestsellers at Amazon for the Kindle and at Barnes & Noble for the NOOK were pretty similar. There were some few exclusives which made a difference, but the lists were pretty much the same. No more. Amazon clearly impacts its own bestseller list. That may be by publishing their books themselves, or putting them on sale, or making them part of the Kindle First program (which are books both published by them and “on sale”…they are actually free for Prime members ((one book a month)) and yet…
  • Five things people who have read Dracula know…but most people don’t

    Bufo Calvin
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Five things people who have read Dracula know…but most people don’t Halloween is coming up, and despite all the options out there, it’s still pretty likely you’ll see some kid dressed as Dracula. You’ll know it’s Dracula: maybe by the widow’s peak hairdo, the cape, or the toy bat cleverly taped on to a shoulder. You know who wouldn’t recognize that character as Dracula? Bram Stoker, who wrote the original 1897 novel. As is often the case, the adaptations of the book have had a greater impact on the public imagination than the original…
 
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  • How To Get Your Book Into Costco (and other specialty stores)

    Penny Sansevieri
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Penny Sansevieri Authors ask me all the time: How can I get my book into Costco? To tell you the truth, it’s really not that complicated. But let’s look at the different ways that Costco stocks product: Nationally In order to be considered for national in-store distribution, you need to pass several (many) checks and your book needs to go to their book buyer who is super particular about what she buys for the stores. Understandably. Product needs to move fast in Costco which is why you may see something one week but not the next. Books that are given national distribution meet a…
  • 6 Steps To Become An Authorpreneur

    Justine Schofield
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Justine Schofield Authorpreneurship is a totally made up word that makes so much sense. With the rise of independent and digital publishing and the shift of the marketplace to online, authors are now expected to not only write, but also sell books. As a result, authors now need to adapt the skillful and savvy ways of an entrepreneur because, in reality, they need to build their book as they would a business. Sounds like a lot, I know,  but here are 6 steps to becoming a skilled authorpreneur. Your books (current and future) will appreciate this! 1. Determine your brand What is your book…
  • How To Organize Your Non-fiction Book

    Nina Amir
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    by Nina Amir Organization can prove a challenging task for creative people whose desks often tend to be a jumble of papers, sticky notes and books and whose filing cabinets  contain more random acts of filing than anything else. (Their computer files are often just as disorganized.) I know I have this problem. When I settle down to write a non-fiction book, however, I have to force myself to get organized. This is especially true if I want to do it quickly, like when I have a deadline or I take on a challenge such as National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in…
  • How to Leap into Writing and Publishing Your Next Book

    Frances Caballo
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    by Frances Caballo Whenever I publish a new book, my husband and friends are always impressed. My colleagues? Not so much. While friends may wonder how I chose a topic and researched it, organized my time, and acquired the skills to write it, my colleagues know the Big Secret. What’s the Big Secret? Here’s your answer: Writing and publishing a book is a lot of work. Period. You spend hours in isolation pounding the keyboard. In addition, you must fight temptations to sneak onto the Internet, pour yourself a glass of wine, or take the dog for a walk. I know because every time I sit down to…
  • How To Set Up Your Goodreads Author Profile (And Why You Should!)

    Shelley Hitz
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz Goodreads is a popular platform authors can use to market their books. However, I know many authors who have not even set up the basics on Goodreads to increase their exposure on this popular site for readers. In this post, you’ll learn about the power of Goodreads as well as how to set up your Goodreads author platform and get started.  Why Goodreads? Goodreads launched in 2007, has over 30 million members, and typically has more than one million unique visitors per day. Since March 2013, Goodreads has been owned by Amazon. If those statistics do not convince you of…
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  • Use a survey to (en)gage your students

    Beau Livengood
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Putting out a survey to your students is a great way to find out if they’ve used your digital library, but also a way to figure out how and why/why not. Lisa Guess at Smithville Middle School (MO) created a survey for her students and learned a lot more than just “Yes, I have read an eBook” or “No, I haven’t.” Asking the right questions is vital, and she sought to get answers for the following: “If you haven’t read an eBook, please explain why.” You can give a list of options or leave open-ended, but you might be surprised at some of the answers you get. The responses can…
  • Weekly eHighlights: Video edition

    Michelle Ross
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
      Hundreds of new streaming video titles have been added to our catalog in the past month. You can now expect to see lots of titles from BBC Active and some classic TV favorites, not to mention we’ve also got some more star-studded feature films. This post will highlight a few of the stellar selection. If you’d like to see all of our newest titles, click the Marketplace link. Click here to view featured titles and more in Marketplace. Feature Films Around the Block Cinedigm Entertainment Corp. – Drama Christina Ricci stars as an American teacher who takes a troubled…
  • Big Library Read: Chat with Andrea Portes

    Adam Sockel
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak with our Big Library Read author, Andrea Portes. We chatted about Anatomy of a Misfit, where her motivation comes from, her writing habits and much more. She also shared her favorite memories about her libraries growing up and offered advice to aspiring writers. We started with a question that readers around the world (and around our office!) kept asking: Is Anatomy of a Misfit autobiographical? Andrea wanted everyone to know that yes, this is the story of her high school experience. I won’t give away any spoilers, in case you haven’t made…
  • OverDrive APIs by the numbers (infographic)

    Heather Tunstall
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
      You work hard to bring readers to your digital library, and we can help. OverDrive APIs are just for that: by integrating with library OPACs, APIs help to expose your digital titles to more readers and make searching and browsing for titles a breeze. More than 1,650 libraries use OverDrive APIs within their library OPAC, enabling 1.3 million checkouts to date in 2014. OverDrive’s API usage has been soaring each quarter this year, in part thanks to integration with third party vendors such as Boopsie, SirsiDynix, Polaris Library Systems, and Innovative Interfaces Inc. Check out…
  • Regional literature collections

    Rachel Kray
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Before traveling, many people have rituals. Making To-Do lists, scouring Yelp or other review sites, reading travel guides, praying to Saint Anthony, and buying tiny bottles of shampoo are common practice. My rituals include getting as many kitten snuggles as possible and reading some of the regional literature of my destination. I’m going on a trip to the south next month so I’ve been reading a collection of stories by Flannery O’Connor and plan to re-read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter before I leave. Even when I’m not planning a trip, works of regional literature can make for a…
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  • Kindle Voyage PDF Review (+Video)

    Nathan
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The Kindle Voyage is designed primarily for reading ebooks from Amazon, but it can also be used to read PDF files. The small 6-inch screen size is always a limiting factor when it comes to displaying PDFs on a Kindle—a device like the Onyx Boox M96 with 9.7″ screen is much better suited for the […]
  • New Firmware Update 3.11.0 Released for Kobo eBook Readers

    Nathan
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Kobo has been busy issuing lots of new updates for their line of ebook readers lately. Toward the end of August they released version 3.8.0, and now they’ve got another new version ready to go that adds some more new features and fixes some bugs. The new firmware has inexplicably jumped all they way up […]
  • Kindle Voyage Video Walkthrough and First Impressions Review

    Nathan
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Amazon’s latest new ebook reader, the Kindle Voyage, was released this week. I already posted a comparison review between it and the Kindle Paperwhite yesterday, and now I’ve got a full video walkthrough and first impressions review ready to go. I had anticipated that the Kindle Voyage would clearly standout as the best ebook reader […]
  • Kindle Voyage vs Kindle Paperwhite Comparison Review

    Nathan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Now that the Kindle Voyage has been released, it’s time for a comparison review between it and the Kindle Paperwhite to see if the Voyage is worth spending an extra $80. Both ebook readers have all the same software features. It’s the hardware differences that separate the two. Both have 1GHz processors and 4GB of […]
  • Kobo Aura H2O Review and Video Walkthrough

    Nathan
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    The new waterproof Kobo Aura H2O was released at the beginning of the month. Yesterday I posted a PDF review and a comparison between it and the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s taken awhile for me to post reviews for the H2O because the new Kindle and Fire HD 6 arrived first, and I had to focus […]
 
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  • Landscapes of Resistance: The German Films of Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub (by Barton Byg)

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Fervently admired and frequently reviled, Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet—who have lived and worked together for almost forty years—may well be the most uncompromising, not to say intransigent, filmmakers in the history of the medium. Their radical and deeply political films placed them as forerunners of the New German Cinema movement in the 1960s and influential figures in the subsequent explosion of the European avant-garde. In Landscapes of Resistance, Barton Byg fills a significant gap in modern German and European cinema studies by tracing the career of the two filmmakers and…
  • Retribution (by Mark Charan Newton)

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Having just solved a difficult case in his home city of Tryum, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld and his associate Leana are ordered to journey to the exotic city of Kuvash in Koton, where a revered priest has gone missing. When they arrive, they discover the priest has already been found or at least parts of him have. But investigating the unusual death isn't a priority for the legislature of Kuvash there's a kingdom to run, a census to create and a dictatorial Queen to placate. Soon Drakenfeld finds that he is suddenly in charge of an investigation in a strange city, whose customs and…
  • Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia (by Professor Shohini Chaudhuri)

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Since the start of the 1990s, despite tougher competition than ever before from Hollywood, a rebirth and flourishing of cinema has been taking place in parts of Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia. This book provides an overview of the cinemas of these regions, interpreting some of the recent developments as strategic responses to globalisation. Highlighting transnational and cross-cultural structures, influences and themes, it offers: Read more...
  • Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era (by Sumiko Higashi)

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture demonstrates that the director, best remembered for his overblown biblical epics, was one of the most remarkable film pioneers of the Progressive Era. In this innovative work, which integrates cultural history and cultural studies, Sumiko Higashi shows how DeMille artfully inserted cinema into genteel middle-class culture by replicating in his films such spectacles as elaborate parlor games, stage melodramas, department store displays, Orientalist world's fairs, and civic pageantry. The director not only established his signature as a film author by…
  • Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music (by Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Arthur Knight)

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    From the silent era to the present day, popular music has been a key component of the film experience. Yet there has been little serious writing on film soundtracks that feature popular music. Soundtrack Available fills this gap, as its contributors provide detailed analyses of individual films as well as historical overviews of genres, styles of music, and approaches to film scoring. With a cross-cultural emphasis, the contributors focus on movies that use popular songs from a variety of genres, including country, bubble-gum pop, disco, classical, jazz, swing, French cabaret, and showtunes.
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  • SharePoint 2013 App Model Succinctly

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    20 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    SharePoint 2013 App Model Succinctly is a hands-on approach to learning how to develop SharePoint apps. It introduces readers to the concepts that make SharePoint 2013 simpler and easier to use than previous development models. You’ll learn to develop both on-premises and cloud applications in Visual Studio 2013, then enable your apps to communicate with […]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 today!Free…
  • Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition

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    8 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    This is a preview edition of Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, a book about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the exciting new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML (the eXtensible Application Markup Language) that maps 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…
  • ServiceStack Succinctly

