Friday, September 17, 2010

Trying to find good e-books?

By Lorna (Lorraine)

BEfacebook With the proliferation of people self-publishing on Kindle, Smashwords, etc. there's a bit of a problem.  How does one find a good book?

By good, I mean one that's well written and not rife with typos.  You know, the kinds of mistakes that previously unpublished authors make. 

There is such a place, and I'm pleased to be a member of the Backlist Ebooks group on Facebook.

What is it?  It's a group of traditionally published authors who've banded together to promote their no-longer out-of-print books.

All the member authors' books were once vetted by publishers.  They were edited, copy edited, and had an audience of print readers.  But authors only sell the RIGHTS to their work, and not forever.  Eventually, the terms of the contract are complete and the author is free to do what she wants with her work.  And we're making the books available on Kindle, Nook, Sony e-reader, and every other platform we can think of.

Right now I've got eight titles available.  I hope to have several more up in the not-too-distant future, too.

Is the future of publishing only in e books?  Gosh, I sure hope not.  There is nothing like holding a real book in your hands.  But e books are the savior of titles that haven't seen print for some time, and a revenue stream for authors who are paid far, far too little for their work.  (There are a LOT of people in the distribution stream for published books:  the editing staff, PR and marketing people, the printers, the warehousing, the distributors, the booksellers, and finally the authors themselves.  That's a LOT of people trying to make a living off one $7.99 book.)

Just in case you want to view my titles, you can find the Kindle versions via the links below:

P.S.  All my Lorna Barrett/Booktown Mystery titles are available as e books, too!

Now, where's my Kindle?  I've got to start buying e books, too.  (How about you?)
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