Hilda – Dragon Master on Amazon

Yes, dear reader, you see correctly.

The e-publishing machine seems to run like clockwork. Never before has a new book of Hilda the Wicked Witch appeared on Smashwords and Amazon on the same day. Today it happened.

You can find the 8th book of the witch in all the Amazon stores. Follow this link to see the book on amazon.com.

Happy reading!

Hilda’s 8th book. Dragon Master.

Dear reader and perhaps Hilda fan,

Here is the good news: book 8, Dragon Master, is now available at Smashwords. It will soon be available on Amazon as well, but the reviewing team there takes its time. I will of course post an announcement here when the book on Amazon is ready.

Contrary to the previous 7 books in the series, this one is, alas, not free anymore. I hope the price of $1.75 will not hold you back, though.

The good news for readers of this website however is, that if you purchase the book on Smashwords after reading this, you can use coupon code ZF65C upon checkout, after which you will be set back only 99 cents. This coupon is valid until February 4th, 2012. I hope this lessens the pain for you.

The art of words

How many words are there, dear reader (and dear writer as well)?

As we know, there are lots of words. Enough words to fill encyclopedias and enormous libraries. Yet most of these words are the same ones, used over and over again, merely placed in a different sequence.

Wordofart by John Toth

There is a finite number of words, even when their number grows every day, every week. The art of words is not in the words themselves, but in the hands and minds of the people who utilise them, who take each word, judge it for its value and either apply it or put it aside for a later time.

Those people are the writers. The authors. The ones who takes that bundle of words and braid it, organise and modify it, push, prod and squeeze it until something entirely new comes from them. Something that perhaps, some day, goes into a library.

Not all of us writers and authors are considered the same level of word-artists as the very famous ones perhaps, but for me, everyone who dares to venture into this word-mongering is valuable.

Never think that what you write is worthless. Even if you alone read what you wrote, it serves a purpose. It adds to the word-art.


Paper books, electronic books

Paper books are the best. The feel of the paper, the smell of the ink, the weight of the book.

E-books are the best. My e-reader is so convenient, I can take so many book with me in one fine small device and they are ever present.

Yes, the fight is on, since a long time. Reports from Amazon.com show that the number of books sold in e-format outnumbers that of hardcovers and paperbacks combined. Reports here in the Netherlands show a dramatic increase in the sale of e-books and e-readers. E-books are seriously on the rise.

Will paper books disappear? I don’t know. I think it will take a long time before they do, if ever. More and more people will switch to e-books, the more as tablet-devices are becoming more mainstream. Most of them come pre-loaded with an e-book reader program, which makes the step to e-books easier. But there will always be people who favour paper and print. The whole shouting contest on what is the best is a total waste of breath and energy. Use what you prefer and enjoy it. Do not try to convert someone to change their favourite medium. Converting is useless. It is, for me, even an offense. Respect that someone can have a different opinion (and that is not just because of their reading preference). No need to agree with it.

I am an e-book reading kind of person, but I am not going to slap someone on the head with my e-reader. If they return the favour with their favourite 800 page hardcover, they will win that battle, even though there is not a war. After all, it is the joy of reading that counts. Not the medium you use for it.

And who knows. Modern technology goes fast. Maybe soon there will be e-readers that can emit the smell of ink for people who like that…