Month: May 2010

Bestselling Author Jeffery Deaver Slated to Write Next James Bond Book/Audiobook

I love Jeffery Deaver’s books – having read some in traditional format and some on audiobook. I have read them all and look forward each new one with great enthusiasm. His Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme novels never fail to keep me on the edge of my seat. He is a very talented author… but can he carry on the James Bond tradition? Deaver to pen the next 007 Adventure Ian Fleming Publications Ltd chose Deaver to pen the latest spy adventure featuring the very British 007. The book will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US. The first James Bond book by Ian Fleming was Casino Royale, written in 1952. The unabridged audio version features the skillful and entertaining narration of Simon Vance. Since that first novel, over 100 million Bond books have been sold. Deaver wins the Ian Fleming Steel Daggar Award In 2004, when Jeffery Deaver won the Ian Fleming Steel Daggar Award, he discussed his admiration for Fleming’s work in his acceptance speech. Apparently this made an impression on the Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, especially since the book Deaver had won for was a European period piece: Garden of Beasts, which was set in 1936 Berlin. He has written over 25 novels and most of them have hit the bestsellers lists Over 20 million of Deaver’s books have...

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EBook Readers: Acer LumiRead to Compete with Kindle!

Are there any companies out there that aren’t creating eBook readers? This week Acer, known for lower-priced computer options, has announced their LumiRead device for eBooks and audiobook eBook titles. Features: The LumiRead will have both WiFi and 3G for downloading content. Acer has agreements with Barnes & Noble, Founder Group, and for worldwide eBook titles. The six-inch display uses E-Ink technology with no backlighting. It has a 2GB capacity and a memory card slot to allow for expansion. A built-in scanner for ISBN codes on physical books enables users to create wish lists for searching for titles online. Navigation is through a QWERTY keyboard, similar to the Kindle. The LumiRead will have the ability to share eBooks and audio books through Acer’s system. The Smart Download feature allows users to select text from a web page and convert it to content that may be read offline to save battery life. Pricing and release date have not been announced. Compatibility Overall: Something to consider when choosing your eBook reader is compatibility over the long haul. When you buy your reader, you may be locking yourself into a specific eBookstore as well. Digital rights management software is embedded in downloads to prevent theft and sharing. Each company wants you to buy their device and then shop for your books in their stores. This is the big issue. make sure you like the device...

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Audiobook Sales Are Rising!

OverDrive, known for making downloadable audiobooks available through public libraries, has announced that it is planning a new application that will combine eBooks, audiobooks, and multimedia content. It will be available for multiple devices and systems. Audio Book Sales on the Rise The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced that overall book sales increased 16.6% in March! Digital book sales jumped 8.6% with total sales in March of $9.8 million, bringing the year-to-date increase to 14.7%.. Downloaded books jumped 29.3%. EBook sales were by far the most marked, with a 184.8% increase. Technology and Literacy Sad fact of the day: Kids today are more likely to own a mobile phone than a book. A study conducted by the National Literacy Trust indicated that 85.5% of 7-16 year-old students have a cell phone, while 72.6% own books. Even more startling is the fact that of the children in the 7-11 year old range, 79.1% have a cell phone and 72.7% have books. Kids that young with mobile phones? Seriously? This is all part of a larger study that found that keeping as few as 20 books in the home can increase a child’s academic performance. And there is no excuse for not having at least 20 books in a home. None. Books, Mobile Phones and Children Last year, a study performed in Australia concluded that mobile telephones made children more...

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Best Audio Books Recommendations: Where to Find Your Next Good Read

It is obvious to all who know me that I am a prolific reader. I always have a book in hand, several best seller audio books in a stack near my bed and on an end table.. A huge collection on my shelves, audio books loaded in abundance on my iPod, and an audio books best seller list that I want to listen to. The question I am asked most often is, “Can you recommend a good book?” I am more than happy to oblige those friends who share my eclectic tastes; however I hesitate to offer suggestions to those...

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest By Stieg Larsson And More

Remember when I told you that I was starting The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? Well, I never finished it. Another book came in from the library that I had to read and then I got one that needed reviewing so… I don’t know why I can’t seem to stick with it. Do they live up to the hype? Now that the third installment in the trilogy from Stieg Larsson is out, I guess I’m going to have to set aside some time this summer to read the books or audio books. Everyone says they are fantastic. If any of you has read them, tell me… Do they live up to the hype? The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson and narrated by Simon Vance is the third and last novel in the trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is in ICU in a Swedish hospital. Mikael Blomkvist, her journalist friend, needs to help her prove her innocence as she is accused of three murders. This is a much-anticipated release and I promise (now I’ve put it in writing, uh oh) that I will get to these books this summer. This is a much-anticipated release John Grisham enters the YA market with Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, read by Richard Thomas. Thirteen year old Theo Boone knows the law. He knows the judges, cops, and clerks and he dreams of becoming a lawyer. It sounds...

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