Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From all paper to all Ebook





When the idea of Ebooks first came about I thought I would never go over "to the dark side." I liked my good old fashioned paperbacks and hardcovers. I loved the smell of an old book and just staring at them on my book shelf.

Then I became a book reviewer in 2011. It was easier for publishers to send me Egalleys instead of paper copies, so I degressed and started reading ARCs on my computer. That got old quite rapidly as I was pregnant at the time and sitting for hours on a computer even after being at work all day was not comfortable.

I did some research and thought maybe I could 'try' getting an Ereader. I looked through the kindles and the nooks and all of those, but then the magicness that is the Ipad 2 came out. I was literally drooling. So much technology in such a tiny package.

Two weeks after my daughter was born I received the Ipad in the mail and it was one of the best gifts a new mother could receive. Instead of turning on the bright lights of the TV to watch a show or the lamp to read a book while I sat up with my new baby, all I needed was the tiny light of the Ipad and I could sit up reading a new book. And when I was done with that book I didn't even have to leave my seat, just pick the next one off my virtual book shelf.

As my journey into reading Ebooks progressed and my daughter grew I discovered the world of  Indie books. I didn't need to run to Barnes and Noble to check out the best seller list and pay $9.99 or more for a book, I could just browse the online catalogs and pick up a great best seller for $2.99, $0.99, or even free!

The possibilites were endless! I found myself lurking on Pixel of Ink every day to see the deal of the day and watching my Twitter feed to see when an Indie author released a new book so I could get it downloaded. If you took a glance at my Kindle or Nook library you would see an eclectic mix of traditionally published books (like Evernight by Claudia Gray or Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James) right alongside some amazing Indie published books (like The fabulous Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines or Hollowland by Amanda Hocking).

No matter if the book is traditionally published or a new Indie book, I find myself ditching the big box stores (that dont' even cater to the Indie books I so deeply love) and instead settle for a little internet browsing and an instant download of a potential new favorite story.

Tell me do you prefer your good old fashioned paper books or have you gone to the Darkside of Ebooks?

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Magan is a self-proclaimed geek-to-glam poster child who channels her inner geek by writing science fiction for teens, even though she slept with a night light until she was in middle school for fear of alien attacks. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in central Illinois where she still sleeps with a night light...just in case.  Her debut novel HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN is available now through Amazon and Barnes and Noble in Ebook and Paperback. HOW TO BREAK UP WITH AN ALIEN, the sequel, will be released later in May. If you have nothing better to do you can follow her online through her website, blogFacebook, and Twitter.

22 comments:

  1. I must admit I purchase 20 times more ebooks than I do paperback books. My 14yr old has her own kindle and refuses to pick up a paperback unless the price is cheaper than kindle or she can't find it on kindle. She takes her kindle everywhere and now I even read on my iphone instead of taking my ipad which won't fit in my purse. So...I think I've become an ebook consumer for 90% of my books. However, if there is a book that really was good and I want to have my own paperback copy, or if the author is signing it (which authors can now sign ebooks with kindlegraph) I'll buy paperback or hardback.

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    1. That's what I like to hear. I just read somewhere that more and more kids are getting Ereaders. It's better to have them reading than anything else.

      Oh and I bought my purse based on if my Ipad would fit in it :)

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  2. I actually can't believe I was ever ''against'' ebooks. I LOVE my Kindle. Love it. I actually prefer reading on it more than print books for comfort alone. I now get VERY irritated when people say I'm not reading ''real books'' or get snobby about it. Of course not everyone is going to like ebooks but it's the same story and surely we should be able to enjoy books for their words and not for what they're written on. :)

    I still buy a lot of print books and use my Kindle mostly for indie books and for Netgalley/review books.

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    1. I just had a conversation with someone who refused to ever get an Ereader. I don't know what the big deal is about it.

      I did just buy a hardcover book, but that is because I have the entire series as hardcover and I want to continue with that.

