Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Sat August 13 2016

MobileRead Week in Review: 08/06 - 08/13

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Gosh we've talked a lot this week. Here's your weekly round up of MobileRead's events.

E-Book General - News


Advertisement

Wed August 10 2016

Kobo Aura One is REAL!

04:11 AM by JSWolf in E-Book General | News

To see this page at the website, click "more information" and then click "Meer informatie"

Kobo Aura ONE enrich your reading experience with a clear and large 7.8 inch Carta E Ink HD touchscreen monitor that very closely approaches a real book. Read in direct sunlight with the anti-reflective screen, or completely in the dark with the built-in and fully customizable Comfort Light. The Aura ONE Kobo is lighter than a hardcover book and has room for thousands of e-books. Take your entire book collection with you wherever you like and get anytime access to new tracks from a catalog of over 5 million books. 8 GB of memory you can store up to 6,000 books.

Carefree read wherever you are
The Aura ONE e-reader you can read anywhere carefree. Because of the waterproof and sand and dust resistant design you can read comfortably in all conditions. Your e-reader is even waterproof for up to 60 minutes, up to 2 meters underwater. You do not even paying attention to you or the USB port or have sealed the Aura ONE is really completely waterproof.

Comfort Light Advanced - read comfortably, even in low light
By reducing 'blue-light' exposures and improved front-light technology - which ensures that the light is directed to the page and not on your eyes - Protect your eyes and you can read comfortably under any circumstance. The front-light technology boost the natural progression of the sun, the optimal brightness and tone based on the time. This is all to adjust to your liking. This prevents eye fatigue in any lighting condition and you can, wherever you are, enjoy a good book!

Personal and comfortable
Are your eyes tired? Choose from 50 fonts and font sizes, and if you are looking for a fully customized reading experience can choose from 11 different fonts. With adjustable margins, the ability to highlight passages, take notes, and a built-in dictionary at your fingertips.

Read directly
You read sometimes late at night from a book and you want to be equal to start next? Now you can with direct access to Kobo's eBookstore and built-in Wi-Fi. Enjoy 5 million e-books within reach, day and night. You know not what you are going to read next? Discoveries are so done with personalized recommendations, free previews and reviews, or look around the Kobo ebook store.

specifications

display
- 7.8 inch Carta E Ink HD touchscreen display
- Resolution 1872 x 1404 pixels
- 300 dpi

Dimensions
- 195.1 x 138.5 x 6.9 mm
- Weight 252 grams

connectivity
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
- Micro USB

Light
- Comfort Light Advanced Technology

Warehousing
- 512 MB RAM
- 8 GB of memory

Battery
- Battery life approximately 1 month

remainder
- Waterproof: nanocoating with Hzo

[ 471 replies ]


Sat July 30 2016

MobileRead Week in Review: 07/23 - 07/30

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Just in case you've missed anything, here is the list of our frontpage news this week.

E-Book General - Reading Recommendations


Wed July 27 2016

August 2016 Book Club Vote

01:13 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

August 2016 MobileRead Book Club Vote

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

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Goodreads | Amazon US / Kobo US / Overdrive / Overdrive Audio
Print Length: 384 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women — a decade apart — told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards — Day 15 to Day 1 — from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

Carved in Bone (Body Farm Book 1) by Jefferson Bass
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Kobo US / Overdrive
Print Length: 416 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

On the campus of the University of Tennessee lies a patch of ground unlike any in the world. The "Body Farm" is a place where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored -- for the sake of science and the cause of justice. The scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now, in this heart-stopping novel, he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

A woman's corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave's chemistry into a near-perfect mummy -- one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton. Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems.

The surreal setting is Cooke County, a remote mountain community that's clannish, insular, and distrustful of outsiders. The heartbreaking discovery of the young woman's corpse reopens old wounds and rekindles feuds dating back decades. The county's powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton's investigation altogether. So do Brockton's other nemeses: his lingering guilt over the death of his wife, and the fury of a medical examiner whom Brockton dares to oppose in court.

Carved in Bone is a richly atmospheric, superbly suspenseful, and magnificently rendered trip into the world of forensic science, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and the dark passageways of the human psyche. Full of vivid characters and startling twists and turns, this thrilling novel heralds the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction -- and an unforgettable work from the hand of a scientific legend.

