Tamaqua author, Victor Merkel, found a cool way to contribute his writing efforts for the benefit of ebook readers everywhere. Ebook Week provides thousands of discounted and free downloads in celebration of the digital book revolution. When Merkel created Misery Mountain as well as hero, Vance Remke, in the fall of 1996, he didn’t anticipate the explosive growth of ebooks over the following 14 years. The author believes Vance Remke would have embraced the new technology the same way he faced every unknown, head-on. Although Read An Ebook Week is over for another year, you can find late breaking information about the ebook industry any time on their site at http://www.ebookweek.com.
To celebrate the coming of spring, for the next three months (Thursday, March 18 through Tuesday, May 18), an electronic book version of “Misery Mountain”, normally priced at $12.99, will be available to the public for 28% off (coupon code NM33J) as a download from Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/
Just as black and white television brought the outside world to 1950’s Schuylkill County, PA, today’s online book stores and e-reader manufacturers help deliver ebooks to Tamaqua and the world. If Vance had an e-reader in 1957, all the knowledge about bootleg mining would’ve been at his fingertips. Being able to better understand the risk of illegal coal digging, he might have chosen another path in life. But who knows? As for the future of ebooks, EW says new technology can mimic the look of paper which is far superior to LCD displays. And in Japan, novels are read on mobile phones, anywhere.
About Smashwords, publisher of “Misery Mountain”
Launched in 2008, privately held Smashwords operates a digital publishing platform and online book store for independent ebook authors, publishers and their readers. The free service puts authors and publishers in full control over the publishing, pricing and marketing of their works. In addition to receiving exposure to hundreds of thousands of potential readers on the Smashwords web site and via distribution on Barnes & Noble, Stanza, etc., authors and publishers receive up to 85% of the net proceeds from sales of their works. For readers, Smashwords offers the opportunity to discover exciting new voices in fiction and non-fiction. Smashwords, Inc. is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at http://www.smashwords.com. Visit the official Smashwords blog at http://blog.smashwords.com.
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Misery Mountain, an intense thriller, set in the mountains of Schuylkill County near Tamaqua, PA, follows teen, Vance Remke, on a journey from bootlegging illegal coal to coping with a dysfunctional family. And amid the chaos, an enemy plots his death.