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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Like many authors, I started out in ebooks and still write for small publishing houses like Samhain. I like the idea of ebooks; they suit our technology crazed culture, save trees and never become dog-eared. Sure, I like print books, too. Always will. But for me, ebooks are an excellent alternative to print. I like having both choices for whatever the situation or mood warrants.

So today, I’m giving away any ebook of choice to two lucky commenters. The winners can choose any ebook from Ellora’s Cave or Samhain Publishing. So if you’ve never tried an ebook before, now is your chance! These two publishing houses are full of classic and current books by authors like Lacey Alexander, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Lora Leigh and Sarah McCarty!

I have quite a few novels and shorts in ebook too. So it’s your choice, but my blog *grin* so I’m putting up the cover and links to three Ellora’s Cave novels of which I’m particularly proud. Click on the covers for blurbs, excerpts and purchase information. Then you can cruise around and decide who you’ll choose if you win! Good luck!

The topic: The reason I like the idea of ebooks OR the reason I dislike the idea of ebooks is…

Fire Angel

Come To Me Freely

Exorcising Sean's Ghost

38 comments to “Read an E-book!”

  1. Mary G
      · June 24th, 2009 at 9:20 am · Link

    Hi Beth
    Excellent question!! For ebooks – love the idea of cheaper books & saving paper. For print books – I love snuggling up with a book – can’t imagine that with an e-reader. Also too many authors are having their ebooks pirated. I would still like to get an e-reader though.

  2. Lea
      · June 24th, 2009 at 9:21 am · Link

    Hi Beth!

    What an awesome giveaway! Thank you. 😀

    I like the idea of e-books because I’m a real tree hugger and the conservation aspect appeals to me. Then there is the backlight on my e-reader which is awesome for late night reading. 😉

    Like you I will never lose the love of my print books but enjoy the alternative.

    Have a great day!

  3. Sherry
      · June 24th, 2009 at 9:32 am · Link

    I love ebooks because they are cheaper and also its wonderful having books instantly at your fingertips 24/7. If I want a book to read at 2:00 a.m. no problem just download instantly. Plus it takes up alot less space too! I’ve become addicted to ebooks! I still read print but not as much.

  4. Fedora
      · June 24th, 2009 at 9:43 am · Link

    I love e-books because of their relative cost, convenience and portability (well, at least they would be if I had an e-reader ;)) and that we’re saving trees and other resources. The downside is that I still enjoy the physical experience of holding a book in hand and turning pages. Also, as Mary mentioned, e-books are easier for greedy people to pirate–grrr!

  5. Jody F.
      · June 24th, 2009 at 9:53 am · Link

    I like that ebooks are more affordable and that I can have them instantly. I don’t have an ebook reader yet, so I don’t like having to read them on the computer.

  6. cursingmama
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:07 am · Link

    I love the idea of ebooks – but have fears of “losing” the books I’ve paid for through software & computer malfunction not to mention allowing a large corporate entity to have control… A lot like my fear of digital music.

  7. Chris
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:07 am · Link

    I like that ebooks don’t take up bookshelf space. And for certain sorts of read *ahem* they are definitely more discreet!

    What I don’t like is that they eliminate the used book market.

  8. Pamk
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:17 am · Link

    i love ebooks cause the space issue is great not a lot of it taken up. There are so many great authors and I can have them at 4 o’clock in the morning if I so desire.

  9. Eva S
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:24 am · Link

    I love ebooks because they don’t take up bookshelf space, too many print books there, and because they are cheaper, but I’m keeping my paperbacks, especially the signed ones!!!

  10. cecile
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:32 am · Link

    I love the feel of the pages between my fingers, I love the smell of the paperback when I open it up to embark upon my new adventure for the day/night. I love *drooling* staring at the cover for what feels like eternity. Something about the book in my hand. And when we win books that are signed… or are able to be there to get books signed… well that is just awesome, can’t do that with a pdfs.

    Now, I do like the idea of having allll those books that I own (and want to own) in a compact little electronical device… but… maybe one I will (or someone = hubby) buy one. The idea of the pages not getting bent because I read under the covers at night (booklite to bright for hubby) is a very nice thought. And not having to haul my laptop around to read the pdf format books that I do get… would be nice in a smaller device… But for now… I just sit back with a book in my hand and enjoy!

