A fellow e-published author and I were remarking that this year–finally–the average person knows what an e-book is! In fact, many average people (and exceptional people) read e-books now on their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Kobos, and Smartphones. Last year was the first time since I became a published e-book author (2004) that someone asked if my book was available as an e-book! (“Why yes it is!”) Previously I was only ever asked if it was available in the bookstore. Even the fact that my print books were available on Amazon seemed a bit dubious. If I was a real author, why couldn’t one find my books in the neighborhood Barnes & Noble?
But now more and more folks have ventured into the brave new (or not so new) world of e-books, especially after they all got their shiny new readers for Christmas. My mom got a Nook this holiday season after my bugging her for a couple years to get an e-reader, ANY e-reader. She and I both bought Palm Pilots when my first book Enlightened Love came out, but they died. I went on to get an eBookwise reader, a Sony reader, a Kobo reader, and finally a Smartphone that I can put the Nook and Kindle software on. I considered it part of my responsibility as an e-book author to keep up-to-date on the digital devices.
Of course, I’m still dreaming of the Kindle Fire or an iPad, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. By the way, if you have any questions about any of these devices or e-books in general, let me know. I’ll be happy to try to answer them.
So, in honor of Read an E-Book Week, I’m having a little Comment Contest. Just leave a relevant comment on this post and I’ll pick a winner on Sunday. The winner can pick an e-book copy of one of these: Enlightened Love, Primitive Passion, Telekinetic Kisses, Finding Mr. Right is Murder, or Tastes of Pleasure.