Giveaway: my new book, The Mind Boggles
I’ve just published my first non-Kindle related book in the Kindle store:
It’s not unrelated to books and publishing, though, since it does have quotations from many books in it, as well as from other sources.
These are all quotations I’ve personally collected over decades. It’s only a couple of hundred quotations, but they aren’t the “usual suspects”. If you like quotations, I think you’ll find this unique.
I love quotations! I especially like ones that come from unexpected sources, and say things beyond what you would expect.
It’s a bit like my post recently on Can a popular book be a good book?, but with a twist: can a bad book have a good quote? I don’t think I’ve ever read a completely bad book, or seen a completely bad movie. I think some genres are simply disqualified out of hand by some people, and that’s certainly not my case. Classic or kitsch, eternal or ephemeral, I’ve enjoyed them.
I always like to thank you for being readers, so I’m going to give away ten copies to the first ten people who comment on this post and ask for one. Please do not include contact information in your comment: I can see your e-mail address in the unpublished information. I will not use your e-mail address for any purpose except to send you the gift.
I did make the book available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, so you can borrow it for free if you are an eligible Prime member with a hardware Kindle. The weird thing is that I make a lot more money if you borrow than if you buy it.
The economics on that is that I get about thirty-five cents when you buy a ninety-nine cent title (which this is).
When someone borrows a book, we split a pool of money. It doesn’t matter what the list price of your book is, you get an equal share for each borrow. That share has been running a bit over $2.
I’d have to sell five copies to make the same amount as one borrow.
That shows you how the economics are changing in publishing.
By the way, I do think this is going to be a good little gift at the holidays.
If you’d like a copy, just be one of the first ten to comment on this post and request it.
One other thing: I’m going to try to gift copies to people who are quoted. If you know you are quoted in it, just let me know and I’ll send you one. I’m going to try to be proactive on that, but I know I won’t find everybody.
Update: The Mind Boggles is the number one bestselling book of quotations in the Kindle store! I would have thought that was pretty narrow, but there are 897 titles in that group! Thanks, everybody!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.