Tuesday, July 25, 2006

eBooks & Ice

Khristos, where's that ice! Man, is it hot here in Washington. I cannot wait until we get a break in this weather. Way too scorching for me. Searing weather I don't like, searing books, now that's a whole other ball game.

Khristos DuMichael is the hero of my story, Realm of the Ice God, which is included as part of the "Images of Desire" paperback anthology that I'll be giving away today. Realm of the Ice God, an erotic contemporary romance, was first released as an ebook from Amber Heat, the erotic imprint of Amber Quill Press. Do I see groans and eyes rolling? I hope not.

Ten years ago, I would never have thought of buying an ebook. Eight years ago I picked up my first one and I read it on my desktop computer. I didn't enjoy sitting at my computer and reading. So then I printed it out--wasted too much paper. So then I got a laptop and found I could get a little more comfortable and could relax on the couch. That still wasn't good enough because then I found a Franklin ebook reader that fit in the palm of my hand. Very cool. And I could read in the dark and make the print larger, and bookmark sections. Yeah, I liked that. And I loved the stories that were coming out in electronic format. Now I use a Palm Zire. Isn't technology amazing?

I must admit as I look back, I feel like a frog that was dropped into a pot of cool water that was gradually allowed to heat up. But instead of being eaten, it opening up a vast world of wonderful new authors and their writing. Honestly, I do love ebooks.

I'm of the transition generation because I still love to hold a paperback in my hand as well, but I'm willing to venture out into new territory and, boy, I'm glad I did. I do have a lot of keepers on my shelves. Another advantage to ebooks is the saving on shelf space, as well as how many ebooks I can take on a trip when I go on vacation and the small amount of space they take up. Pretty awesome.

I've been very fortunate as a writer to find some wonderful ebook and small press publishers in the form of Amber Quill Press/Amber Heat, Chippewa Publishing/Lady Aibell Press, and Phaze. I love writing hot and my publishers challenge me with every story.

Khristos DuMichael, a sculptor diverting his emotion into creations of artistic ice. Natalie Mason, an ice skater, sinking her passion into her profession. Two lives defined by the icy realms of success, meet in the heat of desire. When tragedy strikes, they must choose--the fire or the ice?

So tell me, do you read ebooks? Do you remember the first ebook you ever read? If you don't read them, why?

Hope to hear from you.

Lucy, thanks for inviting me to join the party. This has been great fun.

Adrianna Dane/Tess Maynard

AdriannaWebsite: http://www.adriannadane.com/
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121 comments:

Jennifer Y. said...

Sounds like a good book. I am relatively new to ebooks...I tend to prefer print because I have to read ebooks on the computer because I don't have a reader. It can be uncomfortable at times. I have read several ebooks, but don't remember my first.

Cherie Japp said...

I am also new to reading ebooks. I read them on my laptop but would love to get a palm pilot or ebook reader since I believe it would make things easier. I started reading ebooks last year and now am hooked. I still prefer having a paperback to hold. I am still in transition over that but there are so many great ebooks out there that are hard to resist so I am gradually getting over that.

bamabelle said...

I do read both print books and ebooks. I have a laptop, but I would love to have an ebook reader. That is something I plan to purchase in the near future. I think the number of ebooks I read will increase even more after that.

Cherie Japp said...

Oops! Forgot to tell you my first ebook. It was For the Love of Sam by Rachel Carrington. Very touching story.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Jennifer, at least you're giving them a try. Hopefully, the cost of ebook readers will come down in the near future making it easier for you to read more comfortably.

My own first ebook was an Ellora's Cave book by Treva Harte, if I remember correctly. :-)

Adrianna

Jenn said...

I have never read an ebook. I have looked into them but have not yet read any. Maybe I'll have to look into them again

Jennifer Y. said...

I really want to get an ereader of some kind...just can't afford one now. Like you said, hopefully the price will come down some.

Ali said...

I love to read e-books :-) But sometimes it feels like there are so many coming out that my tbb and tbr piles are just getting bigger. My first e-book was by Lora Leigh, from Ellora's Cave. I read a print book from her first and then found her online :-) I'm so glad I did, because I've read so many good books since then :-)

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Adrianna,

I love ebooks, especially since I borrowed my Dad's palm nearly two years agao and never gave it back. LOL I know I am bad girl. Mmm let me thing my first ebook, wow that is a hard question. But I think it was Jaci Burton's Running Mate

Becky said...

