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~ BOOKS for Kids: Janoose The Goose, its sequel- Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair, The Spy Game & The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 years old; SIMPLE THINGS, a Christian Christmas middle-grade novel, and for Adult; Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot.
Sometimes the people close to you are just there and it takes a major event in your life for you to see them in a new light. A crisis can change a lot of things in your life. For fifteen-year-old Lauren, her life under goes such an event 'after' the phone call telling her her father is ill.
Lauren struggles with her father serious condition and that crisis leads Lauren to realize her deep feelings for her best friend from childhood, Joey. All Lauren wants is for Joey to comfort her and her sadness slips away when Joey's with her. Only Joey has a girlfriend who is mean and resents Lauren and her problem.
'After,'is a believable account of the hardships and headaches of having a sick parent and a real emotion of blooming love from a true friend that grows through the sympathy of these events. You feel Lauren's fear that Joey is not feeling the same. That unsure, chaotic and warm all over of young love. From school to the hospital setting and that first hint of young love unspoken between lovers, you are there, a part of their experience.
The story moves and pacing is good. I applaud Ms. Ehrentreu's achievement of capturing these feelings and events in the young life of a teenage girl. She gets it right how teens feel love; the uncertainty of how the other person feels about you in return and your fears that you are reading more into it than there is. 5 stars!
When you want to know where to sell your ebooks, availability is always king. Why do you want your book on the Kindle store? Because Kindles are everywhere. Why do you want to be on the iBook store? Because iBooks is is available on over 800 million iOS devices. So when BiblioBoard say they want to help indie authors reach a network of over 2500 participating libraries, every single indie author should be paying attention.
Part of their strategy for this comes back to two big ideas we’ve encountered across conversations with authors and entrepreneurs. First they offer curation that helps buyers, whether they’re readers or librarians, find the kind of books they’re looking for. Second, they’re helping to normalise independent publishing, giving indie authors an equal footing with traditionally published authors, and of course by getting their books into new spaces like public libraries.
Mitchell Davis is the founder and chief business officer of BiblioLabs, the creators of BiblioBoard. We spoke to Mitchell about why they started BiblioBoard, and how they’re going to help introduce the work of self-published authors to libraries across first America, and eventually the world.
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. He was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company (sold to Amazon in 2005 and re-branded as CreateSpace) He is founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs the creators of BiblioBoard. BiblioBoard is an award-winning App and web ecosystem that launched in March 2013 with the firm belief that if libraries can affordably create user-experiences that compete with those of consumer companies like Amazon and Apple, it will create a more lucrative institutional sales model for publishers and transform information access for society. Today they work with thousands of libraries, archives and publishers around the world in pursuit of that vision. www.biblioboard.com
It would appear as though Amazon has a problem with author accounts being used to steal books and resell them under another name, as Kindle Direct Publishing users discover a single author with 37 titles under their belt. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that the author labeled as the creator of the ebook had absolutely nothing to do with its creation.
Digital content publishers have to strike a fairly delicate balance when using anti-piracy software. Overly aggressive systems, like what we see on YouTube, has a tendency to issue “strikes” against users even when inappropriate. On the other hand, if this system is too lax or if there isn’t one in place at all, it can cause other problems. This seems to be the situation several authors have found themselves in over the weekend, as a new author popped up with a huge list of book for sale that did not belong to them.
There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to the books that have been published under the name Jay Cute, with titles ranging from the obscure that are available for free on Amazon to the first in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. The prices range the spectrum that Amazon allows for Kindle Direct Publishing accounts, and in some cases the publisher hasn’t even bothered to change the cover of the book when publishing under this new name. The books that do have different cover art seem to have either a random image or a cover from another book entirely.
Hachette won an important victory on Thursday in its battle with Amazon: the ability to set its own prices for e-books, which it sees as critical to its survival. But even as the publisher and retailer announced a negotiated peace after sparring since January, hardly anyone seemed in the mood for celebratory fireworks.
The conflict, which played out in increasingly contentious forums as the year progressed, left wounds too deep for that. Amazon has been cast as a bully in publications across the ideological spectrum, and a large group of authors is calling for it to be investigated on antitrust grounds. Its sales were hit by the dispute, analysts said. Hachette, too, revealed its vulnerability.
Amazon’s supporters publicly questioned the need for Hachette, the fourth largest publisher, to exist in an era when authors can publish themselves digitally, an accusation Hachette was reluctant to respond to.
And even if Amazon got less in the deal than it originally wanted, it still controls nearly half the book trade, an unprecedented level for one retailer. And the dispute showed it is not afraid to use its power to discourage sales.
