Saturday, January 15, 2011

No Kindle? No Problem!

If you're interested in reading the November Hill Press titles I have available on Amazon but don't have a Kindle, there's a free and easy way to access them on a number of electronic devices, including;

your iPhone

your Windows PC

your Mac

your Blackberry

your iPad

your Android

or your Windows Phone 7

All you have to do is to GO TO AMAZON and download the appropriate free software that will work for you.

It's free, it's easy, and the software will enable you to buy not only my books, but many others, including  including friend and fellow writer Dawn Deanna Wilson's wonderful collection of short stories: Welcome To Shangri-La, North Carolina.

Thanks to Dawn for allowing me to use the "No Kindle? No Problem!" phrase. She's brilliant. :)


Grey Horse Matters said...

That's a good idea but I'm glad I have my Kindle. My husband sometimes reads his Kindle books on his computer, they've really got it covered.

billie said...

I agree that once you use the Kindle you'd likely not want to go back to the other modes - but think it's a great idea to offer the free software so people who aren't sure can at least try it out on a device they already have.

It seems crazy, but the Kindle is now one of my most prized possessions! That's how much I love it.

I had no idea I would love it this much!

My guess is that when the price comes below $100. we'll see a lot more people buying Kindles.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

As much as I love (actual) books, I have to admit that kindles are a good idea on so many levels. Convenience, space saving, ecologically sound = happy trees ;)

billie said...

C, I too love the printed book - the covers, the pages, especially in the hard cover versions where the paper is high quality, thick, with deckle edges.

As I learned more about the publishing process, and how things work with books coming out via the big publishing houses, and what happens to the returns and those remainders from huge print runs that were warehoused and never even saw the light of day (they are often shredded), and as I have begun to downsize my book collection, weeding out those books I read and enjoyed but will likely never read again, only to realize that there are HUNDREDS available on Amazon for ONE CENT, it began to sink in that there is a tremendous amount of waste in the book industry. Which is probably why a brand new hard cover costs so much these days.

The technology now exists to produce fine print-on-demand copies for any title. I love the idea that I can read less expensively (and more "greenly") on my Kindle, supporting the authors by buying "new", and then for those books I really have to have, I can order a POD copy. This is not yet the model, but I hope it soon will be.

I also see a small market for very limited edition hand-made books that would be more expensive but would also fall into the category of collectible art.

A lot of writers are seizing the opportunity to embrace this new way of doing things. And about as many more are digging their heels in and bemoaning the changing industry.

It's been clear to me for the past 8 or so years and MANY beautiful and unique voices get overlooked by the big houses while a heck of a lot of "filler" gets published.

And while I had for the most part good, supportive, encouraging experiences with both agents and editors in the bigger industry, I know many examples of writers who were treated badly. I'm excited to see the possibilities for those voices in this changing environment.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...


I linked to you today - hope that's okay :)

billie said...

Thanks, C!