First of all the guy on the cover of The Realm of the Ice God is sexy.

Yes I do read e-books lots of them. The first e-book I ever read was 4s Company by Eve Vaughn. It was a great and one of my favorites.

Dannyfiredragon said...

I would love to get this ebookwise reader. I had the plan to get one ship to the RT this year, but that didn't happen

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Cherie, you're doing the frog think,I bet. :-) Warming up a degree at a time. I doubt I'll ever move past the transition thing, but I do firmly have a foot lodged in both camps. I got my first ereader because it went on sale at Best Buy at Christmas. I remember how excited I was.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Jenn, I hope you'll get a chance to try one real soon. There are some awesome stories in ebook format. Try browsing the aisles at Fictionwise for a really broad range of choices.

Adrianna

Catherine Spangler said...

I have to admit I've never read an e-book. Not because of any prejudice against them, but because I don't have a reader, and I don't like reading books on my computer (and I don't have a lap top). But I know I'm missing some really good books. So I need to look into it. Are e-books now all standard format? What readers would y'all suggest?

~ Catherine

Catherine Spangler said...

P.S. Kristos is one hot dude :-)

Carol said...

I read print books. It's hard to sit at the computer and read and I don't have an a reader either. I like to get comfortable on the couch or in bed at night when I read. I also like to look at my books on the shelf. I've lost ebooks in a computer crash, too, so I'll just stick to print books.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Jennifer, several companies are working on ebook readers that hopefully will become more accessible to the general public. Goodness, they're starting to put school texts into digital format, and even libraries are starting to offer ebooks for loan on a limited basis. Think Mission: Impossible as in self-destruct at the end of the loan period. Certainly would save on all those overdue fees. Technology continues to move forward at a rapid rate. I have to say, I love being a part of all of this with my ebooks.

Adrianna

Darla said...

I do read e-books and have found some fantastic authors! I'm still looking to get a handheld to use, though I'm one that dosen't mind reading from the computer most times. The first e-book I read was Bride of Atlantis by Marie Morin.

Mark St. Claire said...

I have some ebooks, I just haven't gotten around to reading them yet and yes I'm still trying to make that transition. I'm so entirely use to print books, that it's taking me a while to get into the ebooks. This book of your, Adrianna, sounds so good and as I said before, I love trying new authors. And I've never been disappointed.

Devair P. said...

Also new to ebooks,my first was "The Huntress"by Shiloh Walker,from that minute on I was hooked.I love having more than one book with me when I have go out.

Barb V. said...

I have never read an ebook, and I do feel that I am missing out on a lot of good stories. My reasons for not taking the plunge are: I am technology challenged. I need someone to actually walk me through the steps on how to download an ebook. I have an older computer that I don't think can handle the downloads -- not enough memory. And the biggie: I don't want to have to sit in front of the computer to read something. I would definitely want to get a reader. I think I need someone from the geek squad to give me an inservice on all this stuff.

Kelley said...

There are so many great authors out there in ebooks. I really want to get an ebook reader. I have a hard time reading at the computer. I usually do the print the book out method.

Judy F said...

I don't read to many ebooks manly cause I have to read them at my computer. I think one of my first was by Patrice Michelle. Love her cowboys.

Jennifer Y. said...

That is very interesting Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Ali, don't you know it. There are so many good stories available it really is hard to choose. But look at it this way--they do take up less space on the shelves. :-) You don't have to go out and buy a bigger house just to shelve your keepers.

Yes, I also enjoy Lora Leigh's books. I found her by reading excerpts of her stories at an RT convention. Took me straight to her publisher on line. And it taught me something about promotion.

By the way, speaking of excerpts, you can find excerpts of all my stories at my website.

If I may ask, what catches your attention to try a new author? And what keeps you with them?

Adrianna

Jennifer Y. said...

I have done that too Kelley, but ran out of ink one time...LOL. I get migraines so it is sometimes hard to read off the computer.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Danny, I do enjoy reading off my Palm. Some people find it too small, but it works fine for me. I've heard many advocates of the eBookwise which is offered at Fictionwise.

