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Tue September 30 2014

October 2014 Book Club Vote

06:55 PM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

October 2014 MobileRead Book Club Vote

Help us choose a book as the October 2014 eBook for the MobileRead Book Club. The poll will be open for 5 days. There will be no runoff vote unless the voting results a tie, in which case there will be a 3 day run-off poll. This is a visible poll: others can see how you voted. It is You may cast a vote for each book that appeals to you.

We will start the discussion thread for this book on October 20th. Select from the following Official Choices with three nominations each:

Raffles Omnibus by E. W. Hornung
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle

Spoiler:
No synopsis given.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle

Spoiler:
With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin – the new guest at The Coach and Horses – is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling...

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctow
No links provided

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:
Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.

Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the keeping of a network of "ad-hocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.

Now, though, the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents, and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.

Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war....

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: EPub

Spoiler:
No synopsis given.

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Epub

Spoiler:
The Robe is a 1942 historical novel about the Crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The book was one of the best-selling titles of the 1940s. It entered the New York Times Best Seller list in October 1942, and four weeks later rose to No. 1. It held the position for nearly a year. The Robe remained on the list for another two years, returning several other times over the next several years including when the movie version was released in 1953.

The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle

Spoiler:
The Law, as quoted, lays down a fair conduct of life, and one not easy to follow. I have been fellow to a beggar again and again under circumstances which prevented either of us finding out whether the other was worthy. I have still to be brother to a Prince, though I once came near to kinship with what might have been a veritable King and was promised the reversion of a Kingdom— army, law-courts, revenue and policy all complete. But, to-day, I greatly fear that my King is dead, and if I want a crown I must go and hunt it for myself.

The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub

Spoiler:
The eastern plains of Colorado hold many secrets, including the origin of an orphaned four-year-old girl found near her dead mother by five weary travelers. One of the five, financier Jefferson Worth, decides to adopt the girl, who calls herself "Barba," and his life will never be the same. The fates of Barbara and the plains are inextricably linked, and in turn, they profoundly alter the destinies of all the men, especially that of Jefferson Worth. The once cold and calculating businessman sees himself through the eyes of his adopted daughter--and has an epiphany in which he realizes his position and obligations in life. Originally published in 1911, with a first printing of 175,000 copies, this moral fable of the ministry of capital remains extremely relevant.

Red Shadows by Robert E. Howard
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub (Omnibus)

Spoiler:
... First published in Weird Tales, August 1928, alternatively titled "Solomon Kane". This was the first Solomon Kane story ever published. In France, Kane finds a girl attacked by a gang of brigands led by a villain known as Le Loup. As she dies in his arms, Kane determines to avenge her death, and the trail leads from France to Africa, ending with Kane's first meeting with N'Longa. ...

Lilith by George MacDonald
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
Amazon.com Review:
"Lilith is equal if not superior to the best of Poe," the great 20th-century poet W.H. Auden said of this novel, but the comparison only begins to touch on the richness, density, and wonder of this late 19th-century adult fantasy novel. First published in 1895 (inhabiting a universe with the early Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde--not to mention Thomas Hardy), this is the story of the aptly named Mr. Vane, his magical house, and the journeys into another world into which it leads him

Meeting up with one mystery after another, including Adam and Eve themselves, he slowly but surely explores the mystery of the human fall from grace, and of our redemption. Instructed into the ways of seeing the deeper realities of this world--seeing, in a sense, by the light of the spirit--the reader and Mr. Vane both sense that MacDonald writes from his own deep experience of radiance, from a bliss so profound that death's darkness itself is utterly eclipsed in its light. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author (also from Amazon):
George MacDonald(1824-1905) The great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, whose works influenced C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. "I do not write for children," MacDonald once said, "but for the childlike, whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."

The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
PREFATORY REMARKS

The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations:—I am the individual destined to write that work—My vocation is announced in terms of great eloquence—I show that the world has been gradually preparing itself for the WORK and the MAN—Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science, and are a part of the Beautiful (with a large B). They pervade all classes….

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Sat September 27 2014

MobileRead Week in Review: 09/20 - 09/27

06:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Here it is again, our weekly roundup! Enjoy!

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Wed September 24 2014

Kindle Unlimited Launches in the UK

02:12 PM by HarryT in E-Book General | News

Amazon have launched the "Kindle Unlimited" programme in the UK. £7.99 a month for unlimited access to a large range of Kindle and audiobooks.

See the home page of http://amazon.co.uk for details.

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Sat September 20 2014

MobileRead Week in Review: 09/13 - 09/20

06:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Missed some of our big stories this week? Time to catch up:

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October 2014 Book Club Nominations

12:00 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

MobileRead Book Club
October 2014 Nominations

Help us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for October, 2014.

The nominations will run through midnight EST September 30 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days.

Book selection category for October is:

Books from The Patricia Clark Memorial Library (AKA The MobileRead Library).

In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third).

How Does This Work?
The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome.

How Does a Book Get Selected?
Each book that is nominated will be listed in a poll at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection.

How Many Nominations Can I Make?
Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person.

How Do I Nominate a Book?
Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest.

How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated?
Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP.

When is the Poll?
The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the initial poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed.

The floor is open to nominations. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area.


Official choices with three nominations each:

(1) Raffles Omnibus by E. W. Hornung
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
No synopsis given.

(2) The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin – the new guest at The Coach and Horses – is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling...

(3) Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctow
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:
Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.

Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the keeping of a network of "ad-hocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.

Now, though, the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents, and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.

Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war....

(4) The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: EPub | Kindle

Spoiler:
No synopsis given.

