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Wed May 27 2015

June 2015 Book Club Vote

12:15 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

June 2015 MobileRead Book Club Vote

Help us choose a book as the June 2015 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 June 20th. Select from the following Official Choices with three nominations each:

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Goodreads | Amazon US

Spoiler:
Winner of the Mythopoeic Award in 2014 for Adult Literature.

[/I]From Amazon:[/I]

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Goodreads | Amazon.com / Kobo CA / Google Play / Overdrive

Spoiler:
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Goodreads | Amazon AU / Amazon CA / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Audible / Kobo

Spoiler:
Won the the British Book Awards Best Travel Book of the Year 1989 and the Prix des libraires du Québec for Lauréats hors Québec 1995. Known for its honesty, wit and humour, this short and popular book inspired several follow-ups as well as radio and television adaptations, and inspired Mayle's novel (and the later film adaptation) A Good Year.

From Goodreads:

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

Amazon UK / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Google Play US / Kobo US / Overdrive Audio / Overdrive eBook / Waterstones UK

Spoiler:
It is the first book in the Temperance Brennan series and this series is the basis for the TV show Bones. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The fictional heroine in her novels, Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, is also a forensic anthropologist.

Her life is devoted to justice — for those she never even knew.

In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern — and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her — her best friend and her own daughter — in mortal danger….

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Goodreads | Amazon US / WorldCat

Spoiler:
Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there...

Awards: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (2001), Hugo Award for Best Novel (2002), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2002), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2002), International Horror Guild Award Nominee for Best Novel (2001), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2002), SFX Award for Best Novel (2002), Geffen Award (2003), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2002), Prix Bob Morane for roman traduit (2003)

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Sat May 23 2015

MobileRead Week in Review: 05/16 - 05/23

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

Welcome to another digest entry of MobileRead, where we transform the profound into the bite-sized.

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Wed May 20 2015

June 2015 Book Club Nominations

08:07 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

Help us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for June, 2015.

The nominations will run through midnight EST May 26 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 June is: Award Winners

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. The nominations are now closed. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area.

Official choices with three nominations each:

(1) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Goodreads | Amazon US

Spoiler:
Winner of the Mythopoeic Award in 2014 for Adult Literature.

(2) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Goodreads | Amazon.com / Kobo CA / Google Play / Overdrive

Spoiler:
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

(3) A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Goodreads | Amazon AU / Amazon CA / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Audible / Kobo

Spoiler:
Won the the British Book Awards Best Travel Book of the Year 1989 and the Prix des libraires du Québec for Lauréats hors Québec 1995. Known for its honesty, wit and humour, this short and popular book inspired several follow-ups as well as radio and television adaptations, and inspired Mayle's novel (and the later film adaptation) A Good Year.

From Goodreads:

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

(4) Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs
Amazon UK / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Google Play US / Kobo US / Overdrive Audio / Overdrive eBook / Waterstones UK

Spoiler:
It is the first book in the Temperance Brennan series and this series is the basis for the TV show Bones. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The fictional heroine in her novels, Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, is also a forensic anthropologist.

Her life is devoted to justice — for those she never even knew.

In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern — and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her — her best friend and her own daughter — in mortal danger….

(5) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Goodreads | Amazon US / WorldCat

Spoiler:
Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there...

Awards: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (2001), Hugo Award for Best Novel (2002), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2002), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2002), International Horror Guild Award Nominee for Best Novel (2001), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2002), SFX Award for Best Novel (2002), Geffen Award (2003), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2002), Prix Bob Morane for roman traduit (2003)

[ 24 replies ]


Tue May 19 2015

Google announces Literata, its new e-book typeface

04:47 AM by Dopedangel in E-Book General | News

Google has announced a new typeface for Google Books: Literata.

Replacing Droid Serif as the default typeface for e-books via Google Books, Google says Literata is “perfect for long reads on all devices”.