Like anything, you need the right fit for you. Has your dad wondered where his Palm went to? :-)

Adrianna

Jennifer Y. said...

what catches your attention to try a new author? And what keeps you with them?


The story...that is always what catches my attention. If it sounds interesting to me, I'll try it. Word of mouth also helps me learn more about stories. As to what keeps me with an author...once again it is the story. If the story kept my interest and was enjoybale, then I am more likely to try more of their books.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Thanks, Becky, my cover artist, Trace Edward Zaber, did a wonderful job with the cover, as he always does. It's one of the things I like working with a small press publisher in that I do have a more personal to some extent in the cover art. He gave me exactly what I asked for.

By the way, the little book cover icon next to my name, is for a upcoming release from Amber Heat. Trace also created that cover.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Hi Catherine, ebooks still come in several formats, including html, MobiPocket, MS lit, pdf, and several others. There is still some move to standardize them. I believe the most popular (at least for me) are the html and pdf. My Palm reads pretty much any format I care to purchase.

One of the current, more popular readers is the eBookwise, although most Palms are able to be used as well.

Khristos is a doll, isn't he? :-)

Adrianna

Dannyfiredragon said...

Adrianna,

I saw the ebookwise reader at a convention last year, a friend of mine Jen, (one half of the author duo Ashleigh Raine) had here one with her. It's about the size of a massmarket paperback.

Sometimes the battery of mine palm is empty too fast, especially while I am reading a good scene. LOL.

And yes my dad is missing his palm. LOL. He hope that I either buy me a own or win one somewhere, so that he gets his back. But the chances of buying aren't so good, because I am looking for a job. So he has to wait a little longer

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Hi Carol, it is difficult if you don't have a reader to get comfortable--I understand that. Being someone who had neck problems, and I spend a good portion of my day at the computer, I do sympathize. I hope one day it will become easier.

I usually back my ebooks up to a CD. That way if I have a crash, I do have the books. A lot of publishers and places like Fictionwise now offer a bookshelf feature that allows you to go back in a re-download a book you may have lost.

As problems are revealed, or bugs uncovered, I do think the publishers and distributors are trying to come up with ways to improve and make it easier for readers to access and utilize this emerging technology.

Adrianna

Amy S. said...

I read both ebooks and paperbacks. I only have a desktop computer though. I would love to have an e-reader. I think the first ebook I read was Marly's Choice by Lora Leigh. Ebooks do have an advantage on storage space. Plus you get them when you buy them instead of waiting for them to be delivered.

Cathie said...

I love ebooks!! I got into them, I'd say again, about three years ago and then came back a year ago again. What happened is I was in a chat and someone told me about a Jaid Black book and I took the try and bought one and read it on the computer (but my butt started to hurt after a while, LOL) so I had read quite a few and then was back to print and this last year I'm reading lots of ebooks, lots of prints. I love that I can choose the sensuality i'm in the mood for. I have a bunch of favorite ebook authors and wouldn't miss a book of theirs! Too go for amber quill books, great ones there! Now I want to go see what I have and read!!!

Amy S. said...

Realm of the Ice God sounds very good!

Jennifer Y. said...

I keep my ebooks on a jumpdrive. That way I can read them on either the laptop or the desktop.

lidia said...

I have never read an ebook. I work on a computer all day long and actually enjoying being able to pick up a book, read it, turn pages, etc....

As for trying out new authors. I will buy a book if it is highly recommended by someone I trust. Sometimes I'll buy a book if the back cover copy "hooks" me.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Just a thought, but those of you who want to give ebooks a try and would like to find a reader might check ebay for used ebook readers. When my purse was stolen, it had my Franklin reader in it, and that was one of the few things that didn't get returned (of course). I did log onto ebay and located another one for a fraction of the cost. So it might be a possiblity if you are just starting out with ebooks.

Adrianna

JillB said...