The Boy In The Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis
Goodreads | Amazon Au / Amazon Ca / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US / Overdrive
Print Length: 321 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

Fast One by Paul Cain
Goodreads | Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US
Print Length: 211 pages

Spoiler:
This was Cain's only novel. He is considered by some to be the most hard-boiled of writers.

"In the matter of grim hardness Dashiell [Hammett] paused on the threshold. Paul [Cain] went all the way." —Captain Joe Shaw, editor of Black Mask during its golden era

"[Fast One represents] some kind of high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner." —Raymond Chandler, author, The Big Sleep

I]From Goodreads:[/I]

Billed as "the most hard-boiled novel of the 1930s" and featuring one of the most brutal finales in crime fiction history, some say this lost 1933 masterpiece took hard-boiled crime writing too far. In the last days of Prohibition and the first days of the Depression, East Coast crime bosses are vying for control of Los Angeles. Caught in the middle of the intrigue is Gerry Kells, a former New York enforcer now living a life of ease on the West coast. As the fiercely independent Kells rejects the appeals of various crime bosses who want to make use of his talents, powerful forces align against him. Being framed for a murder turns out to be the least of his troubles and as the stakes get higher, and the odds get longer, it's only Kells' nerve and toughness that keep him one step ahead of the law—and the reaper.

Open Season by C.J. Box
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US
Print Length: 316 pages

Spoiler:
From Publishers Weekly:

Enthusiastic blurbs even from luminaries such as Tony Hillerman, Les Standiford and Loren Estleman can sometimes leave readers feeling as if they must have read a different book altogether. Not this time. Box's superb debut, the first in a series introducing Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, should immediately make him a contender for best first novel or even best novel awards. Young Joe is struggling to fill the shoes of his mentor, legendary Vern Dunnegan, as warden of Twelve Sleep County, and trying to support his wife and growing family on the meager salary he makes. The hours are long, the work hard but satisfying, and Joe's honesty and integrity would pay off if he could avoid "bonehead moves" like ticketing the governor of the state for fishing without a license, for instance, or allowing a poacher to grab Joe's firearm from him. When that very same poacher turns up dead and bloodied in Joe's woodpile with only a cooler containing unidentified animal scat, his life, livelihood and family will never be the same. Upping the excitement are a couple of murders, local political and bureaucratic intrigue, a high-stakes pipeline scheme and an endangered species that Joe's eldest daughter "discovers." No one has done a better job of portraying the odd combination of hardy and foolhardy folk that make their homes in Wyoming's wilderness areas, or of describing the dichotomy between those who want to develop the area and those who want to preserve it. Without resorting to simplistic blacks and whites, Box fuses ecological themes, vibrant descriptions of Wyoming's wonders and peculiarities, and fully fleshed characters into a debut of riveting tensions. Meet Joe Pickett: he's going to be a mystery star.

Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Kobo US / Overdrive / Overdrive Audio
Print Length: 336 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

This critically acclaimed, explosive thriller is a book only prosecutor Linda Fairstein could write. Patricia Cornwall knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. Now that world comes vividly to life in a brilliant debut novel of shocking realism, powerful insight, and searing suspense.

Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor, awakens one morning to shocking news: a tabloid headline announcing her own brutal murder. But the actual victim was Isabella Lascar, the Hollywood film star who sought refuge at Alex's Martha's Vineyard retreat. Was Isabella targeted by a stalker or -- mistaken for Alex -- was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? In an investigation that twists from the back alleys of lower Manhattan to the chic salons of the Upper East Side. Alex knows she's in final jeopardy...and time is running out. She has to get into the killer's head before the killer gets to her.

The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Kobo UK/ Overdrive v1 / Overdrive v2 / Overdrive Audio v1 / Overdrive Audio v2
Print Length: 415 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, grey eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.

One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal.

They Don't Dance Much by James Ross
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Kobo US
Print Length: 304 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

In this classic country noir, featuring a new introduction by Daniel Woodrell, a small town farmer takes a job at a roadhouse, where unbridled greed leads to a brutal murder

Jack McDonald is barely a farmer. Boll weevils have devoured his cotton crop, his chickens have stopped laying eggs, and everything he owns is mortgaged — even his cow. He has no money, no prospects, and nothing to do but hang around filling stations, wondering where his next drink will come from. As far as hooch goes, there's no place like Smut Milligan's, where Breath of Spring moonshine sells for a dollar a pint.