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    3 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    ServiceStack is an open source framework designed to be an alternative to the WCF, ASP.NET MVC, and ASP.NET Web API frameworks. With ServiceStack Succinctly by Zoran Maksimovic, you’ll learn the basics by creating and implementing a simple order management system, and in no time you’ll see why so many web developers rely on it. Description […]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 today!Free Business and…
  • 119 SQL Code Smells

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    22 Sep 2014 | 11:26 pm
    119 SQL Code Smells is a handy reference guide written with advice, help or contributions from over 25 SQL Server professionals. Discover 119 common SQL code smells, understand why they’re smells and the problems they may cause. Description Topics included: Introduction • Problems with Database Design • Problems with Table Design • Problems with Data […]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…
  • Information Systems for Business and Beyond

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    21 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Information Systems for Business and Beyond, written by David T. Bourgeois, introduces the concept of information systems, their use in business, and the larger impact they are having on our world. It is written as an introductory text, meant for those with little or no experience with computers or information systems. Description Topics included: What […]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 today!Free…
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  • Pro Spring, 4th Edition

    WOW!
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    eBook Details: Paperback: 728 pages Publisher: Apress; 4th edition (August 27, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 143026151X ISBN-13: 978-1430261513 eBook Description: Pro Spring, 4th Edition Click to eBook Link Above and Download Your Free eBook Now.
  • Pro Apache Hadoop, 2nd Edition

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    24 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    eBook Details: Paperback: 444 pages Publisher: Apress; 2nd edition (September 10, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1430248637 ISBN-13: 978-1430248637 eBook Description: Pro Apache Hadoop, 2nd Edition Click to eBook Link Above and Download Your Free eBook Now.
  • Beginning Java 8 APIs, Extensions and Libraries: Swing, JavaFX, JavaScript, JDBC and Network Programming APIs

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    23 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    eBook Details: Paperback: 808 pages Publisher: Apress; 1st edition (September 17, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1430266619 ISBN-13: 978-1430266617 eBook Description: Beginning Java 8 APIs, Extensions and Libraries: Swing, JavaFX, JavaScript, JDBC and Network Programming APIs Click to eBook Link Above and Download Your Free eBook Now.
  • jQuery 2 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

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    23 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    eBook Details: Paperback: 636 pages Publisher: Apress; 1st edition (September 17, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1430264330 ISBN-13: 978-1430264330 eBook Description: jQuery 2 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach Click to eBook Link Above and Download Your Free eBook Now.
  • Learning C# Programming with Unity 3D

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    19 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    eBook Details: Paperback: 690 pages Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1466586524 ISBN-13: 978-1466586529 eBook Description: Learning C# Programming with Unity 3D Click to eBook Link Above and Download Your Free eBook Now.
 
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  • Interview with The Little Blue Dog Author Karen Roberts (Part 1)

    eBooks2go
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    We feel our readers have a familiar understanding of how our relationship has formed with the 2014 Children’s Book Contest Karen Roberts. What they may not have been able to perceive is how the writing aspect came into play and how she was able to take a true story and mold it into a writing career. So we sat down with the animal rights activist to get some more clarity for our fans and for ourselves.   eBooks2go: You are the founder of The Little Blue Dog, an organization that started as a way to give back and provide support to the rescue community, while also contributing as a form…
  • Relevance of Writing a Good Press Release

    eBooks2go
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    A press release is a written or recorded communication focused at members of the news media, drafted with the intent of broadcasting something deemed newsworthy. Each individual press release announces significant or beneficial information about an upcoming event or one that has occurred.  Press releases act as a free public relations tool, which is particularly favorable for independent authors looking for cost-friendly opportunities to promote their newest title. Characteristically, a press release is mailed or faxed to assignment editors at newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and/or…
  • Digital Conversion Doyenne Attending Catholic Publishers Trade Show

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    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Since their preliminary meetings, held at America House in New York, the affiliates of the Catholic Book Publisher’s Association had sought to become a professional organization in which supporters would advise and fortify one another in a concerted setting.  Over the succeeding decades, additional corresponding fundamental objectives had arisen as ideals to benefit all members. Virtues like communal support for the shared mission to spread the Word and decipher its meaning for a changing world, and informational & didactic opportunities that meet growing requirements, in both the…
  • What Metadata Says About Your Book…Literally

    eBooks2go
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    The digital and physical worlds don’t necessarily exude the same parallels as let’s say a crocodile and an alligator would, but with advancements in technology, the gap in their differences is beginning to close rapidly. Purveyors of digital superiority, including enthusiasts within the field of electronic publishing, have made great efforts to not just duplicate the mediums of the physical world, but exceed them. Regardless of your affiliation, one thing remains constant: whether you’re a salesman, an insurance agent, a volunteer for a non-profit, or a writer, data plays an integral…
  • A Closer Look: A Whisper of Springtime: Jason’s Heart Transplant Miracle

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    30 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Author Tedi Tuttle Wixom With an inherited heart disease, and death nearly knocking at his door, a young child faces a challenge that few will ever know. Flown by a small jet from Salt Lake City, Utah to Southern California, an infant receives a heart transplant during the wee hours past midnight following an emotionally stricken evening. “A Whisper of Springtime” is a detailed narrative centered on one family’s spirit, faith, and resolve. eBooks2go was curious and compelled to know more, so we asked author Tedi Tuttle Wixom if she’d be willing to relive that time in both her and…
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  • My First Kindle: I Finally Stopped Multitasking and Got Lost in a Novel

    Meg Neal
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Still don't have an e-reader? I can respect that. Physical books just feel better. Print is sacred. I'm with you—or at least I was, until our reviews editor thrust a Kindle in my hand and made me use it.Read more...
  • Kindle Voyage Review: The Best E-Reader Lots of Money Can Buy

    Brian Barrett
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For the last week, I've been reading off of a Kindle e-reader that somehow costs twice as much as a brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet. What a world! And while I still don't know if the Kindle Voyage is worth $200 (or $290 for the 3G model) I do know that it's the best e-reader ever built.Read more...
  • Amazon Fire HD 6 Review: The Penny Pinching Tablet Buyer's Dream

    Adam Clark Estes
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Recently, Amazon made some quiet updates to the Kindle line, including two tiny HD tablets. There's no need to whisper about the Amazon Fire HD 6, though. This colorful little marvel is damned impressive. And at just $100, it's confusingly cheap. Yell it from a mountaintop! Read more...
  • Kobo Aura H2O Review: A Gorgeous, Waterproof Screen That No One Needs

    Ashley Feinberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    The aftermarket-treated Waterproof Kindle is just about perfect: an already fantastic e-reader with the added bonus of being built like a rock. But all that comes with one hell of a price tag—$240, specifically. The new, waterproof $180 Kobo Aura H2O, though, promises to deliver on all those points for a fraction of the cost. Read more...
  • Kindle Voyage: This Is What a $200 E-Reader Looks Like (It's Gorgeous)

    Eric Limer and Leslie Horn
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's been a few years since e-ink Kindles took a big step forward. 2012's Kindle Paperwhite was the last big splash. But now Amazon's got a new, beautiful, premium e-reader for you to read words off of. This is the Kindle Voyage. Read more...
 
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  • Trying the new Kindle Voyage glass screen in direct sunlight…

    Len Edgerly
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    During our recent stay in Ocean Park, Maine, I took a review copy of the Kindle Voyage out to the beach on a sunny day to see if the micro-etched glass screen is as readable in sunlight as the plastic Kindle screens of yore. For the test, I put a Paperwhite and the Voyage side by side on a beach chair. You’ll see the result in this video. If you are happy with your Paperwhite and have a slightly less obsessive love of new gadgets than I do, I can’t think of a reason to upgrade to the Voyage. It’s a sweet eReader, for sure. The improvement in readability because of the higher…
  • Fire HD 6 + Kindle (basic, Paperwhite or Voyage) = Reader’s Delight

    Len Edgerly
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    After using a Fire HD 6 for a week or so, I have decided it’s the perfect reading complement to my E Ink Kindle, currently a Paperwhite but next I’m switching to the Voyage. Sometimes I prefer the sepia color of the Fire’s Kindle view, as well as the faster access to links or looking up information related to the book I’m reading. I also enjoy listening to the Classical for Reading playlist at Prime Music, while I’m reading a book on the Fire HD. You can’t do that with any E Ink Kindle in the current lineup, because they don’t have audio capability.
  • TKC 324 Peter Heller

    Len Edgerly
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Author of The Dog Stars and The Painter Interview starts at 13:42 Nobody, not even artists, understood art. What speed has to do with it. How much work it takes, year after year, building the skills, the trust in the process, more work probably than any Olympic athlete ever puts in because it is twenty-four hours a day, even in dreams, and then when the skills and the trust are in place, the best work usually takes the least effort. Usually. It comes fast, it comes without thought, it comes like a horse running over you at night.  (From The Painter) Show Notes and Links: News Kindle…
  • TKC 323 Maik Maurer & Frank Waldman

    Len Edgerly
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Co-Founders of Spritz Interview starts at 10:52 We see this as a technology where people are reading on the go. I have the Kindle app on my iPhone, and I read my books on my iPhone that way. I’d love of course to make that Spritzable, and then I would just hold it at times when I have a few minutes, and I’ll get through a few pages. (Frank Waldman, CEO) Show Notes and Links: News “Report: Amazon to Open retail store in NYC” by Jefferson Graham at USA Today – October 9, 2014 “Publishing Battle Should be Covered, Not Joined” by Margaret Sullivan, public editor at The New…
  • A Stunning In-House Rebuke for The Times’s Biased Coverage of Amazon

    Len Edgerly
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    My faith in The New York Times is restored tonight with Public Editor Margaret Sullivan’s measured but stinging rebuke of Times reporter David Streitfeld for his one-sided coverage of the Amazon/Hachette battle. Sullivan, writing in her role as the newspaper’s ombudsman, said she has heard from many readers “that The Times is demonizing Amazon and siding with publishers and those authors who support them.” I was one of the many who wrote to her. On September 15th I emailed Sullivan and urged her to look into the matter, and I included a link to Hugh Howey’s…
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  • Find Me I’m Yours

    Lynne
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
      Here’s the latest in the digital age of books: the CLICK LIT® novel. Find Me I’m Yours (RosettaBooks eBook; November 3, 2014; $6.99) is an ever-expanding, multi-platform creation that invites you to, “Join One Girl’s Hunt for Love in a Transmedia World.”  Find Me I’m Yours was written by award-winning author Hillary Carlip (who has appeared on Ellen and Oprah) and co-created, directed, and produced by Golden Globe-winner Maxine Lapiduss (Roseanne, Ellen, Dharma & Greg,…
  • New Luke Temple thriller: Chasing The Dawn

    Lynne
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
      Chasing The Dawn is the brand new powerhouse Luke Temple thriller following on from his Amazon best seller The Shadow of Medea; Flynn delivers his trademark action and twists in equal force, leading to a masterful conclusion that will leave you reeling. Teramo, Italy; A world renown physicist goes missing from the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. He is responsible for heading up a cutting edge experiment known as OPERA, a joint venture with CERN that is shrouded in mystery. The authorities are met with nothing but silence. Luke Temple does not officially exist, he works for a…
  • What Every Woman Should Know Trailer Release & Book Tour

