Kids, Kindles, and Kool

If Harry Potter taught us anything (thank you, J. K. Rowling), it let us see that kids will read. Kids also love gadgets. Put that all together and you come up with an unbeatable combination—kids’ books and Kindles.

Morris Rosenthal has put together a $0.99 reference book that lists over 1,000 FREE eBooks for kids and young adult readers. So a kid’s Kindle can be loaded up with hours of great reading at virtually no cost.

Remember the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew? The entire series of both classic works are available in eBook form at Amazon.com. Plus there is a whole range of books available from $0.99 to $3.99. If you’ve been to a book store lately, the prices of print books can easily take your breath away. For less than the price of just one hardcover book, I have a library of over 100 books already safely stored in my Kindle.

Did you ever get half way through War and Peace borrowed from the library and run up some serious past due fines because you simply forgot to renew? Won’t happen in your Kindle. I recently read The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Alan Poe at my leisure. Somehow I had never gotten around to reading Orwell’s Animal Farm until I downloaded it for FREE onto my Kindle. It included 1984 which I re-read and got chills all over (again).

Kindle is not the only format for eBooks—there’s Apple iPad, Samsung has one, Blackberry has another, plus smartphones and even your laptop have apps for downloading books. I have the Kindle app on my Samsung notebook. But I’m crazy about my Kindle—it goes wherever I go and prevents boredom in those situations where I’m forced to wait.

And for kids, what about traveling? With eBook reader in their hands, we may never again hear, “Are we there yet?” Pretty “kool,” huh?

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THE MORAL DILEMMA OF BEING A ZOMBIE

With the new revelations about what really constitutes a “zombie,” comes the question of co-existence between the “living dead” and mortal society. The constantly heard phrase, “you can’t kill a dead person,” raises the question, “what do we do with criminal zombies?”

In studying the phenomenon of the “living dead,” the research team at Morgan University uncovered the only known ways of destroying zombies—prolonged exposure to fire or water. “It’s interesting that two of the basic elements—fire and water—are the only known means of destroying these beings,” said Dr. Clifford McShane, professor of the Grosbeck Chair at Morgan.

As more and more publicity has been generated in the pulp press about zombies, hate groups are beginning to pop up all over the nation reminiscent of similar groups that have historically oppressed minority people. Nancy Palmer-McShane, associate professor of philosophy at Morgan, commented, “Our research points to the fact that when a person undergoes the transformation from mortal to zombie, their basic character does not change. Therefore, a kind and benevolent person who transforms remains kind and benevolent. The converse is that when a hardened criminal transforms, that zombie has even greater power to do mayhem in the world. They leave no evidence such as fingerprints or DNA at crime scenes. This has been an investigative nightmare leaving a lot of cases unsolved.”

For highly principled zombies, this situation presents the moral dilemma—do they take the law into their own hands and seek out these criminal elements for destruction? The novel following THE NAKED ZOMBIE tackles that problem as a group of zombies in Los Angeles become alarmed by the rising rate of unsolved crime spreading across the city and the nation.

Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves revelations

Remember back a few years ago when novelist Anne Rice liberated the vampire? The old Bella Lugosi image of the vampire had become a cliche with the same book/movie being rewritten or remade over and over again. Then came INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE that freed up the genre to be creative resulting in excitingly fresh stories like the TWILIGHT series of books by Stephenie Meyer. Thank you, Anne Rice, for making it possible; and thank you, Stephenie Meyer for taking the theme to the next level.

So now is the DAY OF THE ZOMBIE, based on characters from the recently published eBook, THE NAKED ZOMBIE, available at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/58636. Except in rare cases such as expressed in Edgar Allan Poe’s PREMATURE BURIAL, real zombies do not come crawling out of a grave. They do not look horrifying as a rule, but rather look just like the mortals they once were. As Brian (aka Basil) says in the forthcoming novel, DAY OF THE ZOMBIE, “Zombies, my friend, are those for whom the magic pinions and wizard wheels keep on turning. As to Poe’s question regarding the location of the soul, let me assure you that we have no idea.”

J Hamilton

Kindle and Other eBook Reading Devices

Did someone just hand me the keys to the library?

Imagine carrying a whole library around with you wherever you go! I just finished reading WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and I’m deep into LINCOLN LAWYER. I’ve talked to more and more young people who are reading electronic books on Kindle, iPad, iPhones, and many other devices. For anyone who has decried the modern age of electronics, take heart. The devices are stimulating more people to get back into the reading habit.

Word of Caution: If you happen to know a young person who’s reading eBooks, don’t let on that they are actually broadening their education!

Already I have a wish list of the books–some new and some classics–to put into my Kindle library. Many of the classics are in the public domain and can be downloaded for free!

Electronic Books and Paperback Dinosaurs

For all of my three score and ten years I have been an avid reader. I love the feel of a book in my hand and being able to turn the pages. Recently I broke down and bought a Kindle and my delight knows no boundaries! I get to feel something in my hand as I read and flip the pages, leave bookmarks, and build up a library that is always at my fingertips.

Let’s face it—books, like newspapers are rapidly becoming dinosaurs as more and more our culture is going digital. That means, of course, that many different platforms have come into existence recently, so even if your don’t have a Kindle, you can still download and read Amazon Kindle eBooks on your Windows PC, iPhone, Blackberry, or other devices. When paperbacks that used to sell for $4.00 to $9.00 are now priced over $20 each, it’s a (pardon the vernacular) no-brainer when you can download really good reads starting at $0.99!

While living in the Middle East, I wrote and self-published the first two books of what will soon be a trilogy—Veronica and the Cave of the Wind, and Veronica and the New World. At the time I self-published because I was so far away and much too busy to do any marketing of the books. I was aghast when I discovered my print on demand books would cost $23.99. I now have them listed in the Kindle bookshop for $3.99 and $7.99 respectively.

I plan to purchase Kindles for my grandchildren. It disturbs me that so many young people today simply do not know the joy of reading. My guess is that they will get the habit when they have something in their hands with buttons to push instead of paper pages to turn.

Obviously, the printed page is not extinct—it has merely changed its format. By the way, there are a host of classic books now in the public domain. You can get those free. Happy reading.