A bootlegger with an entrepreneurial spirit, Milligan has plans to open a roadhouse, and he asks Jack to run the till. The music will be hot, the liquor cheap, and the clientele rough. But the only thing stronger than Milligan's hooch is his greed, and Jack is slowly drawn into the middle of Smut's dalliances with a married woman, the machinations of corrupt town officials — and a savage act of murder.

[ 22 replies - poll! ]


Sat July 23 2016

MobileRead Week in Review: 07/16 - 07/23

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for our weekly roundup of what's new and interesting in the world of e-books.

E-Book General - News

E-Book General - Reading Recommendations


Thu July 21 2016

Software Jailbreak for PW2, PW3, PW3W, KT2, KV, KOA and KT3

12:35 PM by knc1 in Amazon Kindle | Kindle Developer's Corner

Software jail break for the 6th, 7th, and 8th generation devices listed in the title, running any known firmware version.
Except for the G090LK, G090LL (Black and White, PW-3, 32GB, Wifi only) models along with the corresponding two Wifi+3G versions.

Step #1 below describes how to learn what nickname your device has here based on its serial number.

These directions are written for the experienced (grayscale) Kindle user.

Testing (touchscreen devices listed in title):
Attached below is a "Dummy" installation package which will test the jail break installed on your device.
If it runs, your JB is complete. If it fails to run, your JB is missing or damaged.
This dummy install package will not install anything, only write a report document in the top level of visible USB storage (dummy_updatetest.log, example attached below).
If this test package fails to write its report, follow these directions exactly and completely Step #0 to and including Step #8.

Spoiler:

  1. Download the attached archive.
  2. Open the archive.
    The archive contains a single directory, "Dummy", all contents are in that directory.
  3. From the archive contents in the "Dummy" directory, move the file: Update_dummy_0.0.N.bin to the /mrpackages directory of your Kindle.
    If you do not have a /mrpackages on the visible root of your kindle, you either have a damaged JB or the JB was never installed.
  4. Trigger the test package installation either from KUAL or from the main search bar:

    ;log mrpi

    command.
    If the KUAL 'install mrpackages' button works but the ;log mrpi command does not work, then the JB survival code is missing or damaged.

PW-2 users running firmware 5.4.4.2 or older, go directly to:
PW-2 Early firmware versions, jail break

For prior (grayscale) Kindle models, see:
Legacy devices, jail breaks

Credits:

Spoiler:

  • NiLuJe - for discovering the initial factory update could be recovered. PW-2
  • knc1 - for posting the 'HowTo' and recovering the KT-2 and PW-3 initial updates.
  • Forum members - several members who recovered and provided initial update images for the KV.
  • knc1 - recognition that the factory initial update could be re-installed on any (matching) customer model.
  • Branch Delay - the original software jb for version 5.6.5 and the generic jb for initial factory images.
  • Branch Delay, NiLuJe, Geekmaster - initial testing of the method.
  • Geekmaster - archivist of the off-site Kindle recovery resources.
  • knc1, Geekmaster, NiLuJe, kindlefere - server resources.
  • NiLuJe, Ryccardo, eschwartz - recognizing and testing of the source of the hung Kindles problem.
  • Forum member - who recovered the image required to create Oasis support.
  • eeeee - who recovered the image required to create updated, PW-3 and PW-3W support.
  • ktwombley - who recovered the image required to create KT3 support.
  • eschwartz - now the maintainer of Branch Delay's factory image jail break.
  • eschwartz, NiLuJe, others - New menu launcher for Oasis (KOA) and other models.
  • The first public announcement was made by Hackaday, see:
    https://hackaday.com/2016/07/09/a-ja...-every-kindle/
    Which can take credit for many of this thread's views.

A long list of a lot of work done over a period of more than a year. Work that is continuing.
This downgrade attack did not happen over-night nor was it the work of any one person.


Release Policy:
Spoiler:

It is our policy to use a 'single point of maintenance' model for our released items, with one exception:

  • NiLuJe's snapshots, use: (filter prefix: tools, show threads).
    Users should always check the snapshot thread for the most recent build of our after-market add-ins.


Make Ready:
Consider the following bullet list a "Step #0" that can be done in any order.

