I tend to shop all over the place for books, mostly because I was reading PDFs on my laptop. I also have Kindle for PC in case the urge overtook me at Amazon, and Adobe Digital Editions, for random stuff, and I kind of liked that one–I could make notes in the margins. These e-reader substitutes work, they’re not great, and although I read a lot, I also miss a lot because of the limitations of something as clunky as a computer. No reading a quick five pages in line, or in the bathroom, and Eek! What would happen during a leisurely soak in the tub? One good splash and I’d resemble a pale blonde Angela Davis–a great look for her, but not so much for me. Plus I’d kiss hardware, software, and files goodbye.
For an author who writes a lot of ebooks, I was really behind the curve. Mostly because I couldn’t make up my mind on what sort of ereader I wanted. Just when I thought I had a decision made, and my long-suffering husband could place an order, I’d find out about this feature or that, and change my mind again.
I was all ready for a Kindle Fire, until I heard about the battery life. My cell phone dies on a daily basis–I needed something that could survive away from a plug more than seven hours. Then I was all ready for a Nook, until I hit the fine print about always having a credit card on file just to read your Barnes and Noble purchases. Um, don’t like that, that’s snoopy. I didn’t consider how often I shop at Barnes and Noble online, which is pretty much never, although I’m a die-hard bricks and mortar shopper there. But that’s paper and not an issue. Kobo sounded really good until I considered that I don’t especially want the last cover to show when I’m not reading. What if it’s not worksafe? Heck, my own books’ covers aren’t always worksafe.
Consequently, my birthday present was a long time in arriving, because I couldn’t stop dithering. I finally ended up with a Kindle Touch, which, is riding on a neighbor’s unsecured network because we can’t seem to recall the passkey to get into our very secure network. *cries* But the battery life has been good for about 6 books worth of reading so far, the funny little case with the built in light takes care of low-light situations, and I can’t stop to play Angry Birds.
So now my preferred format is MOBI and I need to figure out how to sideload the Kindle, because I don’t want to be tied to one vendor. The Dreamspinner site, and several publishers’ sites, include all sorts of formats in one purchase, and that supports the authors best. But that’s not necessarily where I and other readers always shop.
Amazon has most publishers of m/m under one roof, but the selection is a bit shy on shorts, which I like. Maybe my tastes will run longer now that I have the reader. Fictionwise also has a wide selection of publishers and some great sales, which I never seem to hit. I used to get emails, wonder what happened. A reader who needs MOBIs doesn’t have a lot of reason to shop Barnes and Noble unless she’s planning to run it through Calibre, which seems like unnecessary work, although folks who want EPUBs are in clover. All Romance Ebooks carries a lot more shorts, plus about everything else in the genre. 1 Place for Romance is very friendly toward self-publishing authors, but I find it a little hard to browse, and same with Rainbow eBooks.
Here’s where I confess that all of those links will take you to one or more of my books, but Fire on the Mountain and The Rare Event etc belong on your reader, really.
So help me out here: tell me what kind of reader you use, and where you like to load it up, and maybe why. My new Kindle needs to know.