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The Book Corner / Re: Are you going to read E L James' new book
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:50:43 pm »
Not my cup of tea, so no.

Not Quite Kindle / Name a country with each letter of your first name
« on: June 28, 2015, 05:03:07 am »
How far can you go? For each letter of your first name, name a country. GO.

Saint Martin

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who first encouraged you to write or become published?
« on: December 06, 2014, 04:57:11 am »
My content editor.

Augh! I really hate doing this, because I'm not, by nature, a braggart, and I feel that I'm going to make myself a target for bad reviews. That said, I feel that I have a lot of good information to impart to those who are struggling. Because that was me my first few months.

Well, I caved. I've added all four of my titles back to Kobo. I may add them back to NOOK and iTunes, although I'm not that crazy about NOOK because they don't like Canadians and iTunes is very complicated. But I'll see how this goes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Crushed My Sales :(
« on: November 29, 2014, 03:02:54 pm »
We do, but ...

Holly's books range from $2.99 to $4.99 (just at a quick glance and as an example; some may be higher). If someone buys the book outright, she gets 70% of that price. If the reader borrows the book instead of buying, she gets what the rest of us get: $1.33 per borrow (October's figure). On a 2.99 book, that's not completely awful, but on a higher priced book it's a serious drop in income, especially when you move books at the quantity Holly moves them.
OK, that's what I thought. Thanks for the confirmation.

Thanks for sharing, Annie. I only had success with a free book once through BookBub. But afterwards my ROI was always negative, so I never did free again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Crushed My Sales :(
« on: November 29, 2014, 02:07:58 pm »
I thought that we still get paid for every download off of Kindle Unlimited, unless I misunderstood something. May someone be kind enough to explain?

The Book Bazaar / The Demeter Code (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series 3)
« on: November 29, 2014, 02:02:03 pm »
The Demeter Code (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris 3) is currently on sale for $2.99US/1.99UK (Reg. $5.99US/3.99UK) until 11/30/2014 on Kindle.

Russell try Kathy Reichs.  She needs a butcher knife and a scalpel.  She is queen of the info dumps.
Uggh. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I've heard as much.

The Book Corner / Re: What is your favorite book of all time and why?
« on: October 10, 2014, 05:16:04 am »
A TIME TO KILL by John Grisham. The subject matter of race, racism was very powerful. Then add a Caucasian southern lawyer who puts the lives of his family and himself at risk in order to stand up for justice, you have yourself a home run.

The Book Corner / Re: Have you ever read a novel twice?
« on: October 10, 2014, 05:02:10 am »
Wow, so many LOTR re-readers in this thread, lol. I'm glad that I'm not the only one.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2014 edition)
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:53:04 am »
Currently reading THE LOST SYMBOL by Dan Brown. So far it's interesting even though I find that some parts are dragging.

The Book Corner / Re: Books or e-books?
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:51:59 am »
Although I love eBooks, lately I've been reading hard cover novels that I borrowed from the library. I mostly read eBooks when I'm travelling.

The Book Corner / Re: Who is your favorite literary villain?
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:50:36 am »
Gary Soneji from ALONG CAME A SPIDER is one of my favorite villains. Hands down.

The Book Corner / Re: Have you ever read a novel twice?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:19:24 am »
As a child I read the Ann of Green Gable books so many times I wore out my copies.  I now have them on my kindle and reading them to my daughter :)

Pssst. Anne is spelled with an E, lol

The Book Corner / Re: Have you ever read a novel twice?
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:28:52 am »
I remember re-reading THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy before the movies came out. I also re-read THE HOBBIT several years ago.

The Book Corner / Have you ever read a novel twice?
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:01:17 am »
Is there a book or a series that you enjoyed so much that you read it twice?

Mine are: Inside Out by Barry Eisler and Rain Fall by Barry Eisler.

Character development can refer to either the task of sitting down and creating a character (working out their appearance, history, mannerisms, and so on), or it can refer to the change a character undergoes during the course of a story. But whenever anyone uses that term, I ALWAYS think of the latter first.

Same here, Daniel.

For me, I feel character development refers to the changes in a character throughout the book. A character may lack self-esteem and/or be an alcoholic in the beginning, but later due to certain events will be confident and lose the bottle. Another character may be selfish but then meets the right person or people who help him become more selfless.

There are also cases where the main character may not change much throughout the story, however his or her actions may influence the development or the outcome of the characters around him. Marty McFly from Back To The Future is the best example, where his parents are hopeless individuals in the beginning and bullied by Biff. However, after Marty travels to the past and comes back to the future, his parents are wealthy, his father's published his science-fiction novel, and Biff becomes a total loser.

The Book Corner / What's YOUR understanding of character development?
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:08:39 am »
Reading book reviews, you'll often notice that readers have different opinions on specific aspects of a story. One that has always interested me is when a reader complains about the lack of character development while another mentions the opposite. It's possible that we all have different ideas on what character development is.

Which brings me to my discussion question, what is your understanding of character development?

I also don't keep track of what was free and what wasn't (though you can always go back and check "price paid" on your list of books on your Amazon account, but that's too much trouble to do every time). But pretty much everything on my Kindle will get read eventually. I don't just download anything and everything because FREE; I look for stories and genres I'm interested in. I've also found that free or 99 cents is a good way to try out genres I don't usually read, but the blurb still has to catch my attention.
It's great to know that some readers will be choosy, even if it's a FREE read.

But, again, once it's downloaded, we don't know whether or not we got it free -- unless we bother to go look.  To do that, we'd have to switch from the kindle to a computer (or the browser on the fire). So, really, it's as likely we'll grab a free book as our next read as one we paid money for.

The only time I make any effort to read a book right away is if (1) I've been waiting impatiently and want to read it as soon as it comes out; I pre-ordered it and paid a premium, probably, to get it on release day or (2) I borrowed it this month through the KOLL and I need to read it before the following month ends so I don't miss a chance to borrow for that month.

Otherwise, when I'm looking for a new book, I'll just spin the carousel, or scroll randomly through my library on Amazon and pick something that catches my eye at the time. Unless I go the extra step, I have no idea what I paid for it in most cases.
I never knew how KOLL worked, but I'm glad you clarified that you cannot borrow unless one's finished.

Wow, now I feel better about my TBR list of merely 30 books or so :) I think I've read most of my free downloads but I must admit I simply can't get through What Daisy Knew. I would say those few free books I haven't read are "classics" I downloaded with the best intentions.

30 is one of the better of the TBR lists I've seen. I did a post about this last year, and was astounded to see some people with a TBR list of over 3000. This led me to believe that many people who download FREE books don't read too many of them. Let's face it, with over 3000, chances are they'll never get to all of them in their lifetime.

Frankly, I'm the kind of person who'll only download something for FREE if I'm really interested in the book. But I'd read something I paid for quicker than something for Free unless the eBook was written by an author I'm familiar with.

With so many eBooks that are available for free, it's obvious that people would eventually overload their Kindles. So I'm curious. How many free eBooks have you actually read in comparison to the ones you paid for?

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