how to: buy ebooks through your local independent bookstore

I was very excited to learn that I could buy ebooks from Over the Moon Bookstore, my favorite little indie bookshop in Crozet!

There are some qualifications, however. On my Kindle, I can ONLY buy books through Amazon. Boo. No wonder they are willing to sell the new Kindle at a huge loss. (My understanding is that it is the same deal with the Nook – you can only buy eBooks through Barnes & Noble… although the Nook reads epub files so it seems like perhaps there is a way around this??)

Thankfully, on my much-preferred eReader, my Samsung Galaxy phone, I can purchase Google Books. And Google has gotten together with independent bookstores. Brilliant. Anything that is on the Android system is pretty seamless with Google Books.

So, friends in Seattle – if you patronize Magnolia’s Bookstore, you’re out of luck. They’re considering getting a website for the first time, but for now they are pretty anti-eBooks. If you shop at Queen Anne Books, though, go for it! For my Miami friends – eBook shop away at the wonderful Books & Books!

With Apple products I THINK if you have the Google Books App you can do the same. But you have to be careful because I know Apple and Google have been warring over revenues. You can buy books through iTunes, which obviously Apple would prefer.

I’m so glad I don’t have to choose between my local bookstore and eBooks anymore.


this is exactly why you loved me

‘ “Perhaps,” I thought, “this is exactly why you loved me: joys are forgotten, but sadness, never…” ‘

A Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov

And that, my friends, is why I heart Russian Lit.  Irresistible melancholy.

that’s what i’m talking about. chicks who kick ASS.

Kill Bill. Volume I and Volume II. Beatrix Kiddo will kick your ass!

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. Lara will KICK YOUR ASS!!!

Underworld. Selene will seriously kick your ASS!!!!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Yu Shu Lien will Tī nǐ de pìgu!!!!!!

The Matrix. Trinity will kick your ass so hard in your brain waves, you’ll think she just KICKED YOUR ASS!!!

This week, I’m bringing you my favorite chicks kicking ass scenes from movies I love.

Hi – Yah!

how boring!

” ‘And did their happiness last?’ I asked.

‘Yes, she cofessed that from the first day she saw Pechorin, he often visited her dreams and that never has a man made such an impression on her. Yes, they were happy!’

‘How boring!’ I exclaimed without meaning to. I had really been expecting a tragic outcome, and suddenly my hopes were unexpectedly dashed!”

A Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov

And that, my friends, is why I heart Russian lit.

so that’s how we live our lives

“No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that’s stolen from us – that’s snatched right out of our hands – even if we are left completely changed, with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence.”

-From The Sputnik Sweetheart, by Haruki Murakami

It’s not his best book, but Murakami made some of his best observations in this one. It resonated. It’s a good read for savoring the bittersweetness of love lost.