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15 Reasons Tablet Reading is Better

Some of you will turn over in your graves, and you’re not even dead yet! I think e-reading is far superior to the old ink and print, and I’m not ashamed to natter on about it.

  1. Instant Access. I don’t have to drag my kids to the bookstore or the library and try to hurry and pick out my book at 87% stress capacity. I don’t have to buy one book each for them too and say “no” to the 20 toys each they somehow find even though it’s a BOOK store. I don’t have to buy a cookie at the Starbucks that seems like the best idea ever when you’re alone but like the fourth circle of hell (the one for the greedy) when you have three sugar monsters in tow. I don’t have to keep anyone quiet or return anything after a week (after finding it wedged between the couch and the wall after 3 hours of searching). Instant access is big on my list.
  2. My tablet has a clock right on the screen. I don’t have to fumble around to find out how much longer I get to read before bath time or even lift my head. It’s right there.
  3. Night mode. I pretty much use this feature all the time because I live in Seattle in a house with almost no Southern exposure. (Think cave dwelling. All my plants are yellow.) Plus, I can read at night in bed. With a print book I have to turn on a light and hubby will not endure that.
  4. Multiple e-reader platforms = freedom.  This isn’t a goofy old e-reader. This is a tablet. I can put Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Aldiko, and the library’s reader software on here and read it all, picking the best price online and using the reader that goes with it.
  5. Staying Connected. Reading a book doesn’t mean I go off the grid for an extended amount of time. I can see my emails there.
  6. Saving money. Yes, I said it! E-reading saves you money. Instead of buying a paperback or driving to the library, you tap your way to another book. The library loans books for free. All the e-reader sites have plenty of free books. If you buy new release copies at $11 apiece you only need to buy 30 books to add up to a top-of-the-line tablet. I read that many books easy in 6 months, so there you go.
  7. Games. I have a secret. Don’t tell anyone. I sometimes don’t want to read. Sometimes I want to play Solitaire, or cut fruit with a sword or, do a crossword puzzle. All those things are on the tablet too. I can look all intellectual and technologically hip while playing Easy Mode Sudoku.
  8. Web Browser.  I can look up words I find curious in an instant without logging on somewhere else or finding a big dusty book (and the dustingI should have done). I can see what this slang from Australia or the Millenial Generation means. I’m getting older and more un-hip as the years past, but I don’t have to look like a doofus about slang.
  9. MyFitnessPal. This needs explanation – weight loss while reading instead of weight gain. My Fitness Pal is a calorie counting database and diary online. I am completely in love with this app and website. It’s taken 12 pounds off my book-nerd butt and I can pause in my reading to enter the granola bar I just ate in my food diary whenever I want. I’m going for my goal weight!
  10. The Environment. I know this is important to some people and some people feel like it’s over-preached. Still,  e-readers are friendlier to the environment. No trees have to die. No oil necessary in shipping books or driving to the store to get them. There will be no waste in eliminating the book when you’re done with it.
  11. Storage. My bookshelf is the same physical size whether I have 5 books or 50000. You can even add zeroes to that. No book bugs, no dust, no shelves that melt inside after 6 months, sag, and then fall apart when you move them. No wall-space cluttered with bookshelves. No temptation to decorate said bookshelves with cute but pointless knickknacks (ooh! double K!).
  12. Variety. I can get books from all over the world written by countless people. I’m not limited to the book supplier’s choices nestled on the shelves of the bookstore or the library. (Yes, you are limited by the book supplier.)
  13. International Versatility. As long as I have the little plug adapter thingie and travel to a place with electricity, I can get books in my own language wherever I go. There will be no searching bookstores for a few scattered English copies. There will be no explaining to bookstore owners in my broken excuse for their language what I am looking for. That’s because I don’t really travel, but it could also be because I have an e-reader and downloaded the book instead.
  14. Emergency Child Distraction. In case of emergency, my tablet can entertain one or more children. Don’t even tell me your 2005 movie edition paperback copy of Pride and Prejudice can do that. Wile it should only be an emergency resort and under full supervision (which I recently discovered in the screen-crack incident of July 2012) it is an option.
  15. One other reason I’m not going to say because it’s a secret. Well, Ok, I just got tired of thinking of reasons, but I wanted 15 instead of 14. I thought it looked better. So this one’s a secret. By the time you call me on it I’ll probably have thought of number 15. But that doesn’t mean I’ll tell it to you.