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  3. Like Nicola, I love my Kindle so much I prefer it to paper books now. (In fact, I have force myself to work on my paper TBR stack!) I carry my Kindle everywhere. One plus is it's easier for me to borrow books from the library now; I can put them on hold and download them from my computer instead of trailing my son around the DVDs and the kids section.

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    1. My library is just starting to do the Kindle thing with books. I'd love to see more of that in libraries, it would be SO much easier, especially with children.

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  4. I really enjoy my Kindle but mainly use them for all the indie books I love so much. If the traditional print book is about the same price as the ebook then I'll purchase the print so I can pass it one to someone else. I enjoy both. I love the selection we have now.

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    1. The probablem with print books for me now seems to be the wait. I actually pre-ordered a book, expecting to get it soon after the release date and it didn't get mailed to me for over a week. I waited EVERY single day for it.

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  5. I love both. But now I will purchase mostly everything on my Kindle, if I like it enough I will eventually get it in paperback. Plus, I am an Indie author, so I love supporting the Indie book craft!

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    1. Supporting Indies is also a great reason to buy Ebooks. Though alot of us do have paper books, I'm fine with someone picking out my Ebook and zipping through it. My only series that I have kept buying in paperback (besides my own) is Sookie Stackhouse and that is because I started it like that and now I have to finish it.

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  6. my husband got me hooked on my Kindle and I've never looked back. the only part that bothers me is not being able to read on take off and landing on a plane. but hey, I don't fly that much. but when I'm stuck out somewhere unexpectedly or just plain forget my Kindle, it's Kindle App to the rescue! I can pick up with my book right where I left off. And like you, I love having a library full of nearly free Indie books!

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    1. I didn't even think about using the book during take off and landing. I still don't understand that technology. How is it REALLY going to interfere?

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  7. Well said. I had an early Kindle, now have an iPad. I read about half ebooks/half print, but you're right about ARCs. Nice to have them on an ereader. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's cheaper for the publisher and it was easier for me when I got ARCs because when I worked with TOR it seemed like I was witing forever to get the print one. By the time I got my Ipad I was able to just upload them right away and ahve them reviewed within a week.

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  8. Oh, and congrats on your new book. I recently published in the same manner. Heading over to your book now. Best of luck!

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  9. I don't have a sense of smell, so maybe that's why I have zero nostalgia for paper books cluttering up my house! :) I'm an e-book reader all the way and will only resort to paper when I want to buy an entire series and the trade paperbacks are cheaper than the e-books. And THAT's probably why 90% of the books I read are indie. Ha! I don't care who published them - just give me a good story! I have two kindles and love them both, but am excited for the Kindle Fire I'm getting for my birthday. I may never leave my house.

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    1. Stacey, you don't have a sense of smell because you are an alien. Let's be honest.

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  10. I love print books, but I bought a KOBO reader when Borders was going out of business last year. I love my KOBO too. Well, I did until so many books were Amazon only. Add that to the fact that my KOBO has started to mess up, and I've decided I need to buy a Kindle. The only time I buy a print book now is if I can get it cheaper than the ebook. I love all the Indie books I've found and most of the time these days I end up only getting them.

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    1. You know, I'm a big reader of Sookie Stackhouse and I try to get everyone to read the same books as me because I just like discussing them. I was going to buy a friend some of the books for her Nook and they were the same price as trade paperback! I guess that's why Indies are taking over the Ebook market. And on a similar note, all my Sookie books are hardcover, so I spent triple of what they would be in paperback. I can't help it. I started the series that way and that is how I will end it whenever it ends.

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  11. I love the ebook. I still enjoy picking up that bound copy, but I don't think I have to choose one over the other. I just think that now I have more choices. I agree that the prices are usually pretty amazing. I have noticed that bestselling authors charge more for their Kindle/Nook versions than they do for their paperbacks. That's interesting.

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  12. If it's a book I REALLY want (aka will keep in my collection), I'll get the paperback or hard cover. If it's a book I'm not so sure about, but am still curious, I'll get the e-copy. I have a decent mixture of both now.

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