Cover to Cover #348B: Seeking New Reads and Reading Modes

Listener Review: Red Shirt brings us a review of Peacekeeper, a Major Ariane Kedros Novel by Laura E. Reeves.

Voicemail: Paul from Tennessee comments on reading ebooks, and a technological improvement that he'd like to see come about (linking an ebook to it's audio book component to seamlessly continue reading the same book in a different format); Tim wonders if the Nintendo DS reader might become available for the Sony PSP with the larger screen; Anna comments on being able to find iTunes gift cards at music stores; Trampas likes the omnibus collections idea that Stackpole posited back in C2C 344A, and expands on it, and Stackpole suggests the possibility of subscribing to an "author reader" where you automatically get a "lifetime pass" to that author's work, or to an evergreen anthology that continues to be added to as time goes on; Trampas seeks advice on approaches to exploring reading material beyond one's usual comfort zone; Tim wonders if the pulp stories might be making a comeback in the publishing world; Tim suggests ways to explore Second Life.

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  1. About the first call from Paul -- I do know that the Kindle 2 will have a synthetic voice built into the program. It'll read the book to you if you want it to. I think it's an interesting idea, but I think that the synthetic voice programming have to be developed a little bit more more to be aesthetic to my ears.

  2. Hello Dragonfolks,

    I've only found your show recently, but was presently surprised to find Mr. Stackpole wsa one of the cohosts since I've enjoyed several of his Star Wars books...

    I was listening to a caller's request for help finding new genres, and while the online advice you gave him was fine, as a public librarian I wanted to share a few print resources that are great, too. These (and many others) can be found at most larger public libraries:

    Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests by Diana Tixier Herald

    The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction by Joyce G. Saricks

    Both books recommend many authors and titles in a variety of genres and subgenres, and offer advice on looking at the appeal characteristics of books that appeal to you and matching them to books in other genres to help you stretch your reading horizons. While the Saricks book is aimed at librarians offering readers advisory service to the public, it can certainly benefit somene looking to find some new authors.

    Ms. Saricks is a wonderful speaker, by the way, and may make an interesting guest on your show sometime. She's a superstar in library circles, although I don't know how many people know her work outside the library field.

    I hope you get a chance to look at both reference books if you haven't seen them before. They've certainly enhanced my reading experiences.

    Thanks again for the wonderful show.

    Jesse Pool

  3. Hey Guys,
    I'm new to your show and its awesome!!! I've been in a bottle for 2-3 years knocking out my first fantacy novel and now that I am finished I'm looking for the type of information you are providing!!!!!!!!! Awesome.

    eBooks seem to be the way to go but it is unclear if I should publish pdf's on my web sight or load up te novel to

    Any insight you or other could provide would be great.

    I look forward to your next show & remember "Fight the Good Fight & Be Worthy"

  4. I'm back. Am I asking too much to ask in requesting my fellow Dragon Page podders to take a peek at my free pdf's chapters regarding my book The Three Sisters?

    You can find it on

    Your feedback is more than welcome.