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A Bronxville Valentine to my eReader

In honor of Valentine's Day, a Bronxville writer tells us what she loves about her electronic reader and also provides some Web links that PATCH readers may find useful.

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

You're one in a million,

But I can't be totally true.

You see, I love electronic books. But I don't want to completely break away from print books. That annoys my electronic reader (she's a little jealous of print books), but she'll just have to live with it.

It was love at first sight when Katie, my Kindle, arrived on Feb. 27, 2009. She's changed my life forever. For the better. Lots of late nights -- reading and also searching for bargain and/or free books. By the way, I've found that freebooksifter.com is the best place to hunt for free Kindle books. What I like about this website is the ability to sort through all the freebies (using the categories on the left side of the page) and quickly get down to what interests you. Live links to Amazon are provided.

Katie, my Kindle, is terrific in so many ways. She's even inspired me to write some stories about electronic readers. The latest, "The Meddlesome Mensch," is published at Kings River Life Magazine. It's a tale of an electronic reader who comes to the rescue of his owner just in the nick of time. Whew!

Katie also encouraged me to find a digital publisher, Untreed Reads, "Digital Reads for a Worldwide Audience." My stories published by them are available at just about any place where ebooks are sold, including Amazon, B&N and Apple’s iBookstore. Or they can be read in the digital collection of the Westchester Library System.

And this week, because of my interest in Katie and electronic books, I've landed a radio gig as a guest on Blog Talk Radio. On Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m, I'll be on "Westchester on the Level."  The show is also archived, and the podcast usually goes up a few hours after the completion of the show. I'll be talking with host Hezi Aris about LOVE of print books vs. LOVE of electronic books. Also, I plan to tell listeners about a story of mine, "The Jurors Who Knew Too Much," that will soon be published by Untreed Reads. I hope it will be a fun hour.

Oh, and you may want to check out my latest spoof, “Richard III: Even Non-Brits Want Him,” which appears on a British website.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Dahli Gray February 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I am a fan. Gail continues to inspire me. I recently purchased my first Kindle motivated by the opportunity to read a number of Gail's short stories. I wonder how I got along without my Kindle. I still go to the local library to borrow print books, but Gail has changed my reading life for the better. I love having the choice of electronic and print. I loved reading this Bronxvill Valentine to her eReader. I look forward to reading more written by Gail Farrelly.
Lise Horton February 12, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I, too, after a lifetime of frenzied book acquisition, purchased an e-reader (not a Kindle, however). I enjoy it and purchased it in particular for the digital shorts - books that are not ever going to be available in print - though I later was seduced by all manner of books that are available in print. I think it is a definite boon, will encourage new readers, and while we are all in a bit of a curfluffle in the pbulsihing industry these days as business models change, as bookstores close, and publishers merge, I think we'll come out of it with both types of books, lots of new great stories, and a brave new publishing world for us all to take advantage of! Thanks for sharing. Best to Katie.
Gail Farrelly February 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
If you're interested in listening to the radio show discussed in this post, go to this link: http://is.gd/uIpoua. It's the radio show link given above. Then scroll down and access Feb. 14 on-demand episode. Thanks.

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