Sunday, May 3, 2009

Discussion: Kindle

Eventually Kindles will replace textbooks in schools. Well, Maybe not a Kindle but some electronic reading device will be designed to replace textbooks. This electronic world of books seems to fall right into part of a government plan to make an electrical grid, save the environment, and create greater technology.

However, protesters who cannot change their ways, can stay the way they are as far as books are concerned. Downloads off your web site will always be an option. Digital files, Ebooks, audios and Kindles are the way we are headed with this electrical grid. It's been a long time in the making and just needed the right moment to come out.

This will even cause Ebooks to be in higher demand than ever. Not everyone can afford to buy a Kindle. But no one should be concerned about that. There is always a cheaper way for some of us.

I have lots of friends who were in the Amazon program and their Shorts were never sold on digital. Then along came the Kindle and the Shorts were converted...then they started selling and making money on the Kindles. As their rankings on their Kindles grew, they started selling the digitals to the people who didn’t have Kindles. We should embrace new technology as it will pull us with it into the future of publishing.

The first form of a Kindle that I noticed and wished that we had was on Star Trek Voyager. The crew of Voyager walked around with an electronic reading device that looked very much like a Kindle. Science fiction fans are not dumbfounded at this technology. Some of them knew that the idea was very real and soon to be. Then the doctor's offices started bringing something out that simulated the same version of a doctor's report on the first Star Trek Classics.

Imagine a school room of children with no text books because they are all loaded into a ten-ounce Kindle.

If you can get your book on a Kindle then you should do so. Don’t stop your digitals because the common laborer has children who cannot afford Kindles. These children will settle for using a big laptop to read a book or lean over a desktop. The laptops will be used like a Kindles for reading Ebooks and the computers in schools will have the information that the teacher needs. Have you ever heard of people who go on job training with a computer in front of them for days, teaching them the new job?

These children know how to adapt. It is good for the publishing industry to embrace the Kindle and they have thus far.

Anyone who signs onto Amazon will see a video demonstration of the Kindle II.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Laurie Foston to publish independently

I’m Laurie Foston but my real name is Cheryl Haynes. I’m published under the pseudonyms Cheryl Henry Hodgetts in the Hebrew language for the title, Leon the Chameleon. My stories are broken down by their genres to have different pseudonyms. Laurie Foston for adult fiction and Cheryl Henry Hodgetts for children's stories.

I write science fiction/fantasy with a religious allegory. My novel, The Coming of the Magi was released December, 2006.

I offered free books for a survey feedback on in 2007 for the 285 page novel. It is my belief that the customer is always right. I have taken advice from the public on what the readers want or desire to read in the genre that I write. I intend to follow through with revisions for what the public desires.

The book, The Coming of the Magi proved to be viable after testing it on the market and has surpassed C.S. Lewis in the sales ranks in its category many times over the last six months.

This pleasant surprise encouraged me to seek more publishing opportunities. The book is currently a work-in-progress revision to be offered to a wider audience of young adults as well. The present book is written in a style that emulates Jane Austen but it has been decided that a longer, simplified, contemporary version is more practical for the current readers of today.

I seek to publish this newer version independently under the title, The Next Phase Chronicles, Just in Time For You and anticipate it to be ready in early 2011 through is the largest venue of book sales globally and I find the readers and members of the Amazon community seek out books that are of the highest quality for their children to read. I hope that my new version will be satisfactory for this community.

My publisher, Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC. has produced a beautifully bound paperback with an exceptionally nice inside layout. I have decided to try out publishing independently and have terminated the contract with Tate Publishing. Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC. has wished me the best of success in my independent publishing endeavor and I would like to say that they have exceeded my expectations in a first time publisher.

The following titles are available through and were published by Amazon.

Christmas Is Not Just For Children by Laurie Foston
Leon the Chameleon by Cheryl Henry Hodgetts

The latest children’s story is not yet available but is in the illustration process and will become available for publication in the month of June, 2009. The name of the title is expected to be The Mystery of the Sasyrifera Plant.I’m excited to belong to the Amazon community and look forward to building a future in books with

Cheryl Haynes aka Laurie Foston.