Countdown to Summer Reading

The 6th annual Virtual Summer Reading Program (VSRP) begins in two weeks. Fair warning to start making a list for your summer reading.

This year the charity will be the Prison Book Program. This wonderful organization is celebrating its 40th year of providing books to inmates. I will be making a donation based on the number of books I read and the number of people who participate.

Last year several generous individuals made pledges. Pledges can be made either as a total amount or an amount per book, to the charity I'm supporting or any one you would like. To join in the fun, just go to the pledge page and complete the form.

Once the program starts, updates will be posted on the VSRP Facebook page. Like the page to see updates via Facebook and add your own comments and suggestions for books to read.

As in previous years, there will be a grand prize of an Amazon gift certificate. I will also be giving away a signed paperback copy of my book Garbageland. The more books you read, the more chances you have at winning a prize.

And again, the more people who participate, the more money I donate. So spread the word, and get read to read!


Woo hoo! Question: With the

Woo hoo!

Question: With the Kindle, I'm able to buy more stand-along short stories (as opposed to purchasing an entire anthology). How many short stories qualify as a book? (Short stories usually only cost ~99 centers and take me no time at all to read, so they don't feel like they should count as a "book".)

Hmmm, good question. I

Hmmm, good question. I certainly wouldn't want to discourage your support of writers by not allowing short stories. A traditional collection might range from a dozen to dozens, but then these aren't traditional times.

So, let's go with an nice, arbitrary, prime number. 5 Kindle/eStories constitute a book. Extra credit and a gold star if you bundle them into a thematic group. ;-)

Sweet! I love the fact that

Sweet! I love the fact that short stories are now readily available online. I mean, I buy and read anthologies, but sometimes I don't want an entire anthology just for a single story by one author.

Considering the types of short stories I tend towards, the thematic group is already build in. ;)