PDA Fiction

Friday, December 30, 2005

Free eBooks - Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

I thought this might be the first ebook promo where I never downloaded a single title. But, finally, today's ebook caught my eye.

I haven't exactly been dying to read Along Came A Spider, but at least it is worth the 2 seconds the download takes.

This has got to be the worst series of books eReader has ever offered!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Today's Free eBook - Bloody Mary by J. A. Konrath

Publisher's Description:

Bloody Mary
A Jack Daniels Mystery
by J. A. Konrath

Lieutenant Jack Daniels is back, and this time she has to solve one of her goriest cases ever. Someone is running around Chicago dismembering women, and the spare body parts are winding up at the local morgue. In addition to the headaches of the job, she also has to deal with her mother showing up to live with her, as well as the reappearance of her ex–husband, right when she’d thought she was making progress in a relationship with a new boyfriend. Along with her binge–eating partner Herb, who's on a failing quest to find the perfect diet, we see Jack track down and convict one of the scariest serial killers in recent memory–but not before she becomes a target of his wrath, as well.

And it's just in time for Christmas! Ooo-eee

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Laurel Hester

From Pam:

"You've might have heard about the story of Laurel Hester, the NJ police officer who has terminal cancer. She has been fighting the Ocean County Freeholders, who have decided that she cannot leave her pension to her partner. How can these men sleep at night?"

Read more here

Gmail Mobile

If you have a Gmail account and a web-enabled cell phone, this might be useful:

Gmail Mobile

Now you can access your Gmail account from your mobile phone or device. Just point your phone's web browser to http://m.gmail.com. Your Gmail account stays synched, whether you access it from the web or the mobile interface. It's easy to use and it's free (but yes, your wireless plan could still charge you).

It also has these cool features:

• Automatically optimizes the interface for the phone you're using
• Opens the attachments you receive in messages, including photos, Microsoft Word documents and .pdf files
• Lets you reply by call to people whose phone numbers are in your Gmail Contacts list

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Next In The Long List...

...of books I don't want to read:

Today's free ebook from eReader:

MechWarrior Dark Age: Ghost War
A Battletech Novel
by Michael A. Stackpole

Osama Bin Llama

From the NY Times:

"One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a "Vegan Community Project." Another document talks of the Catholic Workers group's "semi-communistic ideology." A third indicates the bureau's interest in determining the location of a protest over llama fur planned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals"

It's not illegal if the President says it's OK. At least, that's what I'm told.

You can find 1984 and other relevant writings by George Orwell here

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Free Copy of ActiveWords

Buzz Bruggeman of ActiveWords was interviewed on OnTheRun with Tablet PCs Podcast #8 He offered a FREE copy of ActiveWords to anyone listening to the podcast.

You have to listen to the podcast to get the instructions - but it is well worth it. ActiveWords is an excellent application - and indispensable if you have a TabletPC - and the TabletPC podcast is always informative.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

"A Democracy ...if you can keep it"

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent review of the Founders view of separation of powers and the checks and balances that they designed to prevent executive tyranny and the Bush administration's claim of untrammeled power. Please read it.

More reading (PDA ready):

The US Constitution
The Federalist Papers

Marginally Better

Today's free ebook:

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
August 2005
Volume 109, No. 2

Friday, December 16, 2005

Update of PalmPDF Available

From the developer:

The first real PDF Viewer for all Palm OS 5.x devices. PalmPDF is a port based on Xpdf (copyright 1996-2005 Glyph & Cog, LLC). PalmPDF is labled as Beta version, because not all features are implemented yet. Please have a look into the ToDo.txt file inside the archive. During development great importance was attached to stability.


  1. Download and unpack the archiv PalmPDF
  2. Alternative: Download just the .prc
  3. Install PalmPDF.prc into the main memory of your device
  4. Automatical install: Run it ones, and it will install itself
  5. Manual install:
  6. Copy the folder "PalmPDF" to your memory card into "/PALM/Programs/"
  7. Copy the PDF-files in the folder "/PALM/Programs/PalmPDF"
  8. PalmPDF will take around 1.3 MB on your device, you can move the rendering engine to your external card, PalmPDf will then only take around 50 kB on your device
  9. Start PalmPDF, choose your PDF and press "Show"
  10. Use the 5-way keys for navigation, use the other keys for zooming, rotation and quit

    Download the PRC here
    Download the Zip file here

Free Ebooks Are Back for XMas

Once again, eReader.com is offering a different ebook for free, each day from now until Christmas.

Today's Book:

My Rebel Belle
by Pamela Cummings

Eppie 2002 finalist—Best Historical Romance!…

My Rebel Belle captures the romance and heartbreak of the struggle between North and South during the Civil War. Staunch rebel Marabelle Talbot proudly supports the Confederacy. Boston aristocrat and Union Major Leander Cabot Brooks falls wounded on her doorstep, and Mara pitches into a whirlwind of emotions when her family nurses the Yankee back to health. Caught between the love of an enemy officer and duty to the rebel soldier she’s promised to, Marabelle struggles to keep her family plantation intact as Confederate and Union armies determine the fate of the nation.

As the war progresses, the Union officer, sent to defeat the South, proves loyal and true to Marabelle. Despite his hatred of the rebels who are trying to destroy his country, Lee Brooks is helpless to prevent the capture of his heart by the beautiful and fiesty Marabelle.

Can a rebel lady and a Yankee officer overcome their hatred for each other’s causes and unite in love as the war–torn country tries to reconstruct itself? Will they even survive the war? Only two very strong and determined lovers can surmount the obstacles keeping them apart.

Check back tomorrow for something less... umm... well, something else.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

War on Christmas Ornaments

Sadly, No presents a nice selection of War On Christmas ornaments, including my personal favorite, The Gay Creche.

""Wait," your dumb relatives will say, "Is that two Josephs in that creche -- or is it a couple of Marys?" This touching nativity scene is a tribute to marriage, and celebrates the miraculous birth of a Holiday religious figure to his earthly fathers. Larry and Joseph figures also sold separately. "

Friday, December 09, 2005

Text To Speech Software

Via Teleread:

If you are interested in Text to Speech software - take a look at Zabaware's UltraHal Text To Speech software offers surprisingly realistic voices for just $25.00

Hear a sample of Alic's Adventures Underground here

Find out more here

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Free Mystery Magazine

Via Lida E. Quillen, Publisher of Twilight Times Books, on the Fictionwise mailing list:

Because of a glitch that has delayed production of the Sept/Oct 2005 print issue of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM), the publisher is offering a free download of the .pdf version through midnight EST on December 5th. Go to


The Nov/Dec 2005 issue of FMAM will be available via Fictionwise on Dec. 5th and/or via the publisher, Twilight Times Books.

Friday, December 02, 2005

30% Off Predator at eReader.com

eReader.com has just put Patricia Cornwell's Predator on sale for 30% off.

The Newsletter Price is now $15.28. The Newsletter Code is still LILY

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Latest Kay Scarpetta from Patricia Cornwell

eReader has the newest Scarpetta novel, Predator, for $21.83 with the Newsletter discount. This week's code is LILY

Here's the description:

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team–Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli–to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now. Predator is proof once again that Patricia Cornwell has few peers with her extraordinary ability to entertain and enthrall.

I swear I read this book already...

Presumably, it will also be available from Fictionwise on Monday -- one hopes, at a better price.