Digital Books are Changing Our Lives and Borrowing Kindle Books from your Local Library…

The Denver Post has a great article on the 10 ways that digital books are changing our literary lives. Most of it is about the ability of digital readers to connect with one another and immediately share their thoughts about books.

I was sad to see that Romantic Suspense author Beverly Barton passed away. She is the author of 58 books from Harlequin and you can find out more information about her books here.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books posted a list of Victorian Novels they recommend and by Victorian Novels they mean novels written during that time period, not set in that time period. The best part is they are all available to read free online because they part of the public domain. More books to add to my TBR pile.

As many of you know, I am a Kindle owner. I LOVE my Kindle and have found some amazing authors through the free books they give away. One of the places I find great free or cheap Kindle reads is Pixel of Ink. I am excited to share that Pixel of Ink has launched Inspired Reads where they will post free or discounted Christian fiction Kindle books.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen celebrated its 200 Year Anniversary this year. In honor I am going to watch the BBC version of the film (like I really need an excuse to rewatch this great film)!

A new site has been launched from the creators of Tor.com and HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, Criminal Element.com. A publisher neutral site dedicated to discussing Thrillers, Mysteries, and Crime novels in all their forms.

Heroes and Heartbreakers has posted about what to read when you hate vampires. I know that there are those readers out there who are tired of the vampires so this is the post for you. ūüôā

Penguin has launched Book Country, a site where you can read, review and interact with authors and other readers. At the Book Bloggers & Publishers Online Conference that I recently attended I got to hear one of the publicist from Penguin describe the website, if you are interested in being a part of the book writing process this is the site for you.

Amazon has announced it will launch a Kindle Lending Library to allow readers to borrow books from their local libraries and read them on their Kindles. About time!

Giveaways:

Read Me Bookmark Me is giving away a large selection of YA novels, contest ends May 5th.

The Story Siren is celebrating her 1 Millionth visitor by giving away six advance reader copies of books, contest ends May 6th.

Mundie Moms is giving away two signed give aways, contest ends May 24th.

Carina Press at Here Be Dragons is celebrating all things Steampunk by having a give away all week.

Romantic Crush Junkies is giving away three copies of Joanne Kennedy’s Cowboy Fever, contest ends May 1st.

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Free Reads:

Lori Foster has posted an excerpt from When You Dare.

Madeline Hunter has posted an excerpt from Dangerous in Diamonds.

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Finally, they have released the trailer for The Help, I am excited to see this when it comes out in August.

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