With Amazon Prime, I was never content checking out a maximum of one book per month. I’m a serial user at the public library. Prime put me on a strict reading diet.
I wanted to use an e-book for a research question, needing it only briefly. Or, I wanted to check out the finished product a publisher (or indie author) offered. Not even to read the whole thing, but just to preview what the person or company seems like.
Kindle Unlimited fills all those voids at $9.99 per month. There’s a 30-day free trial right now.
No limit on monthly check-outs? Up to 10 books at a time? Cool!
Plus…(and I’m sure I read this right) authors will get a royalty if you read even 10 percent of their titles before returning.
I’m in, with the hope that Amazon will create a yearly fee to reward early-bird users.
Someone who’ll save you time researching any topic you want.
No, it’s not a website.
Stop at your public library’s children’s department. Find a non-fiction book on your desired topic.
Don’t say you’re too old for children’s books.
Children’s authors take complex subjects and make them easy to read. Get an introduction on any subject through children’s nonfiction. They’ll hit the high points for you, giving you a jump on the competition (or that deadline). Save time. Save money.
Look at the children’s titles as a more-fun version of CliffsNotes.
Exhibit A for books making a difference. Happy birthday, Michael Nobbs!
You don’t need a blog as your megaphone.
You don’t need to be asked.
Has a book made a difference in your life?
Forget the essay. Say how it made you feel. Why does the book work for you?
There are places to speak up. Speak out. The author (or book’s) Facebook page. A website. Amazon.com. Goodreads. One sentences can move mountains. Or a sales meter, at least.
This isn’t to make the author obliged to you. This isn’t about having a personal interaction with the author. This is about being the one voice saying, “Yes, it’s good. Wait until you see how it makes you feel!”
Why post that blurb?
Because you’ll be creating, too, finishing a project soon. You’ll want someone to notice your work, to feel something over what you made yourself.