One common feeling among those who produce, sell, market and publicize books: relief. “The fact that these two companies are no longer shooting at each other is a really good thing for all of us,” said Jane Dystel, president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
Len Edgerly, who is host of an independent podcast, the Kindle Chronicles, called the brawl “a painful ordeal.”
“As a longtime Kindle enthusiast, I have been in Amazon’s corner throughout the struggle, but I never doubted the other side’s sincerity in wanting what’s best for authors and readers,” Mr. Edgerly said.
What began as a spat between supplier and retailer — completely routine, Amazon said — soon became a public standoff. Depending on where you stood, it was a struggle between the future and the past, the East Coast and the West Coast, culture and commerce, the masses and the elite, technologists and traditionalists, predator and prey.
James Patterson was a forceful voice against Amazon during the dispute. “Books and publishing need to be preserved if not protected in this country,” said Mr. Patterson, a best-selling Hachette novelist. “For the moment, this deal helps do that.”
The multiyear agreement, which includes both e-books and print books, broadly follows a deal Amazon recently worked out with Simon & Schuster. A source with knowledge of that deal said it was negotiated relatively quickly and gave the publisher control over most of its pricing but offered incentives to sell at lower prices. Amazon got increased co-op funds, the payments for placement on the retailer’s website. Simon & Schuster declined to confirm the terms.
James L. McQuivey, a Forrester analyst, said that if Hachette won in the short term, it would be a different story in the long run.
“Hachette got Amazon to allow them to control pricing while also cutting the amount of money Amazon takes if the publisher does engage in discounts, which appears like a victory,” the analyst said. “But in the end this all cements Amazon’s ultimate long-term role in this business, which will only put Hachette right back in this situation every time they are up for renegotiation.”
Neither side gave many details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves satisfied. An Amazon executive, David Naggar, said Amazon was “pleased with this new agreement as it includes specific financial incentives for Hachette to deliver lower prices.”
Amazon feels publishers get too much of the revenue from e-books, so that was another major area of contention. In a letter Thursday to authors and agents, Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s chief executive, said the percentage of revenue on which Hachette authors’ e-book royalties are based “will not decrease under this agreement.” The change for consumers might be slight.
Here's a little real talk about the book publishing industry — it adds almost no value, it is going to be wiped off the face of the earth soon, and writers and readers will be better off for it. The fundamental uselessness of book publishers is why I thought it was dumb of the Department of Justice to even bother prosecuting them for their flagrantly illegal cartel behavior a couple of years back, and it's why I'm deaf to the argument that Amazon's ongoing efforts to crush Hachette are evidence of a public policy problem that needs remedy. Franklin Foer's recent efforts to label Amazon a monopolist are unconvincing, and Paul Krugman's narrower argument that they have some form of monopsony power in the book industry is equally wrongheaded. What is indisputably true is that Amazon is on track to destroy the businesses of incumbent book publishers. But the many authors and intellectuals who've been convinced that their interests — or the interests of literary culture writ large — are identical with those of the publishers are simply mistaken. Books are published by giant conglomerates Wisdom on this subject begins with the observation that the book publishing industry is not a cuddly craft affair. It's dominated by a Big Four of publishers, who are themselves subsidiaries of much larger conglomerates. Simon & Schuster is owned by CBS, HarperCollins is owned by NewsCorp, Penguin and RandomHouse are jointly owned by Pearson and Bertelsmann, and Hachette is part of an enormous French company called Lagadère. These are not tiny, helpless enterprises. Were their owners interested in the future of books and publishing, they could invest the money necessary to make their own e-reading apps and e-book store and render Amazon entirely superfluous. But the managers of these conglomerates don't really care. If they can get famous authors to lobby the government to stop Amazon from killing them for free, then they're happy to take the free labor. But they don't want to invest actual money and energy in competing with Amazon, they'd rather wring whatever remaining profit there is out of book publishing and dedicate the money to dividends or other industries they're also involved in. Amazon faces lots of competition It is undeniably true that Amazon has a very large share of the market for e-books. What is not true is that Amazon faces a lack of competition in the digital book market. Barnes & Noble — a company that knows something about books — sells e-books, and does so in partnership with a small outfit called Microsoft. Apple sells e-books and so does Google. These are not obscure companies. It is not inconvenient for customers to access their products. And since these are companies that are actually much bigger and more profitable than Amazon, there is absolutely no way Jeff Bezos can drive them out of business with predatory pricing. Amazon's e-book product is much more popular than its rivals because Amazon got there first, and the competition has not succeeded in producing anything better. But consumers who prefer to buy a digital book from a non-Amazon outlet have several easy options available, and thus a book publisher who chooses to eschew Amazon will not actually be unable to reach customers.
