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Provided by Richard and Linda Eyre

Our first column appeared in November 2010 and we love our connection to you who read us, whether it’s every column or only occasionally. We appreciate you, and once in a while, as is the case today, we do a very personal column about some aspect of our lives that we want to share. Let us tell you about how we view writing and how we view books, and then extend a little “thank you” gift today.

Our view of books is that they are a way of sharing, of promoting conversation and thought, and of communicating ideas. Books have been good to us — we have been fortunate enough to have national best sellers and to publish with Random House, McGraw Hill, Simon and Schuster and Penguin. Our books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and we run into versions that we can’t even read all over the world.

But times are changing, and we are changing. In the life phase where we are now, we are less interested in how much money we make on books and far more interested in getting them into the hands of people they could help or who might be prompted to work a little bit harder or more effectively at prioritizing their family because of something we may have shared. This is why we have set up EyresFreeBooks.com where, as soon as copyrights will allow, we simply put up books online for free. And on the newer ones, we look for ways to get them to friends and families and those with whom we have contact at cost or at our author’s price.

Some say that books are dying, that bookstores are a thing of the past, that people have too short of attention spans to read books and will just get information from Google or Wikipedia or any place fast and short.

We disagree. We love how books have evolved. We still love the feel of a real book in or hands, and we love our personal library, but we also love to read on Kindles or on smartphones, and we love how accessible books are now, and in how many forms they exist compared to the “old days.” We love the feedback we can get now as authors when readers hit “comment” and share an idea or a reaction to one of our ideas.

We love that our older books are still available to parents (parenting principles never change) and that most of them are now free at EyresFreeBooks.com, but we also love that we can now write about grandparenting and the things most relevant to us now.

In conversations with our book publisher, he often refers to “our readers,” meaning, of course, those who read our books. Recently we said to him “You know, we also have another set of readers.” We were referring to you who read our column here in the Deseret News.

“And,” we said, “we would like to have more overlap between these two sets of readers — we would like to give a Christmas gift to our Deseret News readers by giving them a way to direct-order our latest books and get them at our author's price — at 50 percent off — and with free shipping.”

He agreed, and set up a special web page at familius.com/eyre-special, where you can enter the access code “DesNewsFriend” and our latest seven books will pop up with little overviews and with half price and free shipping.

These books are about things like extended families, "Life in Full" in a life's autumn season, Thanksgiving and gratitude, better diets, exercise and health, and about what we see happening to families around the world. These are things we care about and think about, and it is a blessing to be able to share them.

The world of books consists of two parts: writers and readers. Both are indispensable to the equation. Thanks for this connection. Here’s a deal: You keep reading and we’ll keep writing.

And let's switch roles a lot too. We will read, and we encourage you to write — your children and your friends will be glad you did, and so will you.