I’m in the mood for succinct today, so here goes.
Here’s a new Italian word-order exercise on “Imparare una lingua straniera”.
Other recent material is on our ‘New’ page.
And this is your final reminder about the ‘BotW’ (Book of the Week) offer, Cielo libero, which is now half-price at just £3.99, rather than the usual £7.99.
That offer ends on Sunday night some time.
Should you buy it?
Read what other people thought here.
But why are there only three reviews?
Oh, that’s because 99% of people are “sorry, but I don’t leave reviews”.
Yesterday afternoon, it being Thursday and rather hot here in Bologna, I couldn’t find the energy to do anything complex.
So instead I did one of the ‘boring jobs’ that I save for such moments.
I sat at the computer and sent about a million emails (different ones, manually, from my own email account) asking recent ebook buyers to ‘help us out by telling us what they thought’.
Hi, this is Daniel at easyreaders.org.
I’d be really grateful if you would give me some feedback on the ebook you recently received:
INSERT TITLE HERE WITH LINK.
Leaving a ‘star-rating’ (1-5), and perhaps a brief comment, takes just a few seconds.
Your input will help other language learners, as well as being of benefit to our writers and editors.
In case you’ve never done this before, it really is easy and quick! I’ve prepared step-by step instructions.
CLICK THIS LINK to read the reviews left by others and to add your own.
Thanks so much!
P.S. If you’ve not finished the ebook yet, why not mark this as ‘unread’ and come back to it when you’re ready?
You see how I personalise it for each different title? It’s not an algorithm doing it but a real person. We still exist, you know.
When something buys something, I make a note of the title and their email address. Then, every few weeks, I’ll send out a PLEA, similar to the one above.
I copy and paste in the book title, add the link, in case people have forgotten what they bought and from where, and even add a link to the actual revews page, that way they can click it to go straight there.
Then I check both links work properly and paste in the buyers’ email addresses, being careful to ensure everyone’s privacy.
It’s a lot of work, but the idea is that only the absolute minimum effort is required from the person I’m hoping will help us out.
Oh, and there are the ‘step-by-step’ instructions, which are written so as to be pretty foolproof.
Finally, there’s the P.S.
If you’ve bought something but have not yet actually looked at it, please don’t write back and tell me that.
It’s a waste of your time, and mine.
Instead, get your act together and make a start, as you presumably intended to do when you made the purchase.
Reading and listening to the first chapter will take you, what, ten minutes max.?
You’ll feel better about having splashed £3.99 on an ebook, and will hopefully learn something and feel inspired to do the second chapter tomorrow.
And when you’ve read/listened to the whole book, and are therefore suffused with feelings of satisfaction and achievement?
THEN write a review.
I rewrite that draft email every six months or so, but it doesn’t make much difference.
99% of people still don’t leave reviews.
That said, some do.
Click through to our ‘BotW‘, not to buy something, heaven forbid, just to look.
Scroll down the page, paying attention to what on my laptop is the right-hand column (but might be elsewhere on the screen if you’re using a tablet or smartphone.)
You should see what’s called a ‘recent reviews widget’, which basically automatically shows who has recently reviewed what, most recent at the top.
I think of it as an ‘honor roll’ of people who COULD ACTUALLY BE BOTHERED to help us out.
So Christine, Ciel, Phil, John, Mary, John, Meg, Elsa, Julie and all the others – a heartfelt GRAZIE! for caring.
People like you are the reason this site exists.