    Lynne
    6 Apr 2013 | 6:00 pm
       Presenting the Trailer Release of What Every Woman Should Know by Jori Sams: Purchase the book by visiting: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways, and more! Find the next stop of the book tour here: Meet Jori Sams, author of What Every Woman Should Know.
  • Unspent Time Winners

    Lynne
    5 Jun 2012 | 12:37 pm
    “I’m very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.” Graham Parke, Unspent Time I’d originally planned to have a monkey draw two random numbers out of a hat (then use the inverse hexadecimal value – because you cannot trust monkeys, not at the prices I’m willing to pay) but apparently there are laws against monkey labor. There are permits involved. It’s a whole thing. So instead I asked a friend to think of two random numbers while dressed in a monkey suit, without telling him what the numbers were for. This…
  • Unspent Time Launch Party

    Lynne
    18 May 2012 | 9:37 am
    Unspent Time Launch Party Get free books and win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%* (* These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!) From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time; time that was allotted but never spent. This is where we find the stories that could have been true. Read how to enter below. Excerpt Sunday brunch; the…
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  • IndieView with Jayra Almanzor, author of Stygian Rift

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    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      I started writing my novel when I was Grade 8 in the year 2012. Jayra Almanzor – 23 October 2014 The Back Flap What would you do if you woke up in hell and couldn’t remember a thing? Set in a dystopian society about 150 years from the 21st century… Suddenly rousing in a place completely different from his world, seventeen-year-old Robert is greeted with accusations, bullying, and fear from the teenagers around him. Life isn’t easy in the new place, especially if it’s the direct opposite of how and where he was raised. However, there’s something more about the place that…
  • #Free for your #Kindle, 10/20/2014

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    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The author of each of these books has indicated their intent to schedule these books for a free day for the Kindle versions today on Amazon. Sometimes plans change or mistakes happen, so be sure to verify the price before hitting that “buy me” button.   Hot Gossip by Susanne O’Leary Amazon US Amazon UK A Reason to Live by Matthew Iden Amazon US Amazon UK Authors interested in having their free book featured either here on Monday or a sister site on Thursday, visit this page for details.
  • IndieView with Amy Flint, author of Shadows in the Mist

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    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      My Porter Biggleswade series is aimed at both believers and sceptics of the paranormal. While the lead character has the ability to see ghosts, she is sceptical of the fact.  Amy Flint 19 October, 2014 The Back Flap Nicknamed ‘the Shadow Reader’ for her ability to see ghosts, Dr Porter Biggleswade is a straight-talking paranormal investigator. While Porter’s work takes her to the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, ghostly feuds are the least of her worries. A woman haunted by her living mother; a farmer plagued by spectral ewes; and a developer desperate to evict his mediaeval…
  • IndieView with Adam Ingle, author of Necessary Evil and the Greater Good

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are parts of me or who I want to be in the two protagonists. I’m a foul-mouthed smartass and that comes out in spades with them.  Adam Ingle – 16 October 2014 The Back Flap For best friends Mestoph and Leviticus the end of the world can’t come fast enough. Mestoph is a demon and troublemaker for Hell Industries, while Leviticus is an angel and cubicle jockey for Heaven, Inc. They might be unlikely friends, but they have something in common – they both hate their jobs. Unfortunately for them The End is nowhere in sight. The two take matters into their own hands when they…
  • #Free for your #Kindle, 10/13/2014

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The author of each of these books has indicated their intent to schedule these books for a free day for the Kindle versions today on Amazon. Sometimes plans change or mistakes happen, so be sure to verify the price before hitting that “buy me” button. Who Will Save the Planet? by Peter McLennan Amazon US Amazon UK Alyssa Andrews And Magical New York by Ralph S Amazon US Amazon UK Authors interested in having their free book featured either here on Monday or a sister site on Thursday, visit this page for details.
 
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  • Guest Post & Review: Traci L. Slatton on Setting (105.) BROKEN in Paris…

    drey
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Traci L. Slatton is here today to talk about her new novel Broken – and why she set it in Paris in WWII… Setting BROKEN in Paris By Traci L. Slatton      It was a long-standing dream of mine to live and write in the City of Lights. Many writers feel that way. I had emerged a bit bruised and battle-scarred from a few heart-breaking years of tussling with my self-destructive middle daughter and litigious ex-husband. My shrink suggested I take some healing time for myself at a writer’s colony.      “I don’t believe in those,” I demurred. “Writing is part of life. Real…
  • TLC Book Tour: 104. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran…

    drey
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today’s tour is for a story about a girl who makes all the wrong choices, trying to find herself… About Caitlin Moran: Caitlin Moran was named the Columnist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 2010, and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011 for her work at the Times of London. Her debut book, How to Be a Woman, won the 2011 Galaxy Book of the Year Award and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Connect with Caitlin through her website www.caitlinmoran.co.uk, or follow her on Twitter. About How to Build a Girl: What do you do in your teenage years when you realize…
  • Review: 103. One of Us by Tawni O’Dell…

    drey
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today’s title is a mystery with a violent history behind it… drey’s thoughts: Dr. Sheridan Doyle is a forensic psychologist who heads back to his hometown of Lost Creek after a long absence. He’s stayed away because nothing in Lost Creek holds any appeal, especially with his family’s history – his mother’s mental health, his sister’s death, his father’s disinterest. Nothing in Lost Creek is worth Danny Doyle’s return, except his grandfather’s health. Then people turn up dead, and Danny gets pulled in by curiosity. There’s…
  • Review: 102. Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon by David Barnett…

    drey
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I enjoyed David Barnett’s Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl enough to perk up at the thought of this erstwhile hero’s next adventure – especially when said adventure occurs in the reimagined America… drey’s thoughts: Oh, what a romp Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon is! Love adventure? It’s here in spades. Enjoy steampunk? You’ve got the full complement from airships to weapons to the unbelievable melding of human and mechanical. Want romance? Our hero is flying across oceans hunting down pirates and the stolen love of his life. Wonder about…
  • TLC Book Tour: 101. Land of Dreams by Kate Kerrigan…

    drey
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I’m on tour for the story of an Irish artist who moves to Hollywood, and her journey to self-realization… About Kate Kerrigan: Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons. Find Kate online at her website www.katekerrigan.ie, on Facebook and Twitter. About Land of Dreams: Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Ellie Hogan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope—a story of family, love, danger, and ambition in Hollywood…
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  • 7 simple things you can do to build awareness for your self published book

    keithogorek
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    This past weekend I gave the evening keynote at the West Coast Writer’s Conference Indie Publishing Conference.  I always enjoy those times, because along with meeting many aspiring authors and sharing the 4 Paths to Publishing with them, I also have opportunity to learn myself. At lunch on Saturday, Bill Van Orsdel from Bookfuel, gave a really insightful presentation on book marketing.  Inspired by his talk, I wanted to share some simple things you can do to build awareness for your book before and after your title goes live. Communicate your milestones–It sounds simple, but…
  • Every author has to overcome obstacles to get published, but maybe none as challenging as what Kent Bell faces everyday.

    keithogorek
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    When Kent Bell came into this world on Valentine’s Day in 1965, he was born without arms or legs and was not expected to live till the next day. But like most everything in his life, Kent defied the odds and is now, forty-nine years old.  His most recent accomplishment is becoming a published author. In his book, Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either, he narrates his life story, beginning with being born without arms or legs. Through his  inspiring work, Bell tells what it’s like living and thriving with a disability. From his birth, to moving regularly with his military family, to…
  • Science says reading print books provides a number of pretty interesting benefits

    keithogorek
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    Recently, someone forwarded me a link to an article, titled Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books, on a site called Mic.com, which I had seen before. In this fascinating  article, Rachel Grate cites a number of recent studies that report the benefits of reading a paper book that e-readers don’t provide. She draws from a number of different studies that all seem to point to the same conclusion. Reading paper books help us in ways we may not have been aware. I tried to find a way to summarize her work and just hit the highlights, but I found that task difficult. Her content…
  • My 2nd most popular post: The 7 key elements of a great book cover

    keithogorek
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    One of the great things about analytics on a blog is they tell you what people are reading most and what search terms they use to find your blog.  My post popular blog post by far is The 5 Essential Elements of Every Good Story. However, the second most popular post is the one I am reposting below, The 7 key elements of a great book cover. Hopefully you will find this helpful and you don’t even have to search for it. Along with an eye-catching design, this cover employs a great subhead to help the reader know the benefit of reading this book. The 7 key elements of a great book cover Do…
  • 4 Paths to Publishing Speech Now Free to the Public at Los Angeles Valley College

    keithogorek
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    On Saturday, October 18, I am going to be giving the keynote address at the Digital Author and Indie/Self Publishing Conference at Los Angeles Valley College.  While attendees will be paying to attend the conference, they have decided to open my 4 Paths to Publishing session up to the public who can attend free of charge. The talk will take place in Monarch Hall to accommodate the number of people they expect to attend. Tickets are required so they can gauge how many to expect. You can request them by clicking on this link. If you are in the Los Angeles area or know someone who is interested…
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  • Review: Winterswim

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 9/30/14 - 10/7/144 Stars - Strongly Recommended to those who desire their indie lit dark and mysteriousPages: 138Publisher: Civil Coping MechanismsReleasing: December 2014Ryan W Bradley's arrestingly designed upcoming novel Winterswim shocks the system in much the same way that being immersed under freezing cold waves would. Gasping and sputtering, his sparse language pulls you under from the very first page:"There were a few inches of snow on the ground and more falling. The pastor walked to the edge of the lake cautiously, dragging the girl, naked but for a pair of white…
  • Drew Reviews: Horrorstor

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix4 StarsPages: 256Publisher: Quirk BooksReleased: September 2014Guest review by Drew Broussard The Short Version: Amy is an ordinary worker at Orsk in Cuyahoga, OH.  But this is no ordinary Orsk: the staff has been coming in in the mornings to find destroyed furniture and other creepy messes - and Amy, low man on the totem pole, gets tapped to stay overnight with her boss and another employee.  What ensues is a horrifying descent into near-madness.The Review: Right out of the gate, we must address the physical object.  A friend of mine,…
  • Where Writers Write: Margaret Chapman

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Margaret Patton Chapman. Her novella Bell and Bargain is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in November, 2014 as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe: Five…
  • ML Kennedy Recommends: A Night in the Lonesome October

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    And so we continue our Writers Recommend - a new series where we'll be asking writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. ML Kennedy Recommends A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger ZelaznyWhen I was thirteen years old, I wasn’t really sure what to read. I had read all the Hardy Boys Casefiles, all the Ramona Quimby, and few other examples from both…
  • Audio Series: Meg Pokrass

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. This feature requires more time and patience 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, Meg Pokrass reads two chapters from her story "Here, Where We Live", which appears in upcoming collection "My Very End of the Universe, Five Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the…
 
