Choosing the next book to read
To help me make the decision where to spend my money and time, I regularly use four websites.
The first is ‘fantastic fiction.’ It doesn’t sell anything. It only promotes and informs.
This site is great for a few reasons. First it gives lists in alphabetical order of a great many authors. The next reason is that when you choose an author it will give you a list of all the books from that author with a synopsis of many of them.
Then it will tell you in what format it’s available in; paperback, hardback, audio and kindle. Then, if there are any new books in the pipeline from the author and possible publication dates. Just trawling through this site is an entertainment in itself and I love it.
Next up is the Amazon site. This often gives you the chance to read the first chapter of the book you are interested in. Also, if you have a Kindle Reader, the site will give you a ‘one click purchase service’ on any book which is available in the kindle library.
If you don’t have a Kindle Reader then there are other ways to get access to get digital books from Amazon’s Kindle Store using Amazon’s many applications. At present Amazon have apps available for Windows, Mac, iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry.
Then there is the ‘Audible’ site, run under the Amazon organization. This gives you great synopsis on all the available audio books. It also has a sample to listen to, sometime a quite long extracts.
Last, the biggest second-hand online bookstore in the country, eBay, where you will find far more books for sale than any store, online or in the high street. There can be some great bargains to be had in there if you browse for long enough.
This is what I use for my ideas and get loads of entertainment at the same time with no commitment whatever to spend money.
PS - I’m currently reading digital freebies of Zane Grey’s classic early westerns and listening to the audiobook by Graham Hurley who is the author of Portsmouth crime novels. This one’s on Bazza McKenzie, the city’s fictional premier drugs lord and it’s called ‘The Price of Darkness.’ All 15½ hours of it.