I've been reading e-books for a couple of years. I started out with SFR (Sharon Lee & Steve Miller) at Embiid books (now closing down). When Ellora's Cave moved away from PayPal purchasing I bought some books from them, but because I don't have a hand-held device I download them in .pdf and then print them off so I can read them in comfort. I tend to read all in one go where I can, so sitting for two hours (or more) reading a novel length book is a pain in the rear (literally!) Much better to be sitting in a cozy armchair/ in the garden with my feet up.
When I can afford a hand-held reader I shall indulge, but at the moment it's just not feasible. :(

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

If you're technology challenged, do keep in mind that the many romance lists have all sorts of readers. And many of the publisher reader lists have people on them more than willing to answer questions about ebooks and the various readers. I know on the Amber Heat Readers list, we've talked with many people who are trying to decide on readers and what format to purchase. People are so helpful on the many lists available. No question is a dumb question. Ebook authors want you to try our books--we'll answer whatever we can to help you find us, and enjoy reading.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Aren't those jumpdrives great? I just discovered them not to long ago. I use mine a lot for my works in progress. Awesome things! I love Staples and office supply stories are the ultimate toy stores for writers. lol

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Speaking of migraines and such, I went to the eye doctor yesterday. I had been getting more frequent headaches and such but thought it was just age and sore neck. Found out I've really only been seeing out of one eye, my contract prescription had gotten so bad. Can't believe I hadn't noticed. No wonder I was getting all those headaches. Hopefully, they will improve now. Not happy that my eyes are getting worse though. :-(

Adrianna

Debby said...

Sounds like a great book. I am trying to get my ebook reader working so I can read ebooks easier

Maureen said...

I don't read e-books for the simple reason that my computer access is limited to the family desktop. For me right now they don't make sense.

judithrochelle said...

I am almost brand new to ebooks, until a friend of mine sold to an epublisher. Then I sold my first and I just signed a contract for my ninth. I am definitely buying Kristos story. sounds yummy. I love my ebook reader. 68 books and still counting, and it fits so nicely in my purse. I head the next generation of iPod will also be an ebook reader.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

I am extremely fortunate in that my publisher recognizes that we really are a transition generation and although they are primarily an epublisher, they do release novel-length titles simultaneously in paperback and electronic format. My Amber Heat titles can be found at amazon.com and also can be ordered through Borders. Images of Desire contains three of my novellas including Graphic Liaisons, Realm of the Ice God, and Whisper. Each are available individually in electronic format. I love this versatility and the recognition that there are those of us who hover between worlds, so to speak.

Adrianna

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any ebooks, I just prefer to hold an actual book while reading in bed instead of having the laptop on.

Kelly F.

Pam G said...

I read excerpts, back of books, sometimes reviews, listen to friends, and participate in chat rooms to find books to read.

My first ebook was from Ellora's Cave, Lorie O'Clair's Cariboo Lunewulf's series, boy are they hot!

I've been reading ebooks for about a year, on a laptop. When I can afford it I'm going to get a reader. I like to read in bed, but my DH doesn't like my bedside light on.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

ranchlady, congratulations on your recent sales. It's a wonderful feeling, isn't it?

I've heard some news about the iPod and it will be interesting to see how it progresses.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Pam, that's one of the advantages of ereaders in that all the lights can be off because the screen is backlit. Even if you're traveling at night it's a great advantage. My husband and I traveled cross-country last year and I had a bunch of books loaded on my Palm. I even have a nonfiction book on pirates setting on my laptop right now, as well as some newsletters to read at my leisure.

Adrianna

Joyce said...

I don't read ebooks because I don't have a reader and it is too difficult, as you mentioned, to sit at the computer and read.

ShelMel said...

Wah - I wish I had an e-book reader. I serious.ly think I would read more e-books if I had one.

I know lots of readers are buying e-books! Your e-book sounds icy hot!!

Nicole said...

I read plenty of ebooks. I do think it's because I have an iPaq and am able to read them away from my computer.

And I hear you on the heat. Ugh. My family is in WA and my mom said it was 114 where she was not too long ago.

And hey, I think one of my first ebooks was a Treva Harte one. :-)

Rachael said...

I don't have the reader thing to make it easier on the eyes. I've never read an E book because it is exhausting to sit up at the computer reading off the screen. I prefer to hold the book in my hand and read wherever I'd like. I really wish I could read an E book but it just is extrememly uncomfortable to me whenever I try to read alot on the screen.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Yes, Nicole, for me she was one of the forerunners in erotic romance who caught my attention immediately. And I'm pleased to say that I have recently contracted with Loose-Id (the company she is now associated with) for a full-length dark futuristic story. One never knows what the universe has in store for us. I'm very excited about this story which is titled Zytarri 1: Virgin Blood, and hopefully will be the beginning to a series.

