Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE POWER CLUB Now Available on Amazon Kindle

Well, it has been available for awhile . . . since December 9, to be precise.

I'm still trying to process all that's happened. I've published a book.

An actual book.

Okay, not a physical book . . . yet. I still need a complete cover so I can publish it as print-on-demand. But physical books may not even be an issue much longer.

We are raising a generation of readers for whom Kindle-like devices are second nature. One day, these readers won't pick up a book and flip through its pages. They may only pick up a phone-shaped device and scroll pages instead.

I have mixed feelings about all this. I'm of that in-between age where I can choose to appreciate the technology of the present or embrace the tools of the past. The past is more comforting. What's known always is. But we can't live in the past, no matter how much we may occasionally want to. The present is all we have.

And devices like Kindle and Nook have a lot of advantages. Neither they nor the books stored on them take up much room. They enable readers to control the font and size of the text to make the reading experience easier.

But physical books will always be with us (I hope). They are not as fragile as electronic devices. If you crease the pages or write in them, so what?  You can still read the book. In fact, some teachers encourage students to write in their books: the give-and-take responses of the reader are like having a conversation with the author. Such responses facilitate learning.

(I don't advise my students to write in their textbooks if they wish to sell them back at the end of the semester. However, I write extensively in mine.)

And, while I've never tried to cuddle up with a Kindle on a cold, wintry night, I can't imagine it's the same experience as warming up with a book.

Nevertheless, I'm proud to announce that my book, THE POWER CLUB, is now available on Amazon Kindle. If you have Kindle, you can read it before anyone else. If you don't have Kindle, you easily order it.

Let me know what you think. Drop me a line or leave a review on Amazon.  (Hey, that's how books move up in ranking.  And that's all part of the business of being a writer.)  This book is the culmination of two separate but intertwined journeys. The second and more recent journey began a little over two years ago when I first conceived the idea of THE POWER CLUB, started writing it, and then shared it with other writers during the Monday Night Group.

The first journey started when a 12-year-old me first dreamed of creating super-heroes and writing stories about them.

Some dreams take a long time to come true.

Those are the dreams that are worth the wait.

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