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For all of you who need an excuse to buy a book–it’s Read an eBook Week! That means I need a new one, right? I shouldn’t merely read one of the ones I already own, right? (And my husband rolls his eyes.)

Okay, who’s thinking, “But I don’t like eBooks, Carrie!”

Yeah, I know some of you are not fond of them. In some situations, I prefer print books too. Truthfully, when I’m folding the laundry, I prefer audiobooks.

But I just returned from a week-long vacation. A much-needed rest away from all email and social media and text messages. Sigh of contentment. And let me tell you something. My eReader made the dozen books I took with me a dream. One trim little device versus twelve 250-400 page books. Yeah. eBooks have their place too.

The Origins of Read an eBook Week

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. ~Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur

As you may suspect, this week was created by an author. A writer from Canada, more specifically. She wanted an easier way to get books into reader’s hands. But in 2004, ebooks were new creatures. Not everyone knew about them, much less wanted them.

So she started a movement.

eBook Benefits

The convenience of carrying ebooks is one of the obvious focuses of this week. While you may prefer print books (I get it! I do!), no one can argue against the difference in weight between a stack of paperbacks versus an eReading device. Or the space they take up in backpacks and luggage. Or the grace with which some of us can carry said books.

The free apps many of the devices offer add to the convenience factor. If I unexpectedly get stuck in a line, I pull out my phone, select the app, and pull up whatever book I was reading, blessedly synced to the last place I left it on my Kindle.

Another advantage is for those who struggle with eye issues. I have vitreous detachment, which basically means I get annoying, and sometimes very large, floaters. Which means sometimes it’s easier to see than other times. On my Kindle, I just increase or decrease the font size depending upon how my eyes are functioning at the moment.

It’s also quite nice to bump the font size up a size or two when I’m walking on the treadmill and things aren’t as steady as they are when I’m lounging on the couch.

Celebrating Read an eBook Week

Besides actually reading an eBook this week, you can celebrate in other ways.

  1. Check out the Facebook Group by clicking here. There you can learn about all kinds of books that are free or deeply discounted in celebration and grab some great ePosters to share on your own timeline.
  2. Check out your favorite publisher’s websites! Many of them participate in Read an eBook Week by offering sales.
  3. By the same token, look for deals by checking out your favorite authors on Amazon or other book retailers.
  4. Check out BookBub’s eBook deals. They post discounted books on a daily basis and will email you deals for authors you follow or books on your wishlist!
  5. And of course, authors want readers to know that the best way to say thank you for an enjoyable book is to leave a review and tell your friends!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. ~Socrates, classical Greek philosopher

With all that said, while I thank you for reading all the way to the end of this post . . . go read an eBook!

 

Read More

Okay, you know I can’t tell you about deals other authors are running, encourage you to go read an eBook, and then not offer you something myself. So, all those friends who you want to try my books, here’s your opportunity. Crossing Values is FREE this week. Monday through Friday only.

Crossing Values

Crossing ValuesShe avoids relationships, but this family challenges her view of God.

For years, Amber traipsed around the Northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refuses to let anyone get close to her, protecting herself from the pain that relationships bring. As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, though, she decides to take a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.

But is this family genuine?

Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. The adults love to spend time with each other and dote on the little ones. Even more mysterious, the parents treat the married spouses like their own children and carefully keep watch on employees and friends.

Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, Amber watches for cracks in the façade. Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.

Or could she be wrong? Could this family hold the key to what she’s seeking?

 

THE FINE PRINT: The federal government is concerned about businesses getting money from you without you knowing it. So, the Federal Trade Commission dictates that I must tell you when you are giving me any money. Additionally, my agreement with Amazon states that I must specifically tell you, “As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.” 

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