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Lyn Armstrong
December 20th, 2009, 04:01 PM
As ebooks are becoming the new wave of reading with awesome new technology like the new nook, sony and kindle eReaders, there are still die-hard readers who prefer the traditional printed books.
So are you someone who loves the convenience of downloading an ebook? Does the instant gratification give you a junkie-shot of "retail therapy"? Does the thought of saving the environment, knowing you are making a difference by saving paper and ink make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside? Or maybe you love the thought of buying a book cheaper, so you can get more bang for your buck? Who wouldn't love more romance stories?
Or are you a person who loves to roam the colorful aisles of bookstores. The smell of newly printed-paper filling your senses. Or when you reach the last page of the book, you can lovingly run your fingers over the embossed romantic cover and sigh with gratification.
So which do you prefer when reading a romance novel? Ebooks or printed books?
Electronic format or paper, a good novel is worth every penny.

For your choice of ebook or print, my erotic Celtic romance, Witch Hunter is available online now.

Witch Hunter
Entwined Fates…Forbidden Love
Commissioned as an Inquisitor, Lord Lachlan Fairbairn is a skilled Witch Hunter feared throughout Scotland. When King James VI sent him to investigate a noble lady with wild golden hair and an untamed spirit, his instincts warns she is guilty of witchcraft. With mystery and intrigue surrounding the beautiful lass, he could not resist her luring charm beneath her protected heart. Torn between his forbidden desires and royal duty, can he make the impossible decision?
Outcast from her clan, Lady Rhiannon Campbell struggles with conflicting powers. Half good witch and half evil sorceress, she battles to control the darkness within for fear of plunging Scotland into chaos and death. With time working against Rhiannon, she has to rid herself of the seductive Inquisitor or face the horrific torture of the King’s dungeons. Can she endure a broken heart and a gruesome death to save her family? Or will she protect her enchanted secret and force herself to slay…the Witch Hunter?
Ebook link:
http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8_view_item.html?m8:item=101-201-300-401-5
Print on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunter-Book-Five-Celtic/dp/160735022X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253199817&sr=1-4
May you have a magical read!
Lyn Armstrong

CharmedGirl
December 20th, 2009, 06:18 PM
I love ebooks now that I have an ebook reader. But I also do like print books as well.

Lyn Armstrong
December 21st, 2009, 10:53 AM
I love ebooks now that I have an ebook reader. But I also do like print books as well.

Hey Bec, how much did you pay for your eReader? I was trying to find one for my mom in Australia, but found they were so expensive down there. Have their prices come down?
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Lyn
xoxo

CharmedGirl
December 22nd, 2009, 05:57 AM
My mum bought mine when she was in the states in April. I love it.

Lyn Armstrong
December 22nd, 2009, 11:19 AM
My mum bought mine when she was in the states in April. I love it.

Do you recharge it with a US/AUS adaptor? And do you have any problems downloading the ebooks?

If it works okay for you, I'll buy my mum one from the USA as well.
:typing:

Lyn
xoxo

CharmedGirl
December 22nd, 2009, 07:12 PM
I have a Sony reader. I charge it through my laptop which is relatively easy.

But sometimes I have trouble downloading some books. Although it's nothing major. It's just that at times a book will not show the actual name of the book. It might say something like Microsoft Word - then the books name. Or sometimes the author mightn't show. But apart from that, it works really well.

Lyn Armstrong
December 23rd, 2009, 10:37 AM
Oh good, so a Sony is good then? I'll remember that for my mom. :wub:

Have a Merry Xmas, hon! xmastreedecor

Lyn
xoxo



I have a Sony reader. I charge it through my laptop which is relatively easy.

But sometimes I have trouble downloading some books. Although it's nothing major. It's just that at times a book will not show the actual name of the book. It might say something like Microsoft Word - then the books name. Or sometimes the author mightn't show. But apart from that, it works really well.

CharmedGirl
December 25th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Hope you have a merry one as well Lyn.

hollie
December 25th, 2009, 06:26 PM
I love ebooks and i have a sony as well ( also from the US ) and other then the few problems Bec has mentioned it is amazing.

but there are some books that i have to have in paper as well I have all but the last book in the series of celtic witch books in paper and ebook. so i cant say which is best but i can say for me anyway ebooks are cheaper especially as i read alot of teh smaller publishers that dont have distributors in the UK.

mmm maybe i should start a book store for the smaller US publishers

CharmedGirl
December 26th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Ebooks are cheaper for me as well. That's why I love my sony ebook reader.