  • For some firmware versions, your Kindle must be registered with Amazon to access the required menus.
    The general rule to cover all versions, is: If not yet registered, do that now.
  • Remove any device passcode or parental control passcode you may have set.
  • If you have an ad supported (Special Offers) model consider unsubscribing it at your Kindle account.
    If you do unsubscribe from special offers, be sure to give your Kindle enough time on-line for Amazon's servers to update its local status files.
  • Is your Kindle fully charged?
    Get started with that now, put it on a wall charger to be certain.
  • Only do one step at a time.
    They are intended and designed to be done one at a time.
    At the completion of a step, if the file you previously put at the top level of visible USB storage is still there, remove it.
  • Your Kindle should remain off-line (in airplane mode) during this procedure.

Step-by-Step:

  1. Positively identify the nickname of your Kindle model from the serial number.
    Use four of the first six characters, older Kindles: xxxx xx, newer Kindles: xx xxxx in this table:
    Serial Number Nicknames
    The factory images **are not** model locked, your care taken with this step is your Kindle's only protection! If not found in the table, STOP HERE and tell us.
  2. Prepare your Kindle for running an earlier version of the firmware.
    The Kindles have two user storage areas, the one seen over the USB cable and a hidden one.
    The process that wipes the hidden one will also wipe what can be seen over the USB cable.
    Spoiler:

    • Make backup copies of the contents of /documents
      You are about to wipe them all out, if you have them pushed to your Kindle's cloud, you should be covered.
      You should not need copies of the contents of /system - the 'system' should re-build them for you.
    • Do not copy the contents of /documents back to the Kindle until after you have returned to the same firmware version that you copied them from.
      The indexer might go crazy if you try anything else than 'back to same place, with same version running'.
    • You are about to lose all personalization of your kindle.
      You can't reach that hidden directory they are stored in and it is this database that causes most of the problems, so it MUST go.
    • Home -> Menu -> Settings -> Menu -> Reset
      Or whatever the path is on your current firmware version.
      This is the infamous "Reset (to factory defaults)" menu choice, but in this case it is a requirement, a must use entry.

      This is the ONLY TIME you should ever use the Reset menu entry in the lifetime of the device because it wipes out a vital part of what is about to be added.
      NEVER AGAIN USE THE "Reset" MENU ENTRY. Never.

  3. Download your model's initial factory firmware image to your computer from one of these (IPv4 only) links.
    The *.md5 validation file may be used to confirm that the download was complete and correct.

  4. After validating the downloaded file, transfer the initial factory image from your computer to your Kindle.
    Do not panic if the update is not immediate, it usually takes 10 minutes or longer.
    Spoiler:

    1. Connect Kindle to PC with the USB cable.
    2. Place the downloaded update_*.bin file in the topmost, visible level of USB storage (alongside of /documents).
    3. Eject and/or Safely Remove (term depends on OS) the Kindle, USB storage.
    4. Remove the USB cable.
    5. Home -> Menu -> Settings -> Menu -> Update Your Kindle
    6. Confirm
    7. Wait


    ** The PW-2 is a special case at this point in the directions **

    1. Use the prior 'universal jailbreak' from this post:
      Old Universal Jail Break
    2. After completing those directions, skip the next two steps here and continue with Steps #7 and #8 below.

  5. Download and install the current version of Branch Delay's factory firmware jail break.
    This step installs two files, our signature certificate and a 'Jail Broken' document.
    If the 'Jail Broken' document is not on your Kindle in the /documents folder after the completion of this step, then the certificate is not on it either!
    If this happens to you, stop here and post about the problem, there is no reason to continue if the JB is now missing.
    The current version is attached to its release post, see:
    Factory Image Jail Break
    Spoiler:

    1. Connect Kindle to PC with the USB cable.
    2. Place the downloaded file (an archive - as is) in the topmost, visible level of USB storage (alongside of /documents).
    3. Eject and/or Safely Remove (term depends on OS) the Kindle, USB storage.
    4. Remove the USB cable.
    5. Home
    6. Search bar, enter:


      ;installHtml

      Press 'return'
      Yes, the semi-colon is part of the search bar command string.

