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Now available from a library near you..

Now available from a library near you..

When I was looking for publishers to submit The Lazarus Experiment to back in February 2011, one group – my eventual publisher – Books to Go Now, were modestly distributing from their own website and through amazon. Like about a thousand other ultra small indy publishers in the digital space. But the little Seattle company that could was enthusiastic, did a brilliant job on editing The Lazarus Experiment with me and giving it a much needed bit of polish after its stint as a weekly serial on Tuesdayserial.com and loftily pledged to it’s authors that they were chasing new markets and avenues for distributing our stories to readers. First came Barnes and Noble’s Nook, then the Germans got some Kindle goodness, and at the end of May I was delighted to find The Lazarus Experiment discreetly distributed to that most English of book/stationary stores WH Smith. I couldn’t tell you how more pleased I was to be available from a high street store than just electronic companies up in the ether. Whether anybody actually shops at WH Smith’s website for ebooks I couldn’t say – but they should, particularly for The Lazarus Experiment which is discounted quite heavily at the moment.

One of the areas Books to Go Now were very keen on pushing was getting a foothold in the library system. I confess to not paying much attention to their notices about attending relevant conferences – I had enough on my plate in my ‘other’ life – but as promised, in my mailbox on Thursday night was an announcement that Books to Go Now had placed a catalogue of stories onto the OverDrive digital distribution system.

OverDrive has been at the digital distribution game for a while. They opened their harddrives in 1986 for petes sake. The days of tiny capacity floppy disks and the very start of the CD Rom generation. To say they have cred is an understatement and today they have an archive of more than 500,000 titles from more than 1,000 publishers available to the thousands of public libraries, colleges, schools and retailers that depend on OverDrive for their know-how.

I am understandably delighted to be part of this wave of Books to Go Now titles that are now available. This now means that if you want to read The Lazarus Experiment or another title from Books to Go Now simply pop down to your local library and request it – the ebook can be downloaded over their systems to mobile phone apps, ipods, ereaders and computers. If you request it, let us know here at christophermichaelbell.com so we can rightly worship you for your awesomeness. And that review you know you will write once you’ve read the ebook!

The full list of Books to Go Now titles on OverDrive library systems;

Elsati’s Reward
The Vampire Tree
The Lazarus Experiment
The Mad Scientist
Martian Rebirth
One More Night to Kill
Beacon of the Night
A Perfect Opportunity
A Look of Love.
Anita’s Menage
Auld Lang Sigh
Born Free
Desert Dreams
Heart of Deception
Heroes Live Forever
I Am Pain
The Great 1000

Use OverDrive Search to find a library near you with their system, Costs nothing to request!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Publishing

 

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A World Book Night In

WBN SUPPORTEROn Saturday, 5th March 2011, two days after World Book Day a new event has been added to book loving calendars worldwide. This is World Book Night – the biggest celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted. A night in which 1,000,000 books will be given away by readers just like you to encourage people to pick up and start reading.

I think this is a genuinely lovely campaign as the drive to get people reading shouldn’t be focused on children alone. Just think almost 1 in every 60 people in the country will be given the opportunity of reading some of the best literature around. The books can be donated by ‘givers’ to individuals, groups, libraries etc.

As well as giving books away, the campaign is providing information on accessing local libraries and reading groups and promoting such a worthy aim is always good.

The 25 books being given away this year are;

Kate Atkinson – Case Histories (Black Swan)

Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin (Virago)

Alan Bennett – A Life Like Other People’s (Faber/Profile)

John Le Carré – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Penguin)

Lee Child – Killing Floor (Bantam)

Carol Ann Duffy – The World’s Wife (Picador)

Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage)

Seamus Heaney – Selected Poems (Faber)

Marian Keyes – Rachel’s Holiday (Penguin/Poolbeg)

Mohsin Hamid – The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Penguin)

Ben Macintyre – Agent Zigzag (Bloomsbury)

Gabriel García Márquez – Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin)

Yann Martel – Life of Pi (Canongate)

Alexander Masters – Stuart: A Life Backwards (Fourth Estate)

Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance (Faber)

David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas (Sceptre)

Toni Morrison – Beloved (Vintage)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun (Fourth Estate)

David Nicholls – One Day (Hodder)

Philip Pullman – Northern Lights (Scholastic)

Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front (Vintage)

C.J. Sansom – Dissolution (Pan)

Nigel Slater – Toast (Fourth Estate)

Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Penguin)

Sarah Waters – Fingersmith (Virago)

To read the official press announcement click here.

To register as a potential ‘giver’ of books click here.

Closer to the date I intend on posting a review of my favourite choice of the available books on their list. Of the listed books to be given away, which is your favourite? Is there a book you would have liked to have seen on the list as an example of a ‘reading-turn-on’?

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Reading Initiatives

 

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