Linda Enis, commenting on the recent “4. Bits and Pieces” post’s reference to ebooks, said she did get a Kindle for Christmas although not ready to give up print books. I believe ebooks are new technology, an additional way to enjoy books. Ebooks will increase the market but divide it and reduce market share for print books.
Alon’s reply made a good observation about price points. Whether print or ebooks, best selling authors will always command a premium over young writers. If you like keeping up with best sellers, it will always cost a few bucks more.
Rather than reading best sellers, I tend toward books written by friends or friends of friends or recommended by friends.
Linda asked for some personal recommendations among ebooks.
In a prior post I mentioned Francine Howard’s, A Page From a Tennessee Journal. Kindle $4.00
I enjoy Alon Shalev’s daily blog and his book is on my list to get to soon. Accidental Activist Kindle $4.00
I bought Kemble Scott’s Sower on Scribd.com for $2.00 and downloaded it directly to my laptop. I see the book is on Kindle for $6.00. Sower still awaits me in a computer file. I’ve met Scott and read his prior book, SOMA, which was a fun, edgy read. He’d be wise to put it on Kindle.
I enjoyed and was touched by A Regular Guy: Growing up with Autism by Laura Shumaker. I see it on Kindle for $10.00. I think she’d sell so many more at a $3-4 price point, and net more dollars and develop a wider audience for future work.
I wish my friend, Colleen Rae, would put her debut novel, Mohave Mambo on Kindle or Scribd or something. It deserves a wider audience. It is a great one-flight read.
That is not as long a list as it ought to be. To be honest I have too many books (if there is such a concept) on board the Jolly Swag. But that is more about the tangibles of space and weight. The content between the covers of book is so much heavier as an intangible but weightless on a scale of enjoyment.
BTW, I forgot to mention there are hundreds of thousands of books that are out of copyright that can be downloaded for free or a token sum. I see Zane Grey and Sinclair Lewis for less than a dollar. And a ton of classics, Dracula, Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island, etc
Also check our Archive.org which has a couple million books for free download
It is the time of year for summaries and backward looks, how about mentioning your favorite book or two from last year. Please include a sentence about genre and why you are recommending it.