I visited your blog, Shelf Life. Just the title got me to thinking about the shelf life of…well, all sorts of things!
The men in my family are sticklers about the dates on food. If the date is expired on a can of vegetables, they won’t eat them. Expired ketchup? Fuh-get-about-it! But don’t expect them to actually open the oldest ketchup bottle first. Oh no! That would be way too much trouble.
Big ticket items like cars and homes kinda have a shelf life. I mean it’s not stamped on your house, “will expire in 40 years”, but eventually these material things will become run-down, decay, and wear out.
But books are the topic here, so let’s narrow our focus to books. Print books can have a long, healthy shelf life if properly taken care of, but they do age after time. The pages become brittle, the binding loose, the spines stiff. So, yeah, sad to say, but books have a shelf life.
Ebooks have burst on the scene in the last few years, so it will be interesting to see how long of a shelf life they have. They won’t face the same decaying forces of humidity, or dry air, or neglect that cause print books to decay, but they will encounter changes in software and hardware that might make them obsolete over time. Looking at it from this side of the fence, it looks like ebooks will have a long and productive shelf life.
That makes me smile since my debut novel, Stealing Jake, is an ebook from Tyndale House Publishers. I definitely want it to have a long shelf life, as an ebook and as print book if that time comes!
You would think that our very lives have a shelf life. I mean we’re born, we grow, learn, advance in age, then end up as senior citizens, and pass on from this life. But do we really have a shelf life? Can anybody put a stamp on us that says, “you’re done”?
No, not really. God is the only one who can put a time stamp on us, and even then, we’re not “done for”. As long as we put our trust in Him, we’ll never, EVER be done for. We’ll spend the rest of eternity in Heaven with Him.
Wow! Christians have a shelf life that extends into eternity and beyond. Now that’s something to get excited about!
Holly, it’s been a pleasure to be your guest today.
My debut novel, Stealing Jake, is available for FREE now as a download from Amazon. It’s #1 out of 15,000 on the Top 100 Free Kindle Downloads and has been for a week! How’s that for shelf life? Boggles this country girl’s mind!
About Stealing Jake:
When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of
Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.
Interwoven throughout is a group of street kids arrested in
To read the prologue for Stealing Jake, click here.
To celebrate the release of Stealing Jake, Pam is giving away a Kindle on October 8th. Deadline to enter is September 30th. Oh, and the Kindle is loaded with Seeker books. Additional books being added every few days. Whoo-hoo!
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Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut book, Stealing Jake, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family. www.pamhillman.com