  6. Download and install the current 'hotfix'
    The current version is attached to its release post, see:
    Jail Break Survival Code
    Spoiler:

    1. Unarchive the release archive package.
    2. Connect Kindle to PC with the USB cable.
    3. Place the Update_jailbreak_hotfix_*_install.bin in the topmost, visible level of USB storage (alongside of /documents).
    4. Eject and/or Safely Remove (term depends on OS) the Kindle, USB storage.
    5. Remove the USB cable.
    6. Home -> Menu -> Settings -> Menu -> Update Your Kindle
    7. Confirm
    8. Wait

  7. You can now update your Kindle to a newer firmware version, the jailbreak will survive.

  8. All of the models covered in this thread must use one of the two following installation methods.
    The KOA and KT3 owners must use the new installation methods.
    The other device models may use either the old or the new installation methods.
    Spoiler:

    1. Any of our after-market add-ins, with an update_*.bin format filename requires the use of the Mobileread Package Installer (MrPI).

      • Get the MR Package Installer from the KUAL and KUAL extensions section of:
        https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=225030
      • This is an "un-archive to top level of visible USB storage" package.
        Be sure that the un-archive tool you use has options set to create directories.
      • KOA and KT3 owners:
        You must run the installer with your new, search bar command: ;log mrpi
        Other models covered in this thread may do the same or may run it from KUAL.

    2. Nearly all of our after-market add-ins require an application launcher.

      • Get the KUAL package from the KUAL and KUAL extensions section of:
        https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=225030
      • Beginning with version 2.6.40 of the release, the archive contains three (3) different builds of KUAL.
        The 'keyboard' version, the '(old) touchscreen' version, and the new 'KOA, KT3' version.
      • This is not a substitute for reading the README.txt file included in the archive bundle, but ...

        • KOA and KT3 owners:
          You must use the update_*.bin format package of KUAL and you must use the MrPi installer to install it.
        • Other devices:
          The archive still contains the previous 'document' style of KUAL, used by just placing the (correct) KUAL document into the /documents folder of USB storage.
          Note: The new (update_*.bin format KUAL) will run on all touchscreen devices running firmware 5.1.2 or newer.

      • "Nearly all applications require an application launcher" - I was expecting someone to ask . . . .
        KUAL is one of the applications that does not required an application launcher.
        It has a mime type associated with it that tells the system how to run it, when it is selected.

[ 1455 replies ]


Wed July 20 2016

August 2016 Book Club Nominations

01:02 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

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

The nominations will run through midnight EST July 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 August is: Thriller, Suspense, & Crime.

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) All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Goodreads | Amazon US / Kobo US / Overdrive / Overdrive Audio
Print Length: 384 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women — a decade apart — told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards — Day 15 to Day 1 — from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

(2) Carved in Bone (Body Farm Book 1) by Jefferson Bass
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Kobo US / Overdrive
Print Length: 416 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

On the campus of the University of Tennessee lies a patch of ground unlike any in the world. The "Body Farm" is a place where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored -- for the sake of science and the cause of justice. The scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now, in this heart-stopping novel, he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

A woman's corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave's chemistry into a near-perfect mummy -- one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton. Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems.

The surreal setting is Cooke County, a remote mountain community that's clannish, insular, and distrustful of outsiders. The heartbreaking discovery of the young woman's corpse reopens old wounds and rekindles feuds dating back decades. The county's powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton's investigation altogether. So do Brockton's other nemeses: his lingering guilt over the death of his wife, and the fury of a medical examiner whom Brockton dares to oppose in court.

Carved in Bone is a richly atmospheric, superbly suspenseful, and magnificently rendered trip into the world of forensic science, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and the dark passageways of the human psyche. Full of vivid characters and startling twists and turns, this thrilling novel heralds the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction -- and an unforgettable work from the hand of a scientific legend.

(3) The Boy In The Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis
Goodreads | Amazon Au / Amazon Ca / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US / Overdrive
Print Length: 321 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

(4) Fast One by Paul Cain
Goodreads | Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US
Print Length: 211 pages

Spoiler:
This was Cain's only novel. He is considered by some to be the most hard-boiled of writers.

