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Posts Tagged ‘Charles Dickens’

What’s Your Favorite App, Margaret Atwood?

What’s Your Favorite App, Margaret Atwood?

MA: Wattpad. Wattpad allows people to read and write on their phone, and on tablets and computers. It is free. It is of particular interest to kids who don’t have credit cards or people in developing countries, or to young writers who may not want their peer group to read their seedy romances. On Wattpad, they can call themselves ‘Flames of Steel,’ and release it to an audience of readers. It builds out access to reading and writing.

It is not a market for writers, but it is an entry way for writers. A couple of their writers have gone on to get contracts with publishers. It’s in 25 languages and a number of those are in parts of the world that are not going to have those things that we take for granted, such as bookstores and libraries.  Read more

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New “Literary Studio” Is Trying To Raise $30k On Kickstarter For Serial eBooks

Plympton, a new company that describes itself as a “new literary studio creating compelling, serialized stories for the future of reading,” is trying to raise $30,000 using Kickstarter to fund its mission.

The San Francisco-based startup’s idea is to foster an environment in which authors can write installments of serialized digital stories that can be delivered directly to a reader’s device. Think of it like a new episode every other week or once a month, that features the same characters as their story evolves. It’s like works by Madame Bovary and Charles Dickens or in today’s terms like new episodes of Mad Men or Breaking Bad for eBooks, or for traditionalists its like . Installments can range between 7,000 and 25,000 words, so its short easy digestible reading in between each delivery timeframe. Each of their current works is comprised of between four and six installments, making the whole work about the length of a full book. Read more

The Chimes Is Today’s Free eBook

Today’s Free eBook of the Day is The Chimes by Charles Dickens.

The book is a short novel from Dickens’ series of Christmas books, which includes A Christmas Carol. Here is an excerpt: “The Chimes rang half-past twelve while she was thus engaged; and when they ceased she heard a gentle knocking at the door.  Before she could so much as wonder who was there, at that unusual hour, it opened. O Youth and Beauty, happy as ye should be, look at this.  O Youth and Beauty, blest and blessing all within your reach, and working out the ends of your Beneficent Creator, look at this!”

Google Books has the free download.

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“A Christmas Carol” Is Free eBook Of The Day

The holiday season is here, and today’s Free eBook of the Day was chosen to get you in the mood. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the Free eBook today.

It’s worth revisiting this classic tale once a season. Here is an excerpt: “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.”

Project Gutenberg has the free download.

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