E-Books Currently on Sale on Amazon for US as of 9/1/15

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente  Amazon 2.99

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Amazon 2.99

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Amazon 0.99

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas Amazon 2.99

Thorn by Intisar Khanani Amazon 3.99

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) Marissa Meyer Amazon 2.99

Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (The Inheritance Trilogy) by N. K. Jemisin Amazon 2.99

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Amazon 2.99

Vivian Apple at the End of the World Katie Coyle Amazon 2.99

 Paladin by Sally Slater Amazon 2.99

The Iron King (The Iron Fey Book 1) by Julie Kagawa Amazon 2.99

Graceling (Graceling Realm Book 1) by Kristin Cashore Amazon 3.99

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy Book) 1 by Wendy Higgins Amazon 2.99

The Selection by Kiera Cass Amazon 2.99

The Wee Free Men (Discworld Book 30) by Terry Pratchett 1.99

Recurve (The Elemental Series Book 1) by Shannon Mayer 1.99

Storm Glass (Glass series Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder Amazon 1.99

Matched by Ally Condie Amazon 2.99

The Iron Trial  (Magisterium series 1) by Holly Black Amazon 2.99

Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel by Ava Dellaira Amazon 2.99

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Amazon 2.99

If I Stay (If I Stay, Book 1) Gayle Forman Amazon 2.99

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Self Care Like a Boss eBook
Self Care Like a Boss by Shannon Barber is a self-help guide on how to care for yourself in a world that tells you that you are last. It's for the othered and the marginalized. It's for real human beings who need real human advice on how to self-care when things aren't perfect. Self care is the best kind of revolution. Self Care Like a Boss is the realest, a self-help book without the bullshit. Shannon writes self-help within intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. This guide will bring out your best in every dimension. Table of Contents. Preface. Chapter 1: Self-Love. Chapter 2: Why We Need Self-Care. Chapter 3: Self-Care Through the Hard Times. Chapter 4: How to Survive When Things are Bad. Chapter 5: Nourishing Your Body. Chapter 6: Finding Joy in Movement and Exercise. Chapter 7: Able-Bodied Mindfulness. Chapter 8: Celebrate Your Gender. Chapter 9: Dealing with Your Gross Body. Chapter 10: Beginner's Skin Care and Beauty. Chapter 11: Makeup for All the Faces. Chapter 12: Quick and Easy Recipes. Acknowledgements. About the Author. Straight from the author: This guide is for the rest of us. It’s for those of us who wouldn’t line our litter boxes with lady mags (you know, those magazines that tell you things like, "YOU GO GIRL, but your thighs are awful and your vag stinks") or you all may not have vaginas or be the “women” those magazines target. Platitudes and advice to think positive make us want to hurl. It is for us poor people. It is for fat people. It is for thin people. For those who have eating disorders and mental illness. For those who are non-neurotypical, non-gender conforming, confused. A parent, person of color, queer, straight. This is for all of us. Here’s the thing, my homie, not all of this stuff will apply to you personally. I do ask that you read those parts anyway. I believe that having an awareness of the real things going on in other people’s lives enriches us. It makes us more human. It makes us more prone to being good allies to those who need it. I hope you learn some concrete stuff, some more abstract stuff, and it is my fondest wish that, above all else, you learn, that you, my friend, are important. You can expect some real talk lessons about how our culture does everything it can to prevent us from being as happy and healthy as we can be. You can expect to gain some skills that will help you be better at being a partner, single, in a poly relationship, caretaker, and all round awesome human being. I promise I will not bullshit you about anything. I am going to do my damndest to be honest with y'all. Because of that, some of this will be hard to read. I encourage you to brave the rough parts. I will also do my best not to shame you. Don’t mistake this for sugar coating because I won’t. I will not contribute to the things that are already trying to shame us all out of existence. I will not exclude you. I promise that through this little book I will do my very best to be inclusive. Also understand that for the purposes of clarity and brevity I won’t make lists of every identifier I can think of. There will be times when advice or talk is genital specific. You can read that part too because I bet you know somebody with those parts and they might need help sometime. There will be some talk about awful things. I will trigger warning where applicable. Be ready. I don’t do this to hurt you but to help those of us affected by x awful thing. I do feel that it is valuable to all of us to know about these things and what happens when others experience them. There are going to be moments for white, cisgender, heterosexual people that will not be for you all. I may say things you think are mean but I urge you to get through those feelings. Being uncomfortable is not super terrible and I hope you will come out with some greater depth of understanding about people who are unlike you. I do not proclaim myself to be an expert. I’m just a person who is very into the politics and how-tos of self-care for people who live in the margins. I do not possess the One-Two Way. I am not the Knower of All the Things. I am flawed. I am human. Please remember that if you decide I’m full of shit or wrong about something. Now let’s get to it shall we?

