Friday, November 12, 2010

Bestseller James Patterson Is Meeting With Readers at Next Week, And You're Invited

James Patterson Wants To Meet You Online

By Tom Dulaney, Editor

Close to 300 (so far) avid fans of bestseller James Patterson will meet with the author next week, and you're invited.

The get-together happens on the Goodreads, the booklovers' social network that now has over 4.1 members. Patterson will “meet” with fans online Nov. 15-22.

Goodreads is a free social net, and iPad readers are welcome to join. 

Click on the Patterson Q&A Session to see if you can get into that, too.

As an iPad owner you have several easy ways to prepare for the meeting.  But you might be thwarted on Amazon by a small glitch. In the Kindle Store, if you search for “Cross Fire” you go right to the book's pre-order page.  If you do, you won't see any part of the book until Nov. 15.

HOWEVER, if you search for “Cross-Fire” (with the hyphen), you hop right to a “freemium” offer that lets you download the first 30 chapters of Cross Fire free.

Even easier than using our links above, just scroll down this page to read the beginning of Cross Fire in your iPad browser right now. We can only show you the first four chapters. NOTE: At the end of what we show, there's a link to the full-priced Kindle book.

But you first might want to spend a little face time with Patterson, and you can do that courtesy of a video posted in the Amazon Kindle Store here.

The Patterson Goodreads session, in Question & Answer format, will cover the author's upcoming and latest Alex Cross mystery. The book, Cross Fire, is available for pre-order in the Amazon Kindle Store at a hefty ebook price of $14.99.

No Need To Leave Your iPad Browser.  BUT if your wireless connection is slow today, you might save this treat for viewing on your computer.   Here are the beginning chapters of Cross Fire:

Planet iPad began following Patterson long before the iPad appeared.  This year, the Patterson writing and bookselling machine has moved aggressively--and with lots of innovation--into ebook sales and author-to-reader marketing.  Our last report dealt with those issues, and the price tag for Cross Fire as an ebook.

Goodreads, which is hosting next week's 7-day-long get together with Patterson online, is a social net phenomenon that brings readers together to form book discussion groups, check out each other's book shelves, share reviews and opinions, and meet online.

Here's what Goodreads has to say about itself:

Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 4,100,000 members who have added more than 110,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in December 2006.

Goodreads' mission is to get people excited about reading. Along the way, we plan to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.

Let's make reading fun again. Somehow, reading books seems to have gotten a bad rap. People are working too hard and not making time to read, people are watching TV because they can veg out and turn their brains off—hey, we feel it too! But every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this "great new book I'm reading." And suddenly you're excited to read it. It's that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.

Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.

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