Thursday, August 9, 2012

Libraries Enter the Digital Age with Gusto!

I've been spending my spare time lately helping our local library system, Douglas County Libraries, explore the possibility of offering e-books from self-published authors. Along the way I've discovered how difficult the 'Big Six' publishers are making it for libraries to participate in the e-book revolution that clearly is the future of publishing.

I'm fortunate that my library is leading the nation in pioneering new ways to make books accessible to readers...while the 'Big Six' are rigging the playing field in their favor, and against you, the reader.

In future blogs I'll fill you in on some exciting news for self-published authors in Douglas County and ultimately across the America! Meanwhile, however, CLICK HERE to check out this article from Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, about their latest tactics to bring you the best books out there.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Short and Sweet Review: Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden

Wonderful true tale of two friends who, in the early 1900's, leave their cushy society lives behind for a year to teach school in a remote Colorado mountain town. I felt that the book started a little slow, filling the reader in on the women's pre-Colorado lives and travels. I wanted to get to the heart of the story! But in retrospect I appreciated why the author did this-it made me appreciate their pioneer spirit all the more.

The setting of their adventure lies the mountains around Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek, Colorado. All of the characters existed-many left a lasting impact on the valley and have relatives still in the area. For readers who love that territory they will truly enjoy not only the tale, but the appreciation of the valley's history the next time they visit.

This was a very enjoyable story to read and I was truly sorry to see it end. I recommend it for both beach reads and long winter nights-whenever you have a moment to slip back in time and savor the history of two very spunky Colorado pioneers, this is the book to choose!