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We Are So Ready!

November 20, 2009

2010 will be the year of the e-book reader according to an article in today. Already demand has outstripped supply, and if we decide to get ourselves a Nook from Barnes & Noble, it won’t ship until the 4th of January. That’d be in time for an Aquarian birthday (his), but not Christmas.

How to choose? The article says price is a huge factor. This year the lowest price is predicted to be $199 through the holiday season. I’d buy one, at that price – would you? Gartner’s says prices “must drop closer to $99 to drive significant take up.” But we’re thinking we don’t want to wait that long.

Will readers care about what file formats the e-book readers can accommodate? Right now the Kindle is proprietary – it can only handle the Kindle file format, available exclusively at Kindle owners looking for Adriana Kraft have to land on our page to access any of our books, but we have a half dozen that haven’t been converted yet. The Nook accepts a wider range of formats, and twelve of our titles are already available in e-book format on our Barnes & Noble page. That’s a start, but I’d like a reader that can download books from Whiskey Creek Torrid, Extasy Books, Fictionwise and All Romance E- Books. If the Nook can do that, I’m game!

Another thing I like about the Nook (from its promo materials, at least) is the option to store books on the device as well as store them on a hyperspace bookshelf at Barnes & Noble. That way I won’t have to always have wireless or internet access to read my books.

We’re still researching the options, with a month left until Christmas – how about you? These are exciting times for an e-pubbed erotic romance author!

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 27, 2009 4:24 pm

    Cool post…

    I am glad you are thinking about an ereader – I have had one for for a while now and honestly hubby is starting to look a bit shady next to my Fitzroy…

    Firstly – I understand that Amazon has opened itself up in such a way where you can buy any book in any format and not necessarily from Amazon and convert it to the kindle mode (this is now a free service from Amazon)

    Secondly – I am looking at one for my son and he is chomping at the bit to get it for a C/mas present, but really I am going to wait until the January blow out sales – I am sure there will at least be a knock off up to about 40% off..

    Don’t know enough about the NOOK to compare it’s format handling to other more established readers…

    Have you looked at other ereaders – I personally have a Iliad and it cost an arm and a leg, especially if you live in the US… but it is the slut of all readers, it accept everything. I am now on my third upgrade with them…

    Most other readers are really just catching up to the Iliad…

    Wish you all the best in your hunt… I must say however if you can hold off for a while – A few companies have some great plans in motion….


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