Here is an excerpt from a short story that is called: The Name Game and was inspired by a story my father wrote.
My father wrote a story based on what happen to my sister when she was on the game show in the 1950's, I've Got A Secret with Gary Moore. My story has nothing what-so-ever to do with what he wrote. Just the premise.
Set up: Kelly has been on the TV show, The Name Game and here is what happened at school the next day.
From The Name Game:
day after I dreaded going to school. That was where I knew the
bullies would be waiting to pick on me. But what was surprising was I
didn't see Simon or his gang a day.
day long teachers and kids had a smile, high five, fist bump, 'you
were great' or "that was awesome,” or some other praise for
me. I liked it! And it made me forgot about Simon altogether,
and I got to the corner on Brown Avenue, just two blocks from my
house, so close, and I would have miss this encounter. Simon, Eddie,
Evan and Joe came around the corner. Cole was the lucky one. He was
the one who bolted, sprinting deer style before I could think of it.
Besides, they were after me.
was playing a woman, little girl. Ha-ha-ha." Simon tried
mimicking a girl's voice, but he sound like the goofy kid his is.
kept walking and cringing while I waited for the smack to the head.
bumped chests with me, "Answer me!" he shouted, giving me
the smack to the back of my head.
that hurt, Kelly?"
my head, I turn to see my tall big brother, James right behind me.
just stared at Simon. "Kelly's head is probably hurting. So you
can ask me. What do you want to know?"
Simon started. He must have thought better of messing with James.
James was a easy a foot and a half taller than him. Instead, Simon
shuddered stepping back toward his friends as they turned and headed
back down the street.
you have anything else to ask Kelly, come find me. I'll answer you.
yet, I'll find you if I have to," James told their backs.
softly squeezed my shoulder leading me toward home. "How long
has this been going on?"
all year really," I owned up to still rubbing my head.
didn't you say anything?" James asked quietly, his head turned
to see my face.
told a deep breath. "I didn't... well, you know, it seem that
it was something I had to deal with. And I'd look like I can't take
care of myself, so I thought I better try," I admitted.
he's bigger than you. In that case, it's okay to ask me to help you.
can handle kids like him. If you don't come back at a bully, they'll
keep it up. If you think you can't handle him or anybody else, you
tell me, okay?" James smiled and rubbed my sore head. NOTE: This story is dedicated to my James: Doris Winterberg.
Released on October 3, 2014, Conduct
Unbecoming is the latest book by author Dellani Oakes.
Florida where there are sandy beaches, balmy breezes—and dead
bodies on the beach. Unfortunately, the police suspect Teague’s
friend, and former battle buddy, of the killing. Teague knows Nadeya
is innocent, but proving it won’t be easy. She’s disappeared and
the last anyone heard from her, she was looking for this man in
connection with her fiancé’s murder.
to find Nadeya before the police do. He must discover who killed the
man on the beach and protect his friends and loved ones. Fortunately,
he’s not alone. Joined once more by his cousin, Joel McMurtry, they
are augmented by one more—Jasper Waters. He’s another police
officer and former Marine. Adding to their numbers are Vivica,
Teague’s fiancée, Nadeya and her best friend, Aileen. The bad guys
really don’t stand a chance.
and friends when they dodge bullets, rescue kidnapped victims and
take an the airboat ride of their lives. It’s an adventure they
won’t ever forget—provided they live through it.
About Author Dellani Oakes: Dellani
took up writing full time when her youngest son started kindergarten
in 2002. Since then, she has published five books. She has two
romantic suspense novels are with Tirgearr Publishing and an
historical romance and two sci-fi novels with Second Wind Publishing.
She has also contributed to several anthologies, MJ Magazine and
shares her unpublished works on her blog.
she loves to talk to other authors, Dellani hosts two talk shows a
month on Blog Talk Radio. Listen in every second Monday of the month
at 4:00 PM Eastern for Dellani's Tea Time, and every fourth
Wednesday, at 4:00 PM Eastern for What's Write for Me.
Armed with bravado and wonderfully
supportive friends and family, Dellani has embarked on a journey of
self-publication. Conduct Unbecoming is her first venture into
this new, and somewhat scary, world.
What made you decide to self-published Conduct Unbecoming?
