We Are So Ready!
2010 will be the year of the e-book reader according to an article in TheStreet.com today. Already demand has outstripped supply, and if we decide to get ourselves a Nook from Barnes & Noble, it won’t ship until the 4th of January. That’d be in time for an Aquarian birthday (his), but not Christmas.
How to choose? The article says price is a huge factor. This year the lowest price is predicted to be $199 through the holiday season. I’d buy one, at that price – would you? Gartner’s says prices “must drop closer to $99 to drive significant take up.” But we’re thinking we don’t want to wait that long.
Will readers care about what file formats the e-book readers can accommodate? Right now the Kindle is proprietary – it can only handle the Kindle file format, available exclusively at Amazon.com. Kindle owners looking for Adriana Kraft have to land on our Amazon.com page to access any of our books, but we have a half dozen that haven’t been converted yet. The Nook accepts a wider range of formats, and twelve of our titles are already available in e-book format on our Barnes & Noble page. That’s a start, but I’d like a reader that can download books from Whiskey Creek Torrid, Extasy Books, Fictionwise and All Romance E- Books. If the Nook can do that, I’m game!
Another thing I like about the Nook (from its promo materials, at least) is the option to store books on the device as well as store them on a hyperspace bookshelf at Barnes & Noble. That way I won’t have to always have wireless or internet access to read my books.
We’re still researching the options, with a month left until Christmas – how about you? These are exciting times for an e-pubbed erotic romance author!