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  • More Bargain and Free Books for 10-24-14

    Brooklyn
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Here’s another selection of 3 bargain books and 2 free books for your reading pleasure. You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! BARGAIN BOOKS Less Than Nothing by R.E. Blake Rating: 4.6 Stars Genre: Romance Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Fresh, funny, and full of heart and soul. I felt like I was IN it!….Beautifully written and utterly engrossing.” -Toby Neal, author NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author…
  • More ENT Deals for 10-24-14

    Brooklyn
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Choose a good read from this assortment of 3 bargain books and 2 free books for your Friday reading selection. You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! BARGAIN BOOKS Fire and Icing Box Set by Jessie Evans Rating: 4.9 Stars Genre: Romance Price: $0.99 Save $4.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Fire and Icing Box Set – Nook Fire and Icing Box Set – Apple iBooks Fire and Icing Box Set – Google Play Fire and Icing Box Set – Kobo…
  • More Ereader Deals for 10-24-14

    Brooklyn
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    TGIF friends! The weekend is here so add these 4 bargain books and 2 free books to your Ereader library. You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! BARGAIN BOOKS Blessed Are the Wholly Broken by Melinda Clayton Rating: 4.8 Stars Genre: Literary Fiction Price: $0.99 Save $3.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. “Clayton writes with a raw immediacy, and the multiple narratives satisfyingly converge to create an intense and compelling atmosphere.”…
  • Bargain and Free Books for 10-24-14

    Brooklyn
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Here’s a selection of 4 bargain books and 2 free books for you to enjoy this morning. You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! BARGAIN BOOKS Promises to Keep by Patricia Sands Rating: 4.4 Stars Genre: Womens Fiction Price: $1.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $1.99 before clicking “Buy”. Promises to Keep – Nook Promises to Keep – Kobo “This wonderful novel is a joy to read…..fills the mind and heart of the reader with beauty and joy.” -darlin…
  • More Bargain and Free Books for 10-23-14

    Brooklyn
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Indulge in a good book from this set of 3 bargain books and 2 free books. You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app! BARGAIN BOOKS Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead by Lena Diaz Rating: 4.7 Stars Genre: Romantic Suspense Price: $0.99 Save $2.00 Make sure price is still $0.99 before clicking “Buy”. Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead – Nook Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead – Apple iBooks Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead – Google Play Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead…
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  • Guest Post – Why Did I Write My Book Winds of Skilak by Bonnie Rose Ward

    Indiebookpromo
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Bonnie Rose Ward to the blog. Bonnie is sharing her thoughts on writing her book as well as sharing about the book, itself. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a copy or two. Why did I write my book Winds of Skilak? During our very first night on Caribou Island, shivering as we pitched our pup tent in the cold and rain, the thought crossed my mind, “Who does this?” We drank straight from the huge glacier-fed lake we lived on. We didn’t filter or boil our water, and I…
  • Book Promo Feature – Purr-fect Mating by Sheryl Winters

    Indiebookpromo
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Sheryl Winters to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, Purr-fect Mating from the Lil Genie Series. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find links below and pick up a copy. Purr-fect Mating Lil Genie Series Novella Fhina and Wulfar have a little problem. On their wedding night, at the stroke of midnight, Wulfar changes into his shifted wolf form and cannot shift back. Not even to communicate with the woman he loves. Fhina, upon waking the day after their mating, no longer recognizes her mate.
  • Book Promo Feature – The Glory by Mister JMI

    Indiebookpromo
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Mister JMI to the blog. He’s here to share about his book, The Glory. If this sounds like the sort of book that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick  up a copy or two. The first in a new series, The Glory is a fun, funny and exciting character-driven sci-fi adventure that follows Adam Whitlock, a young, brilliant, fiercely determined boy who gives up everything to join the United States Space Force in hopes of becoming captain of the fabled and prestigious warship, The Glory. On his rise to the top, Whitlock…
  • Interview with James Mace, author of Courage, Marshall Ney

    Indiebookpromo
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome James Mace to the blog! He’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about his book, Courage, Marshall Ney. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find some buy links below and pick up a copy or two. IBP – Tell us about your new release? James - ‘Courage, Marshal Ney’ delves into a mystery that has been ongoing since 1815. I became fascinated by the theory that Marshal of France, Michel Ney, was not actually executed, but in fact escaped to America, living out his days as a…
  • Interview with Rebecca R. Curran, Author of Written

    Indiebookpromo
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Rebecca R. Curran to the blog. She’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about her book, Written. If this book sound like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two. IBP - Try to describe your book in one sentence. Rebecca - Sometimes, writing down your fantasies can help you to figure out what you really want from life.   IBP -  Tell me a little about yourself Rebecca -  I’m a published fantasy author, who, like my protagonist, has decided to branch out and…
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Check out these Deals & Steals for Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cookbooks, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Likely Suspects by G.K. Parks Still free? Click Here to find out! Leaving the Office of International Operations seemed like a great way to avoid bureaucratic hassles, red-tape, and murderous psychopaths. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way they should. Meet Alexis Parker, former OIO operative, currently trying to make a name for herself in the private sector. With a limited job…
  • [Hot Deal] Story Selling – Only 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Story Selling by Nick Nanton Genre: Nonfiction The Avengers was 2012’s number one worldwide box office winner – but did you know the seeds of this blockbuster movie’s success were actually planted fifty years earlier? You’ll find out how in StorySelling: Hollywood Secrets Revealed, when Emmy winner Nick Nanton and J.W. Dicks, authors of the best-selling Celebrity Branding You™, expose why StorySelling is the most powerful method of persuasion known to man – and how any entrepreneur or business owner can put it to work to create their own blockbuster success! From the science…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 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: Advice & How-to, Mystery, Nonfiction, Suspense, Thriller Motor City Shakedown by Jonathan Watkins Still free? Click Here to find out! When a Detroit man is arrested during a deadly police siege, rookie defense lawyer Issabella Bright rushes off to take the case. Unbeknownst to her, so does Darren Fletcher – a reckless, hard-drinking lawyer who runs his office out of the city’s strangest bar. Forming an unlikely…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Here are even more great reads for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller A Simple Cure by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. Still free? Click Here to find out! When nature, in her ultimate act of irony, strikes Richard Powell, a cancer specialist, with malignant melanoma, a highly aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Terri devotes her life to curing the disease that ultimately kills her husband. While research laboratories are characterized as noble in search of cures, and proprietary drug…
  • [Today Only] The Tesla Gate – Save 88%

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms Genre: Science Fiction Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Thomas shuts himself off from the world and is at home grieving when a cosmic storm enters Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm’s side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible…
 
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    Digital Book World

  • The How and Why of Browser-Based Ebooks

    Rich Bellis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If the dedicated e-reader is on its way to becoming an artifact of e-reading’s past, the web browser is emerging as a key to its future. Web browsers are available on virtually every device that connects to the Internet, including smartphones, which are booming worldwide. And as publishers look to shore up and grow their distribution channels, many are beginning to recognize how web browsers can serve as flexible, direct-to-consumer e-reading platforms. But for publishers to take full advantage of web-based ebook publishing, there’s a handful of technical and related challenges they’ll…
  • Adobe Updates Digital Editions to Address Privacy Concerns

    DBW
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    As promised, Adobe is rolling out a software update to Digital Editions 4 in order to address privacy concerns involving the data gathering program that came to light earlier this month. In addition to displaying the relevant sections of its privacy policy more prominently, Adobe is changing protocol to address what many saw as one of the biggest issues–the fact that considerable amounts of user data were transmitting back to Adobe in clear text, leaving it open to third parties. Digital Editions 4.0.1 aims to secure that transmission in HTTPS. Users will be automatically…
  • Browser-Based Ebook Publishing: How Come and How-To

    Derrick Schultz
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    In the past few years we’ve seen the sales figures of tablets and phones begin to eclipse those of the e-ink e-reader, and in many developing countries access to mobile phones is often a reader’s best or only access to a digital device. Many publishers and retailers have responded by creating apps for each platform, each requiring a dedicated team of developers to create and maintain. But there’s another option: the web browser. Unlike operating system-specific apps that require discovering and downloading said app, the web is available to readers on just about every digital…
  • How the Simon & Schuster–Amazon Deal Changes the Math

    Rich Bellis
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s only been a few days since Simon & Schuster confirmed reaching an agreement with Amazon, and already there’s copious speculation about the terms involved and what’s next for Hachette and others. The prevailing theory is that Simon & Schuster has committed to paying Amazon higher co-op fees in return for what the publisher characterized as a “version” of agency ebook pricing. As for how the deal shifts the playing field for other publishers negotiating with Amazon, opinion is more divided. Some argue the Hachette standoff played in Simon & Schuster’s favor, while…
  • Why Vook Is Still Betting on Short-Form Ebooks

    Rich Bellis
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a word, data. Vook releases the first of the short-form ebooks it acquired from Byliner after purchasing the digital publishing start-up last month. Like enhanced ebooks, short-form digital content hasn’t always fared well. Atavist Books, which published both since launching in 2012, confirmed this week it’s closing its doors, even though the independently operated digital magazine The Atavist–which also publishes ebooks–continues to thrive. Vook co-founder Matt Cavnar says “using data to make better decisions” is no longer optional for digital publishers. Vook acquired…
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  • J.K. Rowling Pens Original Short Fiction

    Michael Kozlowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In a special Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans, J.K. Rowling’s website pottermore.com will post new original writing on October 31 about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.  The character was first introduced to readers in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic. Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious “Potter” characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry. The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story…
  • EA Releases SimCity BuildIt For Android

    Jillian Koskie
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    I have been playing video games for a really long time (longer than I like to admit, truth be told), but few stick out in my mind like Sim City. While it may seem like a rather silly concept, creating cities out of their base elements… decades later, when I drive by a new park, my inner voice says: “parks make people who live near them happier.” This lasting addiction (and my desire to share it with others) is why I am so delighted that EA has released SimCity BuildIt for Android! If you’ve played the game before in any of the many versions, the gameplay will be…
  • Blizzard Delays Hearthstone Mobile App Until 2015

    Jillian Koskie
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Smartphone gamers are going to have to wait a little longer for the popular Hearthstone card game developed by Blizzard. While the PC and iPad editions have been out for a while now, the acclaimed game creators need more time to best accommodate smaller screens (but don’t worry, this delay doesn’t include Android tablets –that version is still on track to be released by the end of 2014). According to Blizzard, as noted on their official Hearthstone blog: “Throughout the past year, many of you have been asking about the release date for Hearthstone on Android. The team…
  • Audio Experts at Jawbone Launch DROP, Tweet-Based Music App

    Jillian Koskie
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    DROP by Jawbone is a new kind of music app that lets you create and manage playlists using tweets. By inviting you to “drop a beat with a tweet,” users of the app can turn choosing the next song on your playlist into a social activity. Inspired by the experiences of Jawbone’s audio designer and DJ-in-residence, Austin Soldner, DROP was created: always taking requests, the idea was to make it easy for groups of friends to create their own selection of songs. Once you connect DROP to your Twitter account, friends can easily add songs to the mix with a tweet like…
  • Vatican Library Digitizes 4,400 Ancient Manuscripts and Gives Them Away for Free

