What do you think of the Kindle Unlimited plan? For $10 a month, you can “rent” as many books as you want. Two questions immediately come to mind: 1) which books are available? And 2) does the book disappear from my Kindle at a… Continue Reading “Kindle Unlimited: What do you think?”
Yesterday’s New York Times had a good article yesterday about Amazon, Hachette, and publishers’ growing concerns about the power that Amazon wields. I have to tell you I’m feeling very mixed about the whole thing. For one, it’s a little hard to feel outraged that… Continue Reading “Thoughts on Amazon, Hachette, and publishing in general”
This week, the Department of Justice charged Apple and five major publishers with collusion to keep book prices high. A few years ago, this forced Amazon to raise its prices from the $10 it started with to anywhere from $12 to $16 for newly… Continue Reading “Amazon versus Apple and Publishers: Who’s Right?”
As you can probably tell, I put a lot of thought into choosing what I read. There are hundreds of books I’d like to read, and I only have time for a few. So this week I did something I wouldn’t normally do. I… Continue Reading “Sometimes it’s just life telling you something…”
It’s been a busy week for me — I’ve written a couple of reviews but I’m way behind, so I apologize for the lag. Between craziness at work, studying madly for the GRE (two weeks away), and trying to decide what do do about… Continue Reading “Catching Up on a Cold Drizzly Sunday”
If you’re moving across the country, how many books go with you? This article in the New York Times describes the quandary of a journalist who is planning to move across the country. He has hundreds of books, but he also has most of… Continue Reading “Print Books: Which Ones Would You Move?”
I’m working on a pretty long review so for today I just wanted to write about a few things and announce part 1 of my Blog Birthday Giveaway. This week I finished Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety, and now I’m reading Ilona Andrew’s latest… Continue Reading “Weekend Updates and a Blog Birthday Giveaway”
Maybe you’ve all heard this story already, but if not it’s a pretty interesting one. BigAl’s Books and Pals is a small book blog (50-ish hits a day, 200 followers) focusing on independent authors with an emphasis on Kindle publications. On March 16, BigAl… Continue Reading “BigAl vs. Jacqueline Howett – Craziness in the Book Blogging World”
Kindle Update The latest news from Amazon is a software update for the Kindle. These aren’t big changes, but a few things you might be interested in: Public notes Real page numbers (corresponding to an actual print version of the book) Improved newspaper and… Continue Reading “Updated software for the Kindle, and are e-readers good for teens?”
I hope everyone is having a great weekend — happy second-to-last-weekend-of-football Sunday! This is a big deal in our house, even though none of our teams are still in the playoffs. I root for lots of teams, depending on where I’ve lived, where my… Continue Reading “Kindle Lending, Birthday Bestsellers, and Helping Kids Learn to Read”
New Kindle arrived Friday, so I’ve now had two full days to play with it (er, I mean read). Here are a few pictures and a few quick comparisons between Kindle 1 and Kindle 3. Things that are fantastically better: text/screen contrast page turning… Continue Reading “New Kindle Report: Day 3”
The big Kindle news today was that Amazon has sold out of the 6 inch Kindle 2 model. No information forthcoming about when Kindles might be back in stock. So what does that mean? It means the Kindle is selling well for one thing,… Continue Reading “No More Kindles?”
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