I have a confession to make. In the past month, I bought more collectible anthologies than I should from Cemetery Dance, a small press specializing in horror. When I signed up for their newsletter, I wasn’t expecting this, not when so many publisher newsletters give me the doldrums. Whoops. Before you knew it, I had ordered several gorgeous hardcovers. They enticed me from right off the bat with phrases words like “72% off” and “Free book” right in the subject lines. Usually, I hate it when companies fill my inbox with lots of offers, but I couldn’t wait to see what they were offering next. Who wants to be left behind?
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With a lower price, a smaller size, and improved contrast and faster page turning, Amazon may be offering an irresistible temptation to those who have yet to jump onto the eReader bandwagon.
I’ve been a Kindle user for close to three years now. I’ve had all the versions and noted the significant improvements Kindle 2 offered over the original. But, now, Amazon has topped all other versions with the new Kindle 3.
What I Love:
- The faster page turning.
- The smaller size.
- The easy to use navigation buttons that all but eliminate accidental page turns.
- The improved contrast that makes an already user-friendly reader experience even friendlier.
- The ease of buying books without having to connect to a computer.
- The longer battery life – Amazon says up to one month.
- Storage that Amazon says will handle up to 3,500 books. Wow.
Here’s the good news: On Monday, September 6th, AAR will be operating solely on our own spiffy dedicated server.
Now for the (temporary) not so good news:
In order to make the transfer, the site will be unavailable for message board posting from 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, September 3rd until Monday morning, September 6th. The site will also not be updated with new reviews or blogs on Saturday.
We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing our readers, but if we have to be down, then a holiday weekend is probably the best time to do it, right?
And the upside to AAR being housed on its own server will be felt immediately in faster load times and a buh-bye to those irritating message board posting problems that have been making us all cringe for some time.
AAR has been running traffic levels for quite some time that made getting our own dedicated server desirable and we’re delighted we’re able to do it. And, again, we apologize for the inconvenience but think you will find it worth the downtime on Monday morning.
Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!
- Sandy AAR
Next week is the national conference for Romance Writers of America (RWA). Blythe Barnhill, Sandy Coleman and I will all be attending, and hopefully learning a lot. Last year was my first time at RWA, and while the conference is almost overwhelmingly huge, I had a blast getting to meet some wonderful authors (both published and aspiring), reviewers, and other book industry types. I’m also looking forward to seeing what the publishers have in store for us going forward.
We’ll be there with our laptops, and will be blogging from the conference. In addition, if you want to follow what’s going on throughout the day, I’d suggest keeping an eye on Twitter. We’ll be doing most of our tweeting from the @allaboutromance account. In addition, you can find us all individually at: @blytheaar, @LynnAAR,and @SandyAAR.
I’m getting into Orlando late Tuesday afternoon, and Blythe and Sandy will both be arriving Wednesday.
Now here’s the important part for you: Is there something from an author or publisher(or about Romanceworld in general) that you would like to know? If so, put it in the comments below, and we’ll try our best to help you out and get you the news you want to be reading.
Hope everyone is having a lovely summer!
– Lynn Spencer
The curtain goes up on AAR version 3.0 on Monday morning.
We have updated our look and changed our home page and we’re excited to get everyone’s reactions. But, despite our cosmetic changes, rest assured, AAR is going to continue to stick to what we do best: Insightful, honest reviews; author interviews; useful features; and commentary on the genre we all love. In the coming weeks, we’ll be streamlining our navigation and removing some outdated links, as well as cutting some features and putting others on hiatus for the summer, all of which reflect our desire to be leaner and meaner. We can’t do everything and want to focus our energy in areas in which we know we excel.
And under the category of “it’s about time,” we’ll also soon be moving the site to its own server which will make AAR load faster than ever and eliminate the frustrating downtime we know you’ve all experienced.
So, please check in on Monday to check out our new look and enter a cool giveaway from Avon books. Want to tell us what you think? There will be an open thread on the blog for your comments and feedback. We can’t wait to show you our new look.
- Sandy AAR
You heard it here first, folks: AAR is about to undergo a facelift.
Okay, more of a full facelift for the home page and discrete shots of botox and restalyne for the rest of the site.
Confusing, yes? You won’t be on Monday, June 21st when our new design debuts.
We’ve worked hard with some super talented people to put together a new home page that better reflects the way people use the Web today. It’s clean and uncluttered and modern and we think it’s a winner. As for the rest of the site, the basic layout will remain the same (coding issues – don’t ask), but there will be a new masthead and background throughout the site. Yes, folks, it’s true. The hammock is saying buh-bye.