Sunday, June 26, 2016

Barnes & Noble has a good idea - add alcohol-serving restaurants to stores

The retail struggles of Barnes and Noble Inc. have been the poster child for illustrating Amazon's internet dominance in book retailing.

The company, which has a long history of inhibiting its internet appeal with both online shoppers and ebook buyers, has just come up with a concept that might boost in-store sales. Bloomberg reported that B&N has created a new restaurant group and plans to open eateries that serve alcohol in Eastchester, New York; Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California; and Loudon, Virginia.

Having people in your retail space who have been loosened up with some alcohol would definitely boost impulse buys, especially of those flashy titles that are the print equivalent of clickbait.

I know that having a bit of an alcohol buzz makes me want to buy books. Long ago, when I was childless and had income that I could dispose of on myself instead of whining ingrates,  I'd love to settle in for an episode of the Daily Show after an evening of writing after work. I'd have a drink while I watched the show. And about once a month, I would become enamored with some author guest and go to my computer and order his or her book from Amazon.

Alcohol simply makes you more inclined to go after what you want. Of course, wanting is not the same as having, but, in retail, the buying is what matters.

Despite its desire to transform itself into a tipsy meat market for lonely bibliophiles buying impressive books to impress each other, Barnes & Noble is still managing to exist on the internet.

Even after the demise of the Nook ereader, I continue to sell ebooks day in and day out at the Nook Store.

So, if you'd like to drink in private, or you prefer to browse a vast online selection instead of the lowest-common-denominator du jour that is the world of a chain bookstore, look for my novels in the Nook store.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Amazon Kindle device readable in bright sunlight




Reading ebooks on tablets usually works just fine, except many tablets have one drawback: They are often hard to read in sunlight. To solve this problem, Amazon has developed a new Kindle with some improvements of interest to avid readers. It's now available for preorder for a July 7th release.

Features:

  • 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the previous generation Kindle, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand.
  • Kindle uses actual ink particles and proprietary, hand-built fonts to create crisp text similar to what you see in a physical book. The blacks and whites on the screen are uniform, improving text and image quality.
  • No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets
  • Kindle doesn't need power to maintain a page of text, allowing you to read for weeks on a single charge.
  • Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the high contrast touchscreen display eliminates glare in any setting—even direct sunlight.
If you're interested in getting the new Kindle, then you might want to think about an Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial. For $9.99 a month, you'll get access to a large selection of ebooks in many subjects and genres.




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dark fantasy on Kindle Unlimited - Lessons Learned



Use the previewer above to start reading my short story set in the Rys World. It's a dark fantasy available on Kindle Unlimited. Meet my magical hero Shan centuries before the events depicted in The Rys Chronicles when he faces a crucial choice between evil and compassion.



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Sample the fantasy fiction of Tracy Falbe

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Rys Rising: Book I

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