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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Flight Online Book Tour: Review of Flight by J.A. Huss


12/12  Reflections of a Bookworm  Review 
 12/12  M-N's Amazing Book Reviews  Review 
12/12  My Cozie Corner   Review   
12/12  The Cover by Brittany   Review  
12/12  Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books  Review 
12/12  Broad-Minded Books  Review  
12/14  Identity Discovery First Chapter & Giveaway 
12/14  Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Review Interview & Giveaway 
12/17 Bookworm Babblings  Review  
12/18  The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer  Review, Interview,  & Giveaway 
12/19  Celestial Reviews  Review & First Chapter 
12/21  Krystal's Enchanting Reads  Review, First Chapter, & Giveaway 
12/21  The Avid Reader  Guest Blog & Giveaway 
12/26  Simply Infatuated   Interview & Giveaway 
12/26   Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books  First Chapter, & Giveaway 

12/27  Book & Movie Dimension a Blog    Review 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Digital Publishing: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?




Guest Post Article by: Tony Viardo,CEO at Astor + Blue Editions

Astor +Blue Editions has put its entire first season’s list of e-book titles on a holiday promotional sale for $0.99 or $1.99- http://astorandblue.com/catalog/.  The sale will continue through January 7, 2013.

So how many articles have we read about E-books and Digital Publishing this year? For anyone who generally follows the book world (rabid book-lover  book-blogger, industry pro or casual reader), we’re literally inundated with the amazing numbers—“E-book sales up 125% (again) over the 175% they were up from last year’s 225% increase!”—and equally amazing technological announcements—“Next Fall, the new ZimWittyZoomDitty tablet not only updates your Facebook and Goodreads friends whenever you snort in disgust … it cooks dinner for you at the same time!”

This leads many to take at least casual stock of what’s going on/going to happen to the “Publishing World” as we know it.  And if your friends are like my friends (hardcore print book consumers), that stock is usually pretty morbid (sharp Greenwich Village angst not included): “Print books are doomed, so are brick-and-mortar stores.  Goodbye literary quality. Oh and some pajama-wearing techie living in a basement with a laptop is going to be the new Sulzburger; we’ll all have to bow down!”
 
If you (or that good friend of yours) fall into the mortified category, my take (for what it’s worth) may come as positive news:  E-books are not, and will not be, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas; in this case, the “Print World’s” bacon. Now, as the owner of a “Digital First” publishing house (Astor + Blue Editions, www.astorandblue.com) my opinions may easily be written off as self-serving and invalid.  But bear with me for a minute… these are fact-based observations and I might just make sense (Someone tell my mom and dad).

As someone who earns a living from publishing, I have to follow numbers and industry trends as closely as possible.  And while some see doom and gloom for Print, I see exciting developments for both Print and E-book formats.  What do the numbers show?  Digital book revenue is skyrocketing, print revenue is declining.  Natural conclusion?  E-books are killing print books. But not so fast.  Historically, Print revenue has always seemed to be declining (even before E-books were invented), but that doesn’t mean the book market is dying or shrinking.

We have to remember that in fact the book market is growing. Readership always grows because population always grows.  Every year, new readers enter the vast pool of the club that is “adult readership,” (despite Dancing with the Stars). And every year more readers are being born and theoretically being inspired by Ms. Crabtree’s elementary reading class.  **So why the decline?  Readership grows gradually, but the sheer number of books and book vendors grow exponentially, showing an investment loss almost every year. (Basic statistics: the widening universe makes it look like a shrinking pie when it isn’t).

So what does this mean? 

Happy Christmas!

Hope many of you enjoy your Holidays!


Enjoy your reading too.


Monday, December 24, 2012

SSP’s Christmas Week Amazon Kindle Open House! Free eBooks All Week!

-From SSP Website


From December 24-28th, SSP has an open house on Amazon Kindle including all of its authors who have eBooks available! Many genres and styles available!

All books include cover art and interior artwork from the award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson! The free books include the following (along with additional titles available for sale from each author):
Spook House by Michael West (horror, a Harmony, Indiana Novel. Other Harmony Indiana tales include the novel Cinema of Shadows, and the short stories Goodnight, and For the River is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry. Michael’s urban fantasy series The Legacy of the Gods includes Book One, Poseidon’s Children)
http://www.amazon.com/Spook-House-ebook/dp/B009SS33VS
Redheart by Jackie Gamber (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Leland Dragon Series. Book Two, Sela, is available)
http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Series-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA
Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan (Paranormal Thriller, A Rebecca Burton Novella. Also available from R.J. is Backstage Pass, a Rebecca Burton Short Story)
http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Obsession-ebook/dp/B008Y2SVS4
The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series. Book Two, Red Sky at Dawn, Book Three, The Fall of Dorkhun, and Book Four, Between Dark and Light are also available)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0076OCAKG

Sunday, December 16, 2012

This Dark Endeavour (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1) by Kenneth Oppel reviewed by Jesse Ivanoff


The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.

In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.

Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love—and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

Recommended: Yes, recommended!

  

  About This Dark Endeavor                                      
buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery- $9.28
                                                 Recommended Ages: 15 and Up
                                                            Paperback: 320 pgs.
PublishedOctober 6th 2011 by David Fickling Books (first published August 22nd 2011)

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