My Opinion On: Google eBookstore

Please note that I actually wrote this article a few days ago, so when the store launched, I had to change some things around. As it is more of an opinion piece than anything, I feel that my original post is still valid.

Google eBooks (formally Google Editions), an online bookstore, launched today in the United States.

Google Editions will have a significantly different sales model from most competitors, such as Amazon’s Kindle store or Apple’s iBookStore. Instead of purchasing books through a single online store, Google will let users buy them either from Google or from independent bookstores and then tie them to a Google account, which will enable them to read the books anywhere and on any device they please.

via Google’s Book Store Is Coming Soon [REPORT].

I like the ability to purchase books through several stores and read them anywhere, but what happens if you get locked out of your Google account for some reason?

As much as I love technology, I don’t know if it can replace the physical book for me. I like the way books look on a bookshelf, I like the way they feel, I even like the way they smell. You don’t have to depend on a battery, and it’s easy to share them with friends. If I traveled more, I’d consider reading more books digitally. But for now? I think I’ll sit back and keep an eye on how they’re evolving.

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What do you think about digital books? Are you excited about Google’s eBooks? Let me know in the comments below.

Ramblings of a Writer: December, Patch.com, Spam

In case you didn’t know, these “Ramblings of a Writer” posts are basically just updates on my life, or (quite literally) me rambling about writing. I will occasionally post news about this blog—either things I’m thinking about doing, or concerns I have. If you find these casual posts or my life interesting, feel free to check out my Tumblr.

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First of all, happy December! Now is the time to break out the holiday music and all that fun stuff. I’ve already finished my Christmas shopping, but I’ll be helping my mother and grandmother with theirs.

I’m doing some freelance writing for Patch.com. They’re owned by AOL and run local websites for cities across the United States. I’m covering several cities in Orange County, including Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Corona del Mar, and San Juan Capistrano. If you go to my Patch.com profile, you can see everything I’ve written for them.

Now onto the reason why I decided to write this post: Spam.

For some reason, almost every comment on my blog has been marked as spam. It appears that all of my comments from countries other than the U.S. automatically go into spam, which is horrible because I get excited when I receive comments, especially from another country! I am doing everything I can to fix it, but I’m rather limited because this is a free WordPress account and I can only change so many things. If your comment does get marked as spam, don’t worry—I will manually go through everything flagged as spam at least once a day until the problem is fixed. If you have any advice for me on this topic, or concerns, please let me know!

Thank you so much for reading!

~Amy