The trend toward children relying on electronic readers and the iPad is well known, and I first noticed it in a commercial with children using an electronic tablet. "Aren't those toys for adults?" I cracked to my husband. Well, apparently not.
Now, once the digital enemy has been let inside the wonderland that is Waterstones, which of the two strong brands will dominate?
How do we know if a digital book is of a quality to support children's literacy development? An answer to this question must be constructed by all who contribute to a child's growth as a literate person.
My father-in-law turned to me and asked: "So, what's your number?" I looked back at him blankly. I was so naive in those days (last week). That was when I learned about the Amazon Best Sellers Rank.
For years I've asked people what they're reading; these days, I'm also asking how they're reading. I've been hearing some intriguing things.
From writing through production, I was done in two months. That included having the book professionally edited and copy-edited, getting a cover designed, my own proofreading, and seeing the novella formatted and loaded for Kindle and the Nook.
The first book club I ever joined was HuffPost Book Club, and these past few weeks I read "The Night Circus" along with the rest of you.
I'm made uncomfortable by my shadowy thoughts of getting rid of my shelves and shelves of books and just carrying around an e-reader forever. Imagine how much easier it would be for me to move?
If an otherwise good author may find it difficult to publish, but has something interesting to contribute to the conversation of his or her community, then by all means, put the idea out there and let it stand or fall based on its merits.
For the cost of one cup of coffee, you too can help feed a poor, starving child actor from southwest Knightsbridge -- specifically, those that aren't at work building Ms. Rowling's new moat.
As the Department of Justice faces off with the major publishers and Apple, I want to offer up a simple statement that likely contradicts what most readers believe: Making e-books is harder than it looks.
To the surprise of many readers, public library e-book "shelves" now sport gaping holes. The Witness by Nora Roberts? Unseen. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark? Missing. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs? DOA.
I'm still trying to figure out how electronic bookstores are going to replace this past time. I don't know that they can.
The biggest question I hear from people, of course, is "Are the books any good?" The implication, of course, is that something made fast can't be made well.
If you love books so much you get involved with them beyond being a reader, then you have to be interested in the annual BookExpo America. As a reviewer/author, my idea of a good time is to wander the aisles looking for whatever catches my eye.
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