.. Brand new books from trade publishers have almost always reviews and endorsement at the time of book launch. You might wonder: How is this possible?
I wrote a blog not long ago about how my daughter at two years of age received her first library card.
A couple of decades later she has a room full of books. Many of them I gave to her when I moved from St. Louis to Crawford County, Missouri.
She still is in the modern age and uses her computer for reading, but she’d rather have a book.
Although my son has almost every type of electronic device known for communication, he still has books for his three sons to read. The cherry wood bookcase has books so packed in that if he buys anymore, I’ll have to make another bookcase.
As for myself, I have no problem with the electronic devices. People who do use them buy my book (I hope). I just have a problem reading from them.
A book has a certain feel. A new book has a smell that differs from a used book to one that is very old.
Where I like turning pages, others like moving a finger. I can take a book to my cabin to read in the evening and not worry about batteries.
Last evening at the local grocery story, I saw a friend, Carol. Her mother is up in years and has been ill lately. Carol was with her mother while the doctors conducted testing.
While Carol waited with her mother between tests, she took out her Kindle and started reading. Carol was asked, by her mother, what she was doing.
She explained it was something she could use to read a book. Carol took the Kindle to her mother, demonstrating how it worked.
Smiling a most becoming smile, she asked Carol, “What will they think of next?”
Copyright (C) 2015 Patrick Jones
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Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight by Jo Robinson featured by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.
Chris The Story Reading Ape and the AMAZING Naughty Chimps! An excellent author promotion site!
Years ago when my son was moving from kindergarten to the first grade there was a Summer Reading Program. The program covered all students in St. Louis, Missouri. If a student read five books over the summer, the reader received a certificate for an ice cream cone from the St. Louis Public Library. The fast food chain, McDonald’s, sponsored the program.
That summer my son, Pat, was six years of age. Even at six his bright mind was quick and always looking to find the things that would benefit him. Simply reading five books to acquire an ice cream cone was easy. Pat had been in tow with me for years going to the local branch library. That year on summer vacation my son attained his first library card.
My daughter, Rachel, was two years old and she, too, wanted free ice cream cones. So while Pat was looking for books, I told Rachel she could get books on my card. She had also learned to count. Five books was a number for her to count.
Once, sometimes twice per week, the three of us were at the library returning books and getting another certificate.
Rachel would sit on my lap and we read each book together. She learned her alphabet and was sounding out words over that summer.
While at the library returning books, Rachel asked in her soft, sweet voice, “Daddy, when can I get my own “libraby” card?”
The ladies working at the library heard her question and told her she had to sign her name. That was all that was needed.
Those two bright, brown eyes looked to me for the answer. I asked the younger of the two ladies for a sheet of paper, then we sat at a table. Starting with large block letters, we reduced the size each time until she wrote the letters. Pat stopped looking for new books to read and was cheering Rachel on. Soon I noticed the crowd of adults and other children watching.
Finally Rachel signed her name twice, the same size, to go on the back of the “libraby” card.
It was time.
I filled out the card, the one that told the librarians where the book that was not returned was located.
Rachel took the pen from the librarian and signed her name in the block letters. When she finished, it seemed Rachel had drawn a crowd – everyone applauded her!
My daughter was not just happy but proud of herself.
Now she was able to earn her ice cream cones on her own and Pat was every bit as proud of her.
A few decades later, Pat is Director of Informational Technology for a school district. He is currently working on his PhD and Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree as a Geological Engineer. All from reading at a local branch library.
One other thing, I have always been proud of both!
Copyright © 2013 Patrick Jones, All Rights Reserved.
Great article from Chris McMullen about the new Kindle Unlimited Program at Amazon. Thanks for your thorough review, Chris!
Toward the end of July, 2014, Amazon introduced a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, which allows customers to read unlimited books for $9.99 (US price) per month.
- This includes 100,000 traditionally published books in addition to 600,000 KDP Select books.
- Most of the traditionally published books are from smaller publishers, but include some popular books such as Harry Potter.
- Customers can borrow up to 10 different books at a time (whereas Amazon Prime allows just one borrow per month).
- Kindle Unlimited only pays a royalty when a customer reaches 10% of the book’s length.
- All Kindle Unlimited downloads affect sales rank, regardless of whether or not the customer reaches the 10% mark.
- Royalties for Kindle Unlimited borrows have been as low as $1.30, down considerably from around $2 prior to Kindle Unlimited.
- Many books receive numerous Kindle Unlimited borrows, while borrows were…
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