I love my publishers, but they are busy with other authors as well as me. I have books I really want to have published, but can't get out as soon as I'd like to. I've been afraid to do this until many of my friends encouraged me to try it. Thank you Christina Giguere, Karen Vaughan and Ethel Cook-Wilson for convincing me that I could, and should, give it a try.
next from Dellani?
always working on something. I have several books that I've shared on
my blog. I plan to get these ready to self-publish. The one I'm
currently sharing on my blog, Bad Fall, is actually a
companion novel to Conduct Unbecoming. The main character is
mentioned in Conduct Unbecoming, and one of the villains is
the same. I am also writing a sequel to Bad Fall, and it's an
extension of both Conduct Unbecoming and Bad Fall. The
title is A Matter of Time.
Dellani's advice to aspiring author?
Learn grammar! I realize that makes me sound like an English teacher, which I am, but it's important. I just finished reading a wonderful book that had a great plot and held my interest, but the author kept hopping from present to past tense. There were times that she switched from first person narrative to third person in the same sentence. It was a little frustrating. Also, PLEASE learn the difference between LAY and LIE and use them right! That bugs the crap out of me. I despair of ever winning that battle, because nearly everyone does it wrong.
READ an Excerpt
from Conduct Unbecoming:
Birds squawked nearby, flapping
their wings wildly. Teague looked up to see what caused the
commotion. Instead of focusing on the birds, his gaze homed in on a
woman. She stood on the boardwalk on the dunes, overlooking the
jetty. She was dressed in black pants and tank top. The wind from the
ocean blew her long hair around her like an ebony fan. He couldn't
see her face, but he knew instinctively who it was.
Saying nothing, he took off up
the dunes, trying to find the access. There wasn't one near enough,
so he climbed the struts and jumped over the railing. The woman was
gone, but he saw her retreating, jogging away from the beach. She
wasn't running fast and he knew he could catch her. He sensed that
she wanted him to. Knowing he would probably regret it, he took off
Neil called from the beach, but
Teague ignored him, intent on following the woman in black. He heard
the thud of footsteps behind him and knew his friends were following.
The woman in black disappeared around a curve. Teague sped up, but
she was out of sight. She could have jumped over the side of the
boardwalk at any time. She might even be under it. Teague stopped to
reconnoiter. He didn't see footprints in the sand, which meant she
was probably still on the boardwalk.
Danielle caught up with him
before the men. "What's up?"
"I thought I saw Nadeya."
Danielle shaded her eyes,
"Yeah." He took off
running again. He didn't expect to find her, but he could hope.
called after him. "Wait."
"She can't be far," he
said. But he knew she was probably long gone.
He jogged the rest of the way to
the parking lot, but had no idea what Nadeya might be driving. The
few cars in the lot were empty. He walked over and examined each one
carefully, peeping inside. A woman came out of the restroom and
yelled at him.
"Hey! Get away from my car!"
She wasn't Nadeya. Her hair was
short, blond and frizzy. She weighed over 200 pounds and her skin was
pale. If it was a disguise, it was the most authentic fat suit he'd
"Sorry. I was looking for a
friend of mine."
"In my car?"
"I don't know what she's
driving. Did you see a tall woman in black in the restroom?"
"If I did, what's it to
you?" the woman said, hands on her hips. Her beefy jaw stuck out
and she looked like she was spoiling for a fight.
"She's a friend of mine.
She's in trouble."
"Didn't see her. Get away
from my car."
Teague held his hands away from
his body and moved laterally away from her. "Sorry for the
misunderstanding." He walked toward the restroom.
"That's the women's
bathroom!" the blonde woman yelled after him.
"So?" He kept moving.
The last he saw of the fat woman,
she was on the phone, presumably calling the authorities. Teague knew
most of the park rangers and was related to some of them. He wasn't
"Nadeya?" he called
softly as he approached the bathroom building. "It's Teague."
There was a rustling in the
bushes behind him, but it turned out to be a raccoon. Frustrated,
Teague surveyed the area before going into the bathroom. She wasn't
there. He hadn't really expected her to be. There was no sign of her
anywhere. Suddenly thirsty, Teague headed to the vending machines for
a drink. There was a supply shed attached where the rangers kept
tools and spare drinks for the machines. It was always locked with a
padlock. Today, the lock was missing and the wood looked freshly
Wishing he had backup, Teague
moved quietly to the shed door, his borrowed weapon in hand. He slid
his sunglasses up to the top of his head as he reached for the door.
The shed was dim inside, very little light coming through the lattice
work on the side. His eyes adjusted quickly to the darkness and he
checked the shed carefully.
"Nadeya?" He spoke softly,
moving into the shed another step. Warily, he pushed the door all the
way back, propping it with a case of Coke. The space was about
fifteen feet deep and eight feet wide. Soda cartons were stacked on
the left side and a tool bench stretched across one end. Yard
equipment and a golf cart took up the rest of the space. There was
really no hiding place in here, unless she could squeeze herself into
the tiny space under the tool bench. Teague checked. Nothing.
