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Tuesday = release day!

Newest J.D. Robb, Treachery in Death = purchased and downloaded.

Newest Kim Harrison, Pale Demon = also purchased and downloaded. 

Dragon Age II demo = downloading as I type.

Plus, I am sipping my coffee and still in my pajamas.  How I love thee, technology!

ETA: although, DA2 is taking forever to download!  *sigh*
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Kindle and Penguin

 So, those of us who have Kindles might have noticed over the past couple of months, many new titles by favorite authors haven't been available to buy for download.  This is because Amazon and Penguin have been unable to agree on a contract, even though every other ebook retailer (B&N, Sony, et al) apparently has an agreement about ebooks with Penguin, many of them apparently for the same prices Amazon offers.  I don't know all the whys of this, or who won't agree to what.  I just know:

1. Jim Butcher, Nora Roberts, J. R. Ward, Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, and Rachel Caine are ALL Penguin authors. :(

2. People should really stop e-mailing authors complaining and/or asking about this.  They have no control whatsoever over Penguin and Amazon's disagreement.  I've seen countless author blog entries or website announcements apologizing for something the author can't control, and therefore really shouldn't have to apologize for.

3.  That said, I get why people are upset. It is really, REALLY frustrating as a reader, and not just for the obvious convenience of purchasing and instantly downloading new titles being temporarily lost.  Amazon's kindle format is a proprietary version of mobipocket.  Kindles are also compatible with non-amazon mobi files, but these, even sold by other retailers, are ALSO not being made available to purchase or download, and that pisses me off.  If Amazon and Penguin can't agree, fine, but don't punish readers by taking away every legal avenue they have to purchase content from non-amazon retailers.  That is just petty and really, really stupid in my opinion.  Alienating part of your customer base is not good business sense.

4. I don't know if TPTB assume people will just buy the print book, I don't know if they're hoping for that or not.  I do know that a LOT of Kindle owners are refusing to do that, which is really sad.  It isn't the author's fault this is happening, after all.  I myself am...not buying the print books, or most of them.  A few notable exceptions are for series' I already own all the print books for.  Jim Butcher's newest, for example.  But the biggest reason I bought the kindle was to avoid adding to the ridiculous clutter that is my bookshelves.  I've been telling myself all this time, for two months, that I will just wait and buy the Kindle versions when Amazon and Penguin settle, and these titles become available.  But it's been really, really frustrating.  

But, in my search for other mobi versions to buy, I noticed something strange.  Each time, I could add the book to my cart, but when I went to purchase, I got an error stating something like "this title is not available for purchase in the US".  Hmm.  Not available in the US...interesting!  So, since ebooks don't go anywhere physically, I tried changing my location in "manage your Kindle" to...Canada!  Suddenly, I can download all the ebooks I've been missing, thank goodness, as it's just in time for Ilona Andrews newest to come out on Tuesday, Magic Bleeds!  The one downside - I'm paying the Canadian price, which is slightly higher than the US, I assume because the dollar right now is not very strong.  But it's not much difference, and I still get to buy all the books in my preferred format, as legally as I can given the circumstances.  (I'm sure saying I'm in Canada when I'm not is a, er, shady area.)

So, for all of you with Kindles, you might want to change the address under "manage your Kindle" to that of a Canadian or other overseas friend willing to temporarily loan you theirs.  Or, failing that, find the address of a Canada based bookstore to use.  


Because I know it's going to come up at some point and time, let me just weigh in on the new B&N Nook device, as a Kindle user and lover.

It looks good. It looks like B&N put some serious thought into it, not just as a device, but also as competition for the Kindle. It's the same basic size and shape, but instead of the Kindle's keypad, it has a cool looking color touch screen - with a black and white e-ink screen above it, so you aren't sacrificing your eyes for a cool factor. The only other cool thing it has over the Kindle, you can apparently "lend" books to friends for 14 days. Two caveats:

~ initial reports on this feature suggested you'd only be able to "lend" books to people you'd willingly share your credit card info with. Um, no thanks. Can't find reference to it in the new literature, so maybe they got rid of that requirement?

~ reports now say "not all books will be available for lending" - makes you wonder if the publishers get to pick and choose whether or not to allow their books to be lent out.

The Nook also sports the ability to download books directly from B&N, however, articles I have read intimate that initially, this feature will only be available in the store, although they expect it to open up to any "hot spot" soon. (Um, ok.)

By contrast, Kindle can now be used to d/l books anywhere in the world, if you have the International version.

I do think the Nook looks cool, and has some excellent features. It's a solid entry into the e-reader world. I think it's the most direct competition Kindle has had, actually, and that's a good thing. More competition = Amazon stepping it up with future versions of the Kindle.

Kindle for sale!

So, as I said a few months ago when I sold my husband's K1 and upgraded him to a Kindle 2, I have another K1 up for grabs. My friend who bought hers within weeks of me getting mine is taking the upgrade plunge.

Here's the goods:

I have a used Kindle 1 for sale in excellent condition, with a chocolate brown M-edge genuine leather cover. All original accessories included (except the original cover, I think, but it might still be in the box) and will be shipped in the original box.

Some titles on the Kindle are:
The new Janet Evanovich, Finger Lickin' Fifteen, and Plum Spooky
The Psy/changeling series by Nalini Singh
Linda Howard: Burn, and Death Angel
Naomi Novik: His Majesty's Dragon
The new Nora Roberts, Vision in White
And many others.

These will remain on the Kindle so long as you don't delete them. Once deleted, however, you cannot get them back.

Asking $200 in the form of an amazon e-gift certificate, shipping included in the price.