“In the matter of grim hardness Dashiell [Hammett] paused on the threshold. Paul [Cain] went all the way.” —Captain Joe Shaw, editor of Black Mask during its golden era

“[Fast One represents] some kind of high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner.” —Raymond Chandler, author, The Big Sleep

I]From Goodreads:[/I]

Billed as "the most hard-boiled novel of the 1930s" and featuring one of the most brutal finales in crime fiction history, some say this lost 1933 masterpiece took hard-boiled crime writing too far. In the last days of Prohibition and the first days of the Depression, East Coast crime bosses are vying for control of Los Angeles. Caught in the middle of the intrigue is Gerry Kells, a former New York enforcer now living a life of ease on the West coast. As the fiercely independent Kells rejects the appeals of various crime bosses who want to make use of his talents, powerful forces align against him. Being framed for a murder turns out to be the least of his troubles and as the stakes get higher, and the odds get longer, it's only Kells' nerve and toughness that keep him one step ahead of the law—and the reaper.

(5) Open Season by C.J. Box
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US
Print Length: 316 pages

Spoiler:
From Publishers Weekly:

Enthusiastic blurbs even from luminaries such as Tony Hillerman, Les Standiford and Loren Estleman can sometimes leave readers feeling as if they must have read a different book altogether. Not this time. Box's superb debut, the first in a series introducing Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, should immediately make him a contender for best first novel or even best novel awards. Young Joe is struggling to fill the shoes of his mentor, legendary Vern Dunnegan, as warden of Twelve Sleep County, and trying to support his wife and growing family on the meager salary he makes. The hours are long, the work hard but satisfying, and Joe's honesty and integrity would pay off if he could avoid "bonehead moves" like ticketing the governor of the state for fishing without a license, for instance, or allowing a poacher to grab Joe's firearm from him. When that very same poacher turns up dead and bloodied in Joe's woodpile with only a cooler containing unidentified animal scat, his life, livelihood and family will never be the same. Upping the excitement are a couple of murders, local political and bureaucratic intrigue, a high-stakes pipeline scheme and an endangered species that Joe's eldest daughter "discovers." No one has done a better job of portraying the odd combination of hardy and foolhardy folk that make their homes in Wyoming's wilderness areas, or of describing the dichotomy between those who want to develop the area and those who want to preserve it. Without resorting to simplistic blacks and whites, Box fuses ecological themes, vibrant descriptions of Wyoming's wonders and peculiarities, and fully fleshed characters into a debut of riveting tensions. Meet Joe Pickett: he's going to be a mystery star.

(6) Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Kobo US / Overdrive / Overdrive Audio
Print Length: 336 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

This critically acclaimed, explosive thriller is a book only prosecutor Linda Fairstein could write. Patricia Cornwall knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. Now that world comes vividly to life in a brilliant debut novel of shocking realism, powerful insight, and searing suspense.

Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor, awakens one morning to shocking news: a tabloid headline announcing her own brutal murder. But the actual victim was Isabella Lascar, the Hollywood film star who sought refuge at Alex's Martha's Vineyard retreat. Was Isabella targeted by a stalker or -- mistaken for Alex -- was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? In an investigation that twists from the back alleys of lower Manhattan to the chic salons of the Upper East Side. Alex knows she's in final jeopardy...and time is running out. She has to get into the killer's head before the killer gets to her.

(7) The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Kobo UK/ Overdrive v1 / Overdrive v2 / Overdrive Audio v1 / Overdrive Audio v2
Print Length: 415 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, grey eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.

One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal.

(8) They Don't Dance Much by James Ross
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Kobo US
Print Length: 304 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

In this classic country noir, featuring a new introduction by Daniel Woodrell, a small town farmer takes a job at a roadhouse, where unbridled greed leads to a brutal murder

Jack McDonald is barely a farmer. Boll weevils have devoured his cotton crop, his chickens have stopped laying eggs, and everything he owns is mortgaged — even his cow. He has no money, no prospects, and nothing to do but hang around filling stations, wondering where his next drink will come from. As far as hooch goes, there's no place like Smut Milligan's, where Breath of Spring moonshine sells for a dollar a pint.

A bootlegger with an entrepreneurial spirit, Milligan has plans to open a roadhouse, and he asks Jack to run the till. The music will be hot, the liquor cheap, and the clientele rough. But the only thing stronger than Milligan's hooch is his greed, and Jack is slowly drawn into the middle of Smut's dalliances with a married woman, the machinations of corrupt town officials — and a savage act of murder.

Nominations are now closed.

