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Digital/Printed Book Statistics

With all the eBook craze, you would think that printed books have a bleak future. But a recent survey shows this is not the case. Below is a chart showing different statistics for printed books and eBooks. The results might surprise you. Below the chart, I give my answers to all the points in the survey.

My Reading Stats:

I had an eReader prior to the 2011 holiday season
I have read a printed book in the past year. I have not listened to an audiobook
I mainly read eBooks but will read a printed book if it is unavailable or cheaper in printed form
I own a Kindle
I spend more time reading as a result of having an eReader
Most of my reading is for pleasure
I am under 50, have not gone to college, and have an household income over $50,000
In the past year I have read 25 books
On any given day I'm reading an eBook
I prefer to purchase an eBook, if it is not available to borrow from the libary on my Kindle
My most recent eBook was borrowed from the libary

My Reading Preferences:

Read book while trave…

Revised Book Covers

This past week, Dean Wesley Smith had an interesting blog post about how authors shoot themselves in the foot. He gave five reasons how they do it and suggestions on how to correct them.
Of the five, Shot #5 grabbed my attention. It talked about book covers and how to make them more professional. I took the advice to heart and decided to do revisions for the covers to my major books—the Fram Gage series and Miscorrection trilogy.
On a side note, August will not have any eBook Weekly Deals.
Below, you will find  the previous cover and the new cover for comparison.

[caption id="attachment_2193" align="alignleft" width="200"] Old Cover[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2698" align="alignleft" width="200"] New Cover[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2311" align="alignleft" width="200"] Old Cover[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2699" align="alignleft" width="200"] New Cover[/c…

Password Recovery Answer Suggestions

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What is your mother's middle name? What was your high school mascot? What year did you learn to talk? When do you think you will die? How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Ever get tired of the password recovery questions? I know I do.
Sometimes I go through the list and I realize I don't even know the answers to some of the questions. It's my own life! But I'm not sure what year in which I bought my first car, bought a home, or washed my hair with Selsun Blue.
The best is when they ask a question not about you but someone else you know: What year was your father born? What is mother's middle name? What is your sister's favorite food to eat? What is your best friend's, cousin's, uncle's, father doing right now?

I have a hard enough time remembering stuff about me, let alone my family and fr…