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Google Doodle Ada Lovelace

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Mikaela
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 04:55:10

    I love the idea of QR codes to download samples. In fact, I wish that bookstores tested it. I personally would love to be able to wander around in my local bookstore and download samples of intresting books. Another option would be for any book I added to my wishlist, a sample downloaded to my phone/tablet/e-reader.

    ( Actually, I would love if swedish e-book stores started to use samples in the first place. But that’s another discussion entirely.)

  2. Ashley
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 08:11:00


    I like the idea of QR codes at bookstores too. I already like that I can scan the bar code of a book using the GR Android app. I can add it to my “to read” list if I can’t afford to buy it right then and I can read some reviews of it to see if it’s worth reading at all. If I could scan a QR code to actually read a bit of a book, that would be even better.

  3. Lynnd
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 09:01:52

    The QR code idea for bookstores is a great idea and not just to get samples. Wouldn’t it be great if we could go into our local bookstore and browse around and either buy the print copy or download the book right there. This could be a real boost for independent bookstores if they are open-minded enough to adapt the technology.

  4. Evangeline
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:00:05

    re: QR codes for book samples–Didn’t B&N already do something along these lines when they debuted the Nook? That you could bring your device to a store and use their wifi to read/sample any book you liked from the Nook catalogue. Is that still in place?

  5. Helen
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:22:33

    Yes! You can still read samples on the nook anytime/anywhere, and you can also read a large chunk of a book if you wish in store. I often wander around the store downloading samples of books I see.

  6. BrandyJ.
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 15:46:58

    Is it naive of me to wish that libraries could use QR codes as well?

  7. LG
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 16:14:21

    @BrandyJ.: Lots of libraries do use QR codes. The tough part is figuring out how to use them, and in what way. I seem to remember reading about a library that put (or was planning to put?) QR codes on their DVD boxes that would link to trailers for those movies. The library I work at has been experimenting with QR codes a little, too.

  8. sarah Mayberry
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 20:06:26

    That academic sock puppet story is amazing. The bit at the end where the convicted puppeteer wonders if he’ll go insane in prison…dude, you are already there, having devoted years of your life to creating fictional people to defend your father’s reputation. A psychologist would have a field day with his daddy complex.

  9. hapax
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:01:14

    Catching up late, but to be scrupulously honest, I did not send the link about sock-puppeting, but another one.

    However, this story is indeed amazing. I continue to be flabbergasted at the people who somehow think that if they do something online, it doesn’t count as “real”.

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