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  You know, the kinds of mistakes that previously unpublished authors make.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?)

16 comments:

Lover of Books said...

That is so cool! Good luck with those. :)

Krista

Andrea C. said...

Awesome! Thanks for the info Lorna! I am going to check this out on Amazon for sure! :)

Dru said...

I love that I can download out-of-print and/or new ebooks by my favorite authors.

Heather Webber said...

I just got my Kindle last week and am still learning how to navigate. Thanks for the site link--I'll be checking it out!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks! I know it's just a matter of time until I cave. It's great to know about Backlist Authors on Facebook for when I do.

MJ

Deb Baker said...

I just joined Backlist Authors. Thanks for the tip. And I've read all your reissued titles. Everybody, they are great!

Lorna Barrett said...

Aw, shucks, thanks, Deb.

Once the Backlist EBooks (BEB) web site is up and running, they'll have links to all their authors' buy pages on the big sites: Amazon, B&N, etc. It should be a really good site. I can't wait!

Kim said...

Thanks Lorna for the heads up. I've "liked" BEB and Cozy Chicks on FB. I also downloaded your Bookmarked for Death onto my e-reader. Thanks again!

Lorna Barrett said...

Thank you, Kim. Hope you enjoy it!

Vickie said...

Now THIS is a reason to get an e-book!! Thank you for the info!

Mandy said...

Another check mark in my "Do I/Don't I Want a Kindle" debate. I'm a firm believer in holding my books and nothing beats the smell of an old book! It sure would be nice though to not have to drag 2 books to track meets and on trips. This is definitely a check in the "Do I" column...thanks for the info!

Lorna Barrett said...

I think there's a tremendous advantage to older readers to have a Kindle. Large Print Books are prohibitively expensive. With an e reader, you can change the size of the print to suit your vision needs. Even if a publisher is charging face value of a mass market paperback sold as an ebook, it'll still be at least $15 dollars cheaper than the large print version of the same book. In this way, an e reader would pay for itself in no time flat.

BJ Miller said...

I'm jealous, wish I had an e-book reader. Maybe I'll need to jump on the bandwagon & get myself one. Although right now I'm saving for a GPS for my car!

Aurian said...

I just read my ebooks on the computer, don't have a special reader for that. You can convert every format to the one you prefer (in my case .lit).
But about edited books: I just finished the last Kresley Cole, and I was annoyed at the many sentences which had words missing. Little words, but nonetheless irritating reading. Even though the book itself was good.

bethany said...

I am addicted to my nook. How else can you carry everyone book in the new mystery series you have discovered and be able to read them from start to finish no matter where you are? My nook is always in my purse. Who knows when I might get stuck in an elevator with nothing but me and my nook!

jo77pl said...

Right now, I'm with Kindle but I'm leaning towards Nook Simple Touch but no matter which e-reader I AM addicted to cozy mysteries :) That idea is sooo great! I love it.