    Michael Kozlowski
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The Vatican Apostolic Libraryis now digitizing its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website. All of the content is available for free. The Library was originally founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and books printed prior to 1500 AD. The titles are all written throughout history by people who had different faiths or religions, from all over the world. Not only are paintings, religious iconography and books being published online, but also letters by from important historical figures, drawings and notes by artists…
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  • FR Littérature (Genre)

    Hpieterse
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    ‎Edmond de Goncourt, 1822-1896: ← Older revision Revision as of 23:05, 22 October 2014 Line 602: Line 602:  == Edmond de Goncourt, 1822-1896 == == Edmond de Goncourt, 1822-1896 ==  * {{Ebook|30317|La fille Elisa}} (1877) * {{Ebook|30317|La fille Elisa}} (1877) * {{ebook|46183|La maison d'un artiste, Tome 1}} (1898)* {{Ebook|46183|La maison d'un artiste, Tome 1}} {{Ebook|47171|Tome 2}} (1898)     == Edmond et Jules de Goncourt == == Edmond et Jules de Goncourt ==
  • FR Nouveautés (Genre)

    Hpieterse
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    ‎Octobre: ← Older revision Revision as of 23:03, 22 October 2014 Line 10: Line 10:     === Octobre === === Octobre ===  Ebook nº 47171 {{Ebook|47171|La maison d'un artiste, Tome II}} par Edmond de Goncourt (1898)<br/>    Ebook nº 47164 {{Ebook|47164|Chronique du crime et de l’innocence, Tome II }} par J.-B. J. Champagnac (1833)<br/> Ebook nº 47164 {{Ebook|47164|Chronique du crime et de l’innocence, Tome II }} par J.-B. J. Champagnac (1833)<br/>   
  • IT Linguistica (Biblioteca)

    Babymag
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    ← Older revision Revision as of 16:14, 22 October 2014 Line 8: Line 8:     {{EbookAndCover|45120|Della illustrazione delle lingue antiche e moderne e principalmente dell'italiana procurata nel secolo XVIII. dagli Italiani 2/2|1819}} {{EbookAndCover|45120|Della illustrazione delle lingue antiche e moderne e principalmente dell'italiana procurata nel secolo XVIII. dagli Italiani 2/2|1819}}    == Morandi, Luigi ==    {{EbookAndCover|47163|Origine della lingua italiana: dissertazione|1891}}        [[Category:IT…
  • IT Umorismo (Biblioteca)

    Babymag
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
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  • FR Droit et Justice (Genre)

    Hpieterse
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    ‎J.-B. J. Champagnac: ← Older revision Revision as of 12:22, 22 October 2014 Line 16: Line 16:     == J.-B. J. Champagnac == == J.-B. J. Champagnac == * {{Ebook|46683|Chronique du crime et de l’innocence, Tome I}} (1833)* {{Ebook|46683|Chronique du crime et de l’innocence, Tome I}} {{Ebook|47164|Tome II}}(1833)  :''Recueil des Événemens les plus tragiques; Empoisonnemens, Assassinats, Massacres, Parricides, et autres forfaits, commis en France, depuis le commencement de la monarchie jusqu'à nos jours, disposés dans l'ordre chronologique, et extraits des…
 
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  • Empty Eyes

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Paul Stiles is spending his Saturday morning mowing his lawn, when his next door neighbor dies a peculiar and spectacular death on Paul’s front lawn. Paul knows something terrifying is happening, but he doesn’t realize that it’s the beginning of a war of survival for humanity. Islamic terrorists have paid rogue Russian scientists to create a plague of genetically created “bugs”, and have turned them loose on the free world, intending to kill the “infidels” of the world. But they didn’t take into account the unintended repercussions of these new…
  • Passages:

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Tom Hinton, author of 10,000 Days: The Rest of Your Life, the Best of Your Life! has written a second book of daily inspirations and weekly exercises to inspire, motivate, challenge and help us find powerful ways to apply The Course of 10,000 Days to our daily lives. This inspirational book is ideal for Baby Boomers as we transition from our Fulfillment Years (28-54) to our Legacy Years (55+). 
  • Seducing the Masseuse in Indonesia

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stories of how a Western man finds love through massage therapy. Episodic, occasional humor. Massages in Bali, Jakarta, and East Java, mystery, success, challenges, and sexual conquest. How Indonesian women do not need an apology for sex. 
  • Thrashing, Miss Padmore

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Mrs. Padmore tolerated her daughter's hedonist, stripper lifestyle, but even she has her breaking point. One drunken night too many and Shawna Padmore's Mum rung up the elderly family friend, Milton Hargrave for advice on how to deal with her disobedient daughter. Hargrave suggested a good old fashion thrashing, might do the little miss some good. 
  • Bank Job

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    At first glance, the robbery in a small bank branch doesn't seem overly mysterious. After all, the CCTV footage clearly shows a masked robber threatening bank clerk Jim Carling with a gun before disabling the cameras. However, the robber knew a bit too much about the inner workings of the bank, so Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd quickly suspects that the robber had inside help. But who of the five bank employees is the insider? And what happened to Jim Carling after the robber took him hostage? This is a crime novelette of 9300 words or approx. 30 print pages altogether. 
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  • The Great Carnival Fundraiser

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    By Spring Fairchild. Price: $4.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/73">Reference</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1194">Personal &amp; Practical Guides</a>. Spring Fairchild This book gives you everything you need to know to throw a great carnival fundraiser! From the first meeting to the big day, it is chock full of invaluable information that will save you time, money and possibly your sanity. In an…
  • Treading Clams

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    By Francis Bennett. Price: $2.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/94">Biography</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1198">Personal memoir</a>. Francis Bennett Treading Clams is a young man's memoir of growing up in a small seaside town at the end of the Second World War. Like the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, John "The Crabber" White takes us on eight different life changing adventures…
  • Jet (Bundle of volumes 1-3)

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    By Russell Blake. Price: $9.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/892">Adventure</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1306">Action</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/874">Thriller &amp; suspense</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1286">Spies…
  • Dialogue: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    By Linda Ellinor. Published by: Crossroad Press. Price: $4.99 USD. Category: <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 href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1925">Decision-making &amp; problem solving</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/4">Nonfiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/93">Business &amp;…
  • Cats in the Cradle of Civilization

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By C. L. Kraemer. Published by: Rogue Phoenix Press. Price: $3.99 USD. Category: <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/3">Fiction</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/874">Thriller &amp; suspense</a> / <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1284">Action &amp; suspense</a>. C. L. Kraemer The deserts of Egypt hide many secrets. Glenda Nagel, Editor for Getty Museum’s monthly magazine, would have preferred Egypt kept them all, especially the one that disrupted her life.
 
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  • Literary agents look to change ‘distant’ image

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Bookseller: Literary festivals can “provide help and support for new writers” and enable them to ask questions in a “relaxing, happy, supportive environment”, event organisers and literary agents have told The Bookseller. Festivals can also bring would-be authors closer to the publishing process by connecting them with agents, who want to move away from the perception that they are “very distant and difficult to meet”. Earlier this year, the Battersea Literature Festival and the Literary Kitchen Festival included dog walks led by literary agents as part of their…
  • I’ve been as bad an influence

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of. Dashiell Hammett
  • Is it time to chop down Amazon?

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Globe and Mail: Amazon has knocked a hole in the book publisher’s barricade, agreeing to a new contract with Simon and Schuster, a CBSowned company. A settlement of the row between Hachette and the e-retailer over book pricing cannot be far off. Yet, in political terms, the jury is still out as battle rages between Amazon’s enemies, who accuse it of predatory pricing and of killing off bookstores, and its supporters, who say Amazon’s disruptive business model supports a community of self-publishers and offers consumers cheaper books. A thousand authors (not all of them with…
  • Amazon’s Spending Leads to Biggest Quarterly Loss in 14 Years

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    From The Wall Street Journal: Amazon.com Inc. ’s soaring ambitions are coming at a steep cost, dragging the e-commerce giant to its largest quarterly loss in 14 years. A surge in spending on new-product development, music and video licensing, and other parts of the Seattle company’s expansion strategy led to a net loss of $437 million in the third quarter, worse than its year-earlier loss of $41 million. The wider loss came despite a 20% jump in revenue to $20.58 billion. In another stumble, Amazon took a $170 million charge on its Amazon Fire smartphone, which was released in July but is…
  • Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From author Judy Mollen Walters via The Huffington Post: Little White Lies. We all use them in daily life. A friend asks us if she looks like she’s gained weight and we say no when it does look like she’s put on a few pounds. But what about little white lies in publishing? Those happen all the time, too, yet many of us argue, they’re good, for both the liar and the recipient. My experience with little white lies started as a naive but hopeful author, sending out query letters trying to find an agent. Some agents sent a generic rejection letter but others wrote a little…
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    AuthorCulture

  • Book Review: How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon

    Cherie Burbach
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who wouldn’t love a truckload of reviews? The title, How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon, immediately drew me in, and that in and of itself is a lesson on how to promote yourself as an author. The book is written by Penny Sansevieri from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. I’ve always appreciated Penny’s take on getting your name out in front of people as an author, and I like that she has the experience in dealing with authors solely as someone who helps promote them. Reviews and Engagement MatterHer first point is a great one. Reviews are still important. I often overlook them…
  • Two Platform Lessons

    Jody
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I've been reflecting recently on my publishing journey, particularly the marketing aspect. Much of my research suggests that you ask for endorsements, and aim pretty high. What could it hurt? I want my message to reach as many folks as possible. So I got brave and asked some pretty big names for endorsements and reviews. I also asked some  lesser known authors and reviewers. Here's what happened.The famous, high profile authors responded to me within a few days. The answer was "Sorry, no," but I received warm congratulations and well wishes.
  • Friday Book Review: My Father's Keep, by Ed Abell

    Lisa Lickel
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Review of My Father’s Keep by Ed AbellCreate Space, Jan 2014www.wisconsincounsciousness.orgISBN: 9781494367381Ebook 4.49Pbook 10.16 Buy the book  - AmazonBarnes and NobleAn Inspiring Journey of Forgiveness and Promise-KeepingAt once a trek to the highest peak on Earth and the deepest place of the heart, My Father’s Keep captures the experience that all adult children share: the pain and suffering of growing up in the chaos of alcoholism and the dogged belief that they can—and must—somehow save their afflicted parents from their torment. As that child, Ed Abell vows that one day…
  • C. Hope Clark, "Secondary Characters Have a Primary Role"

    Linda Yezak
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    My favorite characters are the secondary ones, often considered the sidekicks. When I wrote the first chapter in my first mystery, my focus honed in on the good guy and the bad guy. Everyone else was dispensable, flexible, even optional, but wow, over the years I’ve come to my senses. Secondary characters make a book. Without them, all you have is the good guy and the bad guy, and gracious, how bland is that? Imagine the family on Christmas Day, all gathered around the tree, or maybe the dinner table. The patriarch is evident, as is the matriarch. The clown and the wallflower. The good…
  • Authors: How to Get a Platform Like a Reality Star

