I cannot believe a year has already passed. It has been a rough and challenging year in my personal life and some say “why the blog?” This blog is not a burden, it is a joy. I made some great new virtual friends, found many books I never would have known about, got to share my bookish thoughts, engage in convesations and learn a lot about blogging and the blogging community. No, this blog is not a burden, it is a savior. To thank all of those who have supported me, I am giving $15 in Border’s rewards – just fill your name in below and I will contact you for you account number if you win. Giveaway Rules: Contest is for $15 in Borders Rewards. There will be ONE (1) WINNER Ends Sunday July 17, 2011 Winners will be chosen using Random.org Winners will have 24 hours after my initial contact to write back Border’s account number. Congratulations: monagarg@ Zohar – Man of la Book
As of this week, all of you avid readers can get ManOfLaBook.com on your Kindle – simply subscribe here and get a 14 day free trial and then pay $1.99 per month. Why $1.99? I don’t know – Amazon.com decided on that price (I get 30% which will go towards maintaining the blog and my library). Why should you pay for something you can get for free? That’s not up to me to say, is it? If you like my blog I’d appreciate if you’d write a few good words on Amazon.com. Thanks, Zohar – Man of la Book
Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference: Post About the BBP and Enter to WIN!!!: Help us out and be entered to win a big stack of books!!! Make a post about the BBP on your blog and be entered to get a prize whether you are attending or not. Sounds like a nice event for those who cannot make it to the Book Expo America in the Javitz Center (New York City). One forum I think they should have is how to advertise your blog outside of cyberspace.
“The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is usually never the act, but the cover up. I got the “OK” from the publisher to giveaway one (1) copy to three (3) lucky winners. Read the rest of my thoughts on “The Trinity Six and then enter the giveaway. Rules: Contest is for one (1) new copy of “The Trinity Six”. There will be THREE (3) WINNERS Must be a US / Canada mailing Address Ends Tuesday March 29, 2011 Winners will be chosen using Random.org Winners will have 24 hours after my initial contact to write back their mailing address, otherwise alternate winners will be picked Congratulations: enamoredsoul@ lisasworldofbooks@ abi1126@ kimbers10@
Today I debut a new feature I have been working on for some time. If you take a look at the menu bar on top you’ll see a new category “In a Glance”. Underneath you’ll be able to gain easy access to book reviews either by title or author’s last name as well as the author Q&A feature. I hope this feature will help you (and me to be honest) navigate the blog. After all, we are still reading books from the 1800’s so I figure these posts will never go out of style (I hope). Let me know how you like the new features, if something is not working correctly or if you’d like to see anything else implemented.
I wrote a guest blog for Bobbie from ‘Til We Read Again about writing bad book reviews – you can find the guest post here. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to Bobbie for publishing it. Zohar – Man of La Book
I’m taking that big leap into bloggerdom, I decided to change from Blogger to my own domain using WordPress. I have enjoyed writing this blog, conversing with people and the whole blogosphere immensely and I thank you all for it. Unfortunately I lost some of the comments and for that I apologize, they were insightful and interesting. I’ll see what I can do to bring them back. I hope you like the new format, I have some more work to do (basically tagging & formatting posts) – please let me know if I am missing something, if something is not working or if you’d like to see something new. Thanks, Zohar – man of la book
Yesterday I asked a simple question on several reading groups on Facebook and to my Tweeter following: What is your “impulse purchase” price for an eBook? The answers were varied and interesting. Some people just plopped a number down, other gave very sound reasoning (“depends on the author” was the most popular). The numbers ran the gamete from $0 to $12.99. Wow, I wish I had to funds to buy every $12.99 eBook I wanted – good for the person that they can do so. The median impulse purchase price was $4 with an average of $3.66. However, if I took out the highest ($12.99) and lowest ($0) numbers, the median became $5 while the average was $4.31. These are interesting results but were just about were I thought they would be. With the prices of eBooks inching up every week, I think this un-scientific and small poll just might reflects a much wider audience of readers. I have no idea if a book sells more when it’s $3-$4 to be worth it to the publisher to drop the price, but it sure is an interesting question. By the way, my impulse purchase price is around $4 (and I have…
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