Today we having Nadia Lee here with us on the blog to talk a little bit about eBooks and eReaders. Nadia’s newest release The Last Slayer is coming out December 26th from Carina Press, and she has an early copy to giveaway to one lucky commenter! Take it away Nadia!
My Wishlist for eBook Publishers (Including Agency Six)
I’ve been waffling back and forth between buying a dedicated ereader. I like my iTouch (though it’s ancient now), and I’m not sure about ebooks given agency pricing, poor digital library access, DRM, geo restrictions and so on.
Still, I couldn’t help but cave in when Amazon announced the new Kindle lineup. So I bought the cheapest Kindle (non-touch, no keyboard), based on price, shipping and ease of buying and so on.
After having used it for a month, I’ve created a list of things I wish ebook publishers do for us readers:
- If we buy directly from you, ensure that we can re-download the titles later. I know you worry about the growing power of Amazon, BN, etc. but if you offer no real benefit to buying directly from you, I’m going to patronize whichever vendor makes it easiest for me to buy and enjoy my ebooks.
- Don’t treat us like criminals. DRM hurts honest readers and buyers, not the pirates.
- Can you please proof after conversion so we don’t get books without paragraph breaks, weird symbols like &24’#5; instead of a punctuation mark, foreign word, and so on? This is especially true for anything published by Agency Six because the reason why you insist that ebooks should cost as much as a print book or more is because you add value. How about adding some frickin’ value by putting out well-formatted ebooks!
- Can you please stop with the enhanced ebooks? Nothing makes me go colder than a publisher talking about creating “enhanced” ebooks to jack up the price. You can worry about enhanced ebooks after you master the basic text formatting.
- And speaking of formatting — can we get covers with our ebooks? If ebooks are going to cost as much as or more than print books, they should at least come with covers, don’t you agree?
How about you? Is there anything you want publishers to do better, whether it’s with ebooks or print?
Comment for a chance to win an e-copy of any book from my backlist plus an early e-copy of The Last Slayer. I’ll send you the latter as soon as I get my author e-copy from the publisher. Contest ends November 4th and is open international. 🙂