Last Call for Questions

I’ve been devoting a lot of my time working on my new blog feature. I look forward to sharing it with you all soon. I thought I would give you one more chance to submit questions you would ask your favorite writer/blogger. Leave me your questions in the comments below. They just might end up as a part of my new feature!

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Thanks Chicago Public Library!

I’ve been sharing with you my love of the library and my obsession with my new Kindle. They have now morphed together. This morning as I was going through my Twitter feed, I discovered the Chicago Public Library is now offering e-books for my Kindle. Yes I shrieked with delight in my apartment, causing my two cats to look at my like I was insane.

I read the Sun-Times article and was pleased to know that the Chicago Public Library has multiple digital copies of the best-selling books to borrow. All you have to do is log onto the site and enter your library card number and zip code. 3,546 books at my fingertips for free. And I don’t have to worry about late fees! Sign me up now.

I immediately logged onto the Chicago Public Library site to view what was available and I was not surprised to find myself looking at a wait list for many of the best sellers. As Jen commented on my post about the potential Amazon digital library, many people don’t want to wait on these lists. That’s fine for you all, but this girl is adding herself on the wait list now. The nice thing is is that the site shows you how many copies of the e-book are available and how many people are on the waiting list.

Since I have gotten my Kindle, I have been devouring books like crazy. I’m a firm believer that the more you read the better you write.  This discovery is going to feed into my desire to read and desire to write. Winter in Chicago is coming and I think I just figured out what I’m going to do holed up in my apartment when the snow comes.

I Think I’ve Been Converted: Why I Love My Kindle

I have been obsessed with my new Kindle. Rather than write a whole new post about it, I thought I’d share what I wrote for BookEndBabes yesterday. I look forward to hearing about why you enjoy your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-reader. Click here to read the post in its original format.

While I usually love to share my latest read with you all, today I’d like to share why I’m an e-reader convert.

For my birthday this year I got a Kindle. For a long time now, I’ve been telling everyone that it just wouldn’t be the same as reading a book. I grew up in the library and love the musty smell of a book just taken off the shelf. I thought I would miss the feel of a book and the turning of the pages.

I’m a convert. The cover I ordered makes it feel as I’m holding a real book, which has made the transition easier. The idea of having a new book right at my fingertips is amazing. I also love the idea of being able to share books with my best friend because she has a Kindle too.

But my favorite part of my Kindle is discovering new authors that I may not have come across if I didn’t have a Kindle. I also love the thought of supporting authors who are just starting out. I am also happy to give back to those who I have met through social media and have afforded me the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you.

My first download was Jamie’s Let Us Prey. Everyone who loves a strong female character and a good mystery should pick this up immediately. I’m only about halfway through and I love it. A book has to be good to make me almost miss my train stop to and from work on multiple days.

Malena and Vivi you are next!

I’m really glad I embraced this new technology, but I can’t say that I won’t pick up a real book now and again.

I Think I’ve Been Converted: Why I Love My Kindle

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

While I usually love to share my latest read with you all, today I’d like to share why I’m an e-reader convert.

For my birthday this year I got a Kindle. For a long time now, I’ve been telling everyone that it just wouldn’t be the same as reading a book. I grew up in the library and love the musty smell of a book just taken off the shelf. I thought I would miss the feel of a book and the turning of the pages.

I’m a convert. The cover I ordered makes it feel as I’m holding a real book, which has made the transition easier. The idea of having a new book right at my fingertips is amazing. I also love the idea of being able to share books with my best friend because she has a Kindle too.

But my favorite part of my Kindle is discovering new authors that I may not have come across if I didn’t have a Kindle. I also love the thought of supporting authors who are just starting out. I am also happy to give back to those who I have met through social media and have afforded me the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you.

My first download was Jamie’s Let Us Prey. Everyone who loves a strong female character and a good mystery should pick this up immediately. I’m only about halfway through and I love it. A book has to be good to make me almost miss my train stop to and from work on multiple days.

Malena and Vivi you are next!

I’m really glad I embraced this new technology, but I can’t say that I won’t pick up a real book now and again.

What Would You Ask?

I’ve decided to introduce a new features to my Person of Letters blog. As writers, we all learn from one another and their experiences. Many times when I read my writers, I wonder what made them start writing , what their inspiration is and other thoughts. Then it dawned on me that I should start asking them.

Once a month, I plan on asking my favorite writers the same questions and I will share their answers with you all. But I need your help.

What would you ask your favorite writers? Is there something that  you are dying to know? Share you questions with me in the comments sections below and chances are they will appear in next month’s inaugural post.

I look forward to your ideas!

My View on the Potential Amazon Digital Library

I saw a tweet come through on my feed this morning about Amazon wanting to launch a subscription-based library for the Kindle. As a new Kindle owner, I thought the idea would appeal to me. It doesn’t. In fact, it disturbs me.

I can’t imagine having to pay to access a library. As I shared with you in an earlier post, I grew up in the library. We have free public libraries across the country that are starting to adapt to digitally published books. Why pay for monthly access when you can still borrow a digital book from the good old fashioned library?

The obvious answer is convenience and availability.

Fine, if you want to pay for your subscription, do it. But reports are saying that Amazon wants to make it available to prime members. I am not paying $79 a year to rent books.

Why Amazon? You already let Kindle users share books for two weeks. Most of the classics are free. Sorry, this subscription thing is not for me.

My other concern, also addressed in the article, is how authors are going to be affected. As I have started to blog and have become more active on social media sites, I have had the opportunity to connect with a lot of authors. I understand publishers are leery about this idea, but how will this impact those who are self-published writers and have e-books through Amazon? Are they going to be included in this “premium” library? Would they even want to be?

It will be interesting to see if Amazon goes forward with this idea. What do you think?

Sisterhood of the Blogging Pants

Last Friday, I attended a going away bash for the fabulous Ruffly and Sweet and her husband. I was honored to meet many of the people that I had heard so much about.

As we sat around making small talk, Jackie asked me what I did and I said that I blogged and that I was on the lovely RufflyandSweet’s blog roll. Come to find out that Jackie, Nicole and I were her entire blog roll.  It was a lovely coincidence that we discovered ourselves and I’m honored to be listed with these lovely ladies. We’ve dubbed ourselves the Sisterhood of the Blogging Pants.

It continues to amaze me how wonderfully easy it is to connect with fellow writers. It was an honor to meet these ladies and I can’t wait to see what they blog about next. I encourage you to follow the blogs of my new foodie friends, For the Loaf of Bread and Foodie Reflections. And don’t forget to follow RufflyandSweet!