I've also posted this on a kindle foum, the same one where my last K1 sold within the day. I remember someone on my f-list was interested when the last one sold, so i'm posting this here as well.
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Kindle - SOLD

So.  I was recently given an Amazon gift card, in an amount that would allow me to upgrade and splurge on a Kindle 2, provided I first sell my Kindle 1.  I'm offering it on a couple of e-reader forums, and expect it to go quickly.  But it occurred to me I'd love it to go to someone I 'know' who wants one, so I'm posting the info here in case any of you may be interested.  I'm selling it to the first interested party who wants it, whichever venue:
Kindle 1 + extras

I am selling my first generation Kindle 1. I've had it since August, and taken exemplary care of it. I absolutely love it, but have finally caved after seeing the husband's Kindle 2 in action. It comes with:

original charger, cord to the computer, and case, plus-
an extra battery
flower themed cover from strangedog covers,
as well as over 100 books already loaded. (They will remain on the Kindle after I de-register it and you register it, so long as you don't manually delete them. If you delete them, they are gone forever, however.)  Sort of like borrowing books from me, but you don't have to pay the postage to mail them back.

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Ebook news!

Amazon announces the new Kindle DX large screen, especially suited for e-textbooks and the like. I'll stick with my Kindle, but if I were still in college, you betcha.

In other interesting e-reader news, Apple and Verizon are developing something that could be touted as Apple's "ebook reader". (And they also may have an iPhone deal sooner than we thought.) However, I am unimpressed. No e-ink screen? Sorry, I'll stick with my Kindle, thanks. As for watching video, isn't that what an iPod Touch is for?

I love all the people who download books to their iphones. I'm sorry if some of you do that and this offends you, but I laugh. Seriously. Clearly, these people have never tried an electronic ink screen for any definitive length of time. I can read more and for longer on my Kindle than I can real books. An iphone? That small LCD screen? My poor eyes are strained enough on the computer all day at work.

I love my iPod and my Macbook to pieces. But as far as I'm concerned, Kindle still has the market cornered on ebook readers, with their screen, and the free wireless downloading of books anytime, anywhere.


Dune is FINALLY available as an e-book - well, for Kindle, anyway. I have looked everywhere for an ebook version since getting Kindle, and sure, they have other books in the series, but not THE book that started it all.

Despite a very strong dislike for some of the later books, Dune remains one of my favorite books of all time. I'm pretty cynical about a lot of books and their supposed layers of meaning and depth - the college English track pretty much burnt me on a lot of that. Not that books aren't layered and deep, but come on, how many times can a person read Heart of Darkness?? (blech!)

Dune, however, is one of those books that impresses the hell out of me every time I read it. It's literary genius, and I don't care who wants to argue the point. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it! Anytime someone talks about "genre" books as somehow lesser, it pisses me off - duh, i'm a genre writer. All of my favorite books are genre books. But I often tell them to read Dune - which is taught in several college literary courses throughout the country, snap! (I have no idea if I just used that properly, but it felt right at the time.)

Anyway. Dune. On my Kindle. Available to me to read, whenever the hell I get the urge to crack it open. Reason #47 to love my Kindle. :)

Kindle Killer?

New "kindle killer" e-reader on the horizon, but I confess I am skeptical. How is an 8 1/2 x 11 plastic sheet easy to carry around and pack and stuff? Sure, it has a bigger screen, but is it electronic ink? Nope. Can you slip it into your purse? Not so much. It has wi-fi, but is that service free, in the same way as Amazon's whispernet? We don't know.

I'm not being defensive of Kindle, I am just skeptical that this new model is any "better". It's different, and I'm sure people who love to use their e-reader to read the morning paper will love having a larger screen, a touch screen. But me? I use Kindle to read books, to take my library with me everywhere, to read friend's manuscripts and my own in electronic format easily and conveniently. The ability to read office docs without conversion is, I grant, pretty damn cool. But I can convert a Word doc in about thirty seconds all by myself with Mobicreator, so I don't pine about this feature for Kindle much.

Kindle killer? I don't think so yet. And I wonder what Amazon's Kindle 2.0 will end up looking like sometime in 2009.
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*rubs hands together gleefully*

I just figured out how to add a table of contents to a document in Word.

Why is this important? I now have a copy of Nemesis on my Kindle, complete with a hyperlinked table of contents for easy, instant looking up of any chapter I want. I have a feeling this will prove extraordinarily useful while writing Consort. Questions like how did I describe Sebastian when he was first introduced, can much more easily be answered. (I'm not talking just eye and hair color - those, I have in notes for every single character.)

*is pleased*

ETA: Also, it's really, really hard not to reply to all the wonderful comments you guys are leaving in the love meme! Seriously, you guys are awesome. <3 <3 <3

More kindle

Yesterday was release day for Sherrilyn Kenyon's much anticipated Acheron.

Can I just say how fantastically exciting it was, sitting at work at 8:00am and d/ling the book instantly to my Kindle? No frantic drive to the bookstore and back on my break, taking twenty minutes when technically I only get ten, just so I could start reading it on my lunch. No, no. Just select, buy (for $9.99 instead of the usual hardcover price, no less) and there it is thirty seconds later.

The only downside? No flipping to the end to finally find out who Ash's heroine is and see if I was right! Of course, I don't like flipping to the end of any book, so this way it keeps me from temptation. But dude, I cannot read fast enough to find out the answer to that question!

*anticipates the next JD Robb book* Oooooh, to be instantly able to get started on the next Eve and Roarke book! This is definitely one of the perks to Kindle. :-)

Oh, and one GJP picture today. A pendant with kyanite. Though I think this might be the last pendant for awhile, or until one of them sells. Right now when you look at my shop, the top three items are all blue pendants...I'm afraid if I add anymore, people might think blue is the only color of stone I use!Collapse )

Already listed in the shop, obviously.