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“Does anybody within the sound of my voice still read short stories? I have nine of them that are totally free (they are read by me as podcasts and can be downloaded or listened to online, or also read as .pdf files) on my new website, http://www.catherineryanhyde.com . If comments are an indicator, I'm having trouble getting people interested. And I'm not selling anything. I'm just giving them to readers for free. I am even trying a Comment Contest (best comment for June gets a free signed hardcover of one of my books, you choose) to get things going. Today is the 15th--so far no June comments. So, help me out if you know. Why are short stories so unpopular?”
“That's an interesting question. First of all I choose books that are recommended by good friends because they obviously know my tastes. I also look to see what the library's book of the month is, and the list of recommended reading from the likes of Richard & Judy - it was from that particular list that I found your "Love in the Present Tense". Then of course once I find a book that I really enjoy, I look out for anything else I can find from the same author! This site also enables you to browse and discover books that look interesting that you probably wouldn't encounter so easily otherwise.”
“What makes you decide you want to read a book? Is it almost always word of mouth recommendations (I know this site is great for that)? Do reviews influence you? If so, I'd be particularly interested to know if you weigh print reviews or online blog reviews more heavily when making a decision. I notice that field of print reviews is contracting as newspapers and other periodicals fall on hard times. Meanwhile blogging is in its heyday. And I just wonder where blogging is in terms of actual influence. And I figured the readers on this site would be a great group to ask.