Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday Thoughts #2: E-Books, E-Readers, Bloggers, and Galleys

Okay, I think the title says it all--this post is about the E-Book.  It seems like lately you can't escape the conclusion that publishers are hoping e-readers will be the next big thing.  You see Kindles being advertised on TV as well as Barnes and Noble's nooks and don't forget the iPad, yet most bloggers, don't accept e-book versions of galleys.

I read my first e-book galley several weeks ago, and because I don't have an e-reader, it took me a little longer than it would if it had been in traditional print format.  I could only read it when I was sitting at a computer, which meant, I could only read it, before or after work, or on my lunches.  It also meant taking a few minutes in the evening to sneak upstairs, devour a chapter, and return downstairs to my family.

What I learned, was that for the most part I didn't mind reading the books in that format.  Yes, I did miss the tactile sensations of the pages, the crisp smell of the new book, the sound of the pages turning, and most of all the ability to accurately track my progress through the book.  (I am one of those that closes the books and marvels at how far my book mark has moved.  Most of all, I hated the time it took me away from my family, but all in all, it wasn't a bad experience.  Granted the book I read was one I was extremely excited to read,  Julie Kagawa's Iron Daughter, but the format didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. 

Since that first experience, I have found myself wanting an e-reader.  I have looked all over the web for reviews, comparisons, and any information that would point me to the one I want.  My only problem was finding credible information--this is one instance where I really wished Consumer Reports had reviewed these things.  After much searching, I think I have a good idea which one I might buy, if nothing changes between now and then.  I will tell you it won't be the iPad, because that is just too far out of my price range.

But before I lay out the money for one, I have to ask one question.  How often will I use it? Is this only going to an occasional use for an occasional galley, or e-book from the library, or will I get hooked and use it all the time.  Electronic galley's are cheaper for publishers to produce, so I know that may have some appeal, and with publishers like Harlequin Teen and Harcourt Mifflin, using NetGalley.com, maybe this could be a new trend.  And while the e-readers do have some weight to them, they are not nearly as heavy as carrying multiple books with you.  When I travel, I usually pack 3-4 books, my husband would be overjoyed that I am finally packing light!

Enough of my rambling, time for you to share your thoughts!
  • What are your thoughts on e-books, e-readers, and e-galleys?  
  • Do you think more publishers will go for the e-galleys? 
  • If you were to choose an e-reader which one would you want and why?  
  • If you own one, why did you choose the one you purchase?

16 comments:

  1. Hi, thanks for stopping by. I just wanted to share that my mom was a librarian too. :-)

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  2. I am tempted by the e-reader idea also, but I haven't taken the plunge just yet. At this point, I'm not quite ready to transition enough of my reading to a reader to justify the initial cost. But as prices begin to drop and I read another e-galley or two, perhaps the idea will become too appealing to resist.

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  3. Thanks for visiting Kate! I found you through last week's blog hop, and thought I would follow. I love my job--especially reading the books.

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  4. I am really leaning towards getting one. I tried asking for one for my birthday, but that was a bust. Maybe I'll have better luck with Mother's Day! :)

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  5. I'm getting the Kobo, which (I think) is the Canadian version of the Nook. But the only reason I'm geting it (I still love the real deal) is because my husband (who doesn't read novels) wanted me to try it out. He invests in the retail company that sells it, and is curious about it.

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  6. Thanks Stina! I think the Nook is the one that I am most interested in. I just can't help thinking how much shelf space it would save and how easy it would be to travel with. My husband doesn't like it when I pack a bunch of books for vacation--makes the luggage too heavy and takes up to much room! :)

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  7. I found you via the blog hop - and this is REALLY intresting! :)

    I just got an ereader for my birthday - happy birthday to self! LOL - anyway, it's an off brand - not one you hear about ect. But it's got ok reviews. I got it because I was wondering the same things.

    I had NO idea if I would like it, reading on a "device" I am not a "techie" kinda person - and honestly after reading my first book on it, I am not sure I love it - it's not a book - but I can see WHY some publishers would want to go this route for ARC's - it's gotta be cheapter to produce and Net Galley is an awesome resourse!