Adrianna

Kate Davies said...

Confession time.

I had never read an e-book until I sold to Samhain last December. Now, I'm a big fan. I love the variety, the cross-genre works, the authors! The first e-book I read was Nauti Buoy by Lora Leigh, which I was fortunate enough to pick up before it was bought by Berkley and pulled from the web for future print release. :)

I'm ready to break down and get an e-book reader, though. Thanks for the e-bay tip!

catslady said...

I have to share my computer time because I just have dialup and unfortunately I don't have an ereader so I am losing out on a lot of new authors. I too have lost stories in computer crashes. So for now I only read print books.

Veronica said...

I love reading ebooks and print books equally. My first ebook ever read was a Jaid Black book. I don't remember the exact title but it was one in a series of books.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Kati, another convert...yeah!! And congratulations on your sale to Sanhaim.

There are some wonderful authors that have been in the ebook segment for several years that can now be found in paperback on the shelves of bookstore as well. I remember purchasing one of Rosemary Laughery's wonderful vampire stories at an RT Convention some years back. It is a wonderful story. I do love the paranormal.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

My best friend loves Jaid Black and reads everything she puts out. She continues to be an avid fan of her writing.

Adrianna

Pam G said...

That's great Adrianna, do you know when it's going to be released? And can you tell us anything else about it?

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

It's still in the editing phase, Pam, but I understand it is scheduled for release later this year. I hestitate to say too much about it until it is closer to publication. I have started to develop a separate website for it at www.zytarri.com. Eventually, the site will have floor plans, character sketches, and various other ideas I'm working with. It is an erotic romance based on a vampire-like culture. I must admit, it is the most challenging and detailed world-building I have done to date. I've very excited about it.

Adrianna

readingissomuchfun said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Love the cover as well :-)
I do read ebooks but I prefer prints cause some of the ebooks I have read was really good that I wanted it on my keeper shelf to read it again.

The first ebook I read was Devarian Exile By: Sierra Dafoe. I really loved that book.

HUGSSSS
Linda.H.

Cryna said...

I am new at the ebook world. I have a few that I have gotten, but am not keen on sitting at the computer to read. I have not ventured into the world of the ebook reader.

So right now I would have to say that I like the having the paperbacks to hold. I am not opposed to the ebook though.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

I'm curious. If you could create an ebook reader to your own specifications what would you consider essential in an ebook reader?

Adrianna

Cryna said...

Oops forgot to say that the first ebook I read was one I won and it was called Spontaneious Combustion by Charlene Leonard.

I have bought a few more since then.

Jennifer Y. said...

I'm curious. If you could create an ebook reader to your own specifications what would you consider essential in an ebook reader?

I am not real familiar with ebook readers, but I would want one that was capable of reading multiple formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, etc.). I would also want one comfortable to read and to hold. Don't want to strain my eyes.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Jennifer,

if you want to read all the formats, the best would be to buy a PDA or Palm, because the Ebookwise can only read html.

Lois said...

I read a few, but I do prefer print. It's just easier, and I spend so much time on a computer, I really can't spend more time reading. But I do have a few or so. I don't exactly remember what my first was, but I'm guessing it might have been something from Shiloh Walker. ;)

Lois

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

That's why I ended up buying the Palm, because I wanted the versatility. I keep my Franklin eBookman for a backup. With the Franklin I'm pretty much limited to Mobi and html.

Adrianna

Amy said...

I have never tired a ebook. I don't really know why except for the fact that I alway's have some many paperback books in the TRB pile that I have never took the time to see what is out there in the ebook format.

Jennifer Y. said...

Thanks for the info Danny...those are what I looked into...don't know when I'll be able to get one though.

Debbie E said...

Oh Adrianna, I'm so glad you wrote about ebooks because I LOVE them. Some of my first authors I read had a print book out through Ellora's Cave but after reading the first book - OMG! I had to have the rest in the series but they were only in ebook format. What?? So I asked my DH to get me whatever I needed to read ebooks and he did. He got me a Franklin ebookman and I love it.