    Cherie Burbach
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Isn’t it wild how some celebs or reality stars get book deals? It drives some authors crazy, but from a publishing perspective it seems like a smart move because of the platform these celebs have. But fear not, authors! You can get yo’self a platform like that, too, or at the very least, build yours to a respectable level based on some of the things they do. #106188775 / gettyimages.comYou Don’t Have a Reality Show, and That’s a Good ThingSome of you might be saying, “But I don’t have a reality show! I won’t get the audience those people have!”Be glad you don’t have a…
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • To Agree or Not to Agree: Simon & Schuster Just Did

    Mick Rooney
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    With so much attention recently given to the Amazon and Hachette dispute over their on going contract negotiations, Tuesday's news that big five publisher Simon & Schuster had agreed a deal with Amazon came as something of a surprise to many in the industry. If we were to listen to the anti-Amazon ramblings of New York Times journalist David Streitfeld, you'd swear no one could agree a deal with Amazon. According to Business Insider, negotiations between Simon & Schuster and Amazon were agreed two months ahead the date the current contract expires. The new deal officially…
  • Self-Publising in the United States 2008-13 | Some Report Analysis

    Mick Rooney
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Bowker is the leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions for the publishing industry in the USA. Earlier this month Bowker released a detailed six-page report on self-publishing. The data presented in the report is based on counts of ISBNs registered in Bowker's Books in Print database and published or distributed in the United States. The report, titled Self-Publishing in the United States 2008-2013, features analysis of self-publishing service providers, micro-publishers and direct output from authors publishing with their own block of registered ISBNs.
  • Bestselling Self-Published Author Freethy Partners with Ingram Publishing Services

    Mick Rooney
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Bestselling self-published author Barbara Freethy has entered a partnership deal with Ingram Publishing Services (IPS) which will see her novels sold and distributed in print format worldwide to brick and mortar bookstores. Freethy is the author of 40+ contemporary romance novels with sales in excess of 4.8 million. She will self-publish the print titles under Hyde Street Press, her own dedicated imprint for this new venture. The deal is the first of its kind directly with a self-published author by Ingram Publishing Services (IPS).Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine…
  • Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Five: Who for, Where and When to write | Douglas Burcham

    Mick Rooney
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    [Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure starting with a fantasy short story about yet another life of Henry Cross the main character in his fiction writing.]Henry watched the red sun slip down below the calm sea horizon from the balcony of his home on his island estate in the Caribbean. Here all much warmer than outside in the gardens of his expensive homes in London, Paris and New York.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Raider Publishing's UK Operation Falls on Sword of ASA

    Mick Rooney
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint it received about Green Shore Publishing, a paid-publishing service imprint of Raider Publishing International (RPI), and published the findings of its adjudicating council last week. RPI and it's CEO and founder Adam Salviani were also the subject of a recent investigation by BBC Radio 4's consumer rights programme, You & Yours. TIPM covered the full details of this programme here, including news that Salviani happily gave a BBC interview (to answer a series of author complaints against RPI) without…
 
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    WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  • How Image Systems Can Supercharge a Novel

    Becca Puglisi
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    You know, after 5+ years, we’ve covered a lot of writing-related topics at this blog. At times, it’s a challenge to come up with meaningful material that hasn’t been done to death. So I was super excited to receive C.S. Lakin’s post on a topic that we’ve never discussed before at Writers Helping Writers—a topic that I’d never actually even heard of before: using image systems to improve your novel. What the heck is an image system? I’m so glad you asked…. Filmmakers use a term called “image systems,” and novelists can benefit greatly by…
  • Character Talents and Skills: ESP (Clairvoyance)

    Angela Ackerman
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:48 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…
  • 11 Novelist-Tested Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block

    Becca Puglisi
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    I’m super excited to welcome Warren Adler to our blog. He’s the author of The War of The Roses and Random Hearts, which you’ll likely recognize as major motion pictures from the 80s and 90s. As a successful career author, Warren has accumulated some tried-and-true methods for getting un-stuck, and he’s here today to share them with us… PhotoSteve101 @ Creative Commons 1. Reread your favorite novels, the ones that once inspired you to be a writer. One of my favorite books is The Red and the Black by Stendhal. Not surprisingly, it makes an appearance in my new…
  • Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: Strategic Thinking

    Becca Puglisi
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:13 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…
  • October Critiques 4 U!

    Becca Puglisi
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Courtesy: JD Hancock @ Creative Commons CONTEST IS CLOSED! I had SO MUCH FUN reading the first pages from last month’s Critiques 4 U contest winners. Thank you Terry Gene, Kelly Miller, and Heather Brady for being so brave as to let me read your work. And I was completely blown away by the response—over 70 entrants in that 24-hour period. With so many first pages out there just sitting around, waiting to be read, I need to get cracking. Since Halloween is coming, along with my husband’s birthday and about a hundred soccer games, I’m opening submissions for this…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

    Joanna Penn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David Gaughran, Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant from the Self Publishing Podcast in audio, video and transcript format. The PowerPack is at 99c for a very short time in an exclusive deal, and even if you have all the books already, it’s worth it for the…
  • From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

    Joanna Penn
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative business he runs today. In the intro, I mention the history-making deal that Barbara Freethy has made with Ingram for print distribution to bookstores – exciting times for indies as the final frontiers come tumbling down! I also recommend the new book, ‘Discoverability:…
  • How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – see the picture at the bottom of the post! With Camille Mofidi at the Kobo booth at Frankfurt Book Fair Here are my slides from the event and a list of notes with more links is included below. It is 95% relevant to all authors, with a little bit of German specific info throughout. How to be successful in…
  • Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

    Joanna Penn
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview him about his (not so secret) strategies for success. In the intro, I talk about my impressions of Frankfurt Book Fair and some of what I learned there, as well as an update on my writing. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets…
  • How To Read Your Own AudioBook And Sell Direct To Customers

    Joanna Penn
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I love ACX.com and I am all in with my fiction there, but I’m also a podcaster and after years of doing my own interviews and audio, I decided to read my own non-fiction audiobook, and sell it direct! Here’s how. Recording the book I live in a basement flat with pretty good acoustics for audio i.e. no high ceilings or wooden floors, so I knew it would be OK to record here. If you want to record yourself and distribute professionally, you are likely to need a studio, but I went ahead at home and just stopped if it got too noisy. I am not hugely technical and I didn’t want to…
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 10/24/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    CRITICAL THINKING-WRITING II Someone once told me that my true vocation was as a CSI (crime scene investigator) in the writing field because I question everything and look for better answers.  That particular person’s tone was a bit thick with sarcasm.  However I accepted it as a moment of “constructive criticism.”  Since then, I’ve developed several “rebellious” elements to my writing career that have greatly enhanced my editing techniques and (in my opinion) bring out the best in the manuscripts I’m editing or ghostwriting.  The following four points are part of those…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:Before I Forget

    selfpublishingadvisor
    23 Oct 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: Before I Forget Morayo Olayombo Ruth Luwoye Publisher: Outskirts…
  • Rising Through the Ranks | A Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization (Part I)

    Kelly S
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the last few weeks, I’ve explored some of the benefits of tapping into social networks (read those blog posts here, here, and here) for self-published authors.Even for beginners or newcomers, there are ways to take advantage of the complex tools now at our disposal.And social media is just the beginning!  This week, I’m going to launch a series of blogs to provide a primer to––or a launching point for future discussions about––another means of augmenting your digital presence: Search Engine Optimization (or SEO).What does this somewhat obscure term mean?Simply put, SEO is a…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 10/21/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    21 Oct 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. With “Let’s Get Digital” You Can Finally Say Yes to Successful Self-Publishing This article discusses important things to consider when considering self-publishing and provides…
  • How to Scare Away Readers

    selfpublishingadvisor
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy October, everyone! In honor of this month, I’ll be sharing Halloween-themed posts each week. Be sure to check out the previous posts about spooky self-publishing statistics and why authors are scared to self-publish. This week, I’ll talk about things that will scare away readers and how to avoid these mistakes. 1) Typos and poor grammar While even books published by big name traditional publishers occasionally have mistakes, readers expect books to be near flawless. If your manuscript is full of typos and grammar mistakes, readers will not take you or your book…
 
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    Ebook Friendly

  • Find the origins of your language with this awesome tree chart

    Ola Kowalczyk
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Minna Sundberg, author of the webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent, has created a wonderful linguistic tree chart.It’s a comprehensive overlook of the Nordic languages, letting us find the origins of our mother tongue, in a visually pleasing way.Click on the image to see it in full resolution.Via Mental Floss.More to explore:Famous music performances as Penguin book covers (pictures)Delightful Harry Potter pixel art alphabet (pictures)Am I a book snob? (fun chart)Portraits of famous writers created entirely on a typewriter (pictures)Clever: famous music albums as sets of Penguin books…
  • 20 best short stories for kids

    Piotr Kowalczyk
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    In this list you’ll find not only single short stories for kids, but also short story collections.Shrinking attention span becomes a growing problem of people living in digital times.Digital natives are going to suffer much more than their parents. The first activity to be set aside is reading books.Recommended: 25 iPad case covers for a book geek10 projects that enhance print books with technologyReading requires focus, and it’s harder and harder to focus when being surrounded by text message ringtones, Facebook notifications, and to-do reminders.What’s more, some books,…
  • The definitive guide to banned books, vol. 2 (infographic)

    Ola Kowalczyk
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Long expected second part of the The Definitive Guide to Banned Books is here!The infographic was prepared by Datadial for Lovereading, the site that helps readers find next books to read. The chart lists the remaining titles that were banned across the globe.As before, info about every book includes a summary of the plot, the date of a first release, and the reason to ban it.Yes, Harry Potter was banned in various states of the U.S. – for promoting witchcraft.Click or tap on the image below to enlarge it.Via Visually.More infographics to check out:Ebook growth is stagnating…
  • 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook launches at a special introductory price of $299

    Piotr Kowalczyk
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 is on sale for a special price of $299, reduced by $50.Some people were waiting for this to happen. Barnes & Noble and Samsung have just announced the launch of the bigger co-branded Nook tablet – the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.Recommended: 20 best short stories for kids25 iPad case covers for a book geekTwo months after the launch of Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0, the new tablet joins the family of Nook devices. It has the largest screen ever offered on Nook.The large screen Nook tablet is basically the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab…
  • Modern Polaxis is an augmented reality comic book you have to see (video)

    Piotr Kowalczyk
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    It seems natural for comic books to first enter the augmented reality world.Modern Polaxis is one of the first projects showing how AR technology can enhance, already intense, reading experience. And it’s awesome!Created by a Melbourne-based interactive comic artist Sutu, the comic is a private journal of a paranoid time traveller. All his secret information, his delusions and conspiracy theories, he hides in a secret augmented reality layer.To access the secrets of Modern Polaxis, you’ll need a free iPhone/iPad app. Point the rear camera at the comic, and the pages will come to…
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    Indie House Books

