Tag Archives: e-books

Revolution and Evolution, the History of the Book

“In around 1440 AD, a goldsmith called Johannes Gutenberg began assembling the apparatus that would eventually become known as the first Western printing press. Thirty years later, this invention had transformed Europe, spiritually, economically and politically. In this episode of Worldview Adam Boulton is joined by Professor Alexander Lee and Professor Emma Smith to chart the history of the book, from its revolutionary beginnings to the present day.”




This is a fascinating podcast. Apart from the interesting historical background, I was struck by Professor Smith’s comment that a dictator could easily remove e-books from electronic devices whilst it is virtually impossible for a totalitarian regime to track down and destroy all copies of physical books they dislike.


I do see advantages to e-books. Indeed, as a visually impaired person who is not able to read print I take advantage of the text to speech facility on the Kindle app in my iPhone to have books read aloud. In addition, all of my titles are available as e-books. However, I also love the physicality of books and most of my titles are also available in paperback format.

Research carried out by “The Guardian” shows many of the reviews posted on Amazon to be misleading

The Guardian has carried out research into the reviews posted on Amazon, and its findings show many of them to be misleading, both in the field of books and other products available via Amazon. For example, one edition of Austen’s “emma” contained many errors, including the use of “buddy” instead of “friend”, and “guy” rather than man. For the article please see, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/05/amazon-shoppers-misled-by-bundled-product-reviews

Skim Reading Is The New Normal

My thanks to my friend, Brien for drawing the below article to my attention.

“We need to cultivate a new kind of brain: a “bi-literate” reading brain capable of the deepest forms of thought in either digital or traditional mediums. A great deal hangs on it: the ability of citizens in a vibrant democracy to try on other perspectives and discern truth; the capacity of our children and grandchildren to appreciate and create beauty; and the ability in ourselves to go beyond our present glut of information to reach the knowledge and wisdom necessary to sustain a good society”.



A library, black as pitch. Prystine books slumber, their pages forever free of human hands. No footfall here, no climbing to reach that prize on the uppermost shelf. No coughs nor sneezes, no diseases. Patiently, the books stand, waiting to be read.

The flick of a switch illuminates row upon row of books. A reader, device of choice in hand, scrolls through his virtual library, selects and reads. A library in your pocket, handbag or on your PC. Technology, the march of progress. Yet, somewhere still, real shelves groan with books, their pages dog eared through constant use. A man coughs and, wiping dust off a beloved tome sits, drinks in the scent of books and reads.

Data on paper or virtual data both, in their way are real.

A Review Of My Collection Of Short Stories: “Sting In The Tail And Other Stories”

On checking to ascertain whether the free promotion of my books had resulted in any further reviews, I came across the following review for my collection of short stories, “Sting In The Tail And Other Stories”:


“Dark, suicidal short stories. However, well thought out. Left me feeling very gloomy. Way stories are woven still reminiscent of S. King”. (http://www.amazon.com/review/R9HE7R51U7CEQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00DFK6R54). Thank you to the reviewer for taking the time to read and review “Sting In The Tail”.


A Thank You

My collection of short stories, Street Walker And Other Stories was free, in the Kindle Store from 25 February until 1 March. During the free promotion Street Walker was downloaded a total of 84 times (well give or take a download either way as I find it difficult to read the sales reports in KDP Select. Am I the only one who has this difficulty)! Irrespective of whether the number of downloads was 84, 83 or 85, many thanks to everyone who downloaded Street Walker. I hope you enjoyed reading my book and I would love to hear what you thought of it. Thank you also to all who reblogged the free promotion bringing it to the attention of a wider audience. The mutual assistance of bloggers is one of the great things about social media!

You can find Street Walker And Other Stories here, http://www.amazon.com/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4

Protecting Teenage Prostitutes?

Yesterday I came across an interesting debate on Youtube regarding a Private Members Bill being piloted through Parliament by the Labour MP John Mann which, if it becomes law would make it illegal to pay for sex with a prostitute aged under 21, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHukn6AHHi4. Under UK law the age of consent is 16 for both men and women. It is, however illegal to pay for sex with anyone under the age of 18. John Mann and his supporters believe that those aged over 18 but under 21 are particularly vunnerable so making it illegal to pay for sex with this group would reduce the demand for young prostitutes giving these ladies (and men) breathing space and the chance to explore alternative career paths.

Opponents of the proposal argue that it is unenforcible and that the law should be left as it currently stands. Others believe that the Swedish model should be implemented under which those who pay for sex are prosecuted while men and women engaged in the sex industry are assisted to exit prostitution.

In my story, Samantha, Sam is forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool by her brutal pimp Barry and it is touch and go as to whether she will survive or end her brutalised existence in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Docks. In The First Time we meet Becky, a young graduate who becomes a prostitute in order to pay off her debts. The First Time explores the psychological effects of working in the sex industry on Becky and her fellow escort and friend Julie. In neither story do I refer to the age of Samantha or Becky, however I had in the back of my mind that Becky is 21 while Sam is 18 or 19 (Samantha is studying at university when she becomes entrapped into prostitution).


For Samantha please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI (for the UK) or http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI (for the US).

For The First Time please visit http://www.amazon.com/First-Time-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00FJGKY7Y/ref=la_B00CEECWHY_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393147163&sr=1-1 (for the US or http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-First-Time-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00FJGKY7Y (for the UK). For a recent review of The First Time please visit https://cupitonians.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-first-time-book-review/.

My collection of short stories, An Act Of Mercy is free in the Kindle Store until Tuesday 25 February. To download An Act Of Mercy free please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/An-act-mercy-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00EHS74CS (for the UK) or http://www.amazon.com/An-act-mercy-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00EHS74CS (for the US).

Book Review: Samantha By K Morris

I was delighted to receive the below 4 star review of my story Samantha

“Samantha is the first book that I have read by this author but I can assure you that it won’t be the last. From the first page he had me captivated as I

followed the journey of Samantha, a troubled girl from a privileged background who finds herself out on the streets through no fault of her own. The author’s

attention to detail throughout the book is excellent and the characters were all easy to identify with.


Although Samantha is a short book, it is nonetheless a very satisfying read and I very much look forward to more works by this author.”

For the review please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1I8EMOV3SFDLM/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00BL3CNHI&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=341677031&store=digital-text


I have decided to spend more time on my writing which means that blog posts will be less frequent, 2-3 a week, sometimes more and, on occasions less. In addition to my blogging and writing I have a full time job. Balancing the competing demands of work, blogging, writing (not to mention friends)! Isn’t always easy, hence my decision to blog less frequently. I won’t be disappearing so don’t open the champagne just yet! I will continue to lurk in the depths of the web popping up from time to time with blog posts and comments!

I very much appreciate all my followers so rest assured I won’t be vanishing into the deep blue yonder!



Getting in Contact

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