Kindle Notes

I’ve really enjoyed having a Kindle.  Mine’s an actual e-reader and not a tablet.  I’ve noticed a few things about my reading habits since buying the Kindle:

  • I’ve “found” writers that aren’t in my local library.  Specifically those that are indy.  That’s one of the reason I bought a Kindle, I wanted to read indy writers.
  • I’m easily distracted.  I get emails from Amazon listing books I might enjoy.  This has caused me to start books and set them aside for other books.  I have several unfinished books begging to be finished on my home page.  I guess it’s better than being stacked up on my end table.
  • I miss book covers in color.  I judge books by their cover.  I know…. While reading, I flip back to look at the cover.  I can’t do that with a Kindle.  Yes, I can see the cover, but then I have to find where I left off in the book.  Not as easy to do with electronic pages.
  • I miss page numbers.  Page numbers mean nothing to a Kindle.  The only consolation is the bit at the bottom that tells me how many minutes are left in a chapter.  Makes up for not being able to flip through the pages to find it.
  • I “buy” more books that I did before.  Yes, I mean I spend more money now on books. Before, I only spent money on books from writers I knew I would enjoy.  I didn’t risk it on Unknown writers.  I know, that’s terrible but it’s true.  Now, I will spend money on an unknown.  Mainly because it’s cheap.  I can find plenty of books for under $5.  We won’t tell my sweet husband how much I have spent over the past 2 months!
  • I miss roaming the aisles of the library looking for my next read.  The last thing I need is unfinished books on my end table and on my reader.

There you have it.  Wisdom. 🙂 How has an e-reader affected your reading habits?

CK

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Book Covers

My slow trek to e-publishing.

My slow trek to e-publishing.

I decided to jump into e-publishing with a free short story.  I looked at Wattpad, Smashwords, and Kindle.  After lots of research I decided to go with Kindle, for this first venture.  I edited/formatted the story.  Now comes the cover….

To buy or not to buy a cover

  • it’s a free book, do I really want to spend money on a free book
  • it’s not a book it’s a short story
  • I have shoes that cost more than a pre-made book cover
  • I judge books by their cover
  • A professional image is important and will bring new readers to my books/stories
  • this book is building my image/branding for the future

…anyway you get the idea.  I’ve been toying with the cover, even created one myself.  You’ll be glad to know, I deleted that one.

I did buy a cover, it’s a really fun cover and matches the story.  I can hear my husband groaning over that and saying, “It’s not like it’s a kayak.  Make one yourself.” Insert dramatic music and flames igniting my brain.

If all goes well my story should be available by the first of October, just in time for Christmas.  Did I mention it’s a humorous Christmas tale?

How’s your trek to publishing going?

CK