Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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January 7, 2013: After some hard thought, I've decided to officially shut down this blog. I know I haven't updated it in a while, but I thought I should let you all know so you can remove it from your RSS feeds, etc.

Reason: I've decided that I need to find ways to make more time to read and create books.

I had great fun working on illustrating I'M BORED (written by Michael Ian Black, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012) and am now working on writing and/or illustrating new book projects. In addition to my picture book projects, I also want to get back to my novel writing.

My challenge: I want to do too many things and am currently involved in too many projects. My solution: To prioritize and cull.

You can find out what I'm working on at or follow me on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

Thanks so much for your support and interest in my projects.

-- Debbie

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Stanza For iPad: go-to e-reader

From Stanza For iPad: Could Have Been A Contender? by James Eunson on iPad Apps Buzz:

In 2009, Stanza was doing so well that Amazon took notice and swallowed whole the owner Lexcycle and their Stanza application. Supporters of the app immediately (and justifiably) thought Stanza had met its end, in the face of Amazon’s aggressively-pushed Kindle platform. But with the release of Stanza on iPad it appears Amazon still believes in this product enough to resuscitate it for one more frolic in the eBook fjords.

With some positive first impressions floating around, I decided to give it a shot. But in a world of iBooks and Kindle, I’m not entirely sure where Stanza fits nowadays. Put simply: why should we care anymore?

Eunson answers at the end of his article:

For those with self-assembled collections of eBooks, pieced together in a patchwork of odd formats, Stanza is your go-to. For those who would like more power and configurability, Stanza delivers.

I agree, and this is one of the reasons I have Stanza on my iPad along with iBooks (which, in the Canadian iBook store, still only has public domain titles), Kobo, and the Amazon Kindle app.