  11. Cybercliper
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:35 am · Link

    I don’t have a reader or Kindle, but I like the idea of ebooks for convenience; carry many books in a small device and naturally the use of fewer trees is very appealing. The fact that they’re cheaper and easily accessible anytime is an added benefit. But, I’m a little old fashioned though, so I don’t know that I will ever truly want to give up the printed version.

  12. Melissa
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:35 am · Link

    I love eBooks….like you, I still read my print books, but I love to read on my eReader late at night or early morning, with the lights out. I usually have 2 books going, one on my reader, and a print book. There are just so many wonderful stories and writers out there that haven’t made it to print yet, I realized I was missing out on too much and had to get one.
    LOL, I have me some serious Kindle envy….I’m thinking I might have to buy myself either that or an I touch for Christmas, so I can read from them.

  13. Allison
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:36 am · Link

    Hi Beth, I’ve given this answer before, and it is the first one that does come to mind: portability. I love having access to lots of great reads in one handy device. Thanks for another great giveway!

  14. Sandie
      · June 24th, 2009 at 11:17 am · Link

    Hey Beth, I only discovered ebooks in the last year and a half. I am firmly addicted to them now and read very few print books.
    I love the portability, the fact that they don’t wear out or have pages fall out of them, and not having piles of paperbacks all over.

    One the things I love the most is being able to do markup and comments on my ebookwise, and to search for them, or for specific text. I often search for an earlier reference to someones name for more info on the character, etc.

    In other words, ebooks are todays “the cat’s meow”.


    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  15. Tracy
      · June 24th, 2009 at 11:37 am · Link

    Hi Beth,

    I have to agree to the posters above e-books are great for their portability, cost and we can save some trees too! I just love opening up my e-book and having so many books at my fingertips all in one device.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  16. Connie B
      · June 24th, 2009 at 11:58 am · Link

    Hi Beth Awesome Giveaway! I Love ebooks cause they are cheaper than Prints. I read prints once in a while,but I’d rather save a tree if I can hep it. Thanks for having the contest. 😀

  17. Audrey M.
      · June 24th, 2009 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Hi Beth,

    My sister and I up until last May, were devoted fans of the printed word. Then we both got the eBookwise reader and switch almost completely to ebooks. I love the fact that I can load hundreds of books onto one card and not have space taken out of my house for the print books. The only problem I have with ebooks, is that some publishers still want the regular price of a trade book for its ebook conterpart. I feel that this is wrong. I also have a Palm TX for the books that I have in Adobe.

    Ebooks are going to be the wave of the future. Just look at the fact that Fictionwise was aquired by Barnes and Nobles, and that Dorchester is suppose to have an ebook site available later this year.

  18. Jane
      · June 24th, 2009 at 12:51 pm · Link

    One of the great things about ebooks is that you can get the book instantly and you can take them everywhere.

  19. Dani
      · June 24th, 2009 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Hi Beth-

    Thaks for the awesome contest!! I like ebooks for the convenience and of course saving trees. I don’t have an e-reader yet but I keep all my books on a high-speed flash drive and take it with me everywhere. Although I do have to admit that there are some books that I just have to have in print.

    Thank you- Dani

  20. becky4444
      · June 24th, 2009 at 1:21 pm · Link

    I like ebooks because I can place them on my computer and read them at work (during break only of course, lol) without tipping anyone off that I am not working.

    I dislike them because you cant run your fingers through pages, easily turn back to favorite quotes, or smell the freshness/ antiqueness of the story

  21. Jeanette Juan
      · June 24th, 2009 at 1:21 pm · Link

    I love ebooks b/c they don’t take shelf space and I can sneak reads through my laptop whereever I am. This also lessens the weight of my luggage when i travel.

  22. Gail
      · June 24th, 2009 at 1:30 pm · Link

    I love ebooks for the convenience they are cheaper, you never have to rush to the bookstore only to find out they don’t have the book you wanted, I can also load my ereader with 100’s of books and throw it in my purse to take the same amount of print books I’d need a huge purse lol.
    I still love reading print books too though there’s something about turning pages and snuggling up with a great book on a cold night.

  23. Debbie Tsikuris
      · June 24th, 2009 at 1:32 pm · Link

    The reason I love e-books: Just yesterday I had to spend the whole day at the hospital for my mother-in-law. And thanks to my kindle I knew I’d be ok while she was in surgery. Having my ebooks at hand helped the stress and wait go by that much easier. Thank you ‘e-books’

  24. lorettaC
      · June 24th, 2009 at 1:55 pm · Link

    I’ll have to ebook readers the ebookwise and the kindle. I like them because I can read them instantly and I can take a lot of books with me anywhere. I don’t like the price on some of the book, I think some should be cheaper.


