The Benefits of Membership

Are you a member of Amazon Prime?  If so, there is a new service you will absolutely love!!Head over and check out Kindle First !!  This is a new service from Amazon that allows you to choose one free book each month.  These books are selected from various genres by the Amazon Publishing editors.  I've already grabbed mine for November!Here's the low down from Amazon:...more

Are Free Books Good For Authors?

Are free e-books good for authors? Will an e-book promotion encourage readers to buy more books? This was topic of discussion on GalleyCat this week after author Donna R. Wood made the argument against free books. I don't personally download many free books, but I do love a good e-book sale and whether it's free or deeply discounted, an e-book promotion is a very good way to lure me into reading your series. Author Lauren Dane shared her experiences with e-book promotions and how the power of free increased her sales. ...more
I think it's a great idea if you have more than one book in that genre, particularly if you have ...more

Random House Announces Digital-Only Imprints

The Random House Publishing Group (my happy literary home!) just announced three new digital imprints to add to LOVESWEPT, their digital imprint for romance and women's fiction: ALIBI, for mystery/suspense; HYDRA, for sci-fi/fantasy; and FLIRT, for "college-age New Adult" fiction. Their stated goal is to provide "affordable, accessible, and accomplished genre fiction," which they will publish more quickly and nimbly than traditional books....more
@Rita Arens you're welcome!more

More Free Books!

Lucky me!!  I've found yet another resource for free Kindle e-books!  This is a Facebook page that posts throughout the day.  Not all of them are free, they do post a few greatly reduced titles.  Pay close attention to the Amazon page to make sure you're getting the free ones....more

What the Department of Justice Lawsuit Over E-Books Means for Readers

On April 11, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin). These five publishers are part of a group known as the Big 6; they are responsible for the publication of many of your favorite books. Stephen King is published by Simon & Schuster, for example. The DOJ accuses these five publishers of making illegal agreements with Apple that have resulted in higher pricing for e-books. ...more
@Peaceable Yes, we do!more

Torn Between Two Worlds

Yesterday I wrote about my new Kindle and how much I love it. Today I read that Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. will no longer be printing their books…and my heart sank. I still think e-books are awesome, but can’t we have them and real print books?What strikes me most every time progress happens is that there’s something gained and something lost. ...more

Valentine E-Books With Heart

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The Kindle Library

When I first heard Kindle was adding a lending library, I was thrilled!!  After using the library, I'm still happy...but a long way from thrilled.First, you must be a member of Amazon Prime to access the library.  Personally, not an issue as I've been a member of Prime for a long time.  Other Kindle users, however, may not be willing to pay the yearly fee of $79.  For me, a huge portion of my online shopping is through Amazon so I recoup the fee in free shipping.  If the only reason you use Amazon is for your Kindle, it may not be worth the cost....more

Amazon Launches E-Book Kindle Lending Library

The e-book wars continue to flare as Amazon.com announced the launch of their Kindle Owner's Lending Library. Available only to Kindle and Kindle Fire owners (sorry app users, you're out of luck), Amazon Prime members can now borrow one book a month from Amazon's initial offerings of 5000 loanable books. ...more
@karabuntin The lack of being able to read loaned books, be it from an Kindle Lending Library ...more

Amazon Blazes Into Tablet Race With Kindle Fire

This week Amazon announced a new low-price Kindle for $79, a $99 Kindle Touch and entered the table marketplace with their $199 7-inch Kindle Fire. Supported by their new browser, Amazon Silk, the Kindle Fire will allow users to read, watch movies, download apps and listen to music. It's currently available for pre-order and will start shipping November 15, just in time for holiday gift-giving. ...more
I have a Kindle, bought it when it was $250 (first generation). It was very quickly replaced by ...more