I had a fun first this weekend.
I was at the Readers ‘n ‘Ritas conference up in Dallas, and a number of readers at the book signing came up to me with smiles and Sharpies and asked me to sign their Kindle cases.
Another sign of the times occurred last week when The New York Times announced that it will publish an e-book bestseller list, for fiction and non-fiction, starting next year. For many authors this is a welcome announcement, particularly those whose fan-base includes people who prefer the digital version, or whose books are available only electronically. I suspect there will be an age slant (more younger readers) to these bestsellers lists, so I will be eager to see which titles make the cut.
I still haven’t made the big switch, because I just love the feel of that paperback in my hand and I’ve got too many gadgets in my life already. However, I did do a bit of legwork for you guys, in case any of you are in the market for an e-book this year. Here’s what I discovered through my very non-scientific research (skipping around web sites and reading a few articles).
For your shopping convenience, here is a list of the most common e-readers and their approximate cost (in ABC order, by the way… no bias here!)
iPad– starting at $499.
Kindle–starting at $139
Kobo–starting at $139
Nook–starting at $149, $249 for color
Sony e-reader–starting at $139, although I did see a scaled-down version for $98.
Can you guess which e-reader is the most popular? Actually, it is not a designated e-reader at all, but a laptop computer, which according to a recent poll is used by 34 percent of readers who read digitally. Coming in second is the Kindle, with 32 percent.
So, how do you like your books? Or do you read a hybrid… some on your phone? Some on your e-reader? Some in hardback or paperback? Curious how our MSW audience is trending!
Speaking of electronics, I want to tell you again about the contest I’m running to celebrate the release of UNFORGIVABLE, Nov. 30. I’m giving away a FREE iPOD NANO, in the color of your choice, with engraving. Check out my website for a chance to win! http://www.lauragriffin.com/contest.php