Sarah McCarty and Lora Leigh were a couple of my first ebook authors and I have so many great authors that I follow in ebooks. It is amazing and I actually just received an email update from Sony who is suppose to release an ebook reader before the Holidays this year.

I have met so many great epublished authors. It is fantastic. The other thing is I have 2 teenage daughters and with some of the pictures and titles I buy - well it would not be a great idea to have my daughters sneaking these books. They can't be bothered with my reader so it works great that way as well.

I have just short of 20 of your ebooks. Wow! I better get reading.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Debbie, thanks so much. I'm glad you are enjoying ebooks. They are a pleasure, aren't they? And thank you for reading my stories. Writing is my passion and I so enjoying sharing them with readers.

Adrianna

Jennifer L. said...

I am still at the saving on the computer and printing them out stage. I really need to get an ebook reader if not for me, then for the trees!

Laurie D. said...

The new book sounds great! I honestly don't recall my first ebook. It opened the doors to a wonderful experience though! I have read hundreds of ebooks since - always have my Palm Zire w/me, usually loaded with about 40 books. I've removed many of the other features to make room for as many books as possible!

robynl said...

I don't remember my first e-book reads but dh bought me a Palm reader a couple of years ago and that started it.

Julie in Ohio said...

I haven't read any e-books because I am always having trouble with my computer and I would hate to loose any of my precious books.

Ali said...

Hi, Adrianna :-)
When I try a new author, it's usually from recommendations by authors that I already read, or a good blurb, also, I've found some great authors by reading their books from chat giveaways and such. That's why I'm now waiting for releases from both Kelly Maher and Larissa Lyons. I've read one book and now want more :-)

Ali said...

Julie in Ohio, I usually save my e-books into my usb disk, so I can take anywhere, and it won't matter if one computer breaks down, I can take it to another one :-)

Dannyfiredragon said...

Julie,

it's really tiresome to read ebooks on a laptop or monitor. I really started reading ebooks, when I borrowed my Dad's PDA. I have to say that ebooks are addictive as print, but the reason could be that I am an absolute bookworm.

Michele said...

NO "eyes rollin'" here, just hands rubbing together in gleeful anticipation.
Your story sounds delicious!

So glad you stopped by to clue us in.
Woot!

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Ali, sounds like you're waiting on some great reads. I think you'll enjoy those stories.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Thanks for stopping in, Michele. Always glad to be of service. :-)

Adrianna

Tara W said...

I thought I wouldn't like ebooks until I won a download in a contest. The computer hurt my eyes so I bought an ebook reader and have been hooked every since. My book budget went from about 30.00 a month( buying print books) to about 100.00+ a month buying ebooks. I still buy print books-especially those I plan on adding to my keeper shelf.

Cherie said...

I do read ebooks not often though because I do have to read them of the computer.
I really thought about printing it out too, lol but knew it would take to much paper.

I'm hoping I will be able to get an ebook reader sometime soon.

The first ebook I read all the way through was border lair by
Bianca D'Arc

and then shortly after I read
Faery Treasures 2 Sword of Longing by Silvia Violet

After reading both of those and loving them I'm starting to look into more ebooks.

~Cherie K~

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

I'm glad you've discovered ebooks, Cherie. Bianca and Silvia are both great authors to start with. Enjoy!

Adrianna

Jen in WA said...

I'm another newbie to ebooks (about 3 or so months). I purchased a pocket PC (from Dell) to read my ebooks (also to keep my life in order). I think my first ebook was a Sylvia Day short story... but I'm not postive.

I got started with ebooks because I won one in a contest. It peaked my interest and like everyone else, I didn't want to sit at my desktop computer to read a book (I like to be more comfortable).

All that said, I still prefer print books... but ebooks do tend to be a little cheaper and allows me to purchase more books on my limited budget.

AmberPackard said...

