Kindle Unlimited: Our Take

Kindle Unlimited

Last week Amazon unveiled a new promotional tool for authors and publishers – Kindle Unlimited (KU). The service offers readers who pay $9.99/mo unlimited access to a catalog of 600,000 titles in the Kindle library. This isn’t the first time a subscription reading model has been tried online. Companies like Scribd and Oyster have had very similar offerings for some time now.

On the surface KU is an interesting option for avid readers–Pay $9.99/mo and read as much as you’d like. Browsing the initial offerings we found a small but growing selection of popular books by best-selling authors. For example, the entire Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series are included in the service. However, it seems that many large publishing companies haven’t yet jumped on board, which shouldn’t be surprising given the recent fight Amazon has had with larger publishers over revenue splits. [Read more...]

Release Spotlight: Worship Worthy by Timothy Shorey

Worship WorthyMy first book, Worship Worthy, came about almost by accident. It started with a simple posting on my Facebook page in which I strung a few “A” words together that unexpectedly had invaded a quiet early morning meditation. With this brief alliterative whim I gave voice to my wonder at the beauty of Jesus. The next morning it occurred to me to try “B” and so began a 26 day journey into joy and worship.

Alliteration is an ancient poetic device aimed to create beauty in the soul and a kind of idea-stickiness for the mind. Not everyone gets into it to be sure. Still, alliteration isn’t always as cheesy as some suggest. It often can be helpful, and even beautiful. Whether or not Worship Worthy is either will be up to others to decide. But I do know this: in this flight into words my eyes of faith caught a fresh glimpse of God, and I’m the better for it. [Read more...]

Did You Know?

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American author and journalist, Hunter Stockton Thompson, was renowned for his own brand of New Journalism termed “Gonzo” – an experimental style of journalism where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories.

The work he remains best known for is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971). It was first serialized in Rolling Stone, a magazine with which Thompson would be long associated, and was released as a film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam in 1998.

Glencairnie By Penny Worton

Penny Worton lives in the Scottish Borders and is a country lover at heart. She has written many articles and profiles about country folk and especially country sports people.

She has recently self-published her novel ‘Glencairnie’ which concerns Scottish rural life in the early Twentieth Century.

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Book Blurb

Glencairnie House in the beautiful, but wild countryside of the Scottish Borderland is home to Colonel Alfred McDonald and his wife Mary. With three sons and daughter Sophie they live an idyllic lifestyle of the period. Their Home Farm on the estate is run by the abhorrent Yorkshireman, Joe Crossley, who rules his farm workers with a rod of iron. The widowed shepherd, Will, and his daughter, Meg, live in the remote hill cottage of Westhope. Meg’s work in such hostile conditions, combined with the treatment she and her father receive from Crossley makes for a tough existence.

Glencairnie is available at: www.lulu.com/spotlight/pennyworton

Authors We Love – Paulo Coelho

CoelhoBio: Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. Bestselling writer of the spiritual novel, The Alchemist, he has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, which was a turning point in his life. On the path, he had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage.

Birth: August 24, 1947

 

Notable Books:

The Alchemist
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
The Witch of Portobello

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
Paulo Coelho