Posts tagged Reviews
Posts tagged Reviews
By no means is Creadium a book review blog, but when I read this post on Lazy Book Reviews (one of my more fave Tumblogs) I had to share it.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was a little messed up for a couple of days after finishing Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. And, contrary to what some are trying to say, I wasn’t damaged by the explicit content or the “adult” themes. I was affected by the raw, emotional reality that Collins did not shy away from portraying. There have only been a few books that leave me so emotionally raw at the end.
Click the link, below, to read the whole post. It’s pretty awesome. :)
Okay, so, literally a year after reading the first book of “The Hunger Games,” I got around to reading the second two, in Vegas. Which is random, because I certainly loved the first book, and just…dicked around for a while.
“Mockingjay,” man. “Mockingjay.”
Fuckin’ dark, you know?
SHIFT is now available for purchase through most major e-book retailers! (It’s not available in paper—yet—but should be available sometime this summer.) I’ve had a number of people ask me what the “best” way to purchase SHIFT is, so I thought I’d put together a little post to help answer that question. Each outlet has its pros and cons, so I’ve included a summary with each option, to help everyone decide based on their preferences and situation. You can also follow the links once you’ve made your decision. On every website listed here, SHIFT is priced at $2.99.
When you buy an e-book from Smashwords, you own it in every file format available. So, if you have an e-reader (like a Kindle or a Nook) you can buy from smashwords and upload the proper file-type to your reader. But what if you don’t have an e-reader? Well, you can read the PDF or HTML versions right on your computer—no e-reader (or special app) required. The beautiful thing is that if, later, you buy an e-reader (or change from a Kindle to an iPad, for instance) you don’t have to forfeit your copy of SHIFT, just because your media changed; you own it in file formats for every reading device.
When you purchase an e-book from Amazon.com, you are purchasing a Kindle e-book. Kindle e-books can only be read on a Kindle e-reader, or on the Kindle Reading App for PC, MAC, or your mobile device (Apple, Android or Blackberry). The Kindle Reading App is free and easy to download (search “Kindle App” on Amazon to find it.) I think of Amazon’s Kindle format the same way I think of Apple’s itunes: The music you buy on itunes is not the standard, MP3 file format—it is a proprietary format that can only be read by Apple software and devices. Similarly, Kindle e-books can only be read by Kindle software or devices.
BarnesandNoble.com (or BN.com, for short.) (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Shift/Elle-Beauregard/e/2940011270932/?itm=1&USRI=elle+beauregard)
Purchasing on Barnes and Noble is very similar to buying e-books on Amazon, except that BN.com uses a more widely accepted file-format (e-pub). If you own a Nook (or are thinking about getting a Nook—and you should choose Nook over Kindle if you’re interested in borrowing e-books from your local library), you should buy your e-books on BN.com. To read e-books purchased through Barnes and Nobel on your computer or mobile phone, you can download the free Nook App for your PC, MAC, or Mobile Device (Blackberry, Apple or Android) Search “Nook App” on BN.com to find it. It is as quick and easy to use as the Amazon Kindle App.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about Deisel, but reviews seem to be good. You can buy SHIFT on Deisel in the same e-pub format available on BN or Smashwords.com.
If you own an iPhone or iPad, you can buy SHIFT (and other e-books) through the Apple iBookstore. The iBookstore is a free app for iPhone and iPad, available through the App Store on your device. (Best way to find me is to search my name “Elle Beauregard” instead of searching the title alone—something I’ve learned these last few weeks…)
SHIFT will also be available in the two popular Andriod e-bookstores in the next week or so. As well as being available as apps for Android, Windows Phone 7 and HP’s Web OS in the next month or so after that. But more about that later.
If you have a favorite e-bookstore you frequent, but you can’t find me, let me know—I’m always happy to expand my distribution!
And, finally, if you like SHIFT (or even if you don’t!) I hope you’ll write a quick review of it on whichever website you purchased it through. Reader Reviews are what help the cream rise to the top of all the indie-published fiction out there. If you loved it, I’m thrilled! If you didn’t, I’d love to know what turned you off. Great writers grow through constructive criticism. I’ll never ask you what you thought of my books (I don’t think its right to put my friends, family and fans on the spot like that) but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to know!