Tuesday, November 10, 2009

e-Readers - Do You Own One?

I've been thinking about e-books lately and their fellow counterparts. Now, while I will NEVER totally give up my books, I can't ignore my love for technology and thus interest in the e-readers.

Price wars and the "WHAT! You're destroying the industry" fears aside. I was wondering if you owned an e-reader and if so, which one. Or, how about, if you were going to buy one, which one would you buy?

Personally, I've been giving some thought to the B&N Nook. While the features are great and all, I can honestly say the biggest selling point to me is that purchasing the reader supports the bookstore that I love. I think it's really smart for B&N to get in the game and I'm proud to see they're stepping up. So that's my thoughts, but I'd love to hear what you think.

Switching gears here...

A big thank you to Tara over at The Bloodcrossed Writer for the awesome new award. The Honest Scrap awards "those who aren't afraid to tell it like it is and are honest about their thoughts and feeling." Okay, I made that up. But that's what I think it should mean, and seeing it doesn't already have a description, well then, there you go.

The rules on this one are basic, honor five other bloggers and then open your blog to personal questions from the audience. Okay, here are my nominees:

Wendy Sparrow - Where Ladybugs Roar. And I thought I wrote a lot. This woman in inspiring! Oh, and an insomniac.

Laura Martone, Mira & Co. - Come In Character Cool site. So I hang out on the sidelines, but still, way cool. I love how it's such an awesome character building tool.

Rick Daley - The Public Query Slushpile. Not sure if he honors awards over there, but c'mon, you can't get more honest then openly accepting public feedback on your queries.

Stephanie Thornton - Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel. Stephanie's absolutely the model child for this award. Listen to part of her blog post today, "I hate it, absolutely hate it when historical fiction writers get sloppy. I also hate it in Hollywood, but I take that with a grain of salt because it's, well, Hollywood." See? You can't get more honest than that. :)

Lynnette Labelle - Chatterbox Chit Chat. Lynnette has always been honest with her comments and feedback, and you have no idea how much I appreciate that!

Now that that's done, I've got some Nano writing to get to!

Oh, and do you have any questions? Feel free to post them or send them to me at steph.damore@gmail.com.



Laura Martone said...

Howdy, Steph. As someone who loves regular ol' books as well as my beloved Sony e-reader, I'm happy to answer your question.

I have the Sony PRS-505 (which, at this point, is out-of-date), and I love it! I've actually been beta-reading Bane's novel on it - and it's awesome. What's great about it is that it's easy to read (even has three magnification settings) and, unlike the Kindle, it's easy to download files onto it and transfer files from it. Bane's file, for instance, is in PDF form. So, what's even cooler is that I've been able to read my own novel on it, which makes me feel like a "real" novelist. :-)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Thanks for the award, Steph! I'm all about honest scrap. :)

I don't have an e-reader. I really like to hold a book in my hands. I even have a hard time editing on a computer- I do much better editing on paper and then transferring it. Maybe that's just the teacher in me coming out.

Laura Martone said...

Oops, I forgot to thank you for the award. On behalf of me, Mira, Ann, and Christine, I thank you for the Honest Scrap award. We really appreciate the nod. Honest. ;-)

Rick Daley said...

Thanks Steph. I'll post something at the Slushpile, because the submitters and commentors are the ones who deserve the credit!

Steph Damore said...
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Steph Damore said...

Laura - the only experience I have with e-reading thus far is on my iPhone, so thanks for sharing. And of course anything that makes you feel like a "real" novelist is a good thing. That's the same reason I printed a copy of my book at CreateSpace. It was super cool passing around an actual book for family to read.

Steph Damore said...

Steph: You're welcome! I too used to be an avid pen to paper editor, but teaching has changed that. I would never get my grading done if I hand-edited every student's paper. Track changes works marvelously!

Laura: You're welcome too. I've been meaning to dive into my character more lately. I definitely have to stop by more. I mean Keira has to stop by more.

Rick: Sweet. The Slushpile is definitely honest and the followers deserve recognition. Thanks for posting.

Lynnette Labelle said...

Thanks for the award. I appreciate it. I've already received this one not too long ago, so I won't be passing it along this time. However, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate receiving it again. Thanks for making me feel special today. I needed that.

Lynnette Labelle

Steph Damore said...

You're welcome Lynnette - Hope you're feeling better!