The eBook Management Jungle

September 27, 2012 in Articles, eBook Management

Managing your eBooks you would think would be a much easier process than managing physical paper books. After all you can download many eBooks in digital format and just save them to a directory – right?

Well no not quite, because contrary to physical books, eBooks come in many different formats and as yet there is no one common standard. Plus Amazon, the biggest eBook distributor on the planet has their own proprietary eBook formatting standard – AZW; which is now in the process of being superseded by the new KF8 standard. The latter being introduced to provide a larger number of formatting options such as text wrapped around images, different colours, tables etc.

Sadly KF8 is not going to be compatible with pre-existing E Ink Display readers as some of the functions available in KF8 simply do not work and the text can be displayed incorrectly. Newer devices such as the Kindle Fire will on the other hand display the older AZW format without a problem. Read the rest of this entry →

The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson

September 5, 2012 in Books, crime, Fiction


The follow up to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and the 2nd in Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Millenium Triology’ is the ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’. It is the continuation of the story of Lisbeth Salander, a highly intelligent computer hacker, and her association with the journalist Mikael Blomqvist.

In this second of the series Lisbeth has cut off any emotional relationship with Blomqvist, refuses to take his calls and has taken a new young lover. A strong independent woman that knows her own mind, Lisbeth sets the rules for her sexual encounters. Having been sexually abused when she was younger and eliciting a violent revenge on her abuser, she now ensures that she controls any sexual activity in her relationships.

The focus of this second book has, as you may have suspected, moved away from Blomqvist and onto Lisbeth Salander. It deals with her difficulty of fitting into a society that allowed her as a young woman to be abused in the way she was by someone who was supposed to be her protector and guardian. But is her evil legal guardian going to win over in the end as he helps to bring corrupt forces to bear against her.

Her encounter and revenge on her abuser has culminated in her becoming a suspect in no less than three murders. The consequences for which lead her to be the subject of a nationwide search. Ironically it is the murder of two journalists about to do an exposé  on sex trafficking in Sweden that is the trigger for her problems, the weapon used for the murders has her finger prints on it. Her old ally Bloqvist knows she is innocent and determines to help her despite her refusal to speak to him. As you would expect if you read ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Lisbeth doesn’t take things lying down, excuse the pun, nor does she become a helpless victim. Conversely she goes on the offensive and although having to avoid the attention of a nationwide search, she displays an uncanny ability for tracking down and dealing with the most elusive of her enemies.

This is another cracking book from Larsson and with over 2000 reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk alone with an average rating of between 4 and 5 stars you can see why his books continue to sell at an exponential rate.

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