Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Shortly after I started reading Les Miserables, I realized Gillian Flynn's Dark Places was available for me from the library -- and I only had a few more hours to check it out before I lost my opportunity.  Since I'd been waiting on the hold list for weeks, I decided to set Les Miz aside for a couple of days to read this.  (I only get the ebook for two weeks, and I am not at all confident that I can finish Les Miz with enough time to read Dark Places before the two weeks expire.  If it took me three weeks to read Kushiel's Dart, chances are that Les Miz may take me even longer.)

Part of the reason I was so eager to read this book next was because of how much I loved the first book of Flynn's that I read, Gone Girl.  I actually read that book months ago, but when I got this one from the library, I realized I hadn't ever blogged about Gone Girl.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A few months ago, I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Although I don't often read books off the bestsellers lists until quite a lot of time has gone by, the description of this one intrigued me, and I put a hold on the ebook from the library.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

After finishing the long, tedious, but very beautiful Kushiel's Dart, I knew I needed something faster-paced and more mindless as my next read.  Originally I was going to read Les Miserables, one of the books on my 2013 reading list, but I knew it would be too heavy to follow Kushiel's Dart.  Instead I chose Still Missing, a thriller I'd bought as an ebook on sale months ago, probably as far back as the summer.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Is offering free books part of your business plan, or isn't it?

Amazon -- whom many of my readers will already know that I despise -- has made a surprising decision.  Apparently, even though they use the thousands of free books as a selling point for their Kindle, and in fact, promote the advantages of making your book free for indie authors who self-publish through the KDP select program...  Apparently, despite all this, Amazon has decided to punish affiliates who promote "too many" free books.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

It seriously took me about three weeks to read Kushiel's Dart, the February selection for the sci-fi/fantasy book club my husband and I belong to.  Hubby stopped even trying by the time he got 150 pages or so into it, and most of the other members of our book club gave up on it too, but I finished it the evening of book club (I read the last 30 pages or so after the actual meeting).

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Postmortal by Drew Magary

The Postmortal has been sitting on my needs-to-be-reviewed list for a long time, as it was a selection for the sci-fi/fantasy book club I belong to sometime last year.  It's actually something of a parody of a futuristic, dystopian novel, but it's not so much funny as in ha-ha.  There are a few laugh-out-loud moments, but mainly it's making fun of the genre and even humanity itself with its horribleness.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Leveling the ebook playing field?

Last night I came across a fascinating article, about a DRM Lawsuit Against Amazon.  Apparently three independent booksellers are suing Amazon and the Big Six (the six major publishing houses) because they claim that the Kindle's proprietary format and DRM create a monopoly: Independent booksellers can't sell DRM-protected ebook files that can be transferred from one type of e-reader to another, so consumers are being forced into buying almost exclusively from the big booksellers that produced their devices, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The truth about Mary Ingalls and what Barnes & Noble did for the industry

I grew up on the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder: autobiographical books about growing up on the frontier, told in third-person story format for young readers.  So I was interested to see an NPR headline today that says Laura's sister, Mary Ingalls, who in the book went blind from scarlet fever, may have actually gone blind from viral meningoencephalitis.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Back up your ebooks!

One of the things I love about ebooks is that no matter what, I always have that file.  Even if something happens to my Nook, I have the ebook files on my computer, as well as on the BN.com and Kobo clouds.  But I'm a little behind on backing up lately, so this is a good reminder to me to back up again.