Fridays at Kids Gotta Write are reserved for free books and good friends of the writerly persuasion. I have some really fabulous writers lined up for the next few weeks, so be sure you come back on Fridays and see what they have to say about writing. There might even be a free book in it for some of you!
This week I wanted to share one of my new found loves: PubIt! books on Nook.
In my search for new authors to read and, above all, free books, I discovered this fabulous section of the Barnes and Noble website. PubIt! allows authors to share their self-published books with the world through the B&N website. This means you can discover new authors at incredibly low prices!
The Barnes and Noble Nook section of their website is wonderful and you should go explore as soon as you finish reading this. Why? Because they make it easy for you to find exactly what you are looking for whether it is a digital book for a certain age group, a particular genre you enjoy, or a specific price point. I go straight to the PubIt! section and search for juvenile fiction, my favorite is fantasy. I usually browse through a few pages of free books first. Sometimes I get distracted by some suggestion of a book and I end up paying a dollar or two, but I've read dozens of books now from their site and never paid more than $2.99 for a book.
Some people, mostly people in the traditional publishing industry, complain that these sorts of sites are a disservice to the public because they don't control what is sent out into the world. Any person, even my youngest child if she wanted, could publish their work through PubIt (or any of the other venues that are similar) and you, the reading public, could pay money to read the unedited, mediocre work of a child. Well, I say, is that really so bad? Who among us hasn't paid actual good money ($15 or more) for a book somewhere along the way that was written, edited, published and marketed by the big publishing companies, placed in a big important looking bookstore and then into our eager hands only to find that the overpriced book we just bought was rubbish?! I have!!! More times than I want to admit. Honestly, that kind of scenario is exactly how I ended up convincing myself that maybe someday I really could be an author. If someone else can get their horrible no good, very bad book published and read by millions, then maybe I could dare to do the same. (Only with a slightly flawed book instead of horrible, no good... well, you get the picture.)
I suggest you explore, take a chance on a new up and coming author who will sit at home rejoicing in that one sale because it was one more than he/she had yesterday. Take pride in helping some fledgling out and I hope you choose well. If you do, come back and tell us about the wonderful new book you found and enjoyed.
Don't forget, next week I'll start sharing some of my favorite books and authors I've discovered. They are all either self-published or working with indie publishers, so you will be seeing some of the great new authors our world is only just now getting to know. I can hardly wait to share them with you! See you next Friday!
P.S. - Here's a sneak peak: Click on Me!