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Sat September 24 2016

MobileRead Week in Review: 09/17 - 09/24

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

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Tue September 20 2016

Sainsbury's ebook store bites the dust

03:19 PM by chrisridd in E-Book General | News

TL;DR: Sainsbury's is selling all their ebook customers to Kobo, the vaccuum cleaner of the ebook store world.

Dear Customer,
We are writing to tell you about an important change to Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand.

Over the last four years we have enjoyed providing our customers with eBooks, MP3 music, digital magazines, and movies and TV on demand. We've made some great progress and learnt a lot about the digital entertainment market. However, following a detailed review of our service we have made the difficult decision to close Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand and focus on our core businesses.

We'd like to make the process for you as straightforward as possible. Below you will find details of what will be happening and when, for each entertainment product area.

Movies & TV

As of now you can no longer buy, rent or watch any movie or TV content. We will refund you for any movies or TV content you've bought to own, as well as any active rentals you have. Any rentals that fall outside of either their 48-hour viewing period or 30-day active viewing window will not be refunded. We'll let you know of any refunds due and how they will be made by 15th October 2016.

eBooks

As of 1st October 2016 you will no longer be able to buy any eBooks from us although you will be able to continue reading eBooks on our apps until 30th November 2016. On 1st December 2016 the site will close and our reading apps will no longer be supported.

You will have the opportunity to transfer your eBook library to Kobo, a leading global eBook provider, who will support your eBook library in accordance with their terms and conditions. If you don't already have a Kobo account you will need to set one up. We will e-mail you by 25th October 2016 explaining how this will work and what you will need to do. We will not be issuing any refunds for eBook purchases.

Digital Magazines

As of 1st October 2016 you will no longer be able to buy digital magazines from us although you will be able to continue reading digital magazines on our apps until 30th November 2016. On 1st December 2016 the site will close and our reading apps will no longer be supported. We will refund all digital magazine purchases, we'll let you know by email of any refunds due and how they will be made by 15th October 2016.

MP3 Music

As of 1st October 2016 you will no longer be able to buy music from us although you will be able to continue to listen to music on our apps until 30th November 2016. On 1st December 2016 when our site closes, our music apps will no longer be supported and you will not be able to download your music library from us. We strongly recommend that you download your music purchases before the end of November so that you can play them on an alternative digital music platform (e.g. iTunes or Google Play). We'll email you reminders as we get closer to the end of November. We will not be issuing any refunds for MP3 music purchases.

Thank you for your support and custom over the last four years. We understand that this is disappointing news and are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

If you need any further information, please visit our FAQs where further help is on hand.

Yours sincerely,

Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand

20th September 2016

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October 2016 Book Club Nominations

12:02 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

Help us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for October, 2016.

The nominations will run through midnight EST September 26 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days.

The book selection category for October is: Humor.

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) Bridge in the Fourth Dimension: Further Adventures of the Hideous Hog by Victor Mollo
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Kobo UK / Kobo US / Overdrive
Print Length: 160 pages

Spoiler:
I read it laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, totally devoured it and kept coming back for more for years until my original paperback was in tatters.

Victor Mollo was one of the all time most successful contract bridge players in the UK where they play it as a blood sport. I came across Bridge in the Menagerie when I was still in college, and playing bridge to feed my family. I read it laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, totally devoured it and kept coming back for more for years until my original paperback was in tatters. That original book was long out of print but has now come back in print, but has never been converted to eBook format. However, this sequel can be read without having read the original and by those whose knowledge of bridge is no more than passing. I haven't played a hand myself in probably 15 years, but I'd love to play out the hands in this.
— CRussel

(2) Mislaid by Nell Zink
Goodreads | Amazon US
Print Length: 288 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The couple are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind.

Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Peggy and Lee’s children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie must deal with his father’s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother’s lies—she knows neither her real age, nor that she is “white,” nor that she has any other family.

Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare.

(3) Rivers of London (US title: Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch
Goodreads | Amazon US / Overdrive UK / Overdrive US
Print Length: 400 pages

Spoiler:
"I'll absolutely second Rivers of London/Midnight Riot. This is witty more than funny, but definitely left me regularly chortling and reading passages to my DW. (Best nomination you've made, Jon!)"
— CRussel

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit–we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to–and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden . . . and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos–or die trying.

(4) The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
Goodreads
Print Length: 119 pages

Spoiler:
"[O]ne of the funniest books I've ever read."
— Issybird

From Goodreads:

Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Within its golden gates, death, American-style, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday-and Dennis gets drawn into a bizarre love triangle with Aimée Thanatogenos, a naïve Californian corpse beautician, and Mr. Joyboy, a master of the embalmer's art. Waugh's dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide depicts a world where reputation, love, and death cost a very great deal.

