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Seasons Greetings and Reading Resolutions

I know I’m a little late for some of the holidays this month, but I hope all of my readers had a wonderful holiday season!  It doesn’t feel like winter in my part of the world so it really didn’t FEEL like the holidays compared to past years.  On another note – look at this cute book tree that I found on Pinterest!

Did you get any good gifts?  Any good gifts involving BOOKS?  I know quite a few people who were gifted Kindle Fires.  I’m really curious about them but it doesn’t seem to make sense for me to get a tablet like that since I already have a smartphone, Kindle 2, and a laptop.  But they look pretty awesome!  I’ve noticed that the traffic here has been pretty steady over the past few days – I guess a lot of people are searching for new books to download to their e-readers and tablets!

One of my Twitter friends is a librarian, avid reader, and blogger and gave me an idea.  She had set a goal of 45 books to read in 2011.  And she hit the goal with a few weeks left in December!  Holy cow!  When I heard that, I thought I’d check Goodreads to see how many books I’ve read this year because I knew it had to be a lot.  I was slightly disappointed to see that it was only 26, but then I realized that 1) that’s a whole lot more than most normal people read per year (or per five years!  Or ten!), and 2) I was planning a wedding for the first half of the year and was too busy doing DIY stuff to read in my spare time.  So I GUESS I can be okay with 26.  But I bet I could get more than that next year.  35 maybe?  I also have to keep in mind that I have to pay for most of these books so I can’t go too crazy.  Although I still have a ton of books on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet for numerous reasons, so at least I have a stock to go to if I’m short on cash.

What’s your reading resolution for 2012?  Finish a series?  Read a classic that you’ve had your eye on for awhile?  Beat me in the number of books you read?

Kindle + Libraries

 

Exciting news!  You as a Kindle owner or Kindle app user can now borrow Kindle ebooks from your local library!  How awesome is that?  I admit, I haven’t been to a library in way too long.  Other than the college library for school stuff, I probably haven’t visited a library for pleasure reading since high school or earlier.  Sad, huh.  I recently applied for a library card with my local library system, but I didn’t go pick it up right away so I think I have to reregister online again.  Oops.

Anyway, I first read about this news on one my favorite tech blogs, TechCrunch.  Amazon has a page dedicated to Public Library Books for Kindle and it seems to answer any questions that you could have.  You can go to the OverDrive search website to see if your library participates in this program and if so, you can go to your library’s website and check out ebooks to your Kindle (you must have a library card, though).  The only downside that I see is that the libraries must only have one or a very limited amount of each ebook.  I did a quick search on some popular titles in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh site and many of them were checked out.  I believe that there is a two-week lending period for each title, but it looks like you can put yourself on the wait list.  Wonder how long that would take.  I’ll have to check it out as soon as I become a responsible adult and get a new library card.

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried this with your local library!  Any success stories, pros, cons?

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less

Cheap books (or ebooks) are my weakness.  Did you see that Amazon has 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less?!?  My dream come true!  No, my dream would be that they’d all be free.

There’s a pretty decent selection and it really looks like there is something for everyone.  If you’re looking for something to download and have the same taste in books as I do, I recommend “Shanghai Girls.  There are a few on here that I’d like to read, including Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet” (I’m not vegan, just pescetarian, but I’ve been wanting to learn more about her philosophy); “The Dowry Bride” by Shobhan Bantwal (I read and blogged about one of her other books, “The Sari Shop Widow“); and “The Condition (P.S.) by Jennifer Haigh (haven’t read anything else by this author but the story looks interesting).  There’s a few others on there that I wouldn’t mind getting, too.  Sorry, wallet.

Check out the list and let me know if you recommend any others!


                                            
                                        

Ebooks Galore!

I recently won a Twitter contest from Twitterer @ReadersWin and received several free ebooks.  Through this contest and gathering my winnings, I learned of a new (to me) website, Smashwords.  Smashwords is an ebook paradise.  I’m not quite sure how many ebooks are available on the site, but it claims to have published over 1 billion words (if someone is really good at math – not me – I’m sure they can estimate how many words are typically in a book, etc. and figure it out).

A lot of the ebooks on the site seem pretty inexpensive (pretty comparable to what I see Kindle ebooks go for) and there are even free ones you can browse through.  It seems like Smashwords is the place to be for indie or first-time authors.  What a great way to find some new favorite authors!  Bonus: you don’t have to just read these ebooks on your computer.  You can download the ebook in multiple formats including Kindle, iPad, Nook, and many others.  The ones that I received are going to be sent to my Kindle as soon as I remember to do it.

Are there any other sources to find good ebooks?

(Side note: the word “ebook” starts to look really strange when you type it as many times and I did in this post.)

What’s on Your List?

The holidays are in full swing.  Personally, I’m having a super hard time figuring out what to get everyone for the holidays.  I’ve made a couple gifts so far (in my free time outside of work and reading, I do a lot of crafting – knitting, painting, etc.) but need to do the rest soon!

So I’m curious…..

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