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E-Reading Options Aplenty

Apart from making solid progress in a new fantasy novel for NaNoWriMo, I have another book-related development to share, this time not about writing but about reading. This gives me a good opportunity to share some thoughts on e-reading in general and about one e-reading platform in particular. If you look closely at the vendor-supplied image shown with this blog post, you may recognize it as a Kobo Glo HD, which is an e-ink reader with optional lighting.

I've wanted an e-ink reader for years—originally I had my heart set on the Kindle that had a physical keyboard—and the Glo HD has been near the top of my list for months. And now? I have one on order! Read on for my thoughts on why I chose this device over others, and about the many available options for reading e-books.

The Hours Are Ticking Down

As I write this, just after midnight and a few minutes into Halloween here in the Seattle area, NaNoWriMo is less than a day away. I've been scurrying along the past couple of weeks trying to make sure I would be ready, and apart from the thing that matters most — the story I plan to write — I think I'm sort of ready. I re-read the book for which I will be writing the prequel, and I created a blank project on Penflip to hold my novel. Now I just need to figure out what I'm actually going to write! Read on for a little more about my NaNo prep and plans.

Revisiting Wolf Block

My novelette Wolf Block is not my main focus for writing, but I did dust it off and put some work into the story this month, in a couple ways. One way was to create a print edition, which you will see at the above link. As a very small book I doubt it will get many sales (if it gets any at all), but it's there for the many people who do not like (or know how) to read e-books.

Another way I worked on the story was to write a spin-off short story, "The Silent Wolf," that looks at things from the prisoners' viewpoint. After getting some valuable feedback from beta readers, including Ashley Carlson (author of The Charismatics, who also provides editing services), I posted it for my patrons on Patreon. Read on for more details about that short story.

No Fanfare: Experiment Results

Although I don't have much time for blogging as I try to get caught up on projects before NaNoWriMo arrives in a couple weeks, I wanted to share some thoughts about my most recent release, No Fanfare. It's been on the market for about a month and a half now. It was experimental right from the start, even before I decided to publish it, and I might as well share some results even though the experiments were not rigorously constructed. As seems fitting for the "no fanfare" title, the story itself has had no significant response from readers and thus, in a sense, all of the experiments eventually failed. Read on to see what I mean.

New Book: Selling Books with Bitcoin

On this blog I have mentioned Bitcoin several times before. The idea of accepting Bitcoin for my books has been of interest to me pretty much since I first learned about Bitcoin. I was (unfortunately) hesitant to buy Bitcoin... back when I could've bought 1 BTC for ten bucks... and thought that selling something would be a good way to get some Bitcoin. Then I could experiment with those funds to learn more about Bitcoin itself. Turns out that was not the right decision to make at the time. To date, I've sold all of one copy of one 99-cent book for Bitcoin, so it's basically gone nowhere. So far.

I'm either tenacious or an incurable dreamer, but I believe that it's at least possible to sell a meaningful number of books to buyers paying with Bitcoin. So, I wrote a book about it. It's not a long book, and it's not really done yet, but you can read what I have so far right here: Selling Books with Bitcoin. Read on for more details about this new book project.

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