Tuesday, February 02, 2010

E BOOKS - Yes/No

I haven’t jumped on the ebook boat mainly because of cost and because the books I read weren’t in ebook form. However things are changing and lot of books are going the ebook route.

The IPad is the new toy on the market and I’m interested, but I’ve learned to wait on the next generation instead of the first model. I like for them to get as many bugs out as possible before I decided. Also I still haven’t found out if you can type your manuscripts on them.

I was reading on Rachelle Gardner’s blog about ebooks and she mentioned that you really don’t own the ebooks. The Kindle has the capability to take the books back. WHAT?

I know you don’t suppose to be able to share them, but when do they actually become your book and if you’re basically just renting, why the high cost? Shouldn’t there be a discount for these compared to the regular prices?

I know a few of you have the ereaders. What do you think about the prices of ebooks? Did you know that you didn’t own the book?

5 comments:

Rhonda McKnight said...

I purchased my first ebook last week from B&N and downloaded via their free eReader to my computer. I hate it. I don't know what I was thinking. I hate to read on a computer screen. It has nothing to do with the format. It's very well done. The presentation is very nice. Have I read the book or looked at it again? No. I don't think ebooks for me. And reading off a cell phone. No way. I'm too old for that. :o)

LaShaunda said...

I can't read a book on the computer either. I read blogs and articles all day. I want to lie in bed and read or on the couch.

Most of my friends with Kindles love it. I just don't have the funds right now to buy one. I also don't like the idea that you have to buy from one person only. After hearing they can take stuff off your kindle, that has really turned me off.

I'm still on the fence.

Kayelle Allen said...

Oooh, ebooks! A favorite subject. I'm an ebook author, as well as a reader, and there are many good things about them.

As for Amazon yanking things off the Kindle, that was poorly done and handled badly. I hope Amazon learned a lesson from the bad press they got on that one.

You actually do own the book. However, because it's electronic (like software) then legally, you can't sell it or give copies away. Why not? Because unlike a paperback, when you give away an ebook, you still have your own copy. That's a violation of copyright, and it means the author and publisher did not receive royalties. However -- you still legally own your copy, and no one should be able to take it from you.

I use a PDA for some books, and it comes in handy. I read in line at various places, while I wait at the doctor's office, and so on. If I finish a book, I have another one right there. I spend a lot of time on my computer, and enjoy reading books that way. Mind you, I have a comfy chair. I also don't need a lot of shelves, storage space, and I have yet to dust an ebook.

My favorite thing about ebooks is that when I want a book to read, I can buy it without ever leaving my house. No need to put gas in the tank or deal with traffic, and I can download it at 10am or 2am and it makes no difference. Besides, if I buy a book with a good-looking pirate on the cover, I don't want the person behind the counter giving me "the look". o_0

Now, on the cell phone thing ... I'm not crazy about that. I have enough to deal with without having that phone in my face all day. However, if people want to buy one of my books for their cell phone, more power to 'em! I'm happy to sell them as many as they want.

Is age a factor? Well, I don't know. I published my first book long after my 50th birthday, so I guess it's like this joke I heard the other day about two elderly women in a nursing home, who were watching one of the men shuffle past. When he was out of earshot, one said to the other, "Boxers? Or briefs?" The other one replied, "Depends." =^_^=

LaShaunda said...

Kayelle,

Thanks so much for answer up a few of my questions.

I've been facinated with ebooks for years and hoped they would catch on, but some people fought them hard.

I still have a few issues with the price, but I understand people have to make money. As aspiring author, I believe we have to make the money in all areas if possible.

What's Up in Sherrice's World? said...

This is a great dialogue. I am old fashioned and enjoy reading the actual book, yet I know others feel differently. I am researching offering e-books through Refreshing Streams Publishing when I get up and running. Any information that you all could share about hosting space for e-books would be helpful. Have a wonderful day!