(5) The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Epub | Kindle

Spoiler:
The Robe is a 1942 historical novel about the Crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The book was one of the best-selling titles of the 1940s. It entered the New York Times Best Seller list in October 1942, and four weeks later rose to No. 1. It held the position for nearly a year. The Robe remained on the list for another two years, returning several other times over the next several years including when the movie version was released in 1953.

(6) The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
The Law, as quoted, lays down a fair conduct of life, and one not easy to follow. I have been fellow to a beggar again and again under circumstances which prevented either of us finding out whether the other was worthy. I have still to be brother to a Prince, though I once came near to kinship with what might have been a veritable King and was promised the reversion of a Kingdom— army, law-courts, revenue and policy all complete. But, to-day, I greatly fear that my King is dead, and if I want a crown I must go and hunt it for myself.

(7) The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub

Spoiler:
The eastern plains of Colorado hold many secrets, including the origin of an orphaned four-year-old girl found near her dead mother by five weary travelers. One of the five, financier Jefferson Worth, decides to adopt the girl, who calls herself "Barba," and his life will never be the same. The fates of Barbara and the plains are inextricably linked, and in turn, they profoundly alter the destinies of all the men, especially that of Jefferson Worth. The once cold and calculating businessman sees himself through the eyes of his adopted daughter--and has an epiphany in which he realizes his position and obligations in life. Originally published in 1911, with a first printing of 175,000 copies, this moral fable of the ministry of capital remains extremely relevant.

(8) Red Shadows by Robert E. Howard
The Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub (Omnibus) | Kindle (Omnibus)

Spoiler:
... First published in Weird Tales, August 1928, alternatively titled "Solomon Kane". This was the first Solomon Kane story ever published. In France, Kane finds a girl attacked by a gang of brigands led by a villain known as Le Loup. As she dies in his arms, Kane determines to avenge her death, and the trail leads from France to Africa, ending with Kane's first meeting with N'Longa. ...

(9) Lilith by George MacDonald
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
Amazon.com Review:
"Lilith is equal if not superior to the best of Poe," the great 20th-century poet W.H. Auden said of this novel, but the comparison only begins to touch on the richness, density, and wonder of this late 19th-century adult fantasy novel. First published in 1895 (inhabiting a universe with the early Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde--not to mention Thomas Hardy), this is the story of the aptly named Mr. Vane, his magical house, and the journeys into another world into which it leads him

Meeting up with one mystery after another, including Adam and Eve themselves, he slowly but surely explores the mystery of the human fall from grace, and of our redemption. Instructed into the ways of seeing the deeper realities of this world--seeing, in a sense, by the light of the spirit--the reader and Mr. Vane both sense that MacDonald writes from his own deep experience of radiance, from a bliss so profound that death's darkness itself is utterly eclipsed in its light. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author (also from Amazon):
George MacDonald(1824-1905) The great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, whose works influenced C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. "I do not write for children," MacDonald once said, "but for the childlike, whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."

(10) The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub | Kindle

Spoiler:
PREFATORY REMARKS

The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations:—I am the individual destined to write that work—My vocation is announced in terms of great eloquence—I show that the world has been gradually preparing itself for the WORK and the MAN—Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science, and are a part of the Beautiful (with a large B). They pervade all classes….

The nominations are now closed.

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Thu September 18 2014

B&N removed download option on all books in "My Nook" library

04:03 PM by library addict in E-Book General | General Discussions

I have a Sony, Kobo, and Nexus tablet, but not a Nook. I have purchased books from B&N in the past (mostly due to some good sale prices) and they have the books I purchased from Fictionwise there (I think it was Fictionwise. It was one of the multitude of now closed stores anyway).

It seems they have suddenly removed the "download" option from all of the books in my library. Is this just a glitch or what?

More details: The Digital Reader

[ADDITIONS by pdurrant]

Pertinent informantion from later posts in the thread:

Just tweeted my annoyance to @NOOK_Care, and this is their reply:

"The ability to sideload NOOK purchased content has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

So I guess the ability to download to your computer is gone for good.

Here is part of the email I got back from them:

Dear Customer,

Greetings from Barnes and Noble!

Thank you for contacting us. I'm sorry to learn that the download option on your books are missing.

On behalf of Barnes & Noble, please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We’re sorry, but the ability to sideload NOOK purchased content has been discontinued. If you are attempting to unlock a sideloaded file, you will not be able to do so. We apologize for any inconvenience. However, your NOOK purchases are available for re-download from the NOOK cloud, and you may continue to sideload any other supported file format.

I hope that I was able to address your concern accordingly. It is my great honor and privilege to assist you with this concern.

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New Kindle Voyage

03:28 PM by Stingo in E-Book General | News

There has been a lot of speculation on the forum regarding a new Kindle. Apparently leaked site info from Germany and Spain talks about a new Kindle Voyage with higher resolution available in November. There are no images of the new Kindle Voyage available, but the specifications suggest it will have a new page press sensor to turn pages by pressing lightly on the bezel, alongside "intelligent front lighting." Also it mentions a 300 ppi display on the 6-inch device that comes in the usual WiFi and 3G versions. The 112 x 116 mm dimensions suggest the Voyage will be smaller and at 8mm deep (can you say new round of cases?). Check out the link:

http://http://www.engadget.com/2014/...kindle-voyage/

http://source.crowdboom.net/?uri=htt...ications-rumor

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Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets

12:07 PM by ucfgrad93 in E-Book General | News

Amazon has updated their lineup of Fire Tablets. They have added a 6" version, kid versions (6" or 7").

Fire - Kid version "Enjoy the peace of mind with an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, we'll replace it for free. No questions asked"

6" Fire starts at $99, comes in 8GB or 16GB in a choice of 5 colors.

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