Here’s Reading You – Readers and Authors (Part II)
Last week, we started our look at eBooks. How has the eBook changed reading, writing, and perhaps even publishing for you? Perhaps some people may share a view from the beginning, when eBooks started to flourish and others when the eBooks were already an established format as they are today. Where do we think this format might go next? I have no idea. Do you?
We’ve asked how do our readers find their stories and authors? What do you think about eBooks? How do authors feel about writing and then publishing their beloved books as ebooks? And we will be asking publishers the same questions too. How has the eBook changed publishing? And where do they see it going from here?
One reader, batchelorboy55 brought up an interesting point I’ve missed so far. Advantages of the eBook and eReaders. Normally, we talk of the amount of books we can now take with us. Some people enjoy the anonymity of it all…no covers to display, its all safely tucked away electronically. Other talk about the types of books we can now buy because the authors have a reader audience that can find them…us! But how about those other advantages? Batchelorboy55 said “I now use my ereader with a large font, and when particularly fatigued can swap across to a digital audio, or text to speech audio setting.” Yes, that’s an important point. One I should have brought up before.Whatever the reason you may be having eyesight issues, being able to have a larger font and make the books easier to read? Its beyond marvelous. Same goes for the backlit readers. It eases the eyestrain. How about being able to look up a word without having to leave to get your Websters? All that should be factored in as well. These are all terrific reasons to use a eBook and eReader. What other advantages do you think I’ve missed?
So here is some of the last of our readers comments. Is yours among them? Be sure to read all the way to the end where we start to move into our authors posts for next week (and I’ve announced the winners) ….
I mainly purchase books from new authors at publisher site, so authors who go independent without publishers are seldom on my radar, except when they are recommended by multiple people/authors (Jordan L Hawk was recommended by Rhys Ford and KJ Charles, River Jaymes and Leta Blake was recommended by multiple friends). However, once I like books by certain authors, I follow them on social media or subscribe to newsletters to make sure I don’t miss their new works.
Independent Authors: Before, I got to know independent authors from Goodreads reviews. But these days, I don’t go to GR anymore for updates. Instead, I tend to go scrounge the ‘recommendation’ section from Amazon based on books I love. I found them to be useful. I also subscribed to few author’s newsletters, diligently keep track of upcoming sections from favorite publishers and ARe, as well as checking out Netgalleys.
One comment that often gets missed is ‘readability’.
As a librarian (45+ years) we always struggled with how technology could help readers with eyesight issues, blind, aged etc.
The ebook seems to have made that much more accessible than the clunky magnifiers collecting dust in the back corner of the library, as no-one knew how to work them, nor did many come seeking it.
Just as cumbersome were the sets of cassette tapes (some 20 tapes or more), with braille stick-ons indicating playing order.
I now use my ereader with a large font, and when particularly fatigued can swap across to a digital audio, or text to speech audio setting.
I have to admit though that Dragon Speaking still daunts me when it comes to shopping online for titles. Thankfully I’m not quite there yet, and I can guarantee that I’ll have a sizeable TBR collection to wade through first.
Mostly, I find them through review blog sites, known authors’ blogs whose books that I’ve enjoyed, Goodreads and Amazon reviews, Also, it may be through an ebook that I won in a contest or if the story or author was nominated and/or won awards. Sometimes, it’s just because I liked the cover, blurb, genre.
Forgot to mention about that sometimes a freebie book or MM group’s free stories have resulted in finding a new author which I’ve became a fan. Although, I’ve become much more picky about the freebies now.
I get many referrals/recommendations from friends, group threads and updates at Goodreads. Also follow several m/m blogs, receive emails from Dreamspinner Press, ARe and a few other publishers. And I utilize Bookbub and Amazon, not just for the daily deals, but also for updates regarding new books being released by authors I follow.
And finally, ushering us into our blog next Sunday with the author’s point of view, someone who represents both the reader and author’s perspective:
As a reader: I don’t pick a book based on author or on publisher. If I like the Blurb and the reviews are decent, I’ll buy it. I get “recommendations” from BookBub, Amazon, Goodreads etc. I don’t check for publisher status at all so I don’t go looking for only from publisher x books. The blurb and a good cover is what will attract me to buy a book from anyone.
As an Author: My first short story was published in e-book format only from a small independent group as the publisher. My first longer book was both print and e-book, the second was e-book only for over a year. And my third is print and e-book from the start. All done independently.
I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments. Here are our winners for the $10 gift certificate (Dreamspinner, or Amazon, or Riptide…your choice) in no particular order. Notice that there are 5 not 3 winners. I have added two more because of all the wonderful comments. I will be in contact with you about your choice of gift card.
- Tex Reader
New contest starts next week with our Authors Perspective on eBooks so be here with us for that too!
Now for this week’s schedule.
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, October 16:
- Here’s Reading You – Readers and Authors (Part II).
- This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
- A PaulB Review: The Promise (Sirius Wolves, #4) by Victoria Sue
Monday, October 17:
- Riptide’s Tour and Giveaway: Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) by J.A. Rock
- Cover Reveal for Quarry by Elizabeth Noble
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) by J.A. Rock
- A Jeri Release Day Review: Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey
- A Caryn Release Day Review: The First Act by Vanessa Mulberry
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: A Kind of Honesty by Lane Hayes
Tuesday, October 18:
- Love those Spooky Boys? Check out Katey Hawthorne’s WITCHY BOYS (excerpt and giveaway)
- Release Day Tour : Sirius Wolves are back in Full Circle by Victoria Sue (excerpt)
- Love Wins in ‘Touchdown (Game Day Book 1)‘ by T.S. McKinney Tour (excerpt and giveaway)
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Witchy Boys by Katey Hawthorne
- A Stella Review: Of Love and Corn Dogs by Parker Williams
- An Ali Audiobook Review: Groomzilla by Tere Michaels and Nick J. Russo Narrator
- A VVivacious Review: Gryffon Hall by Alexis Duran
Wednesday, October 19:
- In the Spotlight: Riptide’s Bluewater Blues by G.B. Gordon (giveaway)
- Release Tour: Tempting Tristan: Tristan Brewer (Harborside Nights #3)by Melissa Foster (giveaway)
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Bluewater Blues by GB Gordon
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Timing by Mary Calmes
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Hexmaker (Hexworld #2 ) by Jordan L. Hawk
- An Alisa Release Day Review: A-Viking by Kiernan Kelly
Thursday, October 20:
- In the Series Spotlight:Mockingbird Place Series Tour by Kris Cook
- An Alisa Review: The Cowboy in Unit E by Kris Cook
- An Alisa Review: The Doctor in Unit H by Kris Cook
- A Jeri Release Day Review: Turn the World Upside Down by Nyrae Dawn
- A PaulB Review: The Dilemma by Victoria Sue
Friday, October 21:
- Riptide Tour and Giveaway: Friendly Fire by Cari Z
- Release Blitz & Review Tour – Con Riley’s Must Like Spinach
- Blog Tour and Giveaway:AF Henley’s Wolf in League
- A Caryn Review: One Pulse Anthology
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Disciple (The Wheel Mysteries #4) by Susan Laine
- A VVivacious Review: My Bare Naked Heart” by David Avery
Saturday, October 22:
- Review Tour – Alyson Pearce – The Viscount And The Artist
- A MelanieM Review: The Viscount and The Artist by Alyson Pearce
- A MelanieM Review: Dragon Detective by Mell Eight