Tuesday, December 13, 2011

All I Want by Shana Galen

I’ve been reading the other blogs this month and am really inspired and impressed by what my fellow authors would like to see under the tree (with a bow). This is the first year since my daughter was born that I have a tree without a gate around it. That means something can actually get under the tree without me having to perform acrobatics in order to get it there.

That also means Baby Galen can get to whatever is under the tree, so nothing fragile or toxic or sharp for me.

The main thing on my Christmas list, and I bet it’s on a lot of yours too is an ereader. That’s right. I’ve crossed over to the other side. I’ve been reading books on my phone for the last six months or so, and I want something with a bigger screen. I actually never intended to get an ereader. I like physical books too much. But I thought I would just download one or two, you know to read when I was waiting in line or something, and it turns out, I really like the mobility and freedom having an ereader gives me. I can buy a book with a few keystrokes. I can read anywhere without lugging a book with me, and I have more space on my bookshelves for all my keeper books and research books.



I’m still buying real books. I like having a signed book, if it’s one of my favorite authors. And, of course, some books just have fabulous covers. There’s no ereader that makes a great cover look as good as it does in your hands. Though I have seen some cool covers for ebooks—covers where water ripples or the scene shimmers. Maybe that’s the next new thing.

So buy me an ereader, stick a bow on it, and put it under the tree. I can’t wait to load up my 2012 TBR e-pile.

27 comments:

  1. Shana, I took the plunge last month and purchased my first ereader. Like you, I will continue to buy physical books. I love them too much to stop.

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  2. I'm breaking down for the same reasons. I plan on scraping the money together and get one for myself this Christmas, so I know it's under the tree, but I can't figure out which one to get, Nook, Kendal, color, fire, tablet.... Any suggestions?

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  3. I haven't gone that route except to put the Kindle app on my iTouch. I've still got a mountain of books to read from the various conferences I attended this year!

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  4. I'm still into the paperbacks and audio books. I spend too much time on the computer to want an ereader yet.

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  5. I love my NookColor. Bought it last year. This year I'm getting a Nook Tablet. I cannot wait. I was one of those people who wasn't sure they would like an ereader and now I'm its slave.

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  6. As an author,k I like that e-readers make book buying so easy and books so portable, but as a reader, the last thing I want to crawl into bed with at night is a bright screen. Supposedly this messes up your melatonin giving rise to what is called, "e-reader insomnia." Not sure I buy that diagnosis. Couldn't it just be, "really good book insomnia?"

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  7. I love my nook color! I've tried several types and it's my favorite. Grace, I thought the backlit screen would bother me but you can dim it down to almost nothing, and still read in bed without bothering the dh. It really surprised me that the screen doesn't bother me!

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  8. As an author I'm so excited that my books are available in whichever format people want to read them. As a reader... I still prefer physical books. I spend over 12 hours a day in front of a computer screen, and by the end of the day, I crave gadget-free time.

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  9. Shana, I bet if you sit on Santa's knee and nibble on his ear, you'll get the biggest and bestest e-reader on the market!

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  11. I'm still happy with reading ebooks on my computer, and paper books everywhere else. Never leave the house without one. But one day, when the price is right here in Holland, I want one too. I do agree with you on the covers, real books are often so pretty.

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  12. Sorry to chime in so late. Today was pictures with Santa day, so my daughter took her nap a bit later than usual.

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  13. Hope you like your ereader, Tracey!

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  14. Marleen, I was going to get a Kindle Fire, but my husband said we should just get an iPad. So that's my suggestion. Also I just read a pretty negative review of the Kindle Fire, so maybe don't go with that one. Apparently, the original Kindle works better.

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  15. Cheryl, I have the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks apps on my phone. But I'm tired of squinting!

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  16. Terry, I love audio books. I just don't get to listen to them anymore because my daughter fusses in the car if we don't listen to her music.

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  17. Thanks for the info, Stephanie. Marleen, there's a great recommendation for the Nook for you!

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  18. Grace, I seriously don't need my melatonin messed with, but I don't read a lot right before bed. I fall asleep too easily.

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  19. Maybe the iPad2, Carolyn? I think it worked!

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  20. Aurian, another point is that sometimes not all ebooks are available internationally. We've had a lot of trouble getting LORD AND LADY SPY up on Kobo in Canada. Kobo is doing something wrong, and Sourcebooks has tried it's hardest. But I know the print copy is available.

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  21. Tamara, I do like how easy it is to get a book now. I also like being able to read samples before I buy. In the bookstore I usually have a screaming child and don't have time to browse. I can browse at my leisure with an ereader.

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  22. I remember the days when my tree was only decorated on the top half to keep little hands away from ornaments! I'm still an e-reader hold out, but I'm edging closer to the 21st century. I'm afraid it might be addictive!

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  23. HI Shana,
    I have had my Kindle for about six months now and have to say that I really do like it. My main reasoning with this is because some books have print that is small and it's hard for me to read but with the Kindle I can't change the font size. I can also seem to reader a book faster on the Kindle for some reason but there is nothing in this world that will ever compare to the good ole fashioned paper book. Love my books, love the smell of my books, love the way I can have my books in the bookcase and it looks nice but as with all things it does require moderation.
    Right now I must admit that I am reading your pirate book on my Kindle and love it so much that I have pre-ordered a paper copy for my bookcase. Gotta keep the good ones and this Bastien is so hot I need to be reminded of him. YUMM!
    Well I do hope all of you gals have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and best of luck with all the upcoming new books everyone.
    huggs,
    Terra
    Yankee Romance Reviewers

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  24. Terra, I'm so glad you're enjoying THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE. You must have an ARC.

    Font size is another reason i want an ereader. I don't mind reading ebooks on my phone, but the font is so small. I want to be able to adjust it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. I’ve had my sony reader for 3 years. Probably half the books I buy now are ebooks. I can only imagine how many more bookcases we’d need if I didn’t have it.

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  26. Thanks for all the posts. I've made up my mind, 3 years of wanting, a Christmas bonus and 2nd job, a Nook tablet for this Christmas for me...and for him?

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