Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Great Paper Debate: In Defence of Kindles

I've got a beef with the book world today.

I love books. Paperbacks, ebooks, hardcovers, audiobooks, the works. My room is overrun with books and my Kindle archive reaches beyond 600 books. I love books, no matter the format.

The internet, though, can be brutal. And lately I'm fed up with the brutal war against e-readers. (Yes, I'm playing with political terms. Please don't take this too seriously.)

It started with Pinterest, so that's where I'll start.

Because a "real book" can fit in my suitcase when I fly home and back for school breaks, can slide into my purse without giving me scoliosis, can look up an unknown word with the push of a button.

No, only a digital book can do those things.

Wait, you mean the glitter and Photoshop or the dust that gives me an allergy attack?

Hmm, yeah, guess so. But... pretty sure a mental library displayed in conversation beats any library displayed in your living room. In other words, they're for READING, not showing up your guests like a jerk.
(P.S. Decorating with books is still cool, just not a good reason for dissing e-readers. Decorate with books because you love them, not because they make you look good.)

More reasons to love the e-reader:

- No paper cuts!

- I can buy a book the minute I want it. I don't do this often, but when I do, the power... it's intoxicating.

- SHELF SPACE IN MY DORM ROOM MUST BE HOARDED. Kindles fit in desk drawers!
- It's a lot easier to turn the page with one hand when it involves a button instead of actual pages (like, while traveling or working, because yes I'm a multitask reader).

- Some ebooks are free! Even some good ones! I dare you to find a free paper book that you get to keep!

- Digital library books (yes, they exist, they're amazing!) are much easier to check out and return. Go to the library from home!

- You can take notes with the same device you read with -- and then they're hidden from sight unless you want to read them, preventing them from interfering with your reading.

- I know I mentioned this earlier, but constant, instant dictionary access is definitely an under-appreciated perk of e-reading.

- Environmentally friendly. No trees harmed!

- E-readers come with options: Zoom, text-to-audio, backlight, hyperlinked tables of content... need I continue?

Citing sources so I don't get sued:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Draven's Light Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest

Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart. But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?

Coming May 25, 2015

ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.

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