INVASION OF THE E-READERS!
If you haven’t heard about the latest form of reading books and periodicals, you’ve been hiding under a rock. Last year I would have wrestled you to the ground, gotten you in a head lock and given you nuggies if you said I’d be a convert to e-reading. Give up reading
books? Real books with pages that I can dog ear? No way. No how.
That was before Christmas, when Santa brought me a Kindle. With trepidation, I downloaded my first book – Butterfly Swords by JeannieLin – and began my journey through cyberspace to the other side of the page.
As a writer, I spend way too much time at the computer already, and in the past I wasn’t the least bit interested in reading e-books meant only for the computer. Who in
their right mind wanted to spend EVEN MORE TIME at the computer? Then these
crazy little gadgets kept popping up – e-readers. The gadget reading fire caught on turning into a wildfire of different readers – hand held readers, some with color, some
on notepad sized devices, smart phones had APs for reading books, EVERYONE
seemed to have some form of e-reading device at their fingertips.
So Santa gave me a gift of reading, and I’m addicted, though I still love reading REAL books too. And I suspect that is how my attitude will continue for another year or three. Who knows what the future holds.
As I read my way through several books, at a much faster pace since I can adjust the font size, one itty bitty problemo became evident. I owned a Kindle, it had Whispernet, and it
was too easy to buy books! I bought too many.
The other problem was – I felt confined to the books that were only sold on Amazon. What if I wanted to buy a book from a specific e-publisher? Which publication version did I need? I hadn’t a clue, and I didn’t feel like taking a course on e-reader conversions in order to buy from those specific e-publishers.
Note: As an author I am aware that other authors earn the most royalties for their hard work in book form when bought from the e-publisher who published them. Amazon takes a cut and the author must settle for their percentage after that cut instead of the full royalty rate for which they’ve contracted.
I wanted to support all of my e-published friends by going directly to their e-publishers. The problem was I bought a few books then couldn’t open them on my particular e-reader. I bought e-books from Harlequin UK, then couldn’t open them. I bought my first Carina Press e-book and couldn’t open that either. Wasted money. Wasted time. Wasted effort.
Another advantage of being an author is being on author loops with knowledgeable people only an e-mail away. One author said she solved her book buying addiction by buying herself a monthly gift card from Amazon and when she’d spent it all, that was it for that month. Great idea, and that solved my overspending on Whispernet books. Then I found out there was a program created to help the hopeless e-reading people like myself to convert any books to fit ANY e-reader out there. Because I will have my own e-book available in July, I want to share my discovery with my blog readers.
The program is free to download, though you can donate to the program creator. I gave ten bucks. And that’s my public service announcement for today.
The Question: What is your favorite e-reader and why?
Make it a great week!
P.S. Watch for my debut e-book ONE FOR THE ROAD coming July 13th from The Wild Rose Press!