Lyn Armstrong
December 26th, 2009, 10:19 AM
LOL, I get the hint, Hollie. Unfortunately, I don't have any books of Witch Hunter left. And since I don't have book signings coming up, I don't need to order a box. You may have to order it from Amazon. Sorry sweetie.

Here's the Amazon link for Witch Hunter if you are interested:

http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunter-Book-Five-Celtic/dp/160735022X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253199817&sr=1-4 (http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunter-Book-Five-Celtic/dp/160735022X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253199817&sr=1-4)

With hugs and kisses
Lyn
xoxo

hollie
December 26th, 2009, 05:34 PM
they only have Last Celtic witch on the UK site. I'll ask Dani to get me a copy and send it across

Dani
December 27th, 2009, 03:33 AM
I'll see if I can get ya hooked up. If I had known you didn't have it I would have had Lyn bring me up two books when she brought mine. LOL!

As to my answer to your question, I love print books, but I love my Sony (PRS505) as well. It's a toss up as to what I love the most. I do however like that I can change stories if I want to read something different when I use my reader. Sometimes I just can't keep reading one because of my mood, so I switch to the another. :)

hollie
December 27th, 2009, 10:43 AM
I'll see if I can get ya hooked up. If I had known you didn't have it I would have had Lyn bring me up two books when she brought mine. LOL!


I was thinking of maybe getting you to send a copy to Lyn then she could send it to me and i'll send who-ever what-ever postage and stuff :wub:

Shelley Munro
December 27th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I prefer ebooks because they're so much cheaper for me here in New Zealand. There's also the instant gratification factor. Print books can take months to make it down here. One thing that does really irritate me though are the geographical restrictions on some books.

I read my ebooks on a PDA or on my laptop, whichever is most handy or convenient. The other thing I like about ebooks is that they don't take up storage room!

Shelley

hollie
December 27th, 2009, 04:20 PM
I have the same problem Shelley and the cost it often costs less for one of the girls to buy and post me a book then it would for me to buy it here

LelaniBlack
December 27th, 2009, 10:36 PM
I buy both e-books and paper books and see benefit of both. Paper is something tangible that I can hold, but I'm a book fiend and can read a lot of books--then...urp, where do I put them? I have boxes of books stacked up to the ceiling in my garage. Then I have my e-books, they are nice and tidy on my desktop and I find them with a click of a mouse. I love e-books because they are right THERE to purchase, I don't have to trudge through store after store to find the author whose stories I want to read. Instant read, basically, and I'm finding stories voices that are dynamic, voices that are original...I find even as a writer I'm getting away from paper submissions as well, a lot of time and money spent (doesn't mean I'm going to stop pursuing being paper published :)

Catherine Bybee
December 28th, 2009, 06:37 PM
If Santa had brought me my NOOK! I'd be all over dowloading everything. sigh... I do love a book, but find e-books so much more conveinent to download and read. Not to mention shelf space.

CharmedGirl
December 28th, 2009, 06:42 PM
I've run out of shelf space at the moment. And all my print books I've bought recently are piling up on my desk. I have another bookcase but I have to put it together. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do that. LOL

Lyn Armstrong
December 30th, 2009, 12:10 PM
I was thinking of maybe getting you to send a copy to Lyn then she could send it to me and i'll send who-ever what-ever postage and stuff :wub:


Dani and Hollie,

I will order the book via Amazon for Hollie and send it over. That way I can personally sign it for her. HugMe

Lyn
xoxo

Lyn Armstrong
December 30th, 2009, 12:25 PM
Thanks for all your comments. It's fascinating what people think on the Ebook vs Print books. I must admit my book shelf is so jam packed, I actually have to stop myself from adding to it. Every year I clear out the books I have read or are not going to read so I can make space for new ones, but there never seems enough space. But I love my book shelf, it's like a mini bookstore, just tempting me to pick a story and get lost in a new world of fantasy.

