Ever been molested by a llama? It’s not too bad actually. Ok, it’s horrible!! Hideous!! Scariest damn thing EVER!! We went to the pumpkin patch last weekend and woohoo, they had a petting zoo. Of course my kids spotted it and wanted to pet scary ass animals. So in we went and some crazy llama accosted me. Llamas are evil. I’m convinced of it.
In Kindle news, Amazon had a couple of cool announcements recently. They are making newspapers and magazines available on Kindle apps. Also, later this year (hello, it’s practically November already) lending will be available for Kindle books!!! This is awesome, but I have a feeling the pubs could get in the way on this one. We’ll see. What I would love to see made available is gifting. I want to be able to purchase a specific Kindle book for a friend. Some online eBook retailers allow this so why not Amazon?
First, we are making Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on our free Kindle apps, so you can always read Kindle periodicals even if you don’t have your Kindle with you or don’t yet own a Kindle. In the coming weeks, many newspapers and magazines will be available on our Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and then we’ll be adding this functionality to Kindle for Android and our other apps down the road. Our vision is Buy Once, Read Everywhere, and we’re excited to make this possible for Kindle periodicals in the same way that it works now for Kindle books. More details when we launch this in the coming weeks.
Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.
In other e-reader news, the Nook Color was introduced this week. It looks very nice but a little spendy with the recent drop in e-reader pricing.
- Stunning 7-inch color touchscreen
- Magazines & newspapers in rich color
- Kids’ books come alive
- Over 2 million titles at your fingertips
- Get social, surf the web, play games, even listen to music
All for $249
How often do you check your email? I check many times per day. I have to, I can’t help. What is up with people who only check every couple of days or even worse once a week? It’s just weird. /rant
More exciting news: GoodReads now includes a series link in the book details for books. So, you can just click it and get a list of all the books in that series. I love this new feature like cupcakes. Also, Bree of Moira Rogers was telling me that authors can now upload excerpts for their books so keep an eye out for excerpt buttons. Bree tested it out with Crux. GoodReads just keeps getting better and better.
I just finished the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire. This is one of the best Young Adult series I’ve read. Catching Fire is a fiver. It ended on a cliff hanger and left me breathless. I have Mockingjay on my shelf thanks to my good friend KC from SmokinHotBooks but I’m going to read Alpha by Rachel Vincent first. Then on to Mockingjay. So many good books, so little time.
I posted a very short poll today about blog design and what people like. If you missed it you can click HERE to check it out. I want to know what you think.
Open giveaway at Fiction Vixen:
Win Seven Nights To Forever by Evangeline Collins
Ends Nov. 6 – Open to all – Author will also be sending signed book marks to the winner.
And finally the last installment in my favorite TASTELESS HALLOWEEN COSTUMES series ( I apologize once again)
Happy Friday my friends. Have fun trick or treating, save the Wonka candy for me, you can have the chocolate. —xoxo FV