So Camp NaNoWriMo just ended and as usual they have rolled out their winners perks. Unlike usual I actually qualified as a winner this time around (Woo!), and I’ve decided to check out the winners’ perks. One of the winners’ perks is 30% off a premium membership for a website called Scribophile.
Scribophile is a writer community for serious writers who want serious feedback. It’s not for the people who just post to get views, or post for the fun of it (although those are there too they are not the majority). This site has a contribute before benefits setup where you must help out other members with their writing before you can get enough karma points to post a work of your own. It’s really an ingenious system. It means you can’t take advantage of the community.
When you first sign up you are awarded two karma points. It then walks you through how to set up your profile and participate in the community. Once you’ve gone through the orientation you pretty much have free reign on the site. You can introduce yourself in the forums or jump right in and critique a work for someone. So far I’ve only tried out the critiquing and the scratchpad. I am particularly fond of the inline critique format where you can read the work and basically write in the margins, then post it for the author to see. It’s interesting because you get to see everyone’s work and help them and watch the piece evolve into something new. It’s very interesting and I would recommend checking it out.
So I was looking through my Goodreads shelves and updating the ones I own and the ones I don’t own on my shelves and I decided to finally look up what that BookCrossing ID thing meant. What I found was that BookCrossing is a website where you can custom print book plates with an ID number on it. This ID can be used to track where the book has gone over the years. You can even release your own books into the wild.
It looks like the idea behind this was to make a public library with a world wide community involvement instead of just a local community thing. There are also no due dates, or late fees. You can keep the book as long as you want and release it whenever, wherever, and to whoever you want. You can write reviews and do pretty much all of the same things with BookCrossing as you can with Goodreads. You can even connect BookCrossing to Goodreads. But with BookCrossing you can track books you release, read reviews on the books you release, or see where the book you found is from. It’s pretty cool.
I made a profile for it, and a custom book plate that is released for public purchase. (There are free book plates or ones you can purchase.) My BookCrossing profile is under tonks4life, I’m sure you can find me with that. I just thought it was a cool thing. If any of you do sign up for this site I believe they have a referrer section on the profile so feel free to add me to that!
Since I know a lot of people find me because of the book reviews I used to do I’ll point this out. This site seems like a really cool way to market or spread word about your books. If you have print copies that you’re trying to get reviewed or that you’re selling on your own personal website, or even if you have them in bookstores you might want to buy a few book plates and put them in your books. It might spread word faster and to more people. (Maybe ask permission before placing it in bookstore copies that are waiting to be sold.)
Anyway, have fun sharing your books! Or reading them. Whichever.
So there’s this thing you can sign up for, that everyone has probably heard of already, but this gives you $5 off when you first sign up. Just click the link below:
Okay so, I posted something about this on my writing blog but I figured I should post this here too. I’m super bored and would love writing prompts because the site I used to get mine from has been sort of lax with the prompt up keep. So if you can think of any prompts that would be fun or interesting it’d be cool if you submitted them to my Ask Box. The Ask Box can be found here.
If you wanna see the result of the prompt they’ll be posted here or here. Thanks! I’ll be around, probably posting a book review or two soon.
I am not being paid to say this! (I’m not being paid to say anything on this blog. Would it be nice? Yes, but it’s not happening).
So I’ve had the free Kobo app for a very long time. I got it because Borders was advertising it and was selling their eReaders for some time (before it closed of course). Well, after Borders went away I still had the Kobo app, but no real way to get a eReader to read the books on other than my laptop. 1.) eReaders in general were way too expensive 2.) I still preferred physical books. 3.) I didn’t have anywhere to buy the Kobo and I wasn’t getting a Kindle or a Nook because their books are way too expensive and their eReaders were even more expensive. But then just this past year the Kobo Mini came out and I swear it was love at first sight.
The Kobo Mini was nice because it was a touch screen, it was small (only a little bit bigger than an iPod Touch), and it had an anti-glare/anti-fingerprint screen. The best part about it however, is that it costed less than my cell phone did at the time. This eReader has web browsing capabilities, games, books (obviously), and other awesome features. Now you’re probably wondering why (since I got it five months ago) I am writing this now. Well, I have been receiving multiple requests for reviews and most of them are eBooks, and most of them are Kindle eBooks.
I always knew that the Kobo could handle ePub books and PDF files and .docx files, along with multiple picture files. But what I didn’t know until yesterday was that it also holds Mobi files. Apparently, this is the type of file that the Kindle apps use, or at least are capable of using them. That means that I can now carry Kindle books on my Kobo Mini. that is EXTREMELY convenient and amazing so I thought I’d share. Plus this thing is amazing and I love it and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an eReader but doesn’t want to pay a ton of money and carry something tablet sized around. (I mean come on if I wanted a tablet sized thing I’d buy a tablet, it’d probably cost less and do more).
The website for the free desktop app and other information on this product is: Kobo
There are 5 hours until NaNoWriMo 2012 and I’m stuck doing physics homework. But that’s okay. I know I say this every time I do it, but I love NaNoWriMo. It’s totally awesome and insanely fun! If you don’t believe me you should try it! This is run by a non-profit organization, which runs solely on donations. So each year they ask for people to fundraise so that they can fund all of their other programs and programs for children. This year, for sponsorships they have a website where you can sign up for a funding page and have people donate to the organization.
I have a funding page, where you can sponsor me, and hopefully keep me going until I finish the 50k. Amy’s NaNo Funds The link there is to my funding page. I’ll also put a widget underneath this post so that you can donate there. The donations are tax-deductable, and can be made at my page, the NaNoWriMo site, or at the OLL Store where you can buy merchandise and still donate.