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Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake, #3)Sovereign by C.J. Sansom

Well, the 24 hours are up. I made good progress today, but I lost 9 hours being out and about and 6 hours sleeping... I was just too knackered. I will spend most of today reading and make up for it, the book has gripped me now and I want to know as much as possible as soon as possible. I keep jumping back to the computer to read up on historic events mentioned in the book and also characters. I guess I will know a lot more about the Tudors when I finish this. The whole question of succession regarding Richard III and those princes in the tower and the War of the Roses has always confused me a lot and now I get something else confusing thrown in the mix.

But now I'll get dressed, take out the garbage, get my Sunday paper from the mailbox and make some lunch. Pancakes again, maybe? I'll see.

Oh, and I want to a write a letter and need to prepare a book to send out for Bookmooch.

Is anybody here interested in Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris? I searched wishlists on BookCrossing and offered it, but nobody wanted it. Very strange.
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Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake #3)Sovereign by C.J. Sansom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Three chapters in, so far so good. The story is getting set up, I think we are slowly approaching the first corpse. I like it so far.
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1)Where are you reading from today?


2)Three random facts about me...
I brush my teeth in the shower, I love cats and I love to eat olives with cheese.

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I have three that I am currently reading, but I leave that up to chance and how I feel at any given moment.

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
Not really, I see how it goes. I'm going out tonight, so I won't be able to do all of the 24 hours anyway. Maybe next year!

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Not a veteran.
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Current reads for the 24-hour read-a-thon:

A Taste of Crimson (Crimson City, #2)A Taste of Crimson by Marjorie M. Liu

Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake #3)Sovereign by C.J. Sansom

The Silent World (Adventure Classics)The Silent World by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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Interesting discussion again over on [community profile] ebooks on ebooks versus traditional publishing. The post is basically a collection of links to people that bash ebooks. Fairly entertaining. A big issue was the pirating of books.

I get the arguments and I can relate to some extent regarding piracy and how it damages sales and will maybe make books go away forever....!!?!

What I never get in this --people have always shared books, gotten them for free from others that got them for free from someone else. Just look at paperbackswap, bookcrossing, bookmooch and countless other sites like them. Nobody bitches that they damage sales. I have about 100 unread paper books on my shelf. I actually bought about 10 of them. Maybe 5 or so were presents, all the others I got through Bookcrossing and Bookmooch. How is that so different from downloading books for free from the Internet? Ok, piracy, illegal, sure. But the idea behind it is the same--someone gets a book and then shares it. Ok, Internet = higher turnover. But still... Maybe I'm naive.

Why not make it easier to lend and borrow ebooks freely? Why the restrictions? And don't give me the copyright argument. I mooch books from allover the world, surely those are copyrighted somehow as well and I still get them.

I am perfectly happy to pay for ebooks, if the prices are reasonable. In my case that means not more than the mass market paperback. Or Kindle bargains under 5 Dollars...

I am waiting for the new Sookie Stackhouse. Currently the ebook is listed at around 14 dollars for US residents and 23 dollars for others. I probably could have warmed up to the 14 dollars, if the paper book was only slightly cheaper. But over 20? No bloody way! It's almost as if they want to discourage peple from getting the ebook and push them onto paper.

In an ideal world I have bluetooth on my reader, you have bluetooth on yours and voila! I bought one DRMd book so far. I guess books bought in the Kindle store have DRM as well? I would prefer to boycott them completely, but that would limit my choices a lot.

I love that Calibre started collecting DRM-free books, I actually sent the guy a donation...

The read-a-thon starts in about 2 hours...
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"What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October."

I am crazy and I love to read, so it took me only a few minutes to convince myself that signing up to this is a great idea. I'm #171 on the participant's list and I will blog about my progress through goodreads. My goodreads is linked to Facebook, so I can simultaneously annoy you at both sites.

It happens on the 9th of April and I guess the beginning time is set at midnight in the US somewhere -- at my location it starts somewhere around 2pm on that Saturday. No idea if I will manage for 24 hours and I hope nothing will crop up that will make it impossible for me to actually do it.

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