The Long Wait Between Books – The eBook Alternative
As writers, we get many emails saying they can’t wait until our next book is out. It’s a thrill for me to get those letters and know people are so excited for my next release. As a reader, I understand exactly how you feel. As a writer, I thought it would be good to let you know that I’m as frustrated as you are between books. Luckily, the Serendipity series has been scheduled fairly close together –
Serendipity – September 2011
Kismet – November 2011 (e-short story)
Destiny – January 2012
Karma – May 2012
But even this can feel interminably long when we’re waiting for another book. I know! I feel your pain. That’s why I wrote a short story available in eBook about one of the Serendipity characters and Kismet has been out since mid-November at the low low price of .99!
As happy as readers have been about this short story, there has also been added angst for those who either don’t have an eReader or don’t want to read a book (no matter how short) on their computers. Again, I get it! I do! The problem is that it is cost prohibitive to offer readers a print book that’s 100 pages long – you wouldn’t want to pay what it would cost us to make it happen. Maybe when I have more than one or two short stories I can bundle them in one book for print. I want to make readers as happy as possible, believe me.
Me? I’ve become an all e-reader. My Kindle has upped my reading, I keep it with me all the time, and I’ve become a reading machine like I was when I was younger. When I come across a book that screams keeper, I purchase it in book form too and put it on the valuable space on my bookshelves. I don’t mind spending twice on a book I love that much!
So my question up for discussion today – are you happy with the eBook only availability of some books (as opposed to not having the story at all?) Or do you share some readers’ frustrations that they still want a print book to read?
Of course I have to remind you DESTINY is available for preorder and on shelves January 3! Links to all formats HERE:
And as a thank you for visiting me today and to Lauren for having me, I’m giving away 5 … yes 5 copies of KARMA in whatever eBook format you’d like.
Carly Phillips is the New York Times Bestselling author of over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and plotlines that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. Carly is a stay at home mom of 2 daughters, 15 and 19, one soft coated wheaten terrier named Bailey and a Havanese puppy named Brady. She’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.
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December 29th, 2011 at 10:21 pm · Link
I still love print books and for some series that I’ve started in print books, I’ll stick with paperbacks. I do love my Kindle (even though I never thought I would) and I’ve found some great authors that only release ebooks so I’m glad I have the Kindle.
I used to share the frustrations of ebooks before I bought my Kindle, but now I find that if it’s an option, I’m willing to get a book in Kindle format if it’s available.
One thing I really love about the Kindle is the ability to carry around hundreds of book in my purse. I’ve always carried books with me but when I’m reading my Kindle it’s just one device instead of the two books I normally would carry.
December 30th, 2011 at 12:33 am · Link
I have been reading over 60 yrs so I will always love the printed book but since my daughter gave me a Kindle for Mother’s Day I have read many great books and do like the convience it affords.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter. 😉
December 30th, 2011 at 1:11 am · Link
I’m a big reader but love my Kindle. haven’t purchased a pb since. Find I’m spending more on books though. Carry my kindle with me always and can just whip it out if standing in a que etc.
December 30th, 2011 at 6:37 am · Link
I have to say when I first started reading ebooks it took a bit getting used to. I am now an addict 😆 and rarely pick up an actual book (my family is beginning to revolt because of the hundreds of ‘real’ books throughout the house that I no longer pick up). I love highlighting and bookmarking pages on my iPad reader apps, I could not pick between the Kindle and NOOK so the iPad let’s me have both along with KOBO, GBooks, Stanza…if there’s a reader app out there I’ve got it 😳
December 30th, 2011 at 7:06 am · Link
Thanks for the the giveaway. You are a talented writer!
December 30th, 2011 at 7:12 am · Link
I love my kindle and hardly ever read an actual book anymore. I was Running out of room in my library..so the Kindle has saved me!
December 30th, 2011 at 7:47 am · Link
I’m somewhat more practical than “I’m not going to read it just because the format I prefer doesn’t exist.” However, I much prefer print to ebooks.
I don’t have an eReader and I don’t really have the money to spend on them (even though some are “cheap”). When you make minimum wage and have to pay for gas, food and essentials, an eReader doesn’t really make sense.
However, I do have a computer, so I read the eBook only books on my computer in whatever format they’re available (preferably PDF). This means I can’t read those books when I’m not at home, so I prefer short stories to full length novels. Also, eBooks are cheaper than print books, and sometimes that is what I base my decision on.
December 30th, 2011 at 8:52 am · Link
I don’t have an ereader, so I have to download ebooks on my computer. I really don’t mind ebooks that much, but I do prefer the written book. Thanks for the giveaway!
December 30th, 2011 at 1:08 pm · Link
I like both ebooks and print books. Series I’ve started in paperbacks I still continue to do so to keep it all in one format. With my ereader its mostly for my erotica that usually only comes out in eformat anyway. I like it all!
thanks for the giveaway! Love the series. 😀
December 30th, 2011 at 1:09 pm · Link
I have an ereader (Kindle) from Amazon. I like both ebooks and paperbacks. I’m a passionate reader, and my favorites are romance novels. Thanks for the opportunity to be a winner of your Karma book. Did you know that Karma is a Buddhist term?
It means whatever you sow, you shall reap in the next life. I hope your 2012 is wonderful.
January 1st, 2012 at 6:18 pm · Link
I will read anything and everything, but do prefer real paper books. My shelves are all filled, but I’m determined to find places to put my overflow. My Kindle is loaded with thousands of choices, so I am definitely never bored. I still try to be sociable and haven’t lost the verbal means of communication . . . . yet! I love the internet and the since of closeness with the authors that I love. Happy New Year to all and may your books continue to be best sellers!