Monday, October 27, 2008

Ebooks in the Key of O!

Three Cheers for Oprah!

I got an interesting email newsletter from Kelly Bliss, who usually writes about plus-sized fitness, self-esteem, etc. She just couldn't restrain herself from talking about this new device she had just seen Oprah Winfrey enthusiastically demonstrate. The idea of storing hundreds of books in a small reader really excited Kelly, and rightly so. But I find it telling that, like most people, she had never heard of ebooks or ebook readers, or if she had the concept hadn't registered enough for her to remember it. Now she wants one.

The Oprah endorsement cannot be overestimated.



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Unfolding an ebook

The July 6, New York Times profiles an device with flexible e-pages:

[T]he Readius, designed mainly for reading books, magazines, newspapers and mail, is the size of a standard cellphone. Flip it open, though, and a screen tucked within the housing opens to a 5-inch diagonal display. The screen looks just like a liquid crystal display, but can bend so flexibly that it can wrap around a finger.
New York Times, July 6, 2008

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jaki Offers E-Book Sex and 12 Vegetarian Mysteries

Dear Friends,

My brand new, romantic-disaster-comedy novel, What's Sex Got To Do With It, has been published as an ebook by and it's available on their website and in every e-format (including Kindle) at: Fictionwise
A print-on-demand paperback will eventually be issued but for those who must read it now and must read it on paper, the site offers a version that you print out.


And as icing on the e-cake, all twelve of my Kate Jasper mystery novels have been reissued as ebooks by (These twelve novels will also be available as POD trade paperbacks in the near future.)

I'm zinging a happy electron zong. For more details, come visit me at my website,


Friday, May 9, 2008

E-book Reader Matrix

Scroll down this Wikipedia entry to see a handy dandy chart (complete with pictures, prices and company reliability) of all the available E-book Readers.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Jaki's What's Sex Got To Do With It Now Available

The long awaited new Jaqueline Girdner book, What's Sex Got To Do With It is now available from SynergEbooks. Jaki has finally committed E-book Fiction and where better to announce it than here? Can we call it Sex for short? Why not?

I was one of the lucky few to read the manuscript of Sex before publication. It's a romantic comedy disaster novel and I can testify that it is the funny and touching story of a couples counselor who has found the man of her dreams and is about to announce their engagement when all hell breaks's a fast-moving fun read. Here's where you click to find out more and buy a copy: SynergEbooks

Congratulations, Jaki!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

An Edible E-Book

This is a form of e-book we hadn't thought of.


TeamSugar user Lilpeapod strikes again with this totally awesome Kindle cake that she "whipped up" this past weekend.

"I've been jonesing for a Kindle for weeks now, and since I can't get the real thing just yet, I thought I would make a Kindle cake to show my love." says Lilpeapod.

Okay, so you can't turn the page, but you can't eat your Kindle and read it too.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Review of Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

Whitethorn Woods reminds me of O. Henry...with a double twist. Set in and about the Irish town of Rossmore, the center of the story is St. Ann's Well, "a holy shrine of dubious origin," where petitioners come to ask for a great many things, including success in marriage, children, miracle cures, faithfulness, love, and more. The book begins in the third person, then shifts seamlessly to a series of coupled vignettes in which one person tells a story and then a second person tells more of the story. The second person is not always the person the reader expects. And each version ends with a twist. The amazing thing about Whitethorn Woods is the scope of issues Binchy manages to speak of through her characters, covering birth to death and everything in between. The human condition is dissected compassionately, often humorously, and always observantly. Binchy's "heroes" are unlikely: an aging woman on a singles tour; a simple-minded man whose simplicity may be more related to kindness than lack of intelligence; a deaf girl whose "hearing" of the heart is acute. And Binchy's "villains" are just as unlikely: a country doctor; a young woman in love; an infertile woman who comes to St. Ann's Well to ask for a child. Only Maeve Binchy can present even the villains so clearly that I found myself in sympathy with them. I was only sorry when the stories came to an end. But how can I object? Maeve Binchy has said it all in every voice possible in Whitethorn Woods.


Whitethorn Woods (2007)is available in six ebook formats including the Sony Reader and Amazon's Kindle. Ebook formats and seller links are shown at this Random House link
The sites that sell it are listed below.
Sony Connect
eBooks About Everything