However, I love having my ebooks on my eReader. I keep it beside my bed, so if I want to flick through a hundred titles within moments, I can. So convenient. Thank you ebook Gods. LOL :notworthy:

Lyn
xoxo

hollie
December 30th, 2009, 12:47 PM
Dani and Hollie,

I will order the book via Amazon for Hollie and send it over. That way I can personally sign it for her. HugMe

Lyn
xoxo

oh thank you so much let me know what i owe you :lovepounce:

Lyn Armstrong
December 30th, 2009, 03:29 PM
No problem. :wub:

Lyn
xoxo


oh thank you so much let me know what i owe you :lovepounce:

Dani
December 31st, 2009, 12:15 AM
Dani and Hollie,

I will order the book via Amazon for Hollie and send it over. That way I can personally sign it for her. HugMe

Lyn
xoxo
That's a great idea Lyn! I would have gotten it and sent it to you to sign for her. It wouldn't have been a problem. Both of us have been sick, so neither of us were thinking of that. LOL! :biggrin:

Lyn Armstrong
December 31st, 2009, 10:46 AM
That's a great idea Lyn! I would have gotten it and sent it to you to sign for her. It wouldn't have been a problem. Both of us have been sick, so neither of us were thinking of that. LOL! :biggrin:


Oh no, I hope you are feeling better. Nobody should be sick around New Years Eve, unless it is self-inflicted. LOL. :fridaynite:

hollie
December 31st, 2009, 11:06 AM
Oh no, I hope you are feeling better. Nobody should be sick around New Years Eve, unless it is self-inflicted. LOL. :fridaynite:

I am going to feel ill tomorrow and it will be self inflicted double celebrations tonight Twirling

Lyn Armstrong
December 31st, 2009, 11:16 AM
I am going to feel ill tomorrow and it will be self inflicted double celebrations tonight Twirling


Lol. Party like it's 1999...that doesn't sound as good as in the song. :orange:

Happy New Year, everyone! ChampagneCelebrate

Kim Smith
December 31st, 2009, 05:24 PM
They reported on the Early Show just Monday that more EBOOKS were sold on Amazon this holiday season than PAPER books!!! isn't that the bees knees!?

CharmedGirl
December 31st, 2009, 07:12 PM
That's because ebooks are a lot cheaper for people to buy.

Dani
January 1st, 2010, 11:00 PM
Oh no, I hope you are feeling better. Nobody should be sick around New Years Eve, unless it is self-inflicted. LOL. :fridaynite:
Mine wasn't self inflected when I was sick (I feel much better now). If I had been drinking last night it probably would have been though. LOL!

Hope everyone's new years was great! :huepfen017:

Dani
January 1st, 2010, 11:01 PM
That's because ebooks are a lot cheaper for people to buy.
This is so true!

Lyn Armstrong
January 2nd, 2010, 11:33 AM
Hey Kim,

That is awesome news. Authors get better royalities from ebooks than print. Woo Hoo for EBOOK sales!!! LOL. :orange:





They reported on the Early Show just Monday that more EBOOKS were sold on Amazon this holiday season than PAPER books!!! isn't that the bees knees!?

Lyn Armstrong
January 2nd, 2010, 11:36 AM
I had a brilliant New Years Eve. I went to a comedy club and laughed my ass off. LOL. Then came home and hopped in the kayak to watch the fireworks at midnight with my beloved ones. :rockon:

What did you all do?

Lyn
xoxo

wordsmith
January 4th, 2010, 10:42 AM
I do enough reading on the e-page to not want to look at it for relaxation. Whether you realize it or not, just like your television set, the e-screen - even the Kindle variety - is constantly refreshing itself. If you were to take a photograph of an e-screen you would get an image with a line running through it horizontally. This is the screen refresh. It happenes so fast that your eyes do not notice it ... but your brain does! (Sort of like the gas in a flourescent tube light that is constantly rolling through the tube.) This is especially difficult if one is subject to migraine headaches as it tends to exacerbate the condition.
And, besides, I really like the tactile feel of a 'real' book in my hands. You can't take a reader into the tub with you and there is something special about a bound book on the shelf that is somehow more soothing than an E-reader on a table.

An e-reader can be a convenience, yes. But it will never be a suitable replacement for a re-purposed tree book.

(Oh! And, btw, I painted walls for New Year's! After you've seen a few New Year's parties, the charm wears off. So, for me, that was a gr8 way to spend the night! Besides, I had martial arts the following day so I was not so much into getting sauced and having to go to class off-balance!)

