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Daily Deals: On Bear Mountain and Shape Safari Pro

On Bear MountainToday Amazon offers On Bear Mountain by Deborah Smith just for $1.99

Dirt-poor, sensitive as poets, and proud as kings, the Powell family has lived on a Georgia mountain top for generations. Then, during the 1960’s, young Ursula Powell’s father convinces the Tiber family, owners everything in nearby Tiberville, to commission a huge iron sculpture of a bear for the town. Decades later the strange sculpture – rejected by the townspeople and left to rust on the Powell farm – symbolizes a family’s failure and thwarted dreams. But, unknown to Ursula, it is now worth such a huge fortune that the artist’s embittered son, Quentin Ricconni, is coming to reclaim it . . . and to change everything Ursula believes about the past, the choices that break a heart, and the redeeming powers of art and love.

Some words about the Author

Deborah Smith, a sixth-generation Georgia native, is a former newspaper reporter and editor. She has more than 1.5 million copies in print of her previous novels, including the bestselling A Place to Call Home. Deborah is married and lives in the mountains of North Georgia.

 

Shape Safari ProShape Safari Pro is a puzzle which you can get today just for free.

Shape Safari Pro is a puzzle game using shapes to challenge your visuospatial cognition. This is the very adult way of saying, “you get to play with shapes!”

Shape Shifting

The objective is to re-create the shape that’s provided by first, choosing the correct shape, and second, manipulating it properly to make the perfect match. After you choose the shape, the manipulator options will automatically appear. The manipulators depict how the image will be affected using a constant sample image. If you need to smash your image, choose the manipulator that appears smashed.

Initially, this may seem like a simple task, however with each successful match, the puzzle’s difficulty increases.

Puzzles increase in difficulty based on level and number of steps until completion. These are added along the bottom of the screen and provide additional points once you complete a puzzle. The more difficult the level and more steps involved, the higher the point value.

A Little Android Helper

If you make a mistake, use the undo button. If you are totally stuck, use the hint button. A miraculous little green Android will appear to save the day. It will undo your mistakes and point to the next correct move, but the rest is up to you.

Play an endless amount of puzzles and become a visuospatial genius. You can do it, and the miraculous little Android can help!

Kindle Library Lending Off to a Slow Start

Kindle Library Lending debuted last year, and has shown modest growth, but has a ways to go before it really takes off.  The number of libraries that offer the service has grown tremendously, but the selection of books offered has not.

My local library offers access to e-books for the Kindle, Nook, and other electronic devices.  But, I rarely find anything I like.  If I do, it already has a waiting list a mile long.

One of the biggest barriers to the program is reaction from publishers.  The Big 6 are having a hard time relinquishing their books for borrowing because they’re afraid that it will make a big dent in sales.

I read an article earlier today that got me thinking more about this dilemma, and I began to mull over ideas suggested in the article that might help them get over their fears.

E-books are easier to get and transport than regular books.  So publishers are afraid that book sales will go the way of music sales did about 10 years ago.

I think with careful handling through licensing, a compromise can be reached.  The result would be a benefit for both libraries and publishers.  By adding e-books to their collection, libraries can shake their old stereotypes and offer something that is new and exciting.

For publishers, the benefit is the exposure to books that can lead to a purchase.  There are people who borrow books from a library, like them a lot, then purchase them to read again.

Another option is to join Amazon Prime and use the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.  It has a much broader selection, but you can only check out one a month.  I have checked out a lot more books from there than from my library.  I am currently waiting very impatiently until the next month to download the third book in the Hunger Games Series on my Kindle.

I think it is important to still get the word out about e-book borrowing in libraries.  Increasing the demand for books can’t hurt.  Just remember, it is the publishers not the libraries themselves, that are setting the book limits.  I hope to see a future where both print and e-books will be readily available to library patrons globally.