Saturday, December 27, 2008

Free e-books from Random House

This holiday season Random House is generously offering free copies of selected e-books from their catalog. Titles include:

Murder List by Julie Garwood

The Whiskey Rebels: A Novel by David Liss

The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro

Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich

A Dangerous Man by Charles Huston

Caught Stealing by Charles Huston

Prague by Arthur Phillips

Six Bad Things by Charles Huston

The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst

The books are available for the Amazon Kindle at the following e-tailers:



Sony Reader

If you've never read an e-book, this is a good opportunity to experiment. Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

e-Books Making Inroads?

(Note: Link repaired 12-25-08, 9:45AM)

The New York Times published an article on Dec. 23, 2008 entitled Turning Page, E-Books Start to Take Hold. Authors Brad Stone and Motoko Rich did a good job of summarizing the situation.

The item that struck me the most was the fact that 20% of Amazon's sales of “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” are Kindle sales. That's very encouraging to us e-book authors.

The only thing I'd quibble with is the authors description of Harlequin as "the Toronto-based publisher of bodice-ripping romances". (emphasis mine) Ugh, will that old meme ever go away? Romances have changed so much since that description was first used back in the 1970's.

I'll try to get my monthly astrology post up soon, but in the mean time, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!


Monday, December 8, 2008

Win a Kindle For Christmas!

A group of authors, including moi, have banded together to offer one lucky winner an Amazon Kindle. Click on the graphic below for details:

I've had my Kindle for over a year now and I'm still loving it. My acupuncturist lusts after mine, esp. since I showed him how to search the Kindle store from the exam room and we discovered that the Shanghai Daily is now available to Kindle users, along with 27 other newspapers, 18 magazines and 2 dozen or so blogs. And that's in addition to the almost 200,000 books Amazon claims is available for the Kindle.

Another thing lots of people don't realize is that the Kindle can read unsecured Mobipocket,. which adds lots of small press books into the mix. Most of my novellas and short stories are available in Mobipocket (.PRC) format. Click here for more on the Kindle.

The only problem is that since Oprah declared the Amazon Kindle one of her favorite things, people wanting to buy the device are having to sait 2-3 weeks to get one, just like I did last year.

Other e-reading options include the Sony Reader which is sold at Borders and Target, as well as online, and the, currently on sale for for the holidays.

Please forgive the commercial, but I'm a committed e-book reader.

Linda / Lyndi