No, your print book doesn’t require electricity or crack when it is dropped, but when you spray Dr.Pepper out your nose because the book was so funny, your pages get all wrinkly and stained FOREVER. Mine won’t. If my tablet gets ruined, I have a protection plan and can re-download my books instantly for free. Your book is just as sensitive to fire, water, and four-year-olds as my tablet too. In case of global electromagnetic pulse, my tablet will be a hunk of plastic, metal and glass, but I think we’ll be more interested in surviving than reading if that happens.

OK, Now you can post your comment why I am wrong or how you agree with me. Let me have it!

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The Glory of the $0.99 Ebook

Sermonizing time. The ninety nine cent ebook is something I am passionate about, and here is why: reading is one of my greatest pleasures. I learned how to follow a story line while being interrupted every few minutes by horrors such as poop, property destruction, interpersonal violence, and unsanctioned nudity (all performed by tiny people). Reading is that important to me.

My beliefs are sometimes conflicting things, though. I believe in free stuff online. I believe that I should not have to fork over $8.99 for a work of fiction by an author I don’t know and which I might not enjoy. I believe that he or she deserves to be compensated for his or her work, BUT he or she is not giving me a physical product. I mean, really! You are selling the physical book for $10 and you want me to pay only two dollars less for it when you don’t actually have to print it?

I know how just how free ebooks are. I published some. The entire cost of the book is what its worth for you to write it and what it cost to edit and maybe make cover art. I’m not asking any more from other authors than I am expected to give myself.

I have paid $8.99 for ebooks–don’t get me wrong. These were books that I knew I’d like, that I’d been waiting for. They were ones I paid for because I was treating myself to the privilege of reading it right away rather than waiting it to be uploaded onto my library website. That doesn’t mean I think that it was a good deal.

Lets be honest, folks. This is fiction. The ideas are real and important, but nobody’s life is depending on my novel. Nobody will die if I write it wrong or misspell a word. If a giant electromagnetic pulse hit the city like in the movies, my entire body of work would be gone, except for the three print volumes on my mantel (one of which has a coffee stain.) It’s better for everyone if my work slips smoothly onto your ereader or hard drive without pain to your wallet.

If you are writing “The Idiot’s Guide to Emergency Heart Surgery With Household Tools” then please, write carefully, spell everything right, and charge however much you like. You spent all that time in medical school and you know how to save lives. We get that and are willing to pay.

If you are writing, “Sexy Vampire Chronicles” then you should be ashamed of yourself for charging more than $0.99 for an ebook. I’m serious! Your brainchild is the equivalent of Dove bars for your brain. Would you pay $8.99 for a Dove bar? I love Dove bars but I wouldn’t pay $8.99 for one.

$0.99 is a beautiful price. You can get two Dove bars for that price and they will live in your fat cells forever.

Low-priced ebooks are good for the environment! Think of all the paper that is not being used, the inks, the power to move the printing machines. Encouraging people to turn to ebooks instead of a pricey print book is good for the economy. Plus, if your ebook is almost as much as your print book it won’t be worth it to a buyer. They will buy the print book, or more likely, skip it and pick a cheaper book. You evil tree killer!

I respect the preferences of the people who love a physical book. Hey! I printed my book didn’t I? I’m just not going to expect my profit margin to be four times as large with an ebook.

You can all rub this blog post in my face one day if my ebook for my seventeenth novel is $8.99 (because I’m very susceptible to ironic life coincidences), but I’m thinking by then that Dove bars will cost $8.99. Inflation, you know. For now I stick by the $0.99 ebook and I appreciate all the authors who agree.

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