Win with Bookworld Pop-Ups!

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We have a bookshelf in the Bookworld office that gets a lot of attention. Mostly because all the latest and greatest books end up there way before they’re released to the public, but I don’t think the rainbow sorting harms things!

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One day we started talking about how cool it would be to take this bookshelf outside of Bookworld,were people least expected it, and see what would happen.

And so we did. We created pop-up bookshelves in bus shelters in Sydney and Melbourne, filled them full of books, hid some cameras so we could keep an eye on things, and then let the passerby’s help themselves. You can take a look at what happened in the video.

The response we received was overwhelming and we were amazed at how many people spent the time to browse the shelves (many even missing their buses!), recommend books to each other and just take the time out of their busy lives to enjoy books again.

We also got inundated with requests for us to bring the pop-up bookshelves to other areas. Which got us thinking. What if we took the pop-up shelves to some places that could really benefit from some free books.

So we’re rolling the bookshelves back out (yes we’re nuts) but this time we’re asking Australia to tell us where we should go. For the next few weeks we will be taking nominations of any school, community group, town or area that could do with a truckload of free books delivered.

So whether it’s your kid’s school that could really do with a library top up, or your local town that doesn’t have access to books, or even just your local group get-together that really love reading we want to hear about it.

If we can remind a few people of the joy that can be had when you’re head down in a brilliant book then we’ll be very happy.

You can nominate for your area today at http://www.bookworld.com.au/popups.

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Hello Neighbour!

 

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Drop by Momentum Moonlight today where I am being featured in their brand new Hello Neighbour spotlight!

Momentum Moonlight, a subdividison of PanMacmillan Australia, is a digital sub-imprint designed for romance titles only. They are specialising in romance and will be focusing on building a community of romance fans online.

Click the image to see the feature and learn more about this brand new imprint!

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Challenges for 2014

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The Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

This year my goal will be to read 252 books   – just one more than last year.

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The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2014

In it’s third year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader 2014 Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

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The 2014 Australian Women Writers Challenge

I set my own goal for this challenge and this year, like last year, it is to read and review 50 books written by Australian women.

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Aussie Author Challenge 2014

I chose the level:

 

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- Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you;
- At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 3 titles first published in 2013 or 2014.

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around-the-world-2014Around the World in 12 Books Challenge

I chose the level:

Level 4: The Seasoned Traveller

- The Seasoned Traveller doesn’t do anything by half-measures: they go the whole hog and the more obscure the better!
- Read 12 books over the course of the year, each set in a DIFFERENT country
- Books selected should include ones set in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia+New Zealand, North America and South America. The Middle East is a bonus.

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How are you challenging yourself in 2014?

It’s the end of the year as we know it…

Looking back at 2013

Total Books Read: 292 (approx 96583 pages)

Total DNF: 6

Fiction: 275

Non:Fiction: 17

Female Authors: 239

Male Authors: 53

Total number of reviews posted: 284

Challenge Results:

* Goodreads Challenge: 292/251

* Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013: 12/12

* Aussie Author Challenge: 12/12

* Australian Women Writers Challenge:  117/50

Total number of posts at Book’d Out: 401

Total number of  Book’d Out visits for 2013: 112,811

Total number of Book’d Out followers as of 31/12/13: 3,304

Most viewed post: Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013

Most viewed review for 2013: Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus

Wishing you and yours a

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Review: Shopping at the Sony Reader™ Store

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I had always assumed that the Sony Reader™ Store was exclusively linked to the Sony brand readers, much like Kindle is to Amazon, so I was surprised when  a publicist approached me wondering if I would be interested in shopping at their store and sharing my thoughts about it. Who knew that Sony also offers Apple and Android apps plus PC/MAC software as their ebooks are provided in DRM E-Pub format? I sure didn’t and I was eager to explore another option for e-book purchases.

With a twenty dollar voucher kindly provided by Sony I headed for the Australian Sony Reader™ Store and was greeted by a visually attractive  homepage, with a category list and book covers sorted under headings such as New and Noteworthy, Popular Biographies and Australian Books.  Though not necessary, before I started browsing I created an account, a simple process requiring an email address and password, opting in for the newsletter and briefly perusing the boring legal stuff.

