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Read An E-Book Week Starts Today !


Yes, I’m still “officially” on sabbatical from this blog as I work on my next book… Notes from An Alien

But, I got a notification from Smashwords that today is the beginning of their Read An E-Book Week.

It’s a great time to load-up your e-reader with some free e-books!

I’ve yet to publish with Smashwords but my next book will be featured there, as well as fresh editions of two of my other books.

However, you can still get three of my books for free, right here on this blog.

Notes from An Alien

Is Your Soul In Here?

And, Strange Fantasies—but, this one is still in separate posts (unless you want to spend $.99 at Amazon :-)

Oh, the image for this post is a word cloud of Notes from An Alien—95 words that show up at least three times in the book—(the bigger the word the more times it was used)

O.K., back to working on my next book………

Today’s The Day ~ Free E-books from Bestselling Authors Around The World


Last Thursday I alerted you to the Extra-Special Event that’s happening right now, July 14th—Digital Book DayDigital Book Day

It’s the brainchild of bestselling author CJ Lyons.

Here’s a link to all the authors giving away e-books.

And, last time I looked, they had over 400 free e-books!

And, here’s a most intriguing explanation about why she’s doing this:

“With all the chaos surrounding our industry, we thought it time to focus on the one person publishing can not survive without: The Reader.”

If you want more details, check out this post

Otherwise, get on over to the Digital Book Day site and have fun :-)
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Get Some Free E-Books on Digital Book Day !


There used to be a World Book Night but they lost their funding…

However, I found out, through Jane Friedman, that bestselling author CJ Lyons has created the first Digital Book Day 

July 14th. Digital Book Day

You can visit the site but the free downloads won’t begin until this coming Monday—though, you might want to head over early to check out some of the books and make room for a new stack in the to-be-read corner of your mind—there’s already a super-long list of authors participating.

Here are just a few excerpts from an interview with Jane and CJ:

Jane: “Your idea picks up where World Book Night left off. Tell us about your experience with it. And why were you sorry to see this event fold?”

CJ: “When I heard the news that World Book Night USA was over, it saddened me. And it came on the heels of so much upheaval and distress in the publishing industry that instead of addressing the issue with more rhetoric and empty words, I decided to take action.”

Jane: “Is there any catch for readers who download the free books? Do they have to give their email address, fill out a form, or do anything special?”

CJ: “It depends on the author….Just as with selecting any book, it will be up to the reader to decide if the book and/or venue where it’s hosted is right for them.”

If you’re an author and want to participate, here’s the submission link; but, the deadline is “midnight” July 12th.

Here’s what she says to contributing authors on her About Page:

“How you do it is up to you. Use your website, a digital venue, or a giveaway site. Want to give away a bundle or story collection? Fine with us. Want to promote a book that’s already permafree? We don’t care. Want to band together and do a group promo with friends? We think that would be brilliant!”

And, here’s a most intriguing explanation about why she’s doing this:

“With all the chaos surrounding our industry, we thought it time to focus on the one person publishing can not survive without: The Reader.”

You can even sign up for notification of the next Digital Book Day :-)

Also, CJ has this fascinating and helpful page on her site—Tired of People Telling you the RULES Instead of Giving you the Tools you Need to Just WRITE?

And, CJ has an incredible program to help cops get CSI training so they can catch more criminals…

Want to know more about this fascinating woman—former Pediatric ER Doctor and current bestselling thriller writer—who created Digital Book Day?

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Is The Success of Indie Authors Just A Bunch of Hype?


There’s a war going on.

One side has been around for a long time and has lots of money.

The other side is the new kid on the block and has an unquenchable spirit.

The rich old ones are playing dirty and the young upstarts haven’t quite figured out the “rules”.

Yet, the old ones are scared

The pundits are having a heyday but contradict each other like the most fickle of winds.

So, what’s really happening with the Indie Author Upsurge?

Let’s throw what little true light we have on the facts:

1. Traditional publishers still have the bookstore and library markets in their grip.

2. Brick-and-mortar bookstores are having a very hard time of it.

3. Libraries are losing funding while pulling out all the stops on innovation.

4. Indie authors have the creative freedom they need but distribution of their print books is still mostly relegated to online retailers.

