Ebooks and Ebook Readers
Ebooks are a growing market, not just in the US, but worldwide. With ebook readers becoming more popular and affordable, I thought I'd take a look at the ebook industry in this last spotlight.
The Hungarian, my paranormal romance, is available as an ebook. You can find it in the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony ebook stores.
Pros to having Ebook reader include: saving space, you can have multiple books on them, they use EInk Technology with black printing on a gray background, and you can take an ebook reader anywhere. I have a Kindle and love it.
Cons – you can't autograph it like you can a print book.
A Kindle supports the Amazon bookstore. They have a wide variety of books which can be wirelessly downloaded on a 3G free network, at the touch of a button. They just came down in price to $189.00 from $259. They have a text to speech feature that will read the ebook to you. Personally I enjoy this feature very much and I use it on my way to work and on my way back home from work. The Kindle is avail through the Amazon website and is being tested for sales in Target stores.
A Nook supports the Barnes and Noble ebook store. You can buy it through the online site or most Barnes and Noble have the Nook available in the store. The WiFi model is $149. If you have wireless Internet, this model should be able to download books with a WiFi connection (but WiFi isn't everywhere). There is a 3G model for $199 and it downloads books at the touch of a button. The Nook also supports audio books.
The iPad is an ebook reader that Apple makes. They have a Kindle and Nook app you can use on it. They do have a bookstore supported through Libre Digital. It offers color and hosts other features such as allowing you to check email and surf the net. The lowest costing iPad is $499 and uses WiFi.
Sony has several different models of their ebook reader. The lowest model runs for $159 and it does not have WiFi or 3G. (But Sony does make more expensive WiFi and 3G models). For the $159 model you would have to download books from their store and upload to the ebook reader.
Borders has just opened the ebook store and is using the KoBo ebook reader to support it. KoBo became available on 17 June.
Ebook readers go around the world and they open up the international markets. Places like New Zealand and South Africa charge extra for print books to cover the shipping costs, but now books can be sold in those markets at an affordable price with an ebook reader.
I hope you got a "flavor" of what to expect from ebooks and ebook readers. If you're thinking about getting an ebook reader, research it well. There are other models then the ones I mentioned. Things to consider when buying an ebook reader include what does it do, price, and what do you want to use it for.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on ebooks and ebook readers. Let me know which ebook reader you have and what you like the most about it. If you have apprehensions about ebooks, I'd love to hear them as well.
Last 5 Books I Read:
5 – Prime Suspect by Melanie Atkins (Romantic Suspense)
4 – Thin Ice by Liana Laverentz (Contemporary Romance)
3 – Knight of Glory by Nicole Zoltack (Fantasy Romance)
2 – No Other by Shawna Williams (Inspirational Romance)
1 – Outcasts by Gail Delaney (Sci-Fi/Speculative Romance)
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