I have never read an Ebook I like the whole curl up with a paperback type of feel but I am always up for something new I am going to have to check them out.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

I do understand the comfort factor and an eBook reader does allow you to do that, whereas a desktop, and even a laptop won't. It really is a process of discovery. I think coming across an excerpt of a book that really, really gets to you helps to cross that bridge sometimes, especially if it's only available in ebook format. It's what bridged it for me, and then I was awed at the availability of wonderful stories I would miss if I limited myself to strictly paperback. And I don't really like boundaries, even if they are self-imposed. lol

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Sylvia Day is another very good author. An excellent introduction to ebooks. Did you all see the interview and article with Sylvia in the recent JERR (Just Erotic Romance Reviews) newsletter that came out on Sunday? Definitely worth reading.

Adrianna

Jodi said...

I've been reading ebooks for about a year. I started printing them out so I can read them while sitting on the couch. Now, I tend to read them while sitting at the computer. I still have to talk dh into letting my buy an ebook reader.

Heather Harper said...

My problem is getting used to reading it on my computer. I've found myself ordering the same purchases in print from Ellora's Cave.

If I had a laptop, I think I would read more ebooks.

AmeliaR said...

Hi Adrianna!

Believe it was a little over two years ago when I discovered ebooks, and the first one which I read was The Mists of Midnight by Michelle M. Pillow.

I have bought many since then, including some of your compelling stories. I especially love your Amber Quill books! I would say that my buying ratio is 2:1, with print being the bigger number. I hope to get an ebook reader sometime soon, and then I feel certain my ebook number will go higher, as reading at the computer is not a lot of fun.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Heather, I've done that as well. As I say, I'm in that transition generation where I like both. If it's an absolute keeper, I may be very inclined to order it in paperback because I like my collection of paperbacks and hard covers, it's a hard habit to break. Pssst. I still have my collection of vinyl albums, too. I have movies on DVD and on VHS. Terrible, isn't it? But I can't help myself.

Adrianna

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Hi Amelia, yes, Michelle Pillow is another wonderful author. You know, we're coming up with a very good list of authors for ebook newbies to use to dip their fingers into ebooks. You've all made some excellent suggestions for others to gain a great introduction to the medium.

I'm glad you've enjoyed my books, Amelia.

Adrianna

Estella said...

I do read ebooks. It takes me a long time to read one. I don't have an ebook reader and I do have a dial up connection, so I don't like to tie up the phone line for an extended period of time. I don't remember the first one I read

Meljprincess said...

Man! I can't remember the first ebook I read. I have so many!
I prefer to hold my books, though. And, I'm on the computer all morning so when I'm done I sometimes don't have the time to sit and read at the computer.

Lucy Monroe said...

Raising my hand and waving wildly! I read eBooks. I'm a total eBook addict actually - since I got my eBookwise reader. It is SO much easier to hold than a print book and I can carry an entire bookcase with me on my travels. Oh...I love it!

I'm working at recreating my keeper shelves in e-format as well as buying tons and tons of new eBooks all the time.

I honestly don't remember what my first eBook was. Oh, yes, I do...but it doesn't count. It was this totally terrible book. Was supposed to be a romance, but it reminded me more of horror with really poorly written sex scenes. Written by a man, not that it matters. It just was. Put me off eBooks for almost two years, then I tried another one and was hooked. HEA! LOL

Tee said...

I am not a big fan of e books but have read them. I really like the feel of a book. The smell when I open the pages. I know silly but I also know I will have to adapt for the furture is E-books.

Jennifer L. said...

I love the title of this book. Realm of the Ice God! Sounds like Frodo and Legolas should be there somewhere. The hero sounds interesting though. I can't recall a story with an ice sculptor.

Evelyn said...

I don't read ebooks but that is because at the moment I can't afford to buy books, So I rely on my local library.

I am going to have to earn a little extra because I belong to a forum with alot of wonderful authors and I can't get thier books in the UK, so ebooks are the way to go.

Cathie said...

I wanted to say for those new to ebooks, a simple palm, you can download PDF reader and read from the palm. Yeah its small but same as when you read from a book. I am so used to it. I know it takes time to get used to new ideas so give it a try! I'm so glad I did!!

Pamk said...

i love ebooks. The first ebook I read was the second one in Jaid Blacks trek series. I read the first one in paperback that a friend loaned me and i was hooked. Read all them then Lora Leigh's breeds and now I am hooked.

cyngreen said...

