Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vignetta in the Red House available on Nook soon!

For the first time in it's storied history, Vignetta in the Red House will start to become available on stores other than Amazon beginning today. It was first published through the Kindle Select program in May of 2012, which allowed me access to some different revenue streams through Amazon, but required that I sell only on Amazon. Unsurprisingly, for a relatively unknown hobby publisher, the benefits of Kindle Select were kind of meh. So, as of today, Vignetta in the Red House is available from Smashwords for $4.99. Smashwords will made it available in mobi, epub and pdf formats, so you can read it on any e-reader. Vignetta in the Red House is still available from Amazon at This Link, and in softcover from Amazon at This Link. It should thereafter become available from most ebook retailers.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rock of Aeons available on Nook soon!

Rock of Aeons will start to become available on stores other than Amazon beginning today. First published on Smashwords in November of 2011, I enrolled it in the Kindle Select program in May of 2012, which allowed me access to some different revenue streams through Amazon, but required that I sell only on Amazon. Unsurprisingly, for a relatively unknown hobby publisher, the benefits of Kindle Select were kind of meh. So, as of today, Rock of Aeons is available from Smashwords for $2.99. Smashwords will made it available in mobi,epub and pdf formats, so you can read it on any e-reader. Rock of Aeons is still available from Amazon at This Link, and in softcover from Amazon at This Link. It should thereafter become available from most ebook retailers.

Vignetta in the Red House will become available through other ebook retailers next Saturday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

11 PM Book Review: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, by Eric Klinenberg

Going Solo is an exploration of demographic change in the western world. "In 1950, only 22 percent of American adults were single. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone."

Klinenberg interviews people who live alone because of inclination, divorce, the loss of a spouse, poverty, and old age. Taken together, their insights are powerful and an interesting reminder that although the culture at large considers the end game of life some version of the nuclear family, many people, through personality and circumstance, will live alone for chunks of their life, and almost everybody spends some time living alone.

In addition, he points out that many people find living alone a respite from a busy, 24/7 connected world. Klinenberg's conclusions are about how to mitigate the few ill effects of living alone, isolation and reclusiveness, especially in the poor and the elderly. He looks primarily at Sweden, which has retooled a great deal of its infrastructure to support people who live alone, from young adulthood to old age. Going Solo is an appealing look at and good overview of a topic that people will focus on more and more as this demographic shift deepens.