Archive for the ‘ Kindle ’ Category


The Kindle version of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon is currently on sale for 99 cents.

As part of this Kindle Countdown, the price will gradually rise this week back to the list price of $4.99.

What can you get for less than a buck? According to reviews of this mystery…

thecurseofthestrawberrymoon_cover_150x228“It was truly ‘you cannot put this down until you finish it’ kind of book. I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next one.”

“Loved the characters and the setting of the story so much that we took a drive to beautiful Keuka Lake to see it’s beauty for ourselves. Kept me guessing to the very end.”

“This easy-going, well-written novel is a discovery in the way that finding a great local restaurant, seeing a brilliant production by a regional theater company, or hearing an outstanding concert by local musicians are discoveries. I am looking forward to reading the next Caviston sisters mystery.”

smartphoneSee an ebook you want to read but it’s only in Kindle format? Don’t worry if you do not have a Kindle.

Amazon has a FREE app that will let you read the book on your computer, smartphone or iPad/tablet. Enter your email address in the box provided just below the book’s description on its Kindle page. To get the app, open the email sent to you by Amazon on your phone or tablet, then click the link provided in it to download the free app. You can also click this link on your PC or Mac to download the free program.

I know this because my new book of short stories, In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, is just in Kindle format for now. I downloaded a copy to my iPhone. BTW, you can purchase the book for  just 99 cents THROUGH NOV. 28.

Kindle MatchBook explained

speaclaiKindle Digital Publishing announced a plan earlier this week called MatchBook that will allow purchasers of paperbacks/hard cover books to buy the digital version at a reduced rate. Authors must opt in to this program.

For a great explanation of how it works, see Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s post at the Indie Chicks Café.

The Christian Science Monitor reported yesterday that CEO Jeff Bezos announced Kindle ebook sales have surpassed traditional paper books. Trees everywhere rejoiced!

“We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly – we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a press statement. Bezos added that the “Kindle with Special Offers” – a cheaper Kindle edition that displays advertisements – has become Amazon’s most popular e-reader.

The New York Times has an article today about a way to meld the traditional book signing with digital technology. Author T.J. Waters came up with a solution called Autography. At the signing, the author and reader will pose for a photo taken with an iPad or digital camera, it’s sent to the iPad and the author signs the photo using a stylus on the iPad. Sounds like a creative solution!

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The Huffington Post reports today that Amazon intends to drop the price of the Kindle by $25 to $114. But before you click on that order, read the not-so-fine print. The ebook reader will now come with advertising on its screen. (Every day, we’re a step closer to Minority Report, my friends.)

The newly priced Kindle will be sold at this price beginning May 3rd at Amazon, Target and Best Buy. Care for some Oil of Olay as you read Bridget Jones’s Diary?

All access to the gray lady

PC World has a post today about Amazon’s announcement that those readers who subscribe to the Kindle version of The New York Times will be given free access to the newspaper’s website, bypassing its paywall.

Interesting read over at Network World about the evolution of e-paper—the famous readable in all light screen on the Kindle. In the not too distant future we can expect color and video on devices with e-paper screens.

You MUST read the conversation between best selling author Barry Eisler and Indie author (and our hero) Joe Konrath


Part of the discussion focuses on why Eisler turned down a $500,000 offer from a trad publisher to self publish!
Here’s an interesting quote:

Barry: Sorry to interrupt, but this is something that interests me so much. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard saying, “But paper isn’t going to disappear.” That isn’t the point! If you ask the wrong question, the right answer to that question isn’t going to help you. So the question isn’t, “Will paper disappear?” Of course it won’t, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that paper is being marginalized. Did firearms eliminate the bow and arrow? No–some enthusiasts still hunt with a bow. Did the automobile eliminate the horse and buggy? No—I can still get a buggy ride around Central Park if I want.”

Here’s another interesting exchange.

Joe: I also love print books. I have 5000 of them. But print is just a delivery system. It gets a story from the writer to the reader. For centuries, publishers controlled this system, because they did the printing, and they were plugged into distribution. But with retailers like Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, the story can get to the reader in a faster, cheaper way.

And publishers aren’t needed.

Do you think publishers are aware of that?

Barry: I think they’re extremely aware of it, but they don’t understand what it really means.

Author Margaret Atwood has great insight into the digital revolution of books in an interview with the Globe and Mail today.

The intention is the same: that is, to get stuff from here to there, and from then to now. The author communicates with the book; the book communicates with the reader, and e-books are another connection between them. Whether the technology is printing a text on a Xerox machine or reading it in a book or writing it on a wall, there is always a triangle: writer, text, reader.