[ 48 replies ]


Mon July 18 2016

Author Earnings Romance market analysis

07:07 AM by fjtorres in E-Book General | News

AUTHOR EARNING'S Data Guy just gave a presentation at the Romance Writers of America, detailing the state of the Romance book market in 2016:

http://authorearnings.com/2016-rwa-pan-presentation/

The charts are downloadable and mostly self explanatory.
He thoroughly dissects the results of different strategies for title length, pricing, release rates, whether to participate in Kindle Unlimited, whether to set the first volume in a series free...

Interesting reading for anybody curious about how the romance cake is baked.

For everybody else, the juicy stuff lies in the general ebook market overview in the first few slides:

http://authorearnings.com/wp-content...07/Slide08.png

http://authorearnings.com/wp-content...07/Slide10.png

http://authorearnings.com/wp-content...07/Slide12.png

http://authorearnings.com/wp-content...07/Slide14.png

Points that stand out:

- Romance makes up 4.4% of the print book sales captured by Nielsen Bookscan and 45% of paid ebook sales at Amazon. Romance accounts for 235M paid ebook sales a year across Amazon, Apple, Nook, etc. Essentially, two thirds of the romance book market is invisibile to the publishing establishment because 89% of all romance books sold are in digital form.

- More generally: Kindle ebook market share is up to 74%, Apple is running at 11%, Nook 5%, Kobo 3%, Google 2%, and Other 2%. (Back in 2010, when Agency first kicked in, Amazon stood at 54% and Nook at 26%, with Sony around 10%).

Much more at the source, including the usual pretty pictures.

One point to remember: Harlequin policy through the decades was to let most of the titles they published go out of print after a couple of years and, since they considered them "played out", would routinely revert rights upon request. That practice has, of course, ended. But in the years between 2007 and 2012 a whole lot of romance writers rescued a whole lot of titles from out-of-print, typically adding new covers and re-releasing them on KDP. That means they not only brought along the titles but also their "brands" and their readers.

In short: to a very large extent, Indie ebooks becoming a mainstream business is due to romance readers. (With SF&F right behind.)

[ 78 replies ]




live view Latest Forum Activity
Thread / Thread Starter Last Post
Forum: Calibre
Today 09:31 AM
by jhowell (#31) Go to first new post
Forum: ePub
Today 09:30 AM
by fbrzvnrnd (#46) Go to first new post
Today 09:29 AM
by AZBooks (#0) Go to first new post
Forum: Book Clubs
Today 09:28 AM
by issybird (#4) Go to first new post
Today 09:24 AM
by latepaul (#22) Go to first new post
Today 09:09 AM
by DrNefario (#4187) Go to first new post
Forum: Amazon Kindle
Today 09:09 AM
by mahou (#13) Go to first new post
Forum: Plugins
Today 09:02 AM
by elibrarian (#31) Go to first new post
Forum: Kindle Fire
Today 08:59 AM
by jhowell (#1) Go to first new post
Today 08:46 AM
by meeera (#14) Go to first new post
Forum: Kobo Reader
Today 08:44 AM
by Sam Sahara (#0) Go to first new post
Forum: Lounge
Today 08:39 AM
by pdurrant (#3221) Go to first new post
Forum: Kobo Reader
Today 08:35 AM
by frostschutz (#5) Go to first new post
Forum: Onyx Boox
Today 08:34 AM
by bulek (#11) Go to first new post
Forum: Onyx Boox
Today 08:34 AM
by malaga.1979 (#2) Go to first new post
Today 08:32 AM
by pwalker8 (#5) Go to first new post
Forum: Amazon Kindle
Today 08:27 AM
by Oibgzfka (#0) Go to first new post
Forum: News
Today 08:26 AM
by pwalker8 (#322) Go to first new post
Unutterably Silly Let us Play Initials Game (DrDln)
Forum: Lounge
Today 08:23 AM
by library addict (#11379) Go to first new post
Forum: Lounge
Today 08:23 AM
by drjd (#9194) Go to first new post
Forum: Lounge
Today 08:21 AM
by drjd (#13876) Go to first new post
Forum: Lounge
Today 08:19 AM
by drjd (#23418) Go to first new post
Forum: Lounge
Today 08:17 AM
by 5thWiggleWife (#91429) Go to first new post
Today 08:07 AM
by BenG (#3462) Go to first new post
Today 07:53 AM
by BenG (#25392) Go to first new post


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:35 AM.
MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.