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Contest Time

Ok so the super awesome Carrie Jones is having a series of contests in order to win ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of her new novel “CAPTIVATE”.

Let me just tell you….if you have not read any of Carrie Jones’ work, then read it! Read it NOW!
She is completely made of awesome.

So go to her site and enter her contests. It’s worth it. =]


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New Ways to Read

With technology advancing the way it is, it gets harder and harder to keep up with what’s out there. As soon as something new comes out…something better shows up. It’s completely mind boggling. Today reading old fashioned books is old news, apparently. There are newer and more improved ways to read the novel of your choice.

Now, I am old school when it comes to reading and I prefer a solid copy of a book in my hands. I had NO idea about any of the other options out there….So I did a little research. I have to admit, the options are impressive and if I weren’t so stubborn I would try them out. I want to share the information with you to show you what there is. So if you’re on of those people who say that you don’t have time to read or you don’t like having to carry a book around, maybe this can help.

The first things that I learned about were eBooks. eBooks are internet downloads for your PC, Mac, iPhone, computer, etc..
You just purchase the eBook (at a much cheaper price than regular books) and download it to the device of your choice. So if you have an iPhone, you can read your book while waiting in line at the bank, the doctor’s office, while in a meeting =], or any time you have a few minutes to spare. It’s quick and easy and easy to afford.
For example, you can purchase Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” for only $9.95. Whereas, for the hard copy of the book you would pay $29.95 at a retail store.
PROS: –Cheap –Fast –Easy–
CONS: If you like to collect your books, or if you want a library..this is not for you.

The coolest thing, by far, that I came across was the Kindle. A Kindle is like a small electronic book. Amazon.com tells all about the Kindle and it’s magnificence. So I decided to put it on here. 

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback

Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

Paper-Like Display: Reads like real paper with no glare, even in bright sunlight

Long Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging

Carry Your Library: Holds over 1,500 books

Read-to-Me: With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog, and book out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable

Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Large Selection: Over 350,000 books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs available

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

Now I’m not going to lie…that sounds AWESOME! But with my whole, wanting my own library thing, it wouldn’t work out. There are a lot of good things about the Kindle, including the cheap price for books. But you must first get past the initial purchase of the device which costs from about $150-$300 all depending on what generation you decide to buy. It would make for a great Christmas/birthday present. =]

I’m hoping that by sharing this information…I can persuade some of the busy business men and women to adopt the love of reading…Seeing as how, with technology like the Kindle, it is possible to read anywhere, anytime.


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