Good Reading : November 2010
your say We have a great prize for all letter writers whose letter is published on this page: a wonderfully useful and stylish book light! The MightyBright XtraFlex 2 LED Booklight has two LED lights on one head (you can use one or both) on a flexible arm, and it sells for an rrp of $25.00. The manufacturer, Arnott’s of Australia (whose subtitle is ‘Not the biscuit co’), says the globes will never need replacing. Don’t forget, every letter published in the magazine will win its writer a book light! So send us your views, news, opinions and yes, gripes, and if your letter is published Arnott’s will send you one of their great book lights. Hello Rowena I have just started my subscription with the September issue after reading a few of the previous issues of gr from our local library. It's an excellent magazine and I'll be looking forward to it each month. I thought the interview with Garry McDonald was great. In the interview Gar ry mentions that he wanted to purchase a Kindle but Amazon would not ship one to Australia. From around February/March this year, Amazon started selling the Kindle in over 100 countries, including Australia. I had been investigating e-book readers for quite some time and was wondering why we were so far behind on these. I bought a Kindle 2 in March and I now have a Kindle 3. I do not work for Amazon but I just cannot put into words how tremendous the Kindle is. I cur rently have more than 1500 books on my Kindle 2, which I am moving to my Kindle 3 before I present the older one to someone else. The capacity of the Kindle 2 is around 1500 books, but now the Kindle 3 can go to 3500 books! I can hear everyone saying, 'But who could read that many books?' Cor rect. But a lot of my books are references and the extra space on the Kindle also allows for audio books or music. The cur rent price for the Kindle 3 with Wi-Fi and free 3G network use is US$189. The e-books can be purchased from a number of suppliers (Amazon being the major one) and a great many free books are available. This raises another item that appeared in the September issue: 'Paperback vs e-book'. I don't know how the Nielsen Norman Group arrived at their conclusions [that people read e-books more slowly than print books] but I'm guessing that they based these findings on a small group in Siberia. After being involved with e-reader groups around the world for many months I can say that my experience is exactly the opposite. People are saying how much faster they are getting through books on e-readers. Pages are tur ned with an e-reader in one hand using one finger. The devices using e-ink, such as the Kindle, are certainly no reminder of a computer screen (and I work in front of one all day). They have so many features, such as bookmarks, an in-built dictionary of your choice and the ability (with most books) to have the Kindle read aloud to you. It also has fonts in different sizes, which is great for anyone with vision impair ment. I think that print books will still be around for a long while and books such as coffee table books will be with us forever -- they would certainly not be as impressive in electronic for m! Regards John Mitchell, Gold Coast Qld Bestselling author and feature writer Maggie Alderson is loved equally for her novels such as Cents and Sensibility and her fantastic fashion advice. Her latest novel Shall We Dance? is an entertaining story about Loulou Landers, London’s Queen of Vintage Fashion who is faced with the challenges of a daughter who is falling off the rails and the possibility of falling for a man half her age. To celebrate the release of Shall We Dance?, Penguin Books and gr are offering a book club the chance to have Maggie attend your meeting via phone. Each member of the winning book club will receive a copy of Shall We Dance? to read before the meeting. The person who submits the entry will also receive a copy of all of Maggie’s previous books plus a special gift chosen by Maggie as a must- have fashion accessory for the season. To enter this competition, tell us in 20 words or less about your favourite fashion accessory. Write your answer, name and contact details (including your phone number) on the back of an envelope and send to ‘Maggie Alderson Comp’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com .au. TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to residents of Australia only. 4. Entries must be made between 1/11/10 and 30/11/10 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draw will take place on 1/12/2010. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. Any cancellations or changes made by the publisher or author are not the responsibility of the promoter. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9. Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners' names will be on the Good Reading website during December 2010. Maggie Alderson at your book club!
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