Store Review: Sony Reader Store

Recently I was approached to review the Sony Reader Store. It’s quite clear from content on BA that I don’t normally review stores, but I thought I’d give it a go. Us bookworms need to know where to buy books and what stores are worth visiting, even more so when it comes to eBooks. Right?

First Impressions

Sony Reader Store AU HomepagePersonally I love simple, but eye-catching, websites with easy-to-navigate menus. As soon as more than needed visual displays and options are present, I want to switch to another website.

My most important first impression of the Sony Reader store was not being overwhelmed. Instead I felt a sense of relief at finding easy-to-navigate tabs for the menu, the search bar right up front, and the rotating banner. Continue reading

BAsPC: When You Can’t Be Bothered

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here. Continue reading

BAsPC: Print Vs Digital

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here. Continue reading

Escape Publishing: Aussie Authors Go Digital

Recently, Harlequin Australia launched their new digital imprint; Escape Publishing. Today I have Kate from Escape Publishing here to share the news and to tell us all a little bit about Harlequin Australia’s new venture.

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Thanks so much for inviting me to Bookish Ardour! I loved your recent post about Dead Until Dark – I had exactly the opposite reaction. I read the books, then watched True Blood and was all, ‘what is this crap? What did they do to Sookie?’ I’m still suspicious of people who like the TV show better than the books. Do you buy Anna Paquin as a blonde?

What? What was that? Escape Publishing? Oh right!

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Review + Giveaway: Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece by Aliya Anjum

Today kick starts our first BA Mini Event here at Bookish Ardour with…

From today until the 23rd you’ll be able to read reviews of books by author Aliya Anjum, with guest posts, an interview, and we finish it all off with an eBook giveaway! Don’t forget to check back each day for all the posts included in this mini event. Continue reading

Fun Fridays: Eau de… Books?

If you’re an ebook reader you would have noticed something that’s missing, that lovely aroma of a new book wafting to your nose each time you turn a page. Well never fear for smell of books is here!

It’s not real, but it’s ok if I had you going there. I came across this website while browsing around online, Smell of Books.com. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of book lovers love the smell of books, both new and old, and ebooks definitely don’t have that. It’s one of the first things I noticed when I first used my eReader, but it doesn’t take long to get over.

I do love their blurb though and they even have other ones – Classic Musty Smell, Crunchy Bacon Scent, Eau You Have Cats, and Scent of Sensibility. I like how they top it off with the warning page.

The thing is, even though I think this is hilarious, I also kind of wish there was such a spray for me to buy and spray it around my house!

I do love that book smell…

Writing on Wednesday: Publishing in Digital vs Paper

Sorry this is a little later in the day. I’m not going to be posting an answer just yet, I’ll come back and fill it out later, but I thought rather than waiting for me to do a whole post I’d post the question for anyone who wants to answer it.

I’m also working out a schedule so I can check out blogs and answer comments. Yes, that’s right! A schedule for commenting! Crazy huh?

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or you can just write as a hobby.

All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple! Please remember to leave a proper comment, and not just an I was here one. Thanks!

This Week’s Question: The way people consume their entertainment has been changing rapidly and the writing industry hasn’t been left out; with the steady increase of the digital industry and popularity of ebooks how do you feel about publishing in a digital format compared to a paper format? Are you against it? Unsure of it? Ready to accept it? Have completely embraced it? Continue reading