Play That Funky Music

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I don’t just download free books from Amazon. I’ve heard of people who have thousands of never to be read books lurking on their Kindles. Helping fellow writer’s promotions out is a completely different story. Of course I’ll support them. That’s what independent marketing is all about, and why we are all here after all. But I don’t just do free because it’s free. I prefer to pay for something that I actually want to read, and will, with a bit of luck, eventually get around to doing. Us scribblers don’t have a lot of reading time, so it’s a precious commodity, which is why it is actually quite a big deal when we read and review each others work. I haven’t read any of my true favourites for quite some time now, so I think that it is anyway.

Naka, my surly chicken-like guy has now so entrenched himself in the story, that I’m not actually having any problem with him. He might still go, but I think that I might be a little sad if he does. So last night, I took a chance on falling further behind with my ever growing pile of “things that should have been done two weeks ago”, and headed off to Amazon to buy a few Piers Anthony books. He is the species master after all, and I thought that having a look at the beautiful way he integrates the most outrageous beings into his stories might make me feel a little better about things in general.

As I was about to exit Amazon, it came to me in a flash, that while I was there, I may as well buy War Of The Worlds. I’ve always wanted to read it. Regardless of my sort of serious scribblings, I’ve been a sci-fi junkie all my life. Who among us will ever forget Asimov’s robot laws? Anyway, let me not get started on all that. To my utter amazement, this classic was free! As I am sure is the case with all of you out there, any sort of exciting event, leads to music in your head, so with Eye Of The Tiger blaring somewhere behind my eyeballs, I happily pushed the Buy With One Click button. Then, secure in the knowledge that it surely couldn’t happen again, I looked for another oldie but goodie, and there it was! Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea was also free!

Needless to say, I gleefully sped around Amazon downloading all of those old free classics, that I either want to read again, or haven’t got around to, albeit the tune in the head now the fantastic One Republic informing me that We’re Going Down. Not only science fiction did I find among the free, I also found some Plato, Mansfield Park, and The Wind In The Willows, which I think should be read by every adult on the planet anyway. Is there a limit to how many free books you download? I hope not, and I’m more lurking furtively around my computer this morning, than actually being totally present, so that I can tell the Amazon police that it wasn’t me, and I’m not actually Jo anyway, she moved to the outer Hebrides just recently, with a rather turgid Kindle. Having said that, didn’t Stoker write a sequel to Dracula? Maybe I should just have a little look.

Till next time friends. xxx

6 thoughts on “Play That Funky Music

    Play That Funky Music « africolonialstories said:
    November 23, 2012 at 4:46 am

    […] Play That Funky Music. […]

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    adelesymonds said:
    November 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Good morning Jo! The free book I download to kindle tend to be the classics or else the first in series, that way if I like the author, style and premise I can buy the sequels and help these new authors out. I agree that downloading books purely because they are free without thinking about whether you will ever get round to reading them is not a good idea. Saying this you do occasionally find a real gem this way.
    Enjoy looking for bargains and find some time to read.
    Take care!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Hi, hi, and good evening Adele, my lovely! You are right about the gems. I’ve found two on free promo days that it pains me actually to see them being given away. Is there actually a limit to how many free books you download? You are the professional reviewer here, so you would know – are there? I’m still waiting for a stern email from Amazon. xxxx

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        adelesymonds said:
        November 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        There is no limit Jo and no requirement to review but authors appreciate a review if they have given the book away, that is why it is a promotion. Unlike smashwords, they have free books on promotion and again there is no limit but reviews are expected.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          November 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

          That’s a relief! I shall review Plato – and pray that he doesn’t feel the need to thank me personally – LOL!

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    angus48 said:
    November 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Angus48's Blog and commented:
    Jo Robinson is Playing that Funky Music and apparently getting down to Boogie.

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