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Why pay for ebooks?

August 30, 2017

Author stories: Edward Trayer

One book purchased from Edward Trayer helps hundreds of authors (besides him) and thousands of children each year. That’s not an exaggeration. Because Trayer, who writes children’s and YA books under the name Billy Bob Buttons, can support himself on his royalties, he has been able to launch The Wishing...

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August 23, 2017

Author stories: Deb Stover

Deb Stover earns about two dollars each time you purchase one of her romance novels for $2.99. It may not sound like much, but to her it’s a life-changing amount of money. Seriously. Read what book royalties helped Deb and her husband, Dave, do for themselves and their three children...

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August 16, 2017

Author stories: S.M. Schmitz

S.M. Schmitz has loved writing since she was a youngster and only stopped doing it when graduate school became too time-consuming for her to balance the hobby with homework. During her time as a college world-history instructor, she told herself that once she retired — or her two kids were...

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August 9, 2017

Author stories: Ripley Patton

Ripley Patton’s writing career has been a dream come true twice over. It started in 2006, when her husband’s job as a social worker meant the family could move to New Zealand — and that Ripley could now pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a published author. First came award-winning...

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July 31, 2017

Author stories: Andra Watkins

Book sales are helping author Andra Watkins live life to the fullest, with no regrets — and inspiring others to do the same. Watkins always had an artistic streak, spending much of her youth as an actress and spending years hearing people say “you should write.” But like many now-writers,...

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July 26, 2017

Author stories: Christine Conaway

Christine Conaway and her husband had bounced back from a financially devastating medical emergency when another crisis struck them in 2007. They were both working for a large retailer when Christine was severely injured on the job. Doctors said she’d never walk again, let alone work, and the settlement they...

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July 19, 2017

Author stories: Lisa Blackwood

Sometimes book sales allow writers to scale back or even quit their day jobs. Other times, they make a dramatic difference in the quality of life for writers’ loved ones. And in Lisa Blackwood’s case, they change the lives of animals in need. Learn more about her book-funded philanthropy here....

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July 5, 2017

Author stories: M.L. Hamilton

Reading books is an integral part of many people’s education. But did you realize that buying books can accomplish the same thing? If not, you’ll understand after reading mystery/fantasy author M.L. Hamilton’s story, available in full here. * * * In this series, we're sharing the stories of authors and...

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