A New Way to Add your Picture Book on Kindle. Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is a downloadable tool that supports the creation of illustrated children’s books. It provides you with everything you need to add your images, add text, add basic interactivity (e.g., Kindle Text Pop Ups), and output a book that can be uploaded through Kindle Direct Publishing for sale to Kindle customers. It is available for both PC and Mac users. Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is a free tool for authors and publishers to turn their illustrated children’s books into great-looking Kindle books. Kindle Kids’ Book Creator makes it easy for authors and publishers to import artwork, add text to pages, and preview how their book will look on Kindle devices.
With the click of a button, authors also can add Kindle Text Pop-Ups to make it easy to read their book on any device, including smart phones, tablets, and PCs. Authors then can publish to Kindle and share their story with tens of millions of Amazon customers worldwide.
Kindle Kids’ Book Creator supports multiple layouts for children’s books, including facing page spreads. Kindle Kids’ Book Creator accepts the most popular graphic file types, so authors are free to create art in their preferred design tools. Authors can even import a book from a multi-page PDF, making it easier to ever to take a book originally created for print and turn it into a Kindle book. When you are ready to publish your book, simply go to Kindle Direct Publishing to upload your book.
The Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) makes it easy to produce and distribute your digital audiobook, and you'll also be able to take advantage of the exciting new Kindle features Whispersync for Voice and Immersion Reading to reach more readers in more ways. You can use ACX to produce a digital audiobook version of your book, and to enable your book for the new Whispersync for Voice functionality which allows customers to switch seamlessly between reading the Kindle book and listening to the professionally-narrated audiobook across devices without losing their place. Audiobooks will also be enabled for Immersion Reading which will allow customers with Kindle Fire HD devices to listen to the professional narration as the words of the eBook are highlighted on the screen. When customers buy your Kindle book, they will be able to purchase your Whispersync for Voice-ready Audible audiobook at a special limited time discounted price. https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A3CISEMGMV9KR5 www.acx.com/help/authors-as-narrators/200626860
The Doyle estate’s business strategy is plain: charge a modest license fee for which there is no legal basis, in the hope that the “rational” writer or publisher asked for the fee will pay it rather than incur a greater cost, in legal expenses, in challenging the legality of the demand. The strategy had worked with Random House; Pegasus was ready to knuckle under; only Klinger (so far as we know) resisted. In effect he was a private attorney general, combating a disreputable business practice — a form of extortion — and he is seeking by the present motion not to obtain a reward but merely to avoid a loss. He has performed a public service — and with substantial risk to himself, for had he lost he would have been out of pocket for the $69,803.37 in fees and costs incurred at the trial and appellate levels ($30,679.93 + $39,123.44).
Children will enjoy the
Alphabet Wildlife A to Z. Each letter is taught with Nata Romeo's
unique and amazing style of artwork. The images
has a stunning
effects in ink and pen, some in colored ink and others in black and
white using shapes and various forms of line. Very creative.
It will appeal to new
young readers on a few levels as they meet animals from around the
world, viewing the book's fresh and innovative artwork, and learning
at the same time. This book will surely do its job of introducing the
alphabet and teaching them the letters needed to create words.
Alphabet Wildlife A to Z
it is easy to follow and will be enjoyed by everyone.
That's my review of Alphabet Wildlife A to Z by Nata Romeo, on THE BOOK REPORT! ~JD
(Bloomberg) -- Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook e-reader business, renewing efforts to challenge Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., is teaming up with Samsung Electronics Co. to create co-branded tablet computers.
The new devices will combine the Nook software with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware, creating full-service tablets that can access Barnes & Noble's collection of more than 3 million books, magazines and newspapers, according to a statement today. The 7-inch model will debut in early August, followed by a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 4 model about two months later.
Barnes & Noble, a bookstore chain with almost 700 stores, has been scaling back its investments in the money-losing Nook unit after earlier tablet models flopped with consumers. The company, which has struggled to compete with Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad, hasn't released a new device since October. As part of today's agreement, Barnes & Noble will buy at least 1 million devices from Samsung within the first 12 months.
Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, is the world's largest maker of mobile devices that run Google Inc.'s Android software. The deal will bring world-class technology to Nook, Barnes & Noble Chief Executive Officer Michael Huseby said.
"Our job and focus is to be a content company, not a device manufacturer," he said in an interview. The partnership with Samsung "allows us to focus on what we're good at."