Let’s All Celebrate ‘Read an eBook Week’

“I’ve got to stop being such a snob about leather-bound books, he reminded himself. E-books do have their moments.”

― Dan Brown, Inferno

 

This is Read an eBook Week. How are you observing it? If you need a suggestion, you could read one of mine.

In my bedroom I have a large collection of books, mostly paperback but also some hardbacks. I very seldom read them. For the past several years I have done nearly all of my reading digitally. I have sat and read a book on my tablet while the same book in hard copy was sitting on the shelf next to me. I prefer the digital format, and there are several reasons for that.

They are easy to carry and read. You can read with one hand. You don’t need to hold the book open with both hands.

If you fall asleep and the book drops into your lap, you don’t lose your place. The book remembers where you left off, no bookmarks needed.

You can read in the dark (although it is difficult to read in bright sunshine).

You can change the font when your eyes get tired.

You can take as many as you want anywhere you want. If I have my phone or my tablet, I can read. If I take a trip I can carry a hundred volumes with me, no book bag required. My pocket is my book bag.

I can read them anywhere. Ever try to stand in a long line at an airport and read a hardback book? I have, and it’s not easy – like it is with an eBook.

 

A lot of my friends claim that if they can’t hold a book in their hand they don’t feel like they are really reading. Does that make sense to you? It doesn’t to me. It should be the words that matter, not the medium that delivers them. They also claim an eBook doesn’t smell like a book. Huh? What does smell have to do with it?

If you are one of those people who like to balance a heavy book on your lap, using both hands to keep it on the right page so you can sniff the ink – spend this week trying out eBooks. Read a few (including a few of mine) and see if your opinion changes.

 

Progress Report: My latest book, “The Taste of Cyn,” has been out for three weeks now and it hit the stands with a resounding thud. Very few sold, and very few read on Kindle Unlimited. There have been no reader reviews, which seriously affects readership.If you do read some eBooks this week, please leave reviews. They are enormously important to the authors.

I am working on two books right now and hope to complete one of them, tentatively titled “Afternoon Delight,” by the end of the month. The second one doesn’t have a working title yet. Both will feature lead characters in their forties, which is a departure for me. I expect them to come in at around 40K words, which will make the novellas rather than full novels.

 

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