Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hangovers, Hangtimes, Hangouts, Hangups, Hangmen




I hope everyone had a fun-filled St. Patrick's Day, and a hangover-free morning. It's the simple things...

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How are your NCAA brackets looking? My Final Four teams are still alive... unfortunately that's about it.

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If you're looking for a friend, I recently joined Facebook. Find me here.

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A round of applause for Nancy Thompson, who recently signed a book deal.

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There's been a lot of buzz over this article from Otis Chandler, the CEO of Goodreads, on book discovery. I like Goodreads, but I'm a bit surprised at how many people are treating this like some rigorous scientific study and not a PR piece from the company's CEO. It includes phrases like:
At Goodreads, our passion and mission is helping readers discover and share books they love. In our work with publishers and authors
And:
Increasingly, publishers and authors are recognizing the importance of reaching readers directly early in the life-cycle of a book. For example, some are running giveaways on Goodreads nearly six months in advance of publication to generate pre-release buzz.
And:
Through programs like the Goodreads Author Program, authors will be able to connect with any reader any time, anywhere, instantly 
I know everyone's hungry for knowledge and data, but a little skepticism is healthy, too. At least as a starting point. Insider-worship is rarely the best path to understanding.

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Free book of the week (for the Kindle): The Winds of Khalakovo, by Bradley Beaulieau. I haven't read this one yet, but it's been on my TBR list for a while, and the price is right. Anyone read it?



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So what are you reading? How was your holiday?

6 comments:

  1. I love Goodreads for keeping track of what I'm reading and what my friends are reading. I do hear about new books that way, and sometimes I actually pick them up and read them. :)

    Right now I'm reading The Blade Itsef by Joe Abercrombie. Love his voice. He's kind of irreverent and funny, though very bloody with the sword fights too. It's very good.

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    1. I love the concept of Goodreads, though I don't yet love the useability. I'm also mixed on star ratings, especially since many seem to interpret anything less than five stars as a negative review.

      I flipped through the beginning of one of Abercrombie's books. I hope to get to it someday. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  2. I totally just bought that book. I haven't read it, but I recall Claudie reading it and liking it.

    I love Goodreads for keeping track of the books I read and all the reading challenges I do. Also, I've discovered quite a few books that way.

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    1. Let me know how it is if you get to it before I do.

      I haven't yet discovered much on Goodreads, but I probably need to enter more books.

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    2. And then there's me who has 50 bazillion books in my tbr pile. I'm pretty much set for the next couple years with my book recs.

      I didn't start out rating books, because I felt bad if I gave a book a low rating, but I wasn't going to give it 5 stars if I didn't like it. Yea.

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    3. Oh, I've got plenty to read in my TBR pile. :)

      Yeah, I suppose not rating would be an option, though that might mess with the recommendation algorithm.

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