(5) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Goodreads | Amazon Au / Amazon Ca / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US / Overdrive / Overdrive Audio
Print Length: 272 pages

Spoiler:
From The Guardian:

"The temptation when reviewing a David Sedaris book is simply to quote liberally, and enviously, from his endless stock of pithy one-liners. A humorist par excellence, he can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag. Me Talk Pretty One Day collects tales from both home and abroad, and picks up from where Naked - in which he first introduced his larger-than-life Technicolor family - left off."
— David Vincent

From Goodreads:
David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.

(6) Noises Off by Michael Frayn
Goodreads | Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US
Print Length: 176 pages

Spoiler:
"I saw it on Broadway when Linda Thorson was in the cast, and I laughed so hard during the first two acts, that I didn't have any laughter left inside of me for the third act!"
— GA Russell

From Goodreads:

Noises Off, the classic farce by the Tony Award—winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during Nothing On’s final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown.

(7) Bellwether by Connie Willis
Goodreads
Print Length: 256 pages

Spoiler:
Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula winning author of Doomsday Book. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions.

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Sat September 10 2016

MobileRead Week in Review: 09/03 - 09/10

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

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Fri September 09 2016

Inaugural Dragon Award winners named

06:17 AM by fjtorres in E-Book General | News

Via the Digital Reader:

http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/0...ers-announced/

Dragon Con is a 30-year-old SF convention held in Atlanta every year and attended by about fifteen to twenty times as many warm bodies as WorldCon, and it gave away its first awards on Sunday.

The inaugural Dragon Awards includes categories which cover SF and fantasy (traditionally the domain of the Hugo Awards), comics books, Horror (Bram Stoker Awards), video games, and tv/movie works.

I'm still waiting to hear back from Dragon Con on the number of voters and participants, so here's a rundown on the basic facts.

Rather than focus on the length of a work and crown a single title the "best" in categories defined by word counts, the Dragon Awards went for a more granular approach in its first year and instead awarded prizes for SF, alternate history, fantasy, military SF&F, apocalyptic, horror, YA, and comic book.


Much more at the source, including nominees and winners.

Three takes on the awards:

https://madgeniusclub.com/2016/09/05...on-the-carpet/

https://maxviking.wordpress.com/2016...dragon-awards/

http://womenwriteaboutcomics.com/201...-puppy-awards/

As usual, I don't particularly care who wins awards. But the nomination list looks pretty solid and legit to me. Weber, Freer, Correia, Novik, Butcher, Sir Terry Pratchet (spoiler: he won his category), plus HBO, BETHESDA SOFTWORKS... a couple Indies, and even an Amazon Publishing title. Sounds pretty inclusive to me.

(Check the comments on the Freer column.)

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Pew Research Center survey on American reading habits

06:16 AM by Barty in E-Book General | News

http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/09/0...to-audio-books

A few highlights

- 73% of Americans read at least one book in any format during last year, largely unchanged since 2012
- 65% read at least one print book, 28% ebook, 14% audiobook
- 38% read print exclusively, 6% ebook exclusively
- E-book readership increased by 11-percentage points between 2011 and 2014 (from 17% to 28%) but has seen no change in the last two years.
- from 2011 to 2016 share of reading on tablets increased from 4% to 15%, on phones from 5% to 13%, on dedicated e-readers decreased slightly from 8% to 7%.

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Sat August 27 2016

MobileRead Week in Review: 08/20 - 08/27

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

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September 2016 Book Club Vote

12:01 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

September 2016 MobileRead Book Club Vote

Help us choose a book as the September 2016 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 September 20th. Select from the following Official Choices with three nominations each:

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Goodreads | Amazon US / Audible / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US
Print Length: 512 pages

Spoiler:
Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

Hiroshima by John Hersey
Goodreads | Amazon Ca / Amazon UK / Audible (1) / Audible (2) / Kobo Ca (1) / Kobo Ca (2)
Print Length: 135 pages

Spoiler:
From the blurb for one of the Kobo editions in the UK:

Hiroshima is John Hersey's timeless and compassionate account of the catastrophic event which heralded the coming of the atomic age. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author went to Japan, while the ashes of Hiroshima were still warm, to interview the survivors of the first atomic bombing. His trip resulted in this world-famous document, the most significant piece of journalism of modern times. "Nothing that can be said about this book," The New York Times wrote, "can equal what the book has to say. It speaks for itself, and in an unforgettable way, for humanity."

