Two years ago I emailed a best-selling friend of mine in Ireland who told me he didn't want to wait two years for a publisher to print his latest book so he decided to make it into an ebook for sale on his website. I was a little skeptical until he told me he sold 3000 copies in the first six months. That's impressive!
Since then Ebooks have taken the Publishing World by storm. I held out for a short while saying I prefered print books, thinking to myself every time that of course I did, that's all I'd ever known!
Well, it didn't take long. I got some free ereading apps downloaded to my pc and before I knew it, I was ordering tons of free ebooks in seconds flat and some others under ten dollars each. The clincher came when I took out a paperback from the library and became annoyed when I had to turn the page instead of pressing a key! And worse, I had to push the paperback open because the words got lost in the middle toward the binding, instead of being flat like it is on my ereader... I'm a goner!
Ereaders are like Mp3's for books. And you can download many of them for free to your pc or phones. Pretty nifty! Amazon Kindle has one for free download, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Adobe Digital are all free ereaders for your pc, laptop, netbook, phones and other gadgets. Simply go to the website of your favorite bookstore and find the free download.
And the prices of ebooks are usually under ten dollars, another plus. I searched for a book that I discovered is not in ebook yet and guess what I did? Ordered the hardcover,right? No, I decided to read a bunch of others instead that are in ebook and email the author to find out when it will be in ebook. Yes, I love this instant gratification thing.
Most ereaders run from $100. to about $150. with the more expensive ones going to approximately $300. and more. Amazon's Kindle was about $270. but recently came down in price and connectivity to compete with Barnes & Noble's Nook at $150 with WiFi. The numbers here are a few cents to a few dollars off but you can research it yourself. One thing you'll want to know is Kindle will only read Kindle books downloaded through Amazon so if the book you want isn't there, you're out of luck. The Nook supports three efiles, pdb, pdf and epub which is the industry standard. The Jetbook, Kobo and Sony Ereader support other files as well as epub. Thank goodness most places will give you a choice of files to download. There are many ereaders I didn't mention. Be sure to do some homework before you buy one as there are different features and "feel" to each. But then why buy one when you can get it free on your pc?!