Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Ebooks and pbooks

Love them or hate them, ereaders and ebooks are going to be big.

For £149, readers in the UK can now order a Kindle with Wi-Fi and 3G that is lighter and brighter than earlier more expensive versions. Wherever you are, you will be able to download books; many, including the classics, free of charge.

Readers here, like those in America, will embrace the new technology because it's just so darned handy. I remember sitting in the Fracture Clinic at the Royal London Hospital, envying the American woman next to me who had a whole library in her handbag (and with the waiting times at that clinic, I could have read several entire books during my four visits, the longest of which was nearly six hours).

It's good for writers, too; because while publishers are clinging to the notion that ebooks should cost about the same as a paperback, writers can sneak into the gap in the market, self-publish an ebook on Smashwords and Kindle, charge a minimal amount and make a decent profit.

I've just epublished Remix on Smashwords: it's available in all formats, and for a week, in the hope of drumming up reviews and ratings, I'm offering free downloads. Just go to Smashwords and use this coupon code: QE49G.

I'm covering all bases. A paperback version will be along shortly.


  1. This is very, very cool. I've just read the first chapter and I feel I'm in safe hands!

    Do you want us to publicise this offer on our blogs?

  2. Thanks, Fairy - it's sprats to catch mackerels...possibly. I know little about fishing.

    But even people without an ereader can download Kindle for PC and read it on that.

  3. Remix!!!! Wow!! Sorry I'm a bit late but this is the first I've seen your new title on your new book!!!

    Wonderful!! Good luck with the epublishing. I do have the freebie kindle downloaded on my pc but I have to admit to thoroughly and utterly disliking it (just my own personal thing really nothing more - my senior boss loves her kindle so much she's replaced a load of her paper library to buy them on kindle - she can do so financially!)so i'll wait for the paper version.

    Take care and GOOD LUCK!!

  4. I never thought I would enjoy reading a book on a screen, but my nook (the ereader being sold by Barnes and Noble) has changed my mind. And I don't think it can be denied that these lovely devices are going to change the landscape of publishing in a very profound sort of way. They are iPods for books, magazines and newspapers, and we know how iPods and their like have changed how people purchase and enjoy their music. And of course how many "unsigned" musicians have found an audience due to their ability to offer their music through the web?

    Congrats, Lexi. Remix is all set to make some real noise!

  5. The Epub format works well on my laptop - you just need to download Adobe Digital Editions. I can't seem to set bookmarks, but other than that it's great.

  6. I've put a post up on my blog.

    I'm enjoying the book!

  7. Kitty, I think the paperback will be really nice; I've spent a lot of time choosing fonts and getting the layout and formatting just right.

    Alan, I know I'll be getting a Kindle one day. The price is lurching ever downwards, hurrah!

    Fairy, thanks for posting about my book on your excellent blog.

  8. And thanks for the kind words, Lexi!

    I'm enjoying the book and I do hope it's a success.

  9. Congrats Lexi. I'll download this and have a read. Where do you want reviews-on the Smashwords site? Not sure how it all works.

  10. Thanks, Justine, a review would be great on the book's page HERE.

    Anyone who has bought the book (even free with a coupon) can comment.

    I hope you like it.

  11. I absolutely loved it and I've reviewed it at Smashwords.

    It really is a delightful story: funny, exciting, upbeat. I love the way you drop in descriptions with just enough detail that I can see it in my mind's eye but not so much as to be overwhelming or slow the pace.

    I'm not sure the man she ends up with is the man I'd have chosen for her, but it is a very satisfying ending. I hope you get the success you deserve.

  12. Fairy, you are now officially my favourite hedgehog.

    As for who I think Caz ends up with five years down the line...hmm...

  13. Yes, you'd left that open!

    I'm still smiling today after finishing the book yesterday. It was a very satisfying read.