Lyn Armstrong
January 4th, 2010, 01:14 PM
I do enough reading on the e-page to not want to look at it for relaxation.


I actually enjoy painting the house. Crazy, I know. :shifty:

Lyn

wordsmith
January 4th, 2010, 01:49 PM
... I'm a book fiend and can read a lot of books--then...urp, where do I put them?

If I may make a suggestion? If those books piling up in boxes in your garage are of the paperback variety, you might consider starting a 'guerrilla book club'. Print a bunch of labels to stick in the fronts of the books - something to the effect of "Please feel free to take this book with you to read and enjoy. When you are finished reading it, please leave it for another to read." You might also include an invitation for the discoverer to leave another book somewhere to share their reading enjoyment with others.

Take the books to airports, bus stations, train stations, even restaurants and hotels/motels. It's kind of fun to travel out of your own 'neck of the woods' and discover one of your books in an airport terminal or hotel lobby in another city and state! And it's the best way in the world to recycle!

Lyn Armstrong
January 4th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Take the books to airports, bus stations, train stations, even restaurants and hotels/motels. It's kind of fun to travel out of your own 'neck of the woods' and discover one of your books in an airport terminal or hotel lobby in another city and state! And it's the best way in the world to recycle!

What an awesome idea. I love it! goodpostsmilies

wordsmith
January 4th, 2010, 02:06 PM
What an awesome idea. I love it!

I'd like to take credit for it but I got it from a contestant on "Jeopardy!" last summer.

CharmedGirl
January 5th, 2010, 01:45 AM
I had a brilliant New Years Eve. I went to a comedy club and laughed my ass off. LOL. Then came home and hopped in the kayak to watch the fireworks at midnight with my beloved ones. :rockon:

What did you all do?

Lyn
xoxo

Glad you had a great New Years Lyn.

Lyn Armstrong
January 5th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Glad you had a great New Years Lyn.


Thanks Bec. :rolleyes:

Lyn Armstrong
January 5th, 2010, 12:52 PM
I'd like to take credit for it but I got it from a contestant on "Jeopardy!" last summer.


Well, thanks for sharing. It's a great idea for authors as well who would like to promote their own books. :rockon:

Annette
January 7th, 2010, 04:32 PM
Well i have not read many ebooks course i dont have one yet. but its really nice when i can buy a book on line and read it here on the computer. but i still love going to my Barnes and Nobles and just getting lost in the books. and well i love taking my books in the bath. can not do that with ebooks. unless they come water proof.lol

Lyn Armstrong
January 8th, 2010, 03:13 PM
Well i have not read many ebooks course i dont have one yet. but its really nice when i can buy a book on line and read it here on the computer. but i still love going to my Barnes and Nobles and just getting lost in the books. and well i love taking my books in the bath. can not do that with ebooks. unless they come water proof.lol

LOL, you are the second one who said they can't take a eReader into the bath, but my question is, wouldn't it destroy the pages if a printed book got wet in the bath? Cookiesmilies

Lyn

Annette
January 8th, 2010, 03:17 PM
LOL, you are the second one who said they can't take a eReader into the bath, but my question is, wouldn't it destroy the pages if a printed book got wet in the bath? Cookiesmilies

Lyn


Well yes it can but when im ready to get out i toss it the other end of the bath and so far i have gotten lucky and it be ok.lol love the food for thought smilie

wordsmith
January 8th, 2010, 03:18 PM
"...but my question is, wouldn't it destroy the pages if a printed book got wet in the bath?"

Yes, but, worst case scenario, I'd rather pay $20 to replace a dead tree book than $200 to replace non-recyclable silicon version! My worst experience with a dtb is a few drops of water on a page here or there. The nrs book wouldn't be quite so forgiving.

Besides, I just love the tactile sense of real, hands-on book.


[:sofa: (sofa sogood, Annette?)]

Annette
January 8th, 2010, 03:22 PM
Yes, but, worst case scenario, I'd rather pay $20 to replace a dead tree book than $200 to replace non-recyclable silicon version! My worst experience with a dtb is a few drops of water on a page here or there. The nrs book wouldn't be quite so forgiving.

