The Cover Cafe announced that Karen Wheless had passed away due to a recurrence of her cancer. I’ve “known” Karen for many years. Maybe over a decade. She participated at the All About Romance message boards and on a private reader group that I belonged to (as did some of the DA reviewers). She was an insightful reader and had wonderful recommendations. She went on to be huge part of the Cover Contests at the Cover Cafe. Karen really loved the CoverCafe and would email me whenever the contest geared up each year.
I was gutted when I read the news. RIP, Karen.
Amazon versus your public library – This presents a kind of Sophie’s Choice for traditional publishers. One financial analyst suggests that an increase in availability of digital books from libraries will soften Amazon’s dominance in digital book market because ebook readers won’t buy if they can get the book for free. Maybe that is why Amazon is partnering with Overdrive, the largest platform to deliver digital books to the library.Fortune Tech
Amazon Launches New Page in the Kindle Store for Refurb Kindles – A reader of Nate the Great’s tipped him to a nice little page where refurbished Kindles are being sold. The great thing about refurbs, other than the price, is that they come with the same warranty as a new Kindle and, of course, the same customer service. The Digital Reader
All My Exes Live in Texts: Why the Social Media Generation Never Really Breaks Up – If you are dating now, I am so sorry because being hooked up constantly to your exes whereabouts would drive me nuts. This article discusses how you are constantly being forced to remember your exes by facebook posts, texts, snapchats, and instagrams. I was worried about the guy who sent a snapchat friend request at 2 am of his wedding night. That does not bode well for the marriage. It got me thinking about books and the integration of facebook, twitter, texts and the like. I enjoy a cute email and text exchange. I also don’t mind when people Google each other. But when they start using other forms of social media, it seems a little too real. Or something. The Cut
Chuck Feeney: The Billionaire Who Is Trying To Go Broke – Forbes – Chuck Feeney wanted to give his fortune away while he was living and not because he wanted fame but because, in his own words, “I’m happy when what I’m doing is helping people and unhappy when what I’m doing isn’t helping people.” Feeney has given away $6.2 billion and is now worth “only” about $2 million.
What Feeney does is give big money to big problems–whether bringing peace to Northern Ireland, modernizing Vietnam’s health care system or seeding $350 million to turn New York‘s long-neglected Roosevelt Island into a technology hub. He’s not waiting to grant gifts after he’s gone nor to set up a legacy fund that annually tosses pennies at a $10 problem. He hunts for causes where he can have dramatic impact and goes all-in. “Chuck Feeney is a remarkable role model,” Bill Gates tells FORBES, “and the ultimate example of giving while living.”Forbes
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