  25. Karin
      · June 24th, 2009 at 2:27 pm · Link

    I like ebooks because they’re convenient to have and you usually don’t have to deal with other people’s snide comments about your reading choices since they can’t see book covers and whatnot on your computer or ereader screen. I have quite ebooks on my laptop, which is also nice because it means I have books to read when I’m traveling and finish reading the print books I’ve brought with me.

  26. Estella
      · June 24th, 2009 at 2:58 pm · Link

    I like ebooks because they are cheaper and you get them quickly.

  27. Cathy M
      · June 24th, 2009 at 3:10 pm · Link

    I adore ebooks, have been a fan since I discovered Ellora’s Cave and Lora Leigh’s, Elizabeth’s Wolf, about 5 years ago.

    I went from reading only print copies, to almost 99% of my books in electronic format. My Ebookwise Reader is always loaded and ready to go, and I love the convenience of it. I can curl up in a cool room and read whatever, whenever I want to, with new releases and new authors just a click away, love that.

  28. Mari
      · June 24th, 2009 at 3:36 pm · Link

    I love Ebooks, for many reasons. First of all, their the saving paper aspect. Also, its instant gratification! If I can’t sleep I just turn my ebook reader and buy a book online. I travel a lot and my reader makes it so incredibly handy! No more books to haul. On the other hand I find that I am buying more on impulse! Si I have actually been spending more. My book reader is like crack to a book addict :oohh:

  29. Larena Wirum
      · June 24th, 2009 at 3:56 pm · Link

    I love ebooks in the fact that I read mine on a mini laptop and I love how many it will hold and lets face it a mini weighs a lot less than several books which is really nice when you are traveling. :mrgreen:

  30. Sandy M
      · June 24th, 2009 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Terrific topic, Beth! The reason I like ebooks is I can stuff my reader to the gills with ebooks for a long weekend or vacation and not have a heavy bag full of paperbacks to deal with! I mean, 100 ebooks versus maybe 10 paperbacks? No contest!

  31. Nancy Gilliland
      · June 24th, 2009 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Great question! I like ebooks because I have a reasonably small apartment, I alreadys have six bookshelves and thirty seven boxes filled to overflowing. I can put loads of books on my pda, and take it with me anywhere. If I start to run out of soace, I just pop in a new memory card and away I go. Plus there are always great deals and contests, like read an ebook week and other events where I can get free ebooks.

  32. Paula
      · June 24th, 2009 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I like how physical distances don’t matter when both shopping and delivery happen online. You can get a book quickly, and the selection is already huge.

  33. Amy Kathryn
      · June 24th, 2009 at 6:20 pm · Link

    I am a recent convert to the joys of ebooks…the lower price, lesser known authors, special releases from favorite authors, space saving, etc. I am putting a reader on my list for christmas…just trying to decide which one. I think I will always love the printed book though.

  34. Amy S.
      · June 24th, 2009 at 6:52 pm · Link

    I love ebooks. One of the main reasons is not having to wait for the book to come. Since there is no bookstore here, I have to order my prints online. With the ebooks, I can read it as soon as I buy it.

  35. Caffey
      · June 24th, 2009 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Hi Beth! I’ve enjoyed a number of your ebooks! My favorite being FLEETBLADE! I love to put a bunch of books on my reader! I can travel or go anywhere and read in my privacy of what I’m reading and can pick it up anytime to read! Even when others want to sleep because mine has a light on it! Plus hubby doesn’t know how many I have, LOL

  36. Pam P
      · June 24th, 2009 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Ebooks are great to save on space, no tripping over piles of books around the house. Great for reading in the dark if the reader has a backlight (sharing a room at night or when the power goes out). Easy to take a lot of books away on vacation, and so easy to search through for references when talking books.

  37. delitealex
      · June 24th, 2009 at 10:42 pm · Link

    I love ebooks for the instant gratification and relatively low cost.

  38. Lynda
      · June 24th, 2009 at 11:26 pm · Link

    I love ebooks because there is a wider variety. I love shifters and there are more in ebooks. I love other worlds, not the sci fi kind but a romance. Again, there is sooo much more selection in ebooks. I love erotica. Guess where there’s more? You got it ebooks!

    BTW – I’m getting an ereader this weekend. Which ereader would you all recommend to read these lovely ebook?!

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