    So, it's not the ereaders fault I am not in love with the ereader but I am happy that I now have the option to get books on it, because honestly with a reading "pile" that's like 300+ books high, I need space! :)

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  9. Jenn,
    Thanks for hopping by! I know what you mean about not having space. My husband still complains about having to move all my books when we moved into our house 2 years ago. He has absolutely forbidden me to get any more cookbooks (I only have 2 shelves of those) and has added a surcharge to any books I buy--I have to put $5.00 our savings account where we save for big purchases. At first I was annoyed, but now it's been kind of a hoot, because a lot of my books are coming from the committees I am on, ARC, netgalley, or from contests. Still get more books, he doesn't get my money. Okay, I know the whole thing is nuts, but it is fun to drive him crazy. I was hoping an e-reader would solve some of the space problems though, and he didn't seem opposed to the idea. He hates it when we have to buy more shelving!

    And with NetGalley, I can see myself using it for work. I have to have reviews from BL, SLJ, VOYA, Kirkus, or PW, to purchase books at my library unless I have read them and am aware of the contents first. Sometimes some books don't get reviewed by those sources, but I have teens who want them--if I can read them at netgalley, problem solved!

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  10. I got a Sony Reader for Christmas. My parents chose it, I think partly bc of price.

    I do love having it, but I use it primarily for when I'm out'n'about. Most of my reading is still print.

    I haven't purchased any books for it (and doubt I will anytime soon). I also don't recieve galleys (e- or print).

    But Sony offers some "bargain buys" priced $0, or some authors and/or publishers will offer free ebooks (no strings attached), so when I do pull it out, I have plenty to choose from.

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  11. I just read the part about your husband. How funny!

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  12. Jo,
    Thanks! I love to hear what people think about their readers. I still think I might get a lot of use out of it. Especially since they do have the free stuff out there too--some classics I have never read, etc...

    I love my husband, but I think he is tired of moving my books. In the eight years we have been married, we have moved 4 times. We now have a house where the entire front living room is a library, of my books with a couple of his thrown in. I have to admit he has a point...I have too many books. :)

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  13. I adore my Kindle, I seriously would not want to live without it at this point, and I've only had it since late January. I still read books in print, but love the portability of the Kindle. Especially on those big, heavy books (Stephen King, I am talking about you my man). I even bought several of my favs on Kindle even if I have them in true book form. And it has saved my book shelves from further abuse, although I'm still buying reg books and doing paperback swap. There's still lots of books not available in ebook format yet, but I'm patient. And it's so nice to whip out my Kindle whilst in line at a store and not feel like they think I'm reading a book I haven't paid for (even if they don't even carry the book in their store- I have wrongly accused paranoia).

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  14. (Here from the Book Blogger Hop.)

    I'm pretty tempted by the Book Reader concept; it seems wicked-convenient, and it's a really nifty toy. But besides the fun of books themselves (as conversation-starters, for one thing), I worry about the trade-off. The "you have too many books and they take up so much space" comments from my husband will turn into "you spend way too much money on e-books" comments.

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  15. Kate T,
    I seriously thought about the Kindle, but my only reservation about that is that it isn't as compatible with other formats. I still haven't purchased one, but I am hoping to get one for Mother's Day. Still leaning towards the Nook, right price, good compatibility, and a splash of color. I admit I like seeing covers in color. I need to look at it more though. You are definitely right about the portability aspect. I think that is what has the most appeal to me right now.

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  16. Thanks for hopping by tubathespian! I think the appeal for me on the e-books is that I have sources for them that are free. Netgalley for one, but my library subscribes to Net Library and Overdrive. All of which provide e-books for free. For me the nifty part of that is, the hold list for the e-books, is smaller and virtually non-existent compared to the hold lists for the print copies in the library. I think it might be worth a try for me. Overall, the e-books are actually cheaper than the print books too. For most YA novels expect to pay 17.99 for the print. The e-books tend to be about 9.00. I'll take that trade. It is still a daunting prospect though and if I spend the money, I hope that I will use it.

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