November 16, 2013

Why Digital Rights Management is Bad

I thought I was going to have to return Game of Thrones (today's BookBub deal) to B&N, because do you think I could get that little stinker open? Nooooo! Argh!

Reader for PC kept going in circles wanting me to enter my Adobe ID and password again and again, while Adobe Digital Editions kept insisting the book was registered to another user account. And my Sony Reader (which reads e-books very well, thank you very much) kept insisting the book was "restricted."

I found one piece of help in the Adobe forums (here's the thread: I did what the instructions said, including the technical things like deleting certain folders from my registry (shh, if my husband reads that I went into the registry, he'll poop his pants). And then I reinstalled Adobe Digital Editions without registering it to my computer (that's important, apparently). 

Then I imported the book to Adobe Digital Editions. Looked good so far--no little warning symbol, anyway.

Here's the part that really hurts my brain: it wanted a username or some such thing and an unlock code. Never heard of an unlock code. Back to Google. 

In another thread on the Adobe forums, I learned that the unlock code is the number from my credit card on file with B&N. Would've been nice if they'd just said that! Actually, it would've been nice not to have to enter my credit card number to open a book I've bought and paid for. Grrr.

Now, do you think that most readers would go through all that just to read a book? Do you think they'd ever buy a book from that publisher again?

This, people, is one of the many reasons I hate-hate-hate DRM.

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November 08, 2013

My First Book Signing at Black Bear Books

What fun we had at Black Bear Books in Creston last night! 

This shot is of my friend Connie and me. She was kind, brave, etc. enough to stand up with me and do the introductions. She's also the one who convinced me my first-ever book signing is a Big Deal and that I shouldn't wear my usual jeans (thank goodness for friends like her).

*waves at Connie*

To the right, just out of the picture, you'll have to imagine about twenty ladies in the audience who braved the snow and rain and slush to come celebrate with me. (The camera flash somehow got turned off, so we were lucky to get a clear  photo.)

Some notable guests: Sharen, our high-school principal, whose knowledge of school administration was a tremendous resource for me while I was writing Over the Edge; my daughter Betty, who helped edit Rocky Road; Julie, who told me she's writing a novel of her own; and all the ladies who wanted their books signed to loved ones for Christmas gifts (I'm not telling who they are for obvious reasons.)

My author friends were full of good advice to help me prepare, like that I should stand (as opposed to hiding behind the table), and as you can see, there I am on my feet right out in front. And they said to bring lip gloss, which I did, even though it decided to hide in my bag and I didn't actually get any on my lips.

The reading went so much better than I could have hoped. I probably won't ever be an audiobook voice talent, but people were chuckling, and I didn't pass out or anything drastic like that. One thing I would do differently is to practice reading with the corrective lenses I intend to wear. I wear glasses at home but wore contacts last night, so imagine my consternation when I suddenly had to hold the book at arm's length like, well, a woman of a certain age. The difference in vision was a bit distracting, and I skipped a line and had to back it up for a second. Well, everyone knows for sure that I'm not perfect!

In the little red heart-shaped bowl on the table, you can see Hershey's Kisses, which are probably the most wonderful little things ever. After I gave a little talk about my crazy, highly not recommended route to being published, I used the kisses as bribes to get people asking questions. And boy, once the first person got a kiss, everybody wanted one. ;-) It was a lovely, lively discussion of books, writing, and publishing.

Afterward, people got to try the brownies Paula (the bookstore owner) made especially for the occasion. I somehow didn't end up getting one, which I'll have to remedy soon, because people are reporting those brownies are the absolute best thing they've ever put in their mouths.

Oh, and I continue to be awestruck by this... all the books in stock sold out again! Luckily I had a few extra ones I brought with me just in case, so there are still a couple of copies in the store. Good thing I was thinking big. :)

I want to give a huge thank-you to the staff of Black Bear Books and to all the lovely ladies who came to my signing, and to Connie for standing up and speaking with me, and to Brenda for helping to make everything run smoothly. You all really made it a special night.

*blowing Hershey's Kisses to you all*

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November 01, 2013

My Very First Book Signing!

You're invited!

Come for the brownies, come for the free coffee, or come just to watch me read a scene aloud before a live audience (an event that could be funny all on its own, never mind that it's a scene from a comedy novel).

Or come to do some Christmas shopping, because books make wonderful Christmas gifts.

See you there! :)

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