YO

Your not too often reminder that you can get the book right now!

For real real.

We did that shit.

Come and get it!

anonymous asked:

Any tips on studying with ebooks? with regular books i tend to highlight a lot but with some ebooks i cant do that and i tend to get distracted and surf the web

There are some apps that you can download which will let you highlight and take notes on ebooks as well so you might want to look into those. Also, because you mention getting distracted, installing a blocking app / extension sounds like it might be a good idea for you.

Is Amazon Hurting Book Culture? Also, some get-real talk about eBook prices.

So, before I drop the bomb - let’s start with the first question: 

Is Amazon hurting book culture? 

It is, if you believe the far-fetched ramblings of the Author’s Guild’s (oh, I’m sorry - Authors United’s) latest attempts to get the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon’s business practices. 

Seriously. That is their argument - that because Amazon offers eBooks at cheap prices, they are hurting book culture for the consumer. 

Let me rephrase - Authors United is saying that saving the consumer money is hurting the consumer because it’s stunting “intellectual” book culture.

Yeah. They are upset because traditional publishing has changed

They are upset because lower eBook prices means the book they slaved 4 years over (the next great American novel, they swear!) is only selling at 3.99, because, they say, Amazon has monopolized and corrupted the consumer experience - creating a consumer and book culture where consumers expect to pay less for an eBook than they do for a paperback.

Well. Duh.

There are two MAJOR issues with the argument put forth by the fossils and good ole chaps at Author’s Guild (I know, I know, Authors UNITED). 

1) Amazon’s KDP program has encouraged book literacy and culture by allowing the CONSUMER to decide what books should be successful instead of some old fogy at a desk covered in slush-pile manuscripts. 

Amazon will publish just about anything. If a person wants to read about a gay man falling in love with his step-brother, who turns out to be an alien who then impregnates him - they can! If a person wants to read a well-written self-published coming of age story about a transgender bi-racial teen in small-town America - *gasp* they can! 

Amazon KDP has taken the slush-pile power away from publishing houses and given it back to authors and consumers - especially those who write diverse subjects, borderline topics and don’t like coloring in the mainstream lines. 

Traditional publishing houses have said time and time again - they ONLY publish what will MAKE THEM MONEY. What they can SELL. What they can cram down mainstream’s throat, make popular, marketable, merchandise and screenplay into the next Hollywood regurgitation.

So, Amazon isn’t stifling Consumers’ access to diverse, intellectual (or trashy, or fun, or erotic, or scary, or ANYTHING) books. They are encouraging access to read what you want!  

Okay, so what about those cheap, cheap prices ‘hurting’ book culture?

2) Amazon doesn’t set eBook prices - the Authors / Publishers do. YES, some publishers have signed deals to agree to only selling eBooks for under $14.00. But, COME ON - $14 for a digital book? Seriously? The majority of Amazon’s books are self and small press published, and they range (on average) from 2.99 - 7.99. 

NEWSFLASH - Your self-published debut eBook novel is NOT going to sell for $9.99 (and your Grandma doesn’t count!) 

I recently read an AMAZING debut eBook novel by a self-published author. It was $9.99. No, I didn’t buy it. I got it when the author put it on sale for $3. (Thank you, eReaderIQ Book Price Watcher Ap) I LOVED LOVED LOVED the book, but I would NEVER have read it/paid 10$ for it because I’d never even heard of the author before… and the book’s current horrible sales ranking at $9.99 shows I’m not alone in this.

It’s time authors got real about eBook prices. So, I’m going to tell you a secret. It may just blow your mind.

Here’s that bomb I mentioned earlier.

Are you ready?

                     > > > > AN EBOOK IS NOT A BOOK. < < < < <

There. I said it. I pointed to the huge-ass elephant in the room, so now you have to stare at it and accept that it’s there, too. 

An eBook is NOT a book. Consumers will NEVER give an eBook the same value as a physical book. You can’t set an eBook on a shelf, admire the cover, lend it to a friend, gift it to someone with a handwritten note, pass it down if it becomes a classic or use it as a conversation starter when you run out of things to say at a party.

If you were in a bookstore and on the front table there was the NYT Bestseller thriller-of-the-week in Paperback for $12.99, and next to it, there was a QR code to purchase the eBook instead for $10.99… How many people do you think would buy the eBook over the physical book to save $2? 

Some big names can certainly sell some eBooks at that price. But, these high eBook prices are actually HURTING consumer book culture. I can’t afford to spend $15 on the next Game of Thrones ebook. I will have to wait until it’s at the library. Mentally, I couldn’t justify spending that much on a digital book. I’d rather buy the physical book and get free Prime shipping. If it was 7.99, then Okay, I could justify that for a big-name like Martin in digital format.

