S.G. Browne

Short Stories Available for Pre-Order on Kindle

I wanted to let you know that my three brand new short stories are now available for pre-order on Amazon. (If you click on the links below, they’ll take you to the individual Amazon pages, where you can read a short description of each story.)

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The stories will each be published one week apart (August 15, 22, and 29). During the week leading up to the publication of each story, I’ll have a contest where I’ll give away free copies of each title. The contests will be hosted on my Facebook author page and on my Twitter account, so if you’d like to play for a chance to win, head on over and join the fun. If you’re on Facebook, I’ll also be creating an event page for each story’s release where I’ll share additional information about the stories and answer any questions. So I invite you to join me for that, as well.

As I mentioned, these stories will only be published as eBooks and won’t be available in print. In addition, since they are being published as part of Kindle Direct Publishing Select, they won’t be available in iTunes or on Barnes & Noble or other retail sites for at least three months. So if you would like to read them but don’t have a Kindle, you can download free Kindle software from Amazon for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Also for those of you who don’t live in the United States, the eBooks will be available for purchase on Amazon in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, and Japan, as well as the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) in the U.S, U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.

Stay tuned! More to come!

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Filed under: E-Books,Short Stories — Tags: , , , , — S.G. Browne @ 8:49 pm

Of Kindles and Turntables

First of all, you have to understand that I’m a SportsCenter junkie. I love watching highlights on ESPN during every SportsCenter broadcast. And when the NFL season comes along, you might as well just hook up an IV to my television and leave me on the couch.

Which is why I don’t have a regular cable TV package.

I have what is called Basic Limited Cable at a cost of about $20 per month, which provides me with about 40 channels — including FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Golf Channel, FX, and the Sci-Fi Channel (which is now the SyFy Channel – a separate blog if there ever was a need for one).  But no TNT, TBS, USA, CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, or ESPN.  That’s how I cured my addiction.  I took it away.  Made it impossible for me to get my fix.  Which is probably why I spend all of my time on Facebook and Twitter now.

So I don’t have On Demand movies.  I don’t have HBO or Showtime.  I’ve never seen an episode of Weeds.

I don’t have TiVo.  A DVR.  A Blue Ray.  Or a Wii.

I don’t own an iPhone or a Blackberry.  My cell phone is an LG ENV.  I have texting.  But I don’t have e-mail capabilities.

While I do own an iPod and a laptop and have my entire library of music on iTunes, I still enjoy buying CDs.  I even own a turntable and I love vinyl.  It sounds better than digital music.  Maybe not as convenient, but it’s much richer and warmer.  Go out and get Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or the Beatles’ Abbey Road on 180 gram vinyl and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

While not a complete Luddite, I’m definitely averse to getting sucked into becoming dependent upon all of the modern technological amenities.

Which brings me to Kindle and e-books.

While I understand the convenience and economy of using e-readers and realize, as someone who loves trees, that e-books reduce the need to chop trees down, I still enjoy the tactile feel of a book in my hands.  And, I have to admit, I enjoy seeing my novel sitting on my bookshelf amid all of my favorite authors and books.  It’s the narcissist in me.

My issue with the deletion of the Orwell novels in the recent fiasco involving Amazon and Kindle isn’t so much that the books were removed from the Kindle library.  I understand that.  They were bootlegged copies uploaded using the Kindle stores’ self-publishing system, so the publisher of 1984 and Animal Farm asked for them to be removed.  Fine.  But the customers who had already purchased the novels should have been able to keep them. Yes, I know Amazon admitted it made a mistake by deleting the customers’ copies, but apparently they did the same thing previously with books by Ayn Rand and J.K. Rowling.  So why didn’t they learn their lesson then?

Reaching into your Kindle electronically and replacing your book with a credit is not only unacceptable but it raises questions as to the ownership of electronic book and music collections.  Apparently, because of the Kindle terms of service, you don’t actually have full ownership of the books you purchase.  Amazon can delete anything it wants from your e-reader.  The justification on the basis of intellectual property is beside the point.  The power to be able to do this at all is, while not exactly Big Brother, definitely disconcerting. And another example of why I’d rather have to dog-ear a page to mark my place.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to Van Halen’s first album on my turntable.

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Filed under: Just Blogging — Tags: , , , — S.G. Browne @ 8:55 am