Around the Bookish World: News-in-Review and Giveaways, too!

Filed in Giveaways , News , The Obsessed Lover Posted on February 26, 2010 @ 6:37 pm 2 comments
(above is an old link but an interesting enough ‘Ode to Kindle to be included)
I am not a huge fan of eBooks in general, but the convenience of them sometimes gets to me and I will download one or a…few. I own a Sony eReader, but hardly ever use it. Just yesterday though, I downloaded a book onto my iPod Touch…because the book was free that way. I guess my point is that for me it comes down to how convenient is it or how much effort is it? I prefer books I can hold in my hand, flip the pages, place on my overflowing shelves and have the option to bend the spine. That said, I really want an iPad (even though I think the name is stupid)! Why do I want it? Not because it is an eReader, but rather because it looks cool, does a bunch of cool things and I could if I wanted to read books on it too. 
What is really interesting to me is the race to be the best, the coolest…the survivor if you will. As I see more and more articles pop-up daily with new innovations in eReaders or eBooks themselves, all “I can think is which ones are going to be the Betamax of the ePublishing world?” Seriously, I think reading on a handheld game-system is taking it too far and I don’t think it will catch on. Of course, I could be wrong. My children’s generation is all about multi-tasking (as in internet browsing, while playing a video-game on the DS, while watching TV and talking on the phone) – so reading on the DSi may just be the next big thing.

What do you think? Which technology will make it? Which enhancements do you like or does it even matter to you?

In other news………

Arianna Huffington and the Future of the Book Review

Although it’s not really about books to read it is a book…I guess?  

Gilded Korans line shelves and a Turkish translation of Eclipse on a table? 

Cover Alert:
Alpha by Rachel Vincent

This is the sixth and final book in the Shifters series. Read more about it on Rachel Vincent’s blog.

To be honest, being the Gaiman fan I am – I would buy it if I had the money to. It was, after all the first Neil Gaiman book I ever read. It is a signed limited edition, beautifully bound and illustrated book with a copy of his files from when he was writing the book included. So, uh…yeah…I’d pay $200 if I had it. Since I don’t have it, I am whining about how there isn’t a similar version for the rest of us everyday saps who can’t drop $200 on one (beautiful, illustrated, signed, makes you smile just seeing it on your shelf) BOOK! 😉


The Book Pushers: Giveaway: Signed Copy of Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
The wonderful book pushers are giving away a signed Hardcover copy of Blood Promise, book y 4 in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. The contest is open to European readers and ends next Friday March 5th (evening GMT).

Welcome to Larissa’s Life: Interview & Giveaway with author Terry Spear
Terry is giving away a signed copy of one of her books to a lucky winner! You can chose between: Destiny of The Wolf (Book #2), To Tempt The Wolf (Book #3) and Legend of The White Wolf (Book #4).
Open to US and Canada only. Deadline is March 4th.

The Geeky Bookworm: Guestpost and Giveaway with author Julia Rachel Barrett
Julia is giving away an eBook copy of My Everything, her February release. The contest is open internationally and the deadline is March 7th.

Strictly Reviews: Save Amanda Feral Giveaway
There will be 2 winners: One winner will get the chance to win Battle of the Network Zombies and the other, a grand prize of all three books in this series.  Contest is eligible for US & international entries and will end March 8th, 2010.
Strictly Reviews: Shade Fright by Sean Cummings – Book Review & Giveaway
You can win a print copy of Shade Flight.The contest is only open for residents of Canada, U.S. and the U.K. and ends March 3rd.

Layers of Thought: 3 Book Set Giveaway: Matthew Reilly’s The Jack West, Jr. Series

You can win a set of 3 books: The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones and The Seven Deadly Wonders. The giveaway is International and ends Sunday March 15, 2010 at 12 pm US Pacific time. Winner will be posted and notified on Friday March 19, 2010. 

Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings: Interview with author Foz Meadows and Giveaway
 Donna is giving away an autographed copy of Foz’s debut Novel Solace & Grief to one lucky commenter. Open worldwide and the deadline is February 28th at 8AM CST.

Closetwriter: Bound, Branded and Brazen, by Jaci Burton – Review and A Giveaway 
Lea will pre-order a copy for a lucky winner from The Book Depository. This contest is open to ALL and closes in the afternoon Saturday, February 27, 2010.

All I want and more: Blog anniversary and 100th follower party

Cecile is having one hell of a party with great guests and tons of prizes. Here a few examples:

March, 1st – Interview & Contest Beth Kery
March, 4th – Interview & Contest Jenna Byrnes
March, 11th – The 411 on Ms. Joey W. Hill
…and the list goes on and on. Make sure to check out her blog and take a look at her right sidebar for the full list of events.

Enchanted by Books: Guest Author Skyler White
Rachael has a great guest post by debut author Skyler White and they offer one copy of and Falling, Fly'” to one lucky commenter. This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends March 2nd at 6:00 pm EST.

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Beth February 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    The ultimate winner in the ebook reader race will be economical(unlike most available right now) and be able to display most(if not all) the ebook formats available. A lot of them these days are format specific, especially the Kindle. Until they come up with a multi format ereader that's no bigger than a trade size paperback that's rechargeable and cost's no more than $150, I'll stick to reading any ebooks I own on my desk top or laptop, which can handle lots of formats(even Kindle)with the right free download.

  • Blodeuedd February 27, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Grisham writing YA, that just feels like he wants to cash in..which he wants

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