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Fellow author Jon Merz told me about this board and I'm just getting my bearings. I have been giving away my latest novel (SHIMMER, a supernatural thriller) as a free weekly eSerial in 8 eBook formats, including two which, I understand, are Kindle-compatible: PDF Tagged & Mobipocket. The eSerial has been running since early March and should be concluding in the next 3 weeks or so. Shimmer page with eSerial information: http://bit.ly/IGfn

COMPLETE BOOK: Just yesterday I finished converting the entire novel for a Kindle release. The list price is only $5.79, but Amazon.com has already discounted it to $4.63 (a 20% OFF discount) and you can check that out here: http://bit.ly/RTI4u

For those without Kindles (nobody here, right? but just in case) I've also created other formats, discounted similarly: PDF (Desktop & Tagged), Mobi, ePUB and LRF. http://bit.ly/EWbFe

Since the complete eBook is now available, I've begun to phase out the earlier chapters of the free eSerial (at a pace of at least 9 chapters per week expiring). However, since I haven't announced the free eSerial here, specifically, if you email me at author[at]passarella[dot]com and mention this board, I will be happy to mail you the expired first 9 chapters for another week. That way, if you want to read along weekly for free, or sample some of the book before deciding to buy the complete Kindle version, you can do that as well.

I'll close with a question. I don't own a Kindle yet myself (cost vs family budget considerations) though I'm mighty tempted since version 2 came out. But I was wondering about something. In the analog world, I buy a book, read it, and my wife will read it after me, while I read something else. If I had a Kindle and bought a book, I'm assuming there's no way my wife could read the book after me without physically borrowing my Kindle, which would prevent me from reading my own next book. (I'm an avid reader and I am always reading a book. Always. I never go to sleep after finishing a book without starting the next one.) Anyway, I was wondering if the Kindle had any kind of shared licensing (say, if my wife had her own Kindle but we didn't want to have to buy the same book twice) or if you could read your Kindle purchases on a computer - though I doubt she would do that. Having to buy a bestseller twice at $9.99 each makes it seem less of a bargain vs. the hardbound, which is usually discounted to under $20.

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John Passarella
http://www.passarella.com
 

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I *highly* recommend giving Jack's stuff a try.  He's a phenomenal writer and his novels are always a blast.  Definitely grab this and anything else he has!
 

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John,

Yes, you get a shared license, with six seats for "Kindle device" on the same account (sharing a single credit card and primary login/email address). You can load each book on any or all of those devices (say, two kindles and two iphones, which would equal 4 devices). So far, there are three Kindles from Amazon and the iPhone/Ipod Touch Kindle App. Bezos promises more to follow, but they don't pre-announce.
 

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jpassarella said:
If I had a Kindle and bought a book, I'm assuming there's no way my wife could read the book after me without physically borrowing my Kindle, which would prevent me from reading my own next book.
Welcome to KindleBoards, John.

EDIT:
You can share books with up to 6 Kindles so long as they all use the same Amazon account.

^^ What Karen said.
 

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Thanks, Jon.

And thanks Karen for the licensing info. That's good to know. The more I look around these boards, the more I'd like to have one of these devices, though at present I'd lean toward the Kindle 2. Maybe once the recession eases. :)

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Kathy, Thanks for having me!

Happy 4th of July to those in the USA. We are going traditional today and grilling hamburgers (well, turkey burgers) and hot dogs and corn on the cob!

I wanted to let everyone know that there is about ONE WEEK LEFT before the final chapters of the free SHIMMER eSerial will be expired. Chapters 46 through the Epilogue remain available for download. I also restored Chapter 1 on all 8 formats so that a sample would be available for download in various eBook readers.

Meanwhile, if you're interested, you can purchase the full eBook version of SHIMMER for the Kindle for a mere $2.99 here: http://bit.ly/RTI4u

Other formats of the complete eBook are available through my author store here: http://bit.ly/EWbFe (same low price!)

If you're just catching up, you can read about SHIMMER here: http://bit.ly/IGfn

Thanks,
John "Jack" Passarella
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JohnPassarella
Home Page: http://www.passarella.com
 
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