Friday, May 19, 2017

Free AudioBooks and EBooks!

What does a 30 day FREE membership get you? 
1,500 free ebooks
500 audiobooks

All on your smartphone!

Deseret Book Bookshelf Plus

I am a book fanatic. (I don't just write books, I avidly ready them too.) I listen to or read a new book almost every 3 days. But it can be very hard to find LDS ebooks at a reasonable price! Drives me crazy! So it is a great gift that I can FINALLY access the Deseret Book catalog, and listen to them on my phone. 

Deseret Book has launched it's new ebook and audiobook service called Bookshelf Plus. And for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual membership of $99/yr, you get access to thousands of books.

Fun fact- The subscription/membership (service) is called Bookshelf Plus - that's the membership/subscription service that allows you to read or listen to UNLIMITED ebooks and audiobooks.

The actual app you download (from the Google Play store or the Apple iTunes store) to your phone is called the Deseret Bookshelf. You can use Bookshelf without a Plus membership. You will just be limited to a small amount of free materials. You can still use the app to buy ebooks/audiobooks at regular price.

To clarify- you pay for a membership with Plus, and you get access to THOUSANDS of free books. Without a membership, pay regular price to buy ebooks. 

When you download the app, it comes with links/icons for official Church materials (Gospel Doctrine lesson book, Teachings of the Prophets, etc) right on the front. It even has links to the most recent General Conference talks right there the minute you download the app. That's links to both the audio and e-book version, which is really convenient.

There are even links to classic church talks, and to free literary classics (I immediately downloaded Les Mis and Large Catechism (by Martin Luther)).

You can see from my phone screenshots below how easy it is to download a book. You see it in the "discover" tab, click on it, then click download and open, and voila, it downloads. That fast and easy. And because you have your annual membership, you don't have to pay for it!

Let's say you wanted to buy my first published book, "Beyond Perfection." If you check it out on Amazon, the Kindle version is $14.99 (of which yours truly gets something like 50 cents if you buy it.) (Seriously, moms, don't let your babies grow up to be authors.) 

On Deseret Book, you only have to pay $9.99.  But if you have a Bookshelf Plus membership and the Deseret Bookshelf app, YOU GET IT FOR FREE!

If you are a regular consumer of Mormon books, LDS Church materials, clean e-books, and uplifting audiobooks, you are going to love this new offering from Deseret Book. 

THOUSANDS of free e-books! THOUSANDS!!
Tons of audiobooks that you can't get anywhere else!
After your 30 day free trial, it's either $9.99/mo, OR $99/yr. 
And you can get it all on your smartphone. 

Affiliate Blogger Disclaimer- I did not get paid to write this post. I am a beta user and blogger of the product. If you use my links to purchase the Deseret Book Bookshelf Plus membership, I receive a commission. But it no way, shape, or form, effects the cost of your membership or purchases for me to receive the commission. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Who remembers this bodacious snack from childhood? #gummycola

Sometimes life throws you funny little curve balls.

Sometimes life throws you funny little curve balls. For instance, sometimes you hear that your favorite radio show, @waitwaitnpr is going to be in SLC for the first time in 17 years to do a live show. So you buy 2 tickets, because you have a specific friend you know would love to go to. First curveball- friend is out of the country this week. Second curveball- you bought the tix a few months ago, just to find out a few weeks ago you need to have a very minor, yet necessary surgery, and it had to be today. And I'd have to be totally intubated/knocked out for it. So do I go or sell the tickets? Silly question. Go. But I'd be unable to drive and may have to cancel at the last minute. Third curveball- figuring out just the right friend who would love the show too, and wouldn't blink when I explained the strings attached. And would still go without me if necessary. And @sarabnich was the perfect friend for the job. So do you go to a national radio show taping 6 hours after surgery and full of painkillers? I figured this could actually only make the show funnier. Fourth curveball, I may have been a little out of it, and told Sara to go to the U, (Kingsbury Hall), and not Abravnel Hall (downtown SLC). Thankfully we got there 30 mins early, figured out she shouldn't listen to me, and still got to the right place right on time. 😂 The show was totally worth it and hilarious. Loved it. Painkillers wore off just about the time we arrived, so I can say it was funny without the doped up caveat. Glad I went and have no regrets. And it was awesome to see Sara again as well. We laughed and talked and you would never know we haven't seen each other in 4 years. Bonus- I now know how to say charcuterie and manchego. And yes, I do realize I just switched from saying you to I, but I don't care. I've been reunited with my painkillers. And I have no regrets. #NPR #nprlife #sinussurgery #reallynotabigdeal #noregrets #thankyouCeleeseandMadiforhelpingmetodaytoo #petersagal has his own hashtag

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