" She wouldn’t think of him. Or she would pretend he had gone away. Back to Tir Alainn. Back to his home Clan. Had just gone away without saying good- bye. Which, in fact, was exactly what he might have done."
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Basically, if you have a post that didn't get too many comments, you can add the link here. You also have to visit 5 other linked posts and comment well!
It kept me up till nearly 2 AM, so I hope it looks good!
What do you think?
Does it capture the essence of the blog? Is the Kindle visible?
If not, I'm open to suggestions!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Yay! My first Hop! I'm the 302th entrant for this week :D
The book blogger hop is hosted by http://www.crazy-for-books.com, and the idea is for the event to last over the weekend to give everyone a chance to visit the other bloggers.
*waves* Hiiii to all the folks stopping over from the Hop.
The question this week (one answers a new Q each week) is:
I use a simple grading system (A, B+, B- and so on). I find it is more flexible than stars or smilies, though I wish I had a cute graphic icon I could sort of 'paste' onto the reviews. There have been one or two reviews where I haven't felt qualified to grade, they are just so stunningly outside the grade curve!
I think of this blog as more than a review blog - about 25% of my posts are about ebook readers, and I have lots of cute, book-related, graphics that I re-post(with credits) from the brilliant folks that create.
If you are a Kindle/Ebook-Reader user, or would like the pure convenience of converting any book format to any OTHER book format, I would highly recommend you read this very useful post on using Calibre with the Kindle/Sony/Nook!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I just got awarded the "The One Lovely Blog" award by the new blogger Tina from Book Couture
- Accept the award, post in on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
- Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
- Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know that they have been chosen for this award.
I also got the "Summer Blogger Award" from one of my fav bloggers : Missy @ Missy Reads & Reviews
I wish I could send it back to you, Missy! You did such a great job this summer.
The rules are simple: thank the person who gave it to you with a link back in your post, and send this on to fellow bloggers who rock this summer. List 4 rocking bloggers to share this with, and post a note to them through their comments.
I'm passing this award to some ladies who have written awesome posts this summer:
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Extract: “It’d been nearly a year since I’d been laid out in a parking lot with a sword in my lung and a smirking coyote offering me the choice between death or life as a shaman. In all my waking hours I’d never thought of wanting any kind of mystical gifts or healing powers, but I’d wanted to die even less."
The previous books in the series are:
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
The pictures say it all, but this is a two-storey tower that connects the first and second floors of an art gallery. Titled "The Ark", the bookshelf is entirely lined with books, and you can see the titles and book-spines as soon as you enter.
Lambda Literary has a lot more info, more pics and an interview with the creators on their inspiration.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Leah Dieterich's mother always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. To everything. thxthxthx is her daily exercise in gratitude.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This is a site that will search out the giveaways from your site and publicize them on twitter, facebook, their newsletter and more!
When you have a contest and giveaway out, the website over at http://www.giveawayscout.com will regularly scan your RSS feed for information and the giveaway gets spotted. The giveaways may be books, but also include jewelery, gadgets and other stuff.
I'm too lazy to not pick up another easy avenue of getting the word out about any contests I have, so I'm registering :)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
AAaandd.....*DRUMROLL* THE FINALISTS:
- Kindle your love for reading - by Laura @ traveltheages.blogspot.com
- Flipping Pages - by Deepthi & Sanjeev
- A Kindle in the Wind - by Chandra
- Reading under the stars - by http://avacypher-bookinfinity.blogspot.com/
- Digital Goddess - by Shy (Tag: "A woman. A Kindle. And tons of Book Reviews")
- Confessions of a Kindle Junkie - by Missy @ missyreadsreviews.blogspot.com
- Geeky Kindle Reviews - by Darlyn
- e-Volving Books - by Gnoe from http://gnoegnoe.wordpress.com/
- Reading between the lines - by Ky @Can't Find a Bookmark
- Dog Eared or Electric Reader - by Ky @Can't Find a Bookmark
- Me-reader - by Gnoe from http://gnoegnoe.wordpress.com/
Just to make this as open as possible - here is the actual form that you and the contestants filled out:
Go check it out! Its open to view by anyone with the link. Do leave a comment with your choice for the Winner!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Maker's Song #1 Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix
"The majority were Goth - dyed black hair, pale makeup, black lipstick and liner, male and female. Some of the young men seemed to think that they were Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise in that old vampire movie: long hair, lace ruffled shirts, velvet jackets, and silver-headed canes"
What are you reading? Drop a comment to let me know!
And if you haven't taken part in my first contest - there is still 5 days to go before the winning entry is picked! International Prizes to be won, names thought up - http://readseverything.blogspot.com/2010/06/catchy-name-contest.html
Monday, August 9, 2010
I am in awe at how you manage to rake in so many followers in such a short timespan!
1. I am great at research, and can endlessly keep hunting down facts to back up my analyses. But not so great with the decision making, and overthink everything
2.I read more ebooks than real paper books now
3. I spent a total of 6 years in school and college hostels, best time ever!
(actual 4-to-a-room hostels, not the 4 years I had my own apartment + roomie)
4. I can't sleep without reading, even if it is a few pages
5. Not having a TV during hostel, college or post grad means that I can't bear watching ads on TV anymore!
6. I have an MBA from Purdue, still doesn't help so much with No. 1
7. Sadly, for being an Indian, I don't read many Indian authors - something to change!
Bloggers that deserve this award:
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Big news this weekend - India is getting a second ebook reader, called "Wink".
The first one, Pi, didn't strike me as a major contender in the market at that point in time - photos and more information are here and the review is here.
Pi sales seem to be in the ten thousand range, though I wasn't able to find any independent numbers with any specificity (yes, I watched Inception. This word stuck).
The new reader, Wink, looks exactly like the Kindle. Priced at Rs. 8,000 for the basic model, it undercuts the 9,999 Pi comes at. It also releases Aug 15th, a celebratory weekend for India, and also before the new Kindle versions launch internationally. Smart.
Couple of smart things Indian ebook readers do that set them apart from international ones -
1) Language support for multiple regional languages. Wink supports 15 languages.
2) Local magazines have digitized versions available on the Wink.
3) Wink offers pan-india GPRS and Wifi connectivity for free
The Wink's fancy-pants version costs Rs. 22,000 - the equivalent of a high-end phone here.
The Kindle announced its new version recently - my post is here and its release at the end of the month at $139 (~Rs. 6,400) will be lower than home-grown competition. It still might rule the roost with metropolitan readers! Wink seems to have strategically planned its launch, and the pricing. Competition is heating up...
Which ebook reader will win?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Catchy Name Contest! got the most number of views (~100)
418 visits this month!
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