Back on the home page I picked the New and Noteworthy category and started scrolling, the featured categories include a list of about thirty books. Clicking on the book cover bought up an individual page for the book with publication details, the blurb and the option to Buy or Add To My Wishlist. I browsed from the categories on the homepage quite happily for a while and after scrolling to the end of the page discovered more to browse including “Books Under $6.99″,  “First Books in a Series” and “Free E-books” (mostly comprised of novellas and short stories)

Browsing the general categories like Crime, Mystery and Thrillers is daunting though. You can sort the category by Relevance, Date and Price but browsing such a general field can be a time consuming process.  While you can search for books by author, title or keyword, there is no easy way to browse amongst sub genres if , for example, you were just interested in browsing thrillers. I also found it tedious that I couldn’t jump ahead in browsing the larger category any more than one page at a time because of the current restrictive navigation options. These are issues I believe Sony really needs to reexamine.

Prices seem competitive for the Australian market and I even spotted some bargains – though there was no easy way to actually find them. I didn’t hesitate when I stumbled across a copy of Tony Cavanaugh’s Promise, the first book in his Darien Richards series, that included a bonus of the second book, Dead Girl Sing, in full. Two for the price of one at $11.99! I dithered for a while before choosing  The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald as my second book ($8.99). It was another book that had been on my wishlist for ages.

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I spent a little more than the value of the voucher I had been provided with and I was a somewhat disappointed to discover credit cards are the only accepted payment option. I personally prefer to use Paypal for online transactions. There is the option of purchasing a gift voucher but it seems only through a physical store, in this case Myer.

After my purchase was complete, I grabbed my iPad and downloaded the Sony Reader app from the Apple store. Once I had signed in my library was visible but I had an issue with accessing them. Though the app accepted my Adobe ID details without any issues I kept running into an associated error when I tried to actually open the files. I have sent an email to Sony customer service but they are only available Mon-Fri so I wont have a reply until after the weekend. I’ll have to update you.

Overall my experience shopping for ebooks at the Sony Reader Store was a little mixed, though I am likely to visit again for a browse, assuming the app issue is cleared up.

In Summary:

Pros

* Visually attractive and clean site *Competitive pricing *Simple browsing options for popular/new release titles *Access for non-Sony devices *Able to Wishlist items

Cons

*Search options need refining *Credit card only payment method *Possible issues with IOS app

Have you visited the Sony Reader Store? What do you think of it?

* UPDATE Jan 2014: My issue with the Sony App on my iPad has still not been resolved though the customer service rep has maintained good communication in their attempts to identify the problem. It is definitely an issue with the app and to bypass it I have downloaded the ADE files to my PC (via Adobe Digital Editions) and transferred them into a third party app (Bluefire Reader) to access them. Not a huge issue but a small inconvenience*

Want to know what I can’t live without?

 

Today I am being featured by Chrystal over at Snowdrop Dreams Books!

 

 

This weekly feature at Snowdrop Dreams  of Books asks authors and bloggers to share what five books and what five other items they would want with them if they were ever stuck on a  deserted island and why they chose them.

Drop by and see what I couldn’t live without!

Stuff On Sundays: Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

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It’s that time of the year again  – cast your vote for the books you consider the best of 2013. You can vote in 20 categories including fiction, poetry and young adult.

Round One:  4th – 9th

Round Two: 11th – 16th

Round Three:  18th-25th

It is fascinating to what has been nominated.

Browse the nominees and VOTE HERE

I’m being featured at Book Bloggers International!

 

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I am being featured at Book Bloggers International today.

BBI was created specifically for the purpose of introducing bloggers to one another

Please stop by and say hi, and take the time to browse around!

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Hanging out with Jenn J McLeod

So on  Thursday night I was honoured to be able to hang out with Jenn J McLeod, author of House For All Seasons, Marcia of Book Muster Down Under and Anna from The Reading Room in our first Google Hangout. It was actually quite nerve wracking and I got flustered to begin with.

I either need a LOT of practice or to never do it again!

 

To see us chat, stream the video

To learn more about Jenn J McLeod read my author Q&A and read my review of the warm and engaging House for All Seasons

Hangout with me tonight!

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Join me tonight at 7.30pm AUSEST for a Google hangout

with author of House For All Seasons,  Jenn J McLeod and The Reading Room.

 

 

Log into Google+ and add The Reading Room to your Google+ circle

At 7.30pm go to The Reading Room google+ page and you should see a black box that says Hangout.

Click the play symbol to watch the stream.

This is my first time participating in anything like this and I am very nervous.

If you have any questions for Jenn please post them below and I will be sure to ask.

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