  • The Field Of Blackbirds: A Jeff Bradley Thriller

    Kayte M
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Thomas Ryan The Field of Blackbirds begins when Arben Shala disappears in Eastern Europe. Jeff Bradley, a recently retired special forces soldier, promises Arben’s wife to uncover the mystery behind his disappearance and bring her husband home. Jeff travels to the UN administered Serbian province of Kosovo still in a state of political uncertainty after the Yugoslavian conflict. With help from American Morgan Delaney, Barry Briggs an Australian working with the UN and the enigmatic Lee Caldwell an agent for the world’s largest private security firm, Jeff uncovers a criminal conspiracy…
  • Back From Chaos, Earth’s Pendulum Book One

    David M.
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By Yvonne Hertzberger Klast, loner, assassin and spy, has no idea that his destiny is linked to the maid he is sent to rescue. But even before he can fulfill it he must wrestle with his own demons, and help Lord Gaelen unmask a traitor. Failure will upset the Balance that Earth, goddess, needs to provide good harvests, health and peace. Earth has shown Liethis, true seer, that unless Klast completes his missions, more catastrophes, like the Red Fever that ravages the population, will follow. Time is short.   What the Reviewers Are Saying “If you love fantasy, or just a great…
  • Chickamauga: A Novel of the American Civil War by Blair Howard

    Kayte M
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Link: Amazon Promo Dates: 10/24-10/26 Chickamauga – A Novel of the American Civil War – is the story of a great battle of the Civil War and the people who fought it, many of them real and some of them the product of the author’s imagination. Though the words they speak are but shadows moving on a tapestry of heroism and selflessness, their deeds are etched forever on the fields and forests at Chickamauga, the River of Death. Chickamauga is the story of the generals who planned the grand strategies that would be played out by lesser but braver men, and it’s the story of…
  • A Wizard’s Lot (The Woern Chronicles Book 2) by A.M. Justice

    Kayte M
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Link: Amazon Promo Dates: 10/9-10/31 Destiny tears the world apart in A Wizard’s Lot, Book Two of The Woern Chronicles, a thrilling fantasy juiced with science fiction. Vic is a young woman with a wizard’s power but no knowledge how to use it. Ashel is the disgraced minstrel and prince who loves her. When the mysterious, insectoid Kragnashians drag Vic a thousand years into the past, Ashel becomes ensnared in a rebellion to secure the survival of humanity. Yet the one who holds the lot that decides their future is Bethniel, Ashel’s sister and the heir to a hidden power. When her fate is…
  • The Marilyn Job: A Romantic Mystery Series by Jayne Blue

    Kayte M
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Link: Amazon Promo Dates: 10/23-10/26 My name is Lincoln McCall and I get paid to watch. If you would have told me one month ago that I’d be driving 80 miles an hour at 2 a.m. away from Las Vegas with Marilyn Monroe asleep in my lap and two goons only a rest stop away from my tail, I would have said you were full of it. I am paid to be overprotective around gorgeous women. Keeping blonde bombshells like this out of trouble is my job. Though, in my defense, I’d never met a blonde quite like this. I’m Lincoln McCall. I am a a bodyguard for Vallin Consulting, the classiest escort service…
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  • 3 Ways to Manage Challenges as a Leader

    Erin Halsne
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Equip yourself to lead. Through October 31, get 20 ebooks about leadership for just $2.99 each! Being a leader isn’t easy. People experience painful relationships, choices, and circumstances, but leaders are expected to make the tough calls and gracefully navigate these points of tension. Leaders are people too. They’re still susceptible to anger, feelings of inadequacy, and disappointment. They collide—perhaps more frequently than we think—with people and situations that require a thick skin, incredible patience, and a steady hand. Author Jeff Iorg in his ebook, The Painful…
  • What Are You Supposed To Do With Your Life?

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    21 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Today we have the pleasure of sharing an exclusive look at Johnnie Moore’s new ebook, What Am I Supposed To Do With My Life? This ebook aims to provide spiritual direction and clear guidance on the most frequently asked question Moore hears as the campus pastor at a Christian university. Take a look: Young evangelicals are constantly told that our teen, college, and young adult years are a “waiting period.” We’re waiting for jobs, for spouses, for God’s calling. This isn’t the season to get to work, but the season to wait until God shows us what we’re supposed to do with…
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    We’ve partnered with B&H Publishing Group to bring you 20 titles on leadership for just $2.99 each through October 31. Get these resources today and get equipped to lead. Improvement and growth in a skill or practice doesn’t just fall into our laps, we have to actively seek it out and look for opportunities to learn. What better way to grow as a leader than to explore different views, methods, and models of leadership from other professionals and leaders? Through October 31, get 20 ebooks on leadership for just $2.99 each. You’ll find resources to help equip you for leadership…
  • 5 Tips for Praying with Your Family

    Brian Williams
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    While contemplating what it means to be a leader in the home, I remembered a post that my friend Jayson wrote in 2012, 5 Tips for Praying with Your Children. Many of you might have missed the post two years ago, and I felt that this previous content would fit well within our leadership theme this month. Here are 5 tips for praying with your family: 1. Plan Your Prayer Time If you don’t plan for prayer time with your family, it just isn’t going to happen regularly. It is amazing how life can get in the way of something that is so important. By the time you get dinner, bath time, and all…
  • Knowing God: An Interview with J.D. Greear (Part 2)

    Brian Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Today we are continuing our exclusive two-part interview with J.D. Greear, author of the new ebook Jesus, Continued. You can pre-order Jesus, Continued on Vyrso today!  In some of your writing about the book you say, “Through depth in the gospel and fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we can go from guilt-driven to grace-driven and gift-driven.” Can you give us an example of what that looks like in practice? When we feel like we are responsible to save the world, we will feel like we are never doing enough—never being radical enough, never sacrificing enough. We’ll always feel guilty…
 
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  • The Late Bloomers (Episode 22)

    Kevin Eagan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    What happens if you peak late in life? Today, we’re talking about those late bloomers, the writers and innovators who gain notoreity after years of hard work. Did you know Charles Bukowski wasn’t published until he was 51, or that Walt Whitman self-published the first edition of Leaves of Grass at 36? Today, we seem obsessed with young genius, but we still see cases of people publishing and gaining success later in life. Jason and I are both over 30. We keep writing and trying to get our work out there. I guess we’re late bloomers, or getting close to it. Perhaps there’s too much…
  • Digitally Composed, Consumed, and Critiqued (Episode 21)

    Kevin Eagan
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    We live in a digital world, and that means writers need to develop their readership online. Luckily, the tools available to do that continue to improve. Wattpad is one of those writerly tools, and fan fiction one of the ways writers find an audience. Today, Jason and Kevin talk about how to be digitally composed, consumed, and critiqued. We look at the phenomenon that is fan fiction. Remixing and revisiting popular works has existed for centuries: look at what Shakespeare did with his source material or today, what Disney does with old fairy tales. But fan fiction is very popular online, and…
  • Writing in the Margins (Episode 20)

    Kevin Eagan
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    In today’s show, we explore the promise of digital marginalia. Remember when you were a kid and teachers told you not to mark up your textbooks? And then you got to college, and teachers told you you had to mark up your books? There’s something about writing in the margins of a book that either scares readers away or excites them. If you’re a regular Critical Margins reader, you know I love marking up books and see a lot of promise in digital margin notes, but we have a long way to go. Kevin’s thoughts on marginalia: “What we gain and lose in the future of reading” and “Why…
  • Evernote for Reading and Writing (Episode 19)

    Kevin Eagan
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    How do you organize your reading life? Today, we’re talking about how to use Evernote for writing and organization. Both Jason and Kevin use Evernote to write notes, keep lists, organize daily writing, and keep track of our digital books. You can even use evernote to organize your ebook reading notes as well. Show notes: Clippings.io is designed to export your Amazon Kindle notes, and you can send them to Evernote Book mentioned by Jason: Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly and Evernote:…
  • What’s a MOOC Got to do with It? (Episode 18)

    Kevin Eagan
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Today, Jason and Kevin talk about MOOCs. You might be wondering: What’s a MOOC? I can assure you it’s not a horned animal from Middle Earth, nor is it something Sarah Palin shoots from helicopters. MOOCs are massive, open online courses. They give some promise to our higher education system in need of reform. But MOOCs aren’t perfect, and they certainly won’t replace traditional higher education anytime soon. Show notes: The MOOC Kevin’s participating in right now, discussed on the show: Coursera.org Social Psychology What You Need to Know About MOOCs, from The Chronicle of Higher…
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  • Using Current Events in Fiction Writing

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: Using Current Events in Fiction WritingArticle:   To close to home or do you weave reality Many writers enjoy weaving a moral story inside their works of fiction and fantasy. Real world events can often be the catalyst for amazing storylines, and their subsequent consequences. Sometimes the message conveyed is subtle, and missed. Other times the meaning to clear and obvious. In either case, once discovered, the effect on the reader can be quite profound. Created By: jamesjacksonLast Modified: Mon 20 October 2014 02:14Categories: Self PublishingTags: Indie Authors
  • Science Fiction versus Fantasy

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: Science Fiction versus FantasyArticle:   Just what is the difference between Fantasy and Science Fiction I am sometimes asked what a science fiction novel is, and if it differs from fantasy. Well first, let's tackle their individual meanings.  Science fiction is content which is usually set in the future, or in futuristic settings. These stories usually involve space travel, scientific advancements, or alien races. A common theme of science fiction is an off world setting. Think of Frank Herbert's Dune saga, or Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Fantasy writing usually…
  • Computers that Writers and Gamers use

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: Computers that Writers and Gamers useArticle:   The technology of a writer (and avid Gamer) The only common denominator for my title is that I do both. In reality, the computer system that is essential for writing has rather simple needs, while a gaming system definitely requires far newer technology. I will add that having multiple monitors for both is a very handy feature. Created By: jamesjacksonLast Modified: Wed 20 August 2014 08:15Categories: Self Publishing, RoutineTags: Self-Publishing, Indie Authors
  • World at War

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    Title: World at WarArticle:   World at War...  What does that mean? This blog, like most of my others, was going to be on a rather safe topic. But with all the strife we have in the world right now, I could not in good conscience stick my head in the sand and ignore what is going on. With that being said I must warn you that this blog expresses my views and insights into the world's current events. For those who are not interested in this topic, please come back next month when I promise I will provide a more contemporary blog. Created By: jamesjacksonLast Modified: Wed 20 August…
  • Social Media Friendships. Online Gaming, Facebook, Twitter, Linked, and more

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Title: Social Media Friendships. Online Gaming, Facebook, Twitter, Linked, and moreArticle:   Are social media friends, friends...  I think so. Many years ago my wife and I started playing World of Warcraft, a game we played for almost seven years. Over the course of these years we became good friends with a number of other players. We used Ventrilo, a voice chat program, in order to communicate with each other as we played. Roll forward ten years, and even though I have not meet these people face to face, thanks to our many chatting sessions and the phenomenon that Facebook has…
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  • Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger

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    18 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    The post Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death has something of a Jewish motif, if you haven’t already guessed so by the ‘matzoh ball’ in the title. It is the story about the mystery surrounding an old lady’s death caused by a matzoh ball, and how two enterprising senior women go about solving it. Not [...] The post Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
  • Six Months in Montana by Pamela M. Kelly – Career or Love?

