Tips, tricks and hacks for readers, to make your reading life easier. Plus news and gossip.

Why Authors Let You Down

I’ve been sharply reminded this week of the constant tension that thrums between creatives and consumers – or, to be blunt—the writer and the reader.  You. (For this post, “consumer” is not merely someone who buys products.  I use the word to refer to anyone who consumes what creatives produce.  Consumers are viewers and listeners,

How to Write Reader Reviews

  When I first created my Street Team, I wrote for new members a guide on how to write reader reviews.  Of course, it hadn't occurred to me that many readers love reading but are completely freaked out at the idea of writing, especially their own thoughts and feelings.  That's generally not an issue for

2017-01-12T20:32:31+00:00 Tags: |

Happy Aussie Day

It's Australia Day here for me, but it's all over bar the shouting in Australia. Hope the fireworks were good! Cheers, . Get the news that no one else does. Sign up for my newsletter. For a short while, you get a bundle of ebooks, free, when you sign up, as a Starter

2017-01-19T13:36:38+00:00 Tags: , |

Name That Famous Person

This painting is simply amazing. [link] Not only is it an incredible canvas of many famous people gathered together in a sort of celebrity Where's Waldo?, but when you hover your mouse over any individual -- and some of the objects in the painting, too -- you get a tag telling you who they are. Click

2016-12-27T20:04:08+00:00 Tags: , , |

National Braille Day

  Today is national Braille day and I thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge Braille, as for nearly a hundred years it has provided blind people with a way to read. Braille was invented in 1824 by Louise Braille, a Frenchman who lost his sight when he was a child.  He built Braille to

2016-12-29T20:11:21+00:00 Tags: , , |

A Different Sort of Fiction

I tripped over this site a few weeks ago and bookmarked it as something to check out when I had time. Hollow laugh. So, even though I haven't yet looked into the site, or assessed the quality of the fiction they offer, I thought I would draw your attention to it anyway. Serial Box offers

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