For indie books, 5.99 is the top price I will pay, and only if I’ve read you before or heard tons of great recommendations. If you are a new-to-me author, then 3.99 is what I feel comfortable paying for your eBook. I’m sorry. You may have written the most amazing thing ever, but I read so many books that I can’t afford the habit if I start paying 7$ for every eBook. And, I’m not alone in my addiction or price justifications.

What many consumers do is use price-watch aps like eReaderIQ. Because, unlike Paperbacks, eBook prices fluctuate all the time and we know they will go on sale eventually (especially KU books). It’s so simple to mark it with an ap and wait for the notification of the sale to email us while we go consume cheaper reads.

Yes, there was a time when eBooks were new and shiny, and typically consumed only by either those who could afford the high-priced readers or by those who didn’t want their family to see a copy of “Taken By The Gang-Bang Vampires” on their bookshelf. That time has passed. eReaders are cheap. There are more books available. There are read-all-you-want subscription services. There are parental controls. 

Look, I get it. I’m an author, too. I’d LOVE for my eBooks to sell for 8.99, but I also understand my market. I would rather sell 1000 eBooks at 3.99 than 10 at 8.99, and have 2 returns, 

I also believe, and you can hate me for it, that digital books are not worth the same as physical books. There are no print, shipping or paper costs. No distribution fees. No pages to turn, to dog-ear, or bookmark, or rub between thumb and forefinger. No ink to smell. No cover to display or spine to crack. 

The cold digital text may offer the same story, but it doesn’t offer the same experience.

So, what are your thoughts? Is Amazon’s low prices hurting consumers and reading culture? Are eBooks worth the same price as physical copies?

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The Etsy store of author Kylie Leane - yay! Finally!
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Hey everyone! 
So I finally have done it. I’ve created my Etsy store!
Actually took a lot more work than I ever imagined, but Etsy is pretty good with their paperwork side of things, which I really respect. 

So if you want a signed paperback - a signed hardcover, or an eBook of KEY: Chronicles of the Children – you can finally get it direct from me, the creator! 
At the moment I am carrying most of the cost of postage of the paperback/hardcover because I just want to get the book out into the world. 

Want a Sami or Skyeola Plushie sent to your door - yes - I do that too! 

Soon my sister will be adding amazing hand-knitted pillows (they are stunning!) and scarfs (they’re also incredible) – it took a long time for me to convince her to sell any of her work, because she fears she ‘isn’t good enough’ but guys, her work is better than anything in a SHOP. So keep an eye out of her adorable creations soon.

My Poppa will also be coming on for the ride - he does woodwork, and makes me boxes to paint. So soon they will be popping up as well! It will keep my Poppa happy, he really, really needs something to do. ^^; 

So there you go - The Comfort Library - my Etsy shop! :D Enjoy!
Protectors: Book 2 of Chronicles of the Children will first be released through Etsy so keep and eye out! ;) 

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Giving It Away–For Free

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I remember when I first discovered Tyler Perry. DVDs of his plays would come into our house. Hopefully purchased *fingers crossed*, many borrowed, and we fell in love with Tyler Perry.

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sabreandpen asked:

Hello, sorry if this has already been asked, but can the books be downloaded from the ebooksdirect site to be read on nook? And how does that work?

Sure they can. You download the file(s) to your computer from the download links that the Ebooks Direct store sends you, and then plug in the e-reader in question; “mount” it as a disk drive, and drag the ebook file (an .epub format file in your case) into the reader. Then disconnect, find the file in your reader, and load it. The process is called “sideloading”. (This works for Kindles as well, though they use .mobi format files.)

There are some Nook-specific how-to guides to sideloading out there. Try these:

Sideloading Epub files onto Nook

Side-Load Abilities on the Nook Tablet

If you download something and have problems getting it loaded, drop a note to the support address at Ebooks Direct and we’ll get you sorted.

(Secondary to this:)

Thank you very much.  If it’s not too much trouble, I have one more question.  Is there any difference between the formats for the different types of nooks?  I noticed that it’s separated out for purchase for the boxed bundle, but for other orders they all seem to be packaged under .epub or Generic .epub?  Once again, thank you for your time.

No probs. :) Mostly the difference is so that covers will display correctly, or that both fonts and covers will look better on the higher-definition devices, and page margins and other formatting will look their best on the device in question. In the coming months, as we start re-covering a lot of the books in the inventory, we’re also going to start adding multiple device formats to everything in the catalog. For the time being, though, Nook users should just use .epub or “generic .epub” if those are the only formats available in the dropdown menu. They should look OK regardless of device. (BTW, when we update books with new covers or whatever, the system notifies you and sends you a new download link so that you can update if you want to.)