Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You Don't Have to Own A Kindle

Did you know you don't have to own a Kindle to read Kindle books? There are now free downloads for PC, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and Android available from Amazon. That means people who prefer to read e-book versions of novels can do so without the added cost of the Kindle.

I was interested to know that because my first e-book, Dangerous Hearts, has been released and I'm learning about a whole new market. Many people, especially the younger generation which has grown up with the Internet and a multitude of electronic devices, actually prefer e-books. While most authors still want a book to hold in their hands, before long we may see e-books overtaking print books in the marketplace.

You don't have to own a Kindle. That's a good thing for the Amazon market and a good thing for authors, as well. Let your computer-savvy friends know about this option.

Our Oak Tree publisher has made all our books available as Kindle books, so this widens our marketplace. A very good thing...

Passenger to Paradise Books


Maryann Miller said...

Good to know, thanks.

BillieJohn said...

Monti, I am so glad you are getting into this...many days I feel like an old dog trying to learn new tricks! A whole new lexicon, a whole new market.

But I agree, it is the wave of the future, and we have to be there.

So, now you can teach me!!


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Having been e-pubbed for over 10 years it's amazing how things have changed, as well as all the changes for promoting on the Internet. Seems something new appears every day.

LauraR said...

I just downloaded the Kindle for Droid I can read kindle books without having to get yet another device to carry around in my purse!

The book that OTP published for my client Dan Silver is only in kindle format right now so I'm trying to educate all my potential readers in the many ways to read a kindle book. Lot's of people are surprised to hear about the different kindle applications.

Good luck with your book!

WS Gager said...

Great post Monti! I enjoyed meeting you in Vegas! (Also breakfast!) Great reminder. I've thought about downloading it to my PC but then think it would take away from writing time and be another distraction. (I have enought of those already!) I plan to buy some type of reading device but haven't decided which yet. I have a techy husband who looks at all angles and I will let him figure it out then see what he says. But I will be reading electronically soon.
W.S. Gager

Monti said...

Thanks, Wendy. Enjoyed meeting you as well. I've been amazed at how e-books have suddenly exploded in popularity. I'm seeing posts from authors who say a majority of their contest winners are choosing books in e-form for their prizes. Also, Kindle owners love their devices so they don't have to lug around a lot of books when they go on a trip. I still love to have a book to hold and to admire for the cover.

Night Watch

Holli said...

I never thought I would go for an e-reader, because I love paper books so much, but I am somewhat infatuated with my Kindle. Of course, I wouldn't have one if my mother hadn't given it to me for Christmas, but I enjoy the instant gratification of downloading a book, the usually lower price, and the easier portability than a novel.

My kids also like it, and when we're some place they have to wait and are getting bored, I can download a book for them to keep them busy. It also comes in way handy when my kids "forget" they have to read a book until the Sunday evening before it's due, and now they don't have an excuse because most of the books they teach in elementary and middle school are available on Kindle.

One caveat- I expect to pay less for the book on Kindle, and there are many books available for free on Kindle, so I refuse to pay as much for a Kindle book as for a paper copy. The cost is less for the publisher, it should cost me a little less. As a writer, I know I make less on a Kindle purchase and I accept that. If writers/publishers can't accept that, they shouldn't make the books available in e-format. Just my humble opinion.

Holli Castillo
Gumbo Justice