5. The market for e-books is growing

If you can make an accurate forecast from those 5 points, you must have secret information :-)

I’ve written here before about the Indie Author Phenomenon.

And, if you need a bit of clarification about who those authors are, try the past post, “What IS An Indie Author?”

One clear fact, at least from my perspective, is that the main arena for indie authors is the e-book market.

Enter Mark Coker, Founder and CEO of Smashwords, “…the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks.”

One would think he might have a bit of perspective on the whole Indie-Thing, eh?

Well, he flat-out surprised the hell out of me with his recent article—10 Reasons Indie Authors Will Capture 50% of the Ebook Market by 2020.

I’ll list his 10 reasons below but the Surprise was his offer of a spreadsheet you can download and use to make your own trend-predictions for the e-book market’s growth and whether Indie authors will become as influential as the Legacy publishers

One reason I think he did this is that the Real Numbers for various types of publishing are rather hard to come by  ( Check out Making A Living As A Writer… for a new initiative to clarify some of those numbers ).

So, here are Mark’s 10 Reasons (do read the original article for his reasoning about these points):

* Print will continue to decline as a book-reading format as more readers transition to screens.

* Brick and mortar bookstores will continue their march into the sunset with more store closures.

* The perceived value of publishers will decline in the eyes of writers as the importance of print distribution declines.

* Indie authors have learned to publish like professionals, which means self publishing will lead to more better books, and more diversity of better books.

* The number of self-published ebooks will explode, and these ebooks will continue to enjoy democratized access to professional publishing and distribution tools….

* The most successful indie authors are mentoring the next generation of authors.

* The stigma once associated with self publishing is melting away at the same time the stigma of traditional publishing is on the rise.

* Writers are discovering the joy of self publishing.

* Readers don’t care about the publisher name on the ebook’s virtual spine.

* The growing rift between writers and publishers will cause the next generation of writers to avoid shopping their books to publishers, and will undermine the goodwill of writers who until now have been loyal to their traditional publishers.

Here’s a link if you’d like to read my past posts about e-books.

And, here’s a post that will guide you to over 40,000 Free E-books :-) [Hurry, ’cause the offers are going away after March 8th…]
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Who Decides Which Books Should Be “Classics” ?


Which books are classics?

Classics

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Does anyone still read “The Classics”?

How in the world could certain individuals, even if they’re educated and wise, decide that certain books should be Classics?

If I pop up my WordWeb dictionary, “Classics” is defined as, “Study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome.”

But, using a term like “The Classics” and saying a certain book is a classic can be quite different things.

My Oxford dictionary has this note:

“…classic means ‘typical, excellent as an example, timeless’…and classical means ‘relating to Greek or Roman antiquity’….”

Back in January, Laura Miller, staff writer at Salon, had an article entitled, What makes a book a classic, with the subtitle, Do Vonnegut and David Foster Wallace qualify, and if not, why not?

Just a few excepts from her article:

“What makes a book a classic? That’s one of the most acrimonious, endless and irresolvable discussions in the literary world.”

She goes on to grind down the term “classics” a bit more then says:

“But there are a few places where deciding whether a book is a classic or not has real consequences. One is, obviously, classrooms, but the other is bookstores

And, ignoring the works of ancient Greece and Rome, she says:

“The cliché people most often cite when defining a classic is ‘the test of time’. The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) is a lot older than Rebecca (1938), but my completely unempirical gut feeling is that they’re of about the same literary quality.”

Then, after a few more provocative and fascinating considerations, she says:

“While the label is bestowed by the culture at large and we tend to judge it by an unquantifiable impression we have of how much prestige has accumulated around a particular book, that prestige is still built from the idiosyncratic experiences of individual readers.”

And, over at FlavorWire, there are two articles worth checking out, if you want more depth of consideration:

Which Books Should We Stop Calling Classics?

The New Classics: 21 Writers Tell Us Which Books They’d Add to the Canon

But, you can visit Best Classic Literature Ever at GoodReads and add your own classics :-)

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Don’t forget, this week only, over 40,000 Free E-books are available
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