Besides, I just love the tactile sense of real, hands-on book.


Yea there's that too. lol.

Lyn Armstrong
January 8th, 2010, 03:30 PM
LOL, you ladies make a good point. :notworthy:

You make me want to read in the bath. Tee Hee.

Now, where's that bubblebath...:shifty:

Lyn

wordsmith
January 8th, 2010, 03:33 PM
"You make me want to read in the bath. Tee Hee.

Now, where's that bubblebath..."


Lyn, Just don't forget a nice Bottle of Bordeaux to accompany the Book and the Bubbles!

Lyn Armstrong
January 8th, 2010, 03:38 PM
Lyn, Just don't forget a nice Bottle of Bordeaux to accompany the Book and the Bubbles!


Oooo, you had me at nice bottle...smilies/champagne1.g

Annette
January 8th, 2010, 05:05 PM
Oooo, you had me at nice bottle...smilies/champagne1.g



A Nice Starbucks is also very nice to drink while enjoying your favorite book or ebook.

wordsmith
January 8th, 2010, 05:07 PM
A Nice Starbucks is also very nice to drink while enjoying your favorite book or ebook.

So can we find a hunky barista who delivers?

Annette
January 8th, 2010, 05:10 PM
So can we find a hunky barista who delivers?


LOL I wish they would always becoming to my door. LOL

CharmedGirl
January 8th, 2010, 08:59 PM
So can we find a hunky barista who delivers?

Wouldn't that be nice. LOL

Lyn Armstrong
January 11th, 2010, 01:34 PM
I don't know what a barista is, but sign me up if he is hunky. LOL. Lusty Drool Smilie

wordsmith
January 11th, 2010, 03:21 PM
I don't know what a barista is, but sign me up if he is hunky. LOL. Lusty Drool Smilie

Think of the guy at the coffeeshop whipping up your cup of espresso. There's your barista but ...
Now, the perfect scenario is - imagine the guy on your cover and the coffee isn't the only thing he's going to be serving up hot. (double shot of mocha, double shot of Lusty Drool Smilie!)

Lilly Cain
January 11th, 2010, 08:10 PM
Electronic format or paper, a good novel is worth every penny.


Let's face it. Paper or epub, as long as the book is good, we are going to enjoy reading it in almost any format! I've recently published with eRedSage, and I love that you can get the book in 5 formats, but I will love it when I can have a paper copy too!

I have to agree with people on here though - I am running out of space so there will be more ebooks than paper in my future.

Lilly
www.lillycain.com (http://www.lillycain.com)

wordsmith
January 12th, 2010, 09:26 AM
I'm still sticking with the hard-copy, dead tree variety. In fact, I bought the house I now own based largely on the fact that it has (mostly built-in) bookshelves in almost every room! A former owner was a collector of antique books. Though, come to think of it, in another 30 - 50 years, any book you can put on a shelf will be considered and antique!

Lyn Armstrong
January 12th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Think of the guy at the coffeeshop whipping up your cup of espresso. There's your barista but ...
Now, the perfect scenario is - imagine the guy on your cover and the coffee isn't the only thing he's going to be serving up hot. (double shot of mocha, double shot of Lusty Drool Smilie!)

Yuuummmy. Is he only wearing an apron? (Turn around coffee boy, turn around.) :shifty:
LOL.

Lyn Armstrong
January 12th, 2010, 12:03 PM
I'm still sticking with the hard-copy, dead tree variety. In fact, I bought the house I now own based largely on the fact that it has (mostly built-in) bookshelves in almost every room! A former owner was a collector of antique books. Though, come to think of it, in another 30 - 50 years, any book you can put on a shelf will be considered and antique!


Ohhh, bookshelves in every room. Now I'm jealous. LOL. :notworthy:

Kim Smith
January 12th, 2010, 01:41 PM
It's interesting to note that I keep hearing around the web from people who act like ebooks are a new commodity. That ain't so. Ebooks have been around a long time now. But I guess some companies are just now waking from their Rip Van Winkle-esque nap to hear about them.

wordsmith
January 12th, 2010, 01:57 PM
You're right about that, Kim. But, for many years, it was such a specialty/business specific kind of thing and not necessarily a commercially marketed item. (took a few years before it started to become commercially viable and on into this century before it really reached mainstream.)