However we are, I will admit, in a new Wild West of publishing. Some people are self-publishing e-books, building enormous writing platforms through which to sell them, and making lots of money. Then, some of those same people are selling those same books to traditional publishers for huge figures.
Colleen Houck is one of many examples, and probably the best known example in children's books. You’ve probably read her success story, but in case you haven’t, I’ll post about it soon (probably tomorrow).
But back to the Kindle itself, or e-readers in general, I’ve personally never had much interest in owning one. Though a librarian, I seldom read library copies of books (and I buy about $60,000 worth of books each year for my library). Instead, I like to OWN my own books. But why buy an electronic version of something, when I can buy the same book from one of Amazon’s many affiliates for a fraction of the cost? The e-books just aren’t discounted enough for (practical) me. Especially as I love the old technology—a book in my hands. The one place where I can see an e-reader as an advantage would be if I were taking a trip. I wouldn't need to pack a bunch of books.
Idiscovered I could go to Amazon and download what’s called Kindle for PC, for free. I now own the essence of a Kindle, which I downloaded to my netbook computer. The netbook’s screen is about the size of a Kindle. The difference, of course, is that there is also a keyboard. But who cares? I saved at least $139, and I still have most of the functionality of a Kindle. I can highlight, make notes, use the OED, change the font size and color, and have single or double columns (if I want to do any of that). It’s kinda fun, although it’s still not the way I want to read any book that I hope to fall in love while reading it.
It's passable, though, for the nonfiction e-books that I bought. I'll be reading the following over the next week or so. Two by Kristen Lamb: Are you there, Blog, it's me, Writer, and We are not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media. I also bought Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters and the one that someone told me I HAD to read, which was the e-book that started this whole new little adventure of mine, by John Locke: How I Sold a Million E-books in Three Months.
So here I am now with a free Kindle for my netbook PC, and my first introduction into e-books, e-readers and self-publishing.
I really have little interest in self-publishing, as you might guess, with my background as a librarian. But I'm aware also that I can't be a writer and not be as aware as possible of what's happening in the industry. Aware of what my options are as a writer ...
Do you own an e-reader? E-books? Are you thinking of going the self-publishing route?
If you want to try the Kindle for PC, it's fun, free, and worth the couple of minutes it takes to download it. You also get a Jane Austen book for free (Pride and Prejudice), and Aesop's Fables.