Monday, July 13, 2020

#IWSG - Talking to readers about converting to ebooks!

How often do you have to explain to readers that your book is an ebook and not available as a paper book or as an audio book, but still just as awesome?

At one time, I told people that I didn't want to read any books that were on a device. I didn't want to read on my phone, or a Kindle, or my computer.

But, I feel like that was SOOOO many years ago, and I've been totally converted since then. I actually read on my phone, AND my Kindle, AND my computer!

I still enjoy the occasional paper book, but now I need cheaters (glasses that magnify) in order to read them!

Just the other day I was singing the praises of ebooks to a reader...

  • Did you know there are like a gazillion books that are only available as ebooks?
  • Did you know that some major publishers have lines that are only ebooks?
  • Did you know you can download ereaders for free on all kinds of different devices?
  • Did you know that you can change the size/color of the font on an ereader?
  • Did you know that most ebooks are cheaper than paper books? (Unless you're using your local library!) (Which you totally should be doing!) (And you can totally get ebooks from your library!)
  • Did you know you can download your favorite titles in just seconds for instant gratification?
These are just some of the many reasons to give ebooks a try!

I hope I gave them some ideas to think about and perhaps make them a convert!

How about you?
Have you converted any readers? 
How do you feel about ebooks, paper books, and audio books?

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

Being able to change the font size is a big plus. It's the one time I don't have to wear my reading glasses.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I like reading ebooks on my kindle and phone, especially since the pandemic hit. But I still really like print books too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And eBooks don't weigh a thing! Think of that next time you have to move.

Juneta key said...

Even with cheater glasses it is hard on my eyes. I miss paper backs, but eyes do not. I still buy them occasionally like you.

Jemi Fraser said...

I was an early convert to my Kindle. Now I have a different book on my phone, my Kindle, and both my iPads :) Last paper book I read (reread) was my Lord of the Rings trilogy

Amy Keeley said...

No converts yet, but I'm hopeful!

I do enjoy paperbacks, but I love the convenience of ebooks. No driving in the blistering Texas heat to pick them up. No hoping the package got delivered correctly. Just there they are, ready and waiting. I love it!

Chrys Fey said...

The majority of my published stories are only available in eBook, and that's were all my sales come from, so I am so behind eBooks. Although, yes, i still do prefer print when I read, but I am trying to get past that. lol

Tyrean Martinson said...

I really like paperbacks best, but I read many books on my kindle reader and in overdrive. I also use the kindle app.
Ereaders are definitely here to stay.

Toi Thomas said...

I'm totally an ebook convert, though I do still enjoy a print book or audiobook from time to time. For me, it's all about my budget and my eyes. Nuff said.

troysworktable said...

I seem to be in the minority here. I've tried ebooks (more than once) and just cannot do it. I need the physicality of the book. I need to actually turn the page. I like the static nature and layout of the tangible hard copy. I like the smell of the paper and the printer's ink in new books, as well as the slight mustiness that accompanies some used books.

Beth Camp said...

Absolutely love standing in line anywhere -- and pulling out my Kindle with access to hundreds of books! Still have a large library of paperbacks, still love going to the library and checking out 'real' books (once this pandemic is over), and still have stacks to TBR everywhere. But the biggest advantage Kindle has over 'real' books is that adjustable font. Thank you for encouraging readers to try Kindle.