What’s wrong with getting an eBook for nothing?

Whenever you download and read a free eBook, you should write a review. That’s what I do. Any time I’ve read a free eBook, I post a review on here and on Goodreads (and I should on Amazon). In the future, if they have the book available in print through Createspace, I do plan to buy it. I’m a book collector, and I love my books.

When I publish my books, I will likely set a reasonable price, say around $3.99, which is pretty common. Will I do free promotional giveaways? Unlikely. I’ll do promotional discounts, though. Most likely about $0.99 for a limited time. From what I’ve read, free eBooks usually aren’t read, but people who see a cheap deal and pay for it, will likely read it and quite possibly leave a review. At least that’s what I would hope.

Anyway, read the full post and comment there.

Have We Had Help?

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Everything, that’s what!!!

The fact that today’s readers of eBooks demand it must be free or on offer as part of an all you can read for x number of dollars per month package deal, is just so wrong!

Face it people, when you go to your supermarket to get your groceries, or to any other retail outlet you care to name, do you get what you want for nothing? No of course not. So why should you expect to get a book for free? I’ve heard some people claim it should be free because an eBook isn’t a real book, only an electronic file. Good grief morons, try engaging your brains for once in your lives! These same idiots argue that they should be able to download their favourite music for free as well. I have just two words on that subject – Taylor Swift!!!

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Hyperion, The Expanse, and More Coming to TV!

So, it appears that there are four science fiction novels that are becoming TV series! Two are coming this December on SyFy, while the other two are in development. And I have to say that one of these has me excited.

Already, we have Game of Thrones and The Shannara Chronicles being made for TV in the fantasy genre. I am incredibly excited to see Shannara. I’ve already read the books, so I have no problem watching it.

The two shows coming out in December are based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series. I’m very interested in The Expanse, but I really need to read the books first. I don’t watch movies and TV series I haven’t read the books for yet. Don’t ask me why. I’m just like that.

The shows that SyFy is currently developing also have me interested. First is Frederick Pohl’s Gateway, which I have not read, but am interested in reading. It’s a Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel. The other is Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. That has me extremely excited. I loved the series, and I really would like to see how it’s done. It’s a very violent series filled with sex and graphic deaths, so I really wonder what they’ll do.

Unfortunately, I could not watch the trailers for Childhood’s End and The Expanse, because SyFy has made them unavailable to be viewed in Japan. Not happy about that, but it may be a copyright issue. I won’t link to any other videos, since they’d probably be promptly taken down after a DMCA takedown notice.

What are you looking forward to seeing?

A Year of Commentition: A Retrospective

On August 12, 2014, I started this little thing called Commentition, where I looked at my top six commenters and checked out their latest blog post. Well, it’s been a year since I did that, and I have now done it thirteen times. So, I thought I’d take a look back at the top six for each month and do a new ranking: the number of times they’ve been in the top six. And I’ll check out their latest posts, too. Let’s look at each month.

August 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Winter Bayne
  3. Tracey Lynn Tobin
  4. Linda G. Hill
  5. Tara Southwell
  6. H. Anthe Davis

September 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Winter Bayne
  4. Peggy
  5. thepaperbutterfly
  6. Caren Rich

October 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Peggy
  4. Winter Bayne
  5. thepaperbutterfly
  6. Caren Rich

November 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Peggy
  4. H. Anthe Davis
  5. Caren Rich
  6. thepaperbutterfly

December 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Peggy
  4. H. Anthe Davis
  5. D. T. Nova

January 2015

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. H. Anthe Davis
  4. D. T. Nova
  5. Thomas Weaver
  6. Peggy

February 2015

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. H. Anthe Davis
  4. Thomas Weaver
  5. D. T. Nova
  6. Caren Rich

March 2015

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. stomperdad
  3. H. Anthe Davis
  4. Linda G. Hill
  5. Thomas Weaver
  6. Caren Rich

April 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. S. R. Carrillo
  3. Thomas Weaver
  4. Linda G. Hill
  5. Tracey Lynn Tobin
  6. H. Anthe Davis

May 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. Thomas Weaver
  3. S. R. Carrillo
  4. H. Anthe Davis
  5. SD Gates
  6. Joanne Corey

June 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. Joanne Corey
  3. Thomas Weaver
  4. SD Gates
  5. H. Anthe Davis
  6. miusho

July 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. Joanne Corey
  3. S. R. Carrillo
  4. Thomas Weaver
  5. H. Anthe Davis
  6. Tracey Lynn Tobin

August 2015

  1. Joanne Corey
  2. stomperdad
  3. S. R. Carrillo
  4. Thomas Weaver
  5. H. Anthe Davis
  6. Tracey Lynn Tobin

So, here is the ranking for most times appearing in the top six. Maximum possible is 13 times.

  1. S. R. Carrillo with 12 times. Latest blog post: Return
  2. H. Anthe Davis with 11 times. Latest blog post: Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment. Published!
  3. Linda G. Hill with 9 times. Latest blog post: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS August 15/15
  4. Thomas Weaver with 8 times. Latest blog post: Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment. Published!
  5. stomperdad with 6 times. Latest blog post: Our Triumphant Travels (Days 1, 2, and 3)
  6. Peggy with 5 times. Latest blog post: Evening Walk Interrupted
  7. Caren Rich with 5 times. Latest blog post: Summer in the South
  8. Tracey Lynn Tobin with 4 times. Latest blog post: Night Terrors
  9. Joanne Corey with 4 times. Latest blog post: How many read your blog today?
  10. Winter Bayne with 3 times. Latest blog post: The Dragon Tempest
  11. thepaperbutterfly with 3 times. Latest blog post: Poetry: “Remembrance of You”
  12. D. T. Nova with 3 times. Latest blog post: Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment. Published!
  13. SD Gates with 2 times. Latest blog post: Entourage
  14. Tara Southwell with 1 time. Latest blog post: What Will You Write? 6
  15. miusho with 1 time. Latest blog post: Weekly recap (27/07 – 02/08/2015)

To all of you who made the list, thank you for commenting over the past year. You’ve all been wonderful! I’ll try this again next August.

For those of you who are reading this and notice a few of the latest posts happen to be the same title as my second most previous post, well, they’re reblogs of that. Go to their blogs anyway and check them out!