One of the most exciting aspects of the epublishing revolution is the proliferation of new writing that wouldn't be handled by the traditional publishers. I'm thinking particularly here of personal memoirs and family stories.
I got into epublishing to help my husband bring his novel Magnificent Britain in front of an audience. It was several months after the launch of Magnificent Britain that I began to think about publishing a diary that my father had written during World War II. I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety: The Diary of a Petty Officer in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II was released as a Kindle ebook in October 2012 and I'm really pleased that I took the decision to publish it. My dad, who died many years ago, would have been amazed.
I've downloaded and enjoyed reading several indie-published World War Two memoirs. In Fleet Air Arm Memories 1939 - 1946: Tales of the Brummagem Bastard the author R.S. Pyne has taken her grandfather's diary, notes, correspondence, citations and other documents to create a very interesting annotated memoir of the life of a young, war-time recruit in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.
Grandfather is Norman H. Mills whose voice comes through strongly throughout this book. His memories of his experiences in just about every campaign of World War Two are quite amazing. The details are personal and give fascinating insights into the everyday life of the service personnel of the era. The annotations cover a variety of topics and purposes and contain an interesting mix of explanations and technical details with some useful references to other sources for those who want to find out more.
The aspects of the story which relate to the Arctic Convoys are particularly fascinating and have contemporary resonances as the long saga of the Arctic Convoy Medal has recently come to its conclusion.
Some of the language is rich and fruity and reflects the era and the circumstances and author R.S. Pyne has included a health warning in the blurb for the book. Fleet Air Arm Memories 1939 - 1946: Tales of the Brummagem Bastard is available to download in the Amazon Kindle Store.
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I have a friend who bought a Kindle and a few months later got an Apple iPad. She downloaded the Kindle app for iPads from the Amazon Kindle Store and now reads all her Kindle ebooks on her iPad.
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I haven't used anything other than the Kindle app but others are available too.
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So, even if you don't want to buy your own ereader you can still enjoy some of the thousands of ebooks that have been published for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple iBooks etc.
Fleet Air Arm Memories 1939 - 1946: Tales of the Brummagem Bastard can be found in all Amazon Kindle Stores.
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