From the Kindle UK description:

"The room was filled with a blinding light. She was paralysed by fear, fixed still in her chair for a long moment. Everything fell.'

2015 is the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, when, on 6 August at 8.15am, an atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city, killing one hundred thousand men, women and children in its white fury. John Hersey's spare, devastating report on the attack was first published in the New Yorker in 1946. Written in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, it chronicles what happened through the eyes of six civilians who survived against the odds. It is a classic piece of journalism, and a defining moment of the nuclear age.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Goodreads | Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle | Amazon US / Amazon US (Restored) / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US
Print Length: 166 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

One magical night, the Darling children — Wendy, John, and Michael — are visited by two mischievous denizens of Neverland, an island of the imagination where pirates prowl the Mermaids’ Lagoon and fairies live so long as children believe in them. Peter Pan and his loyal, lightning-quick companion, Tinker Bell, have come for Peter’s shadow, captured the previous night by Nana, the children’s Newfoundland nanny. The pair leaves not just with the shadow, but with Wendy and her brothers, as well, whisking them away to Neverland to join the Lost Boys in their war against the evil Captain Hook.

J. M. Barrie created the character of Peter Pan to entertain a young family he regularly met in Kensington Gardens. Over the course of two novels and a play, he turned a whimsical idea into one of the most cherished literary characters of all time.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Goodreads | Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle | Amazon US
Print Length: 270 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

There is a ghost in the Paris Opera House. Singers, dancers, and stagehands have all seen him lurking in the shadows of the set, and each describes his face differently. Some say it is on fire, others that it is bare bone, and a terrified few say that he has no face at all. Outsiders dismiss the stories as theatrical superstition, but soon the phantom will reveal himself—and the Opera will never be the same.

A crew member is found hanged, and every denizen of the theater is quick to blame the phantom. More deaths follow, until the phantom is forced to make himself known in the most spectacular manner possible. But when the mysterious ghost begins to admire a beautiful singer, it is the beginning of something magnificent: a love story as heartfelt and tragic as any opera ever staged.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Kobo Ca
Print Length: 324 pages

Spoiler:
Arthur C. Clarke has been the presiding genius of science fiction for almost fifty years. His works include the ground-breaking and profound CHILDHOOD'S END, RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA and EXPEDITION TO EARTH. Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, made into one of the most influential films of our century, brilliant, compulsive, prophetic, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY tackles the enduring theme of man's place in the universe.On the moon an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent out deep into the solar system. But, before they can reach their destination, things begin to go wrong, horribly wrong.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Google Play / Kobo US / Overdrive / Sainsbury's UK
Print Length: 180 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Goodreads | Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle (1) / Kindle (2) / ePub (1) / ePub (2)
Print Length: 162 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

First published in 1897, Captain Courageous tells of the high-seas adventures of Harvey Cheyne, the son of an American millionaire, who, after falling from a luxury ocean liner, is rescued by the raucous crew of the fishing ship We’re Here. Obstinate and spoiled at first, Harvey in due course learns diligence and responsibility and earns the camaraderie of the seamen, who treat him as one of their own. A true test of character, Harvey’s months aboard the We’re Here provide a delightful glimpse of life at sea and well-told morals of discipline, empathy, and self-reliance.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lewis Wallace
Goodreads | Amazon US (1) / Amazon US (2) / Barnes & Noble (1) / Barnes & Noble (2) / Kobo US
Print Length: 544 pages

Spoiler:
From the inside flap:

General Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur vividly reimagines the mighty Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. The saga of Judah Ben-Hur's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption is both a vivid historical adventure and a powerful story of one man's religious awakening. As Blake Allmendinger writes in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, "Ben-Hur has endured for more than one hundred years because it offers something for everyone. The story of the Jewish hero Ben-Hur, his conflict with the Roman warrior Messala, and his conversion to Christianity at the foot of the Cross, combines adventure, sentimentality, athletic spectacle, and religious devotion."

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Goodreads | Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle | Amazon US / Audible / Kobo US / Overdrive Audiobook (1) / Overdrive Audiobook (2) / Overdrive eBook
Print Length: 82 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Heart of Darkness has been considered for most of this century as a literary classic, and also as a powerful indictment of the evils of imperialism. It reflects the savage repressions carried out in the Congo by the Belgians in one of the largest acts of genocide committed up to that time. Conrad's narrator encounters at the end of the story a man named Kurtz, dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities.

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