So if you’re in the market for an e-reader, you should definitely read this post, which compares the three of them out there (Nook, Kindle, iPad). According to the post, the Kindle comes in last place.
I think the others are probably better. But I’m happy with it, and so is my 8-year old, who has nearly finished all ten books of the Complete Wizard of Oz series. (Did you know that The Wizard of Oz is only the first book of ten? Me neither.) The fact that all ten books are free is one thing, but also?
My library doesn’t even have the other nine books. So she’s reading books that we can’t easily find elsewhere.
So am I. I’ve been reading books by very small presses that are not even in my library system, and nowhere to be found in my used book store, or local new bookstores. The only place I can find them, of course, is Amazon, where even a used book, with 3.95 shipping, costs about what it costs from my Kindle.
Except, of course, that Kindle prices are going to go up. So while I find 9.99 to be a very reasonable price for books I can’t find elsewhere, I certainly don’t want to pay any more.
Nathan Bransford reads my mind regularly. This time, he talks about the need for writers to be “out there” on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in order to get contracts and sell their books. He asks whether writers can balance privacy and publicity in the age of the internet.
I am a severely platform-challenged writer, who is desperate to increase my blog readership and overall internet presense. And yet, the most important thing for me is maintaining my privacy. (Perhaps that’s why my readership is small — because I don’t write enough about the personal?) On my old blog, I used to use my kids’ real names, but on this blog, I don’t. I’ve never posted pictures of my kids anywhere, not even on Facebook. I hate Twitter, but according to Penelope Trunk, it will save my life.
That’s why I keep coming back to this web-based business idea I had a few weeks ago. I could really help with the whole platform problem, yet preserve my family’s anonimity.
Now for The Big Thing… It’s an anthology I’m co-editing with my best friend in Atlanta, Soniah. I met her at an Atlanta Writers Club meeting a few months after we moved here. Our agent is really excited about the book idea, loved our proposal, and quite frankly, I think she’s the best possible agent for it. She’s asked us to go ahead and write our essays, so we can submit them to publishers with the proposal. We hope to have them finished within the next few weeks (I haven’t even started mine). And then, I hope, we’ll be ready to start submitting.
What’s it about, you ask? You’ll have to stay tuned…