I don't really read ebooks, mostly because I want something to hold on to. Perhaps if I printed it off - old habits die hard!

Niny said...

I dont have an e-reader but its in my TBB list. I have only read a couple of e-books my first one was "Talking with the dead" by Shiloh Walker. I use my laptop for that. Right now I rather have print books because I can carry them in my purse and read them anywhere, I guess that if I had an e-reader that might change. One thing is for sure as long as it is a good book I dont care for the format.

Pam P. said...

Adri, both Realm of Ice and that Zytarri series sound great. Took a look at the site, can't wait to see what you do with it. I have all my old LPs, too, even though I bought CDs later for all of them.

I love ebooks, so many more authors to help me get more behind in reading, lol. My TBR mountains are taking over my condo, so now I buy ebook format whenever I can - gives me more room to move around the house and easy to take a lot away on vacation.

Hard to remember what my first ebook was, since I discovered them when most were free, before all the ebook pubs started popping up. Might have been Midnight Intention by Michele Bardsley. I had a copy of Jewel Adams Dream Lover from years ago written as Jewel Brennan, heroine even had a different name. After reading those first few on the PC, I saved up and got a handheld finding so many later to buy when all the pubs started releasing so many great books.

KarenG said...

I have read some ebooks. I can't sit at the computer very long. I hope to some day buy a device so I can read them more comfortably.

Kiki said...

I don't read e-books because I only have a desktop computer, and while I'm on that, i read things that require less of an attention span. If i had an e-book reader that was convenient and portable, I'd probably read a lot more e-books.
If my iPod coulsd do books, it'd be perfect. *sigh*

Kathleen said...

I have yet to read an e-book but if one came along that I really wanted to read and it was not in print I would still get it. If it is a great story than I have to have it!

Marcail said...

I've been thinking about getting a Dana Alphasmart for ebooks as well as writing. Does anyone have one?

Cherie said...

What ebook reader do you all recommend?
I want something that I can read and play games on.
would one of those palm things work?

~Cherie K~

catslady said...

I've only read one ebook and the only thing I can remember is it had the name Cinderella in it lol.

mammakim said...

I read ebooks but I don't have an ebook reader so I don't read them as much. I have my hubby ( he is a printer) print them out and bind them for me.

My first ebook was from Betty Hawana

Anne Whitfield - author said...

Hi, just joining in. I love ebooks too.
My first ebook was bought from BeWrite Books, a UK ebook/print publisher. The book was a historical called, Blue Haze by Tricia McGill. Very good it was too.
I think ebooks are giving readers extra choices and that can never be a bad thing.

Trang said...

I most definitely read ebooks! I have almost completely converted. I'm so bad that I even take my laptop in the car and read while my hubby drives! I've been reading ebooks for about 2 years. I don't remember my first one but it was an EC erotic...which is where I first found them...now I'm hooked!

Melissa said...

I am totally addicted to ebooks! I read them on my palm. I think the first one I read was "Call Me" by Lena Matthews. I have over 100 now and it is so cool to be able to pull it out and read when waiting in line unexpectedly when you wouldn't necessarily have a book with you. I recently discovered Lucy through her Brides Trilogy and also And Able on ebook. Am really hoping the other Merc books will become available in ebook format. The only downside for me is sometimes I wear the battery down on my palm too fast.

Michelle B said...

I love ebooks! They are great for conserving space:) I still love paper books as well, though.

My first ebook was Shiloh Walker's Hunters: Eli and Sarel. It got me hooked on Shi's books and ebooks in general:)

readingissomuchfun said...

I do read ebooks as well but I do prefer the prints :)

I want to say thanxs to Adrianna for being here with us and sharing about her book.

Sounds like a really good book. The cover looks great :)

HUGSSSS
Linda.H.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

I just wanted to pop in this morning and thank everyone for joining in the discussion. It is so helpful to hear readers' opinions. I had a great time yesterday, and I'm enjoying reading everyone's posts and the interesting topics. Thanks again to Lucy for inviting me.

Adrianna

Rita R. said...

The book sounds great. I just started reading e-books...thanks to the group for getting me hooked;-) The first book I read was "heated Fantasies" by Elizabeth Lapthorne. I have been printing them out...you are right too much paper. I think I will look into an e-book reader.