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A new book section for the Chicago Tribune

Seeking to make some more money off subscribers, as well as to fill the gaping hole that is their book content, the Chicago Tribune has announced they are launching a new kind of book section.  Let’s see how it goes.

Personally, I think $99 is a bit steep, but it also includes invites to events and an actual book.  I’d be stoked to subscribe if I didn’t think it would get stolen from the lobby of my building, where papers are delivered. Still, it’s an exciting announcement and a big leap for the Tribune.  Kudos to them for remembering that people still care about books.

I’ll be looking into the online version to see if it’s Kindle compatible. TBD!

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Free book alert! “The Night Circus” at Starbucks!

Being one who frequents Starbucks, I’m used to seeing the little itunes Pick of the week cards, which contain a code to download a song or music video.

Until yesterday, I had never seen a Pick of the week that was for an ebook download, and I’m elated – because the book you can download is Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus,” which I was about to go buy anyway.   (Neil Gaiman raved about this book when he spoke at the Chicago Public Library recently.)

Granted, I think you have to read it on an Apple device, but I think there’s a way to read the book on your PC.  (I’m still looking into this aspect of it.)  Also, I’m not sure exactly which Starbucks locations are offering this, but I’m sure they’re around – especially in the Chicago area.

So woot! Go get a free ebook – and one that’s supposedly one of the best reads of the year!

UPDATE:  Apparently it’s not the entire e-book, but a sample of the book.  Slightly disappointing, but still – if you were on the fence about buying the book, it could be a good preview.  (Thanks, Travis, for commenting and letting me know!)

Welcome to the Club, Nora Roberts!

There are lots of popular authors. There are also lots of serious readers with Kindles.

Having recently become a Kindle-owner, I found this bit of news really interesting:

Nora Roberts has just joined James Patterson and the late Stieg Larsson in the Kindle Million Club. Membership in this elite group, which currently consists of only these three writers, is restricted to authors who have sold over a million books in the Amazon.com Kindle Store.

It makes me smile to know that the most-downloaded authors are these three.  Granted, the numbers are a little bit silly.  You don’t need to pay to download classics for your Kindle when you can get them for free, which pretty much rules out a whole ton of noted authors, but still – I think it’s kind of glorious.

Only these three writers.

(FYI – I totally have all three of Steig Larsson’s books on my Kindle just waiting to be read.)

I got a Kindle.

My wonderfully techno-savvy gadget-happy husband surprised me this holiday with a gift I wasn’t expecting.

A Kindle.

Yes, dear readers, I now have an e-reader.  Despite previously proclaiming my confusion as to where the appeal of such a device could be, there is now a brand-new Kindle (and sassy purple case) in my possession.

While nothing will ever replace paper books as far as I’m concerned – being one who loves cover art and ink and fonts – I’m already seeing some of the benefits of this technological advancement.  Mainly, that for less than five dollars, I was able to stock it with the complete works of Jane Austen, The Bronte Family, Louisa May Alcott, and Mary Shelley in less than ten minutes.  That’s pretty splendid for a booknerd.

Having now read my first book on a Kindle (David Nicholl’s “One Day,” review to come!) I can most assuredly say it’s a delight.  It’s sleeker and lighter than I expected it to be, and there’s a rather spectacular kind of laziness in pushing a button and having pages turned for you.  I’d been concerned about the feeling of having to stare at a computer screen to read, but thanks to this magical “digital paper” feature, it truly feels like you’re reading print on paper.  The Kindle also remembers where you stopped reading, and you can highlight passages and make notes within the text.  (You can also see most frequently highlighted passages, which is an unexpectedly cool feature for those of us who like to mark up our books sometimes.)

I guess what I’m saying is – I’m digging it.

So, yeah…I now own a Kindle.

Or does it own me?

That, friends, is the question…