CONVERGENCE is now on BitLit

Convergence-BitLitEarlier this week, I signed up with BitLit to give my print readers the opportunity to obtain the digital copy of Convergence absolutely free.

Although Convergence is enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Matchbook program, there are a few limitations to it that I’m hoping BitLit will help correct while offering my readers extra flexibility in their eReader options.

Here’s the skinny on Matchbook – if you buy the paperback copy of Convergence at Amazon, and only at Amazon, you can get the Kindle edition for free. But, if you ask your local indie bookstore or Barnes & Noble to order you the print copy, you’re out of luck on taking advantage of Matchbook. Should you ever wish to have the eBook edition, on Kindle or any other platform, like Nook or Kobo, you would have to repurchase it.

Matchbook is an Amazon-exclusive program, and ties your print copy purchase to the Kindle edition eBook. That’s fine for a lot of people, myself included. But there’s plenty of readers out there who would be missing out on this advantage.

Enter BitLit.

I played around with this app last month, and you can read my thoughts on it here. I am a big, big fan of bundling print and digital purchases. Marvel and DC Comics have been doing this for a while, and I applaud them for that. My big wish, particularly as a reader, is to see more publishers follow suit.

With BitLit, you don’t have to be an Amazon customer. You don’t have to be a Kindle user. If you want a digital copy of my book, and you already own the print edition, then, damn it, I want to give you that copy.

So here’s the skinny on BitLit – buy the paperback of Convergence anywhere you want. You can get it at Amazon. Buy it through Barnes & Noble. You can have a bookstore special order it for you. Whatever works. Frankly, I don’t care where you buy it, just so long as you get a copy. Then, you just put your name on the copyright page, scan the cover and your signature with the BitLit app, and within a few minutes you’ll have an e-mail with a DRM-free eBook edition of Convergence that you can read on whatever platform you want. You’ll get an ePub file for Nook or Kobo, a PDF to read it on your computer, or a mobi file for your Kindle, even if you didn’t buy the paperback at Amazon. Check out BitLit’s How It Works page for the step-by-step.

Forget all about that Matchbook exclusivity. It’s still available for anyone who wants it, and always will be. But for all those other readers, BitLit and I have got you covered now.

CONVERGENCE is now on BitLit

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Where to Find Me

Facebook has become a bit of a headache lately, with the service opting to focus more heavily on filtered feed content, advertising, and promoting paid posts over basic updates and content.

As such, I started dabbling a little bit with Google+ recently and figured it might be a good time to post a comprehensive list of all the various ways you can find me online. It’s always nice to hear from readers, so hopefully those of you out there will connect and engage.

You can find me here at this blog, obviously: http://michaelpatrickhicks.com. You can subscribe to the site or follow by e-mail over on the right. Feel free to check out previous blog posts in the archives and drop a line in the comments at the bottom. There is also a Contact button in the upper menu that you can reach me at. In the future, I expect to be making greater use of my mailing list, so feel free to sign up on the upper right-hand side, or by clicking here.

On Google+ http://plus.google.com/u/0/118298043352697628891/posts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MikeH5856

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7909523.Michael_Patrick_Hicks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormichaelpatrickhicks

Anyone of these options is a great way to stay up to date, and I’ll have some big announcements on future works in the coming months that you won’t want to miss!

Where to Find Me

Convergence – Now Available on Google Play

Good news – CONVERGENCE is now available for purchase on Google Play!

My sci-fi thriller was recently selected as a Kobo Next sci-fi selection and became a High Tech bestseller in the US and Canada. Last month, over at Amazon, CONVERGENCE was also a best-selling title in the Cyberpunk collection.

This Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-finalist was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a “smart splice of espionage and science fiction. … frighteningly realistic. Well-drawn characters, excellent pacing, and constant surprises make this a great cautionary tale about technology and its abuses.”

You can purchase it through Google Play Books for $3.99 by clicking this link.

Convergence – Now Available on Google Play