We all know that Amazon and B&N often give out classics ebooks for free. The good stuff, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Peter Pan, etc. But did you know that B&N has taken to giving out a few more current ebooks as well? I wish I could say there was a plethora of YA and fantasy, but since I know most of our readers vary in age, I feel comfortable saying there’s a decent selection.
I happen to be knee deep in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. The first book, Darkfever is available for free. This book is by no means YA, there’s swearing, sexy dangerous fae, murder, mystery, and a man who is far more than he pretends to be. But the series is four books deep and it’s ridiculously intricate. The worldbuilding is fantastic and the mystery, as it unravels only gets more complex. I love it.
Fang, A Maximum Ride novel by James Patterson is available. As is Pride Prejudice and Zombies. And one I’m kind of excited about, Winter’s Passage, an Iron Fey novel by Julie Kagawa.
Check them out! You can’t go wrong with free books. 🙂
This week saw the release of the official Amazon Kindle app for Android.
This may not seem like such a big deal, seeing how reading apps are available on iPhones, iPads, iPods, and a slew of other i-things, not to mention the dedicated e-readers. The big difference here is that the Kindle app for Android is the only e-reading app for Android phones (ie. Droid, Incredible, Evo 4G, MyTouch 3G & Slide) that can read DRM protected works without stripping the digital rights mark.
This is a big deal.
This means that all the latest releases are now available at our fingertips at reasonable Kindle prices. On top of that, it leads the pack as the prime e-book app with the most variety and distribution, since the Kobo is majorly lacking in book and personalization options.
Barnes and Noble have been promising an app for over a year and have not delivered. I’m disappointed guys. Really disappointed.
Next month Borders is following in the footsteps of Amazon and Barnes and Noble by releasing its very own e-book reader, the Kobo. What’s the particular appeal over the Kindle and the Nook? Well… it’s about a hundred bucks cheaper, for starters. Now, that’s still $150 bucks, but in an economy where everyone is watching their wallets, that’s a definite appeal.
The Kobo isn’t exactly groundbreaking—but it doesn’t need to be. The ground has already been broken, and Kobo (or maybe Borders) is simply reaping the benefits. This has a sleek design, has mobile and desktop apps, and lots of free ebooks, along with wifi and newspapers, etc… all that technical stuff you can read about here.
Now… I could bore you again with my bewailing that I prefer a book to be made out of paper, etc, etc… and coming from a girl who’s never so much as taken a picture with her phone, much less gone on the internet or read a book with it… that’s all very likely to come from me. But Kobo is far from being the last word in bringing ereaders to the masses…
Does that mean that I think that books in the printed form are coming to an end? Lord, I hope not. To me there is little more satisfying than a big old bookcase filled to the brim with titles you like, love, and can’t wait to read. Does that make me an old-fashioned girl? Maybe. But I have to admit, the convenience factor of ereaders is starting to make itself known to me. I don’t think I would ever pick a new ebook over a new paper copy from an author I really love who I’ve been waiting and waiting to read more from… but I have to admit that I read classics on my laptop all the time… and being able to carry around War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov and nearly a thousand other titles at the same time… well, that does have its appeal to me. I’m still on the fence about ereaders in general, but I’m getting there… I’m getting there.
Wow. I can’t even begin to express how this excites me. Ebooks have quite a future ahead of them.
With the current release of gadgets like the B&N nook, the iPad, the Kindle, the Sony Reader, (and the list can go on), ebooks are becoming a recognizable and more mainstream form of entertainment, which is why I’m thrilled to celebrate this year’s Read an E-Book week!
I know a lot of people are still wary about trying ebooks and I don’t blame them. It’s difficult to get away from the comfort of a good book, the smell of the paper, the magic of cuddling under the covers at some unreasonable hour of the morning to finish that last chapter before bed.
I know that feeling. I’ve lived it and I love it. But what I’ve discovered is that I get the same rush from a great story, no matter the format. I’ve sat with my PDF reader on my phone and read until my eyes crossed because I couldn’t get to bed until I knew how the story would end.
That’s the magic of the written word. And I guarantee that the magic remains through the electronic format.
So if you’ve been hesitant about trying an ebook, now is a great time to try!
Do it honor of Ebook Week!
So this week’s big tech news is the new Apple iPad. (Ugh, could they have come up with a worse name? Really?)
It’s pretty impressive, in that portable, personal LCD screen kind of way. I’d love to use it to watch movies while on vacation or to play games. But as a personal reader? I’ll stick to the devices with e-ink technology. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? To go easy on the eyes? If I want a portable reader with a large, LCD type screen, that’s what the laptop’s for.
But… the buzz is large and heated. Will the iPad beat out the Amazon Kindle in the ebook war? With their new iBookstore opening… price wars are sure to begin.
How about you, readers. Fess up. How many of you read ebooks? How many of you would purchase the iPad as a reading device? What are your thoughts?