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    7 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    The post Six Months in Montana by Pamela M. Kelly – Career or Love? appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Six Months in Montana is quite a popular romance if its 500+ reviews are any indication. Career versus love – the age old question a woman always has to answer is at the center of the book. Some might say it is a question of whether the love is strong enough. But first, let us [...] The post Six Months in Montana by Pamela M. Kelly – Career or Love? appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
  • The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate – Modern Day British Mystery

    pskarr
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    The post The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate – Modern Day British Mystery appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. The Red Book of Primrose House is quite a verbose title, but is aptly named. Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed mystery will enthrall gardening enthusiasts, especially those who are steeped into the history of gardens of yore. Set in a small Sussex village, this British mystery has the working class, middle class and the rich and [...] The post The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate – Modern Day British Mystery appeared first on A Million Kindle…
  • Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott – Medieval Scottish Romance

    pskarr
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    The post Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott – Medieval Scottish Romance appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Moonlight Raider is a Scottish romance set in the 16th century and is part of Amanda Scott’s Border Nights series. Runaway Brides walked the earth long before Julia Roberts, and Molly is one of them. Walter Scott or Wat has just buried his father and inherited the title Lord of Rankilburn. He is walking through [...] The post Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott – Medieval Scottish Romance appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
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    pskarr
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    The post Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton: In Hot Pursuit appeared first on A Million Kindle Books. Scandalous Summer Nights is the latest book from Anne Barton’s Honeycote series. I reviewed Once She was Tempted earlier, and being familiar with the characters, was looking forward to reading Olivia’s story. Lady Olivia Sherbourne is unconventional. She takes on dares and will risk anything for one. She has been in love with James Averill, [...] The post Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton: In Hot Pursuit appeared first on A Million Kindle Books.
 
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  • The Unsubstantial Air American Fliers in the First World War by Samuel Hynes

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    23 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
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    23 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    SkyMaul 2 Where America Buys His Stuff by Robert Baedeker Description The imposing follow up up to a “comedy classic” (Austin Chronicle), SkyMaul 2 picks up in which their “superbly amusing” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) forerunner remaining down. Bursting with shipload to great stuff—from the Catbox Viewing Dome to the Bullet-Allowing Vest to the Wearable Coatrack—SkyMaul 2 will win your fun at laughter which glitters because washes. Product Details SkyMaul 2 Where America Buys His Stuff by Robert Baedeker Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin;…
  • Shopaholic to the Stars A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

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    23 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Shopaholic to the Stars A Novel by Sophie Kinsella Description #1 New York Times popular writer Sophie Kinsella comes back towards the girl precious Shopaholic show at Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) freshly found its way to Hollywood and starry-eyed. This girl along with her two-year-old girl, Minnie, have moved towards L.A. to participate Becky’s spouse, Luke, whom can manage PR for popular celebrity Sage Seymour. Becky can’t wait to beginning lifestyle their A-list way of life, that includes celeb sightings, yoga exercise vacations, as well as buying travels to Rodeo Drive. However this…
  • Midnight in Siberia A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Greene

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    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Midnight in Siberia A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Greene Description Much from the stylish cafés, fashion designer shops, as well as governmental objection as well as crackdowns inside Moscow, the real Russia is out there. Midnight in Siberia stories David Greene’s trip in the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked compartments as well as way station cities spread over the uk’s cold situation, Greene talks at standard Russians about how precisely his or her lifestyles have altered…
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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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    Network Security with OpenSSL: Cryptography for Secure Communications pdfSummary ebook :Network Security with OpenSSL: Cryptography for Secure Communications Most applications these days are at least somewhat network aware, but how do you protect those applications against common network security threats? Many developers are turning to OpenSSL, an open source version of SSL/TLS, which is the most widely used protocol for secure network communications. The OpenSSL library is seeing widespread adoption for web sites that require cryptographic functions to protect a broad range of sensitive…
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  • E-Templates – A new approach in Rapid E-Learning Course Development

    Swift Elearning Services
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Advanced eLearning Authoring Tools have made eLearning Development Easy The rapid and extensive advances in technology have brought on incredible innovation in all fields of human interest. The impact of the same can be seen in the e-learning space, and these days, this specialized segment is breaking new ground continuously. With this increasing demand, a lot of small-sized companies, as well as corporates are venturing into the elearning development arena. Even individuals who have sufficient technical backup can successfully create quality elearning resources. The process becomes…
  • E-Learning and Blended Learning

    Shaik Abdul Wahab
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    It is difficult to find one simple solutions for a complex issues. The expectations with regards to performance at work place or at home are complex; we need a blend of various learning solutions to resolve these complex issues. In such a scenario, Blended learning offers a greater chance of success. Blended learning is not new concepts. In fact, it is an age-old concept that existed for several centuries. In ancient India, the pupil leave with their teacher or guru for years in Ashrams. The pupil was imparted theoretical knowledge, in the presence of the guru, sitting under the tree. The…
  • Why E-Learning? – A simple analysis

    Shaik Abdul Wahab
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    E-Learning industry is witnessing tremendous growth in terms of revenue and application. It has become a synonym for many of the learning requirements in corporates, academics and government institutions. To provide most suitable learning solutions, industry experts exploring and inventing creative methods and approaches such as Custom Learning Solutions, Rapid Learning Solutions, Gamifications, Instructor Led Training programs and blend of these methods and approaches. There are people who still want to get convinced with e-learning as an effective learning delivery platform or methodology.
  • Apple’s ‘Bendgate’ – E-Learning is a better strategy to avoid product failures

    Shaik Abdul Wahab
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Oooooh it is bending, it is Iphone, it is Apple, Steve Jobs. It happens with any designer, manufacturer, developer even it has happened with Steve Jobs too in 2010 with Iphone 4 the ‘Antenagate’. To the world at large Steve Jobs is known as a meticulous product manager but still Iphone 4 Antenagate is a reality. In general, people bother about product looks from outside; Steve Jobs was a person who also cares about inside looks. So it is not just about how meticulous you are, how skilled full developers and designers you have and what quality of material you use; it is also about how much…
  • What about surplus learning budgets?

    Shaik Abdul Wahab
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Companies allocate budgets for their learning requirements. Learning managers are responsible and have authority to spend these funds to satisfy learning needs in their respective organization. In general it is observed that, at the end of each financial year, all learning needs are satisfied but some part of allocated fund remain unspent. It is an opportunity for learning managers to invest in learning needs other than required for core operations like employee benefits, slow performers, skill enhancement for reducing time and improving quality, emotional development of employees etc. In an…
 
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  • Gone Girl Review

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
      There are two sides to every story 4 out of 5 stars I’ll admit I’d never heard of this book until I heard that they made a movie and I always think if the powerful people of Hollywood made an effort to make a movie based on a book, it must be a good read. Even though this isn’t the kind of book I would read, I thought I give it a try (also thanks to the movie trailer). But wow, long book (I’ll be very impressed if someone could finish it in one day). I’m not complaining, I prefer longer novel, it’s only that I thought some parts weren’t necessary and that’s my first issue…
  • Social media (addiction) overload?

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    In 2004… …the world wide web adopted only 5 social media websites and now today there are almost 200 running wild. In a frame of 10 years the evolution of social networking had accelerated aggressively. Out of the flood of procrastinatory gateways out there I’m only member to 9 of them and I feel like if I don’t check every single one of them by the end of the day, I’m missing out on information that might be significant. It’s like this online community of socialites had cast an enchanted spell on us or do I dare say it has become an dependence to alleviate our…
  • 14 inspirational author quotes

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
      Where to find that inspiration? I’m a person who collects quotes just to get my inspiration fix which most people need once in a while. Writers see the world differently to most and through their words they depict to us what can’t alway be seen. Here are just a handfull of my favorite quotes from great authors to arouse your perception.     “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde    “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” – C.S Lewis   “No…
  • The life of an (untrained) writer

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Before I begin… …I just want to indicate that I never thought I’ll write something like this. Something about only me. I don’t like speaking about myself and I shun away from the spotlight every time. Just for now – only a onetime thing – I’m going to speak about me and my experience, honestly. This is who I am, as an (untrained) writer, before and after my first book. I’m dyslexic. My brain works differently and the words I read and see are different to what other people see, so most times I don’t see the errors I make. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was…
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    29 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    The TFIOS review Recently completing the YA novel, The Fault in Our Stars, I thought I’ll post my review on the acclaimed book. Rated 3.5 stars out of 5 stars In the words of Hazel Grace Lancaster, “Okay.”And that’s how I felt about this book. It was… okay.I had great expectations for TFIOS (for goodness sakes, they made a movie, it must be good), but to tell the honest and impartial true – I really didn’t get the hype.Don’t get me wrong TFIOS fans, there is nothing wrong with this book, I did enjoy it. A story about kids with cancer will forever stay with me.
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  • iBooks Author 2.2 Update adds Auto-Play to Widgets

    Steve Sagovac
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Today Apple has released an update to the iBooks Author software. There are a few great features that have been added that will improve the functionality of your iBooks and also make the process a whole lot easier. But the feature that I am most excited about is the Auto-Play for Media and HTML Widgets. [...]
  • How to Add Flash Animation to iBooks Author

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    One of the most memorable moments in my life is still the day I was taken through the Disney Studio in Sydney, Australia, by a friend of mine. I got to meet real animators, layout artists, inbetweeners and the whole crew that put together an animated movie. That friend, Steve Trenbirth ( after he finished [...]
  • 12 Reasons to try iBooks Author

    Steve Sagovac
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Use iBooks Author to Create and Self Publish your next Art Book or Picture Book When it comes to creating and self-publishing a fixed layout art, or picture book, there is absolutely no better choice than using iBooks Author. Here are my 12 Reasons why you should try iBooks Author 1. iBooks Author has a [...]
  • How to Publish an eBook with Kindle Kids Book Creator – Tutorial

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Create an Amazon Kindle Picture Book with Kindle Kids Book Creator from an iBooks Author PDF Amazon announced today their new product for easily creating Children’s Picture Books and publishing them on the Amazon Kindle Store – the Kindle Kids Book Creator UPDATE: The book was approved and released in around 4hrs. You can see [...]
  • Why do my Stories all come out in Rhyme – it’s very frustrating!

    Steve Sagovac
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Below is a post I wrote a while back on my personal site www.daydreemin.com. I still haven’t finished this story, but I did get my notes out to see if I could. Rhyming Trouble This post could also be called: “The trouble with having more than one notebook”, or “writing a story in bits and [...]
 
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