Created in conjunction with TypeFace, Google began work on Literata in April 2014. The goal was a “new book typeface was needed that would provide an outstanding reading experience on a whole range of devices and high resolution screens running different rendering technologies”.

http://thenextweb.com/google/2015/05...book-typeface/

[ 40 replies ]


Sat May 16 2015

MobileRead Week in Review: 05/09 - 05/16

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

Been so busy reading e-books that you haven't had time to keep up on the week's news? Here's some of what you've been missing:

E-Book General - News

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Fri May 15 2015

Vote for MobileRead's best fiction book of 1901-1910

09:16 AM by pdurrant in E-Book General | Reading Recommendations

The first voting thread for choosing the ten best fiction books of the 20th Century. This thread covers 1901-1910.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN. Voting totals will be hidden until the poll ends on 15th June 2015(so that no-one is influenced by previously recorded votes), and voting will be anonymous.

You are, of course, welcome to make your choice known during in the discussion thread associated with this poll.

The nominations and nominators are:

  1. 1901 Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), epub, mobi (pdurrant)
  2. 1901 Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (1875-1955), Gutenberg US (German), English eboook links (knuthmeyer)
  3. 1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), epub, mobi (frddgls)
  4. 1902 The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (1843-1916), epub, mobi (sun surfer)
  5. 1902 The Virginian by Owen Wister (1860-1938), epub, mobi (GA Russell)
  6. 1903 The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1876-1916), epub, mobi (Synamon)
  7. 1903 The Riddle of the Sands by Robert Erskine Childers (1870-1922), epub, mobi (bfisher)
  8. 1903 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1959-1932), Gutenberg (gmw)
  9. 1904 The Golden Bowl by Henry James (1843-1916), epub, mobi (issybird)
  10. 1904 Nostromo by Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Gutenberg (everlod)
  11. 1906 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), Gutenberg US, No authorised ebook (obs20)
  12. 1906 The Psammead Trilogy by Edith Nesbit (1858-1924), epub, mobi, Gutenberg, Gutenberg (EndlessWaves)
  13. 1906 The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain (1835-1910), Gutenberg, Gutenberg (spellbanisher)
  14. 1907 Before Adam by Jack London (1876-1916), epub, mobi (Ralph Sir Edward)
  15. 1908 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), epub, mobi (BearMountainBooks)
  16. 1910 The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson (1870-1946),Gutenberg US, Amazon UK, AU PD (Lynx-lynx)
  17. 1910 Where Angels Fear to Tread by Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970), Gutenberg US, No authorised ebook (ccowie)
  18. 1910 Howards End by Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970), Gutenberg US, Amazon UK (missimpossible)

All these books are in the USA public domain. For books in the European public domain, links are given to copies in our library, or elsewhere. Otherwise a link is given to the Project Gutenberg copy and to the title at Amazon UK.

Ideally, nominators should now post about their nominated book, and everyone is welcome to discuss the relative merits of the nominations

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Thu May 14 2015

Southwest to Offer Kobo E-books Inflight

04:54 AM by AnemicOak in E-Book General | News

Southwest to Offer Kobo E-books Inflight

E-book retailer Kobo is teaming with Global Eagle Entertainment and Bauer Communications to provide Southwest Airlines passengers complimentary in-flight access to e-books. The new inflight e-book platform launched on May 6 and provides access to full books, as well as excerpts, from hundreds of titles published by the major houses.

The new e-book service will include frontlist titles from Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, Kensington, S&S, HarperCollins, Open Road Media, Bauer Communications, and others. Southwest passengers can use the wi-fi on their mobile devices to connect with an entertainment portal to download the titles. If travelers don’t finish the e-book before they land, the Kobo service will deliver an email to them explaining how they can purchase the title.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...-inflight.html

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Simon & Schuster Tries Geo-Targeting

04:54 AM by AnemicOak in E-Book General | News

S&S Tries Geo-Targeting in New Marketing Outreach

In the latest effort to enhance book discovery, Simon & Schuster is partnering with mobile content delivery service Foli to offer customers complimentary access to a selection of full-text e-books in airports, museums and hotels around the country. Beginning May 15, David McCullough's The Wright Brothers will be a feature selection at the National Air & Space Museum and 50 venues around the country. Another 18 titles will be available though a select group of hotels and airport lounges.

The new service relies on Foli’s location-based wireless technology, which allows the the delivery of a single title, or group of titles, to a specific geographic location. In order to access the e-books in the program, customers can download the Foli app to their iOS or Android device and read a full-text version of any of the books.

The availability of the e-books will last for three days while they are being accessed at the targeted venue. The service also allows the consumer to buy the book outright at any time.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...erability.html


Not sure how successful it'll be, but it's interesting.

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