16 million reasons to get your book on the Kindle this year

If you’re an author and your book is not on the Kindle, this is a good year to get it there. Kindle guru Steve Windwalker cites a market analyst who predicts that 16 million Kindles will be sold this year. If you also count the Kindles that have been sold prior to this year, you’re …

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An eReader cheat sheet

It’s not easy keeping up with technology, as this Best Buy commercial humorously illustrates: [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZAAZ7iXN-o’]   Consider the eReader. If you’re in the market for one, you have to navigate a wide range of devices — from the Kindle to the Nook to the iPad. As publishers, we want our books to be available …

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Is YA fiction too dark?

We read with interest this Wall St. Journal article on young adult (YA) fiction about how (distressingly, for many parents) today’s YA fiction seems to be getting darker and darker. According to the selection in many bookstores, today’s avidly reading teens can find themselves “immersed in ugliness.” The part of the article that stands out …

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Meet the Monkey Puzzle Tree: Ashland Tree of the Year 1990

When I first heard of a tree called the Monkey Puzzle, I went straight to Wikipedia. Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that this tree is native to western Argentina and central and southern Chile (and is the national tree of Chile). It’s a very old species of tree, referred to as a “living fossil.” And its scientific name …

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