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Surprise!

Today has been a day of surprises, but one surprise was not as shocking as the other. Today, I’m featured on The Writer’s Center‘s First Person Plural blog. I talk a bit about the blog and its beginnings and what my main focus is among other things. I hope you’ll take a minute to go on over and comment.

Secondly, I received a pleasant surprise today when the winners of the Summer for Gomez winners were announced.  Check out the announcement below.

Summer of Gomez Winners

“Every once in a while you come across a novel so fresh and new it reacquaints you with feelings of childhood wonder. The novel my neighbor, Warren, wrote was my first example of the exact opposite of this.”
— Gomez in ‘No Hope for Gomez!’
Blogger Kindle Winner:
Serena from SavvyVerseandWit.comReader Kindle Winner:
Arthur Hall (US)

Reader iPod Winner:
Lynn Bassler (US)

Limited edition Winners:
Ebehireme Iyoha (US)
Yasmin Raad Muhi (Mal)
Sarah Bibi Setar (SA)
Gemma Richardson (UK)
David Lane (US)

 

Thanks to everyone who decided to make the summer of 2011 an official Summer of Gomez! I for one had a lot of fun and lost only a little bit of hair (and a few teeth) over the administration. A small price to pay of course.
Let’s try something great next year as well.

I’ve never owned an e-reader before, but if anyone has some tips, please share them. I’m not sure I’m ready to completely give up my hard copies, but I’m willing to give this new device a try. Any pros and cons you’d like to share, feel free. Oh, and naturally anything I should watch out for when downloading books and dealing with Amazon would be appreciated.

  • I love my kindle! No more losing my page, no more not having a book with me regardless of where I am in said book (if I finish one, I can easily pick up a new one), no more lugging around a hardcover! As a mother with very young children, it’s been fabulous. As a reader, I love it. I didn’t think I would be able to give up my paperbacks either, but I find I read more and faster with my Kindle than I do with print. It’s also just as easy to get cozy with the Kindle, if not more so. There’s no trying to find the best way to keep the pages open or anything like that. Give it time, you’ll come to enjoy it I’m sure. *grin*

    • I’ll keep everyone posted once I decide what to download, but write now I’m playing some word scramble game on it and that has become a time suck!

      • Don’t forget to hit up all the freebies Amazon has for the Kindle to. You can find some really sweet deals (and new authors) that way. Plus, it’s a great way to boost up your library without having to actually spend money on anything. *grin*

        • So you have any freebie authors you’d recommend? I know I can possibly get some Jane Austen which makes me happy. Any particularly easy way to search for said freebies?

        • Off the top of my head, not really. I haven’t been doing much “free” reading lately, been concentrating on review copies. However, keep an eye on your authors because occasionally they’ll have deals you can’t pass up. Earlier this year, Kerrelyn Spark’s How to Marry a Millionaire was up for free. Honestly, checking what your authors have in the Kindle Store (http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks) is the best way to check. Just make sure you change the order from Low to High Price. *grin*

  • Dawn – She Is Too Fond of Books

    Congrats, Serena – that’s quite a big win!

  • Congrats Serena! How great for you. Now I MUST recommend that you download the Kindle Book – A Kind of Intimacy; Jenn Ashworth. It is reasonably priced at $6.?? It is fantastic.

  • Congrats! Jerry keeps saying he’s going to buy me a Kindle and I keep telling him not to because I don’t really want an e-reader right now. At least now I can play around with yours before I decide for sure. 😉

    • Glad to be of help. I wasn’t expecting to win at all. I’m more in shock and probably will be until it arrives.

  • Woo hoo! Congratulations! You should subscribe to Books on the Knob – it’s a blog that alerts you to great Kindle deals.

    • I’ll have to check that site out once the Kindle arrives.

  • Ti

    The Kindle is literally plug and play right out of the box. It’s SO incredibly easy to set-up. You are going to love it.

    I find that it doesn’t replace actual books for me, but when you need that book right now? It’s great. When you want to take a bunch with you for traveling? Perfect for that. Oh and soon you will be able to download all the free ebooks from libraries when they partner with Overdrive at the end of the year.

    • I don’t think I’ll be replacing my books either. You mean I cannot download those ebooks from my library website?!

      • Typically, no you can’t download books from libraries onto the Kindle. The one downside to the Kindle (IMHO) is the fact that they have their own proprietary format, which doesn’t have the DRM capabilities (to my knowledge). Once you have a kindle book, there’s no “giving it back” (which I guess doesn’t make that a bad thing in this instance); so most libraries use Adobe Digital Editions which can put a time limit (and use DRM control) on how long you can open an ebook.

        • So I can’t download from the library…ugh.