With Barnes & Noble putting itself up for sale, Borders’ steadily decreasing stock, and articles questioning whether ebooks are worth the investment, I felt compelled to dedicate this week to giving you the straight facts about ebooks and ebook devices. If you own an ebook device, please feel free to add to my articles and give us all your expertise. If you are thinking about buying an ebook device, please stay tuned and add any questions you may have to the comment section!
While Brett Arends’ Are E-Books Worth the Money? article points out that ebook device sales are “booming,” he also calls out Eat Pray Love for being more expensive to purchase at Amazon as an ebook versus the paperback version at Borders (with a coupon). And because he wouldn’t dare leave us with a bad perception of ebooks, he offers us “Six Money Tips for Pennywise Book Lovers.”
Sorry Brett… while I found your tips interesting, I can tell that they were from a financial perspective (I can relate as I am an accountant), but not very useful from a book lover perspective.
Here are my Five Tips for Book Fanatics on a Budget!
1. Ebooks are cheapest when they are first released!
Case and point: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Release date: August 24, 2010
Bookstore Hardcover list price $17.99 + tax!
Amazon Kindle ebook price $8.03 (no tax)
Just for you Brett: Eat Pray Love first released in 02/16/2006 at $24.95, the Kindle version released almost a year later (02/01/2007) for $12.99 (an $11.96 + tax savings), and the paperback version was released on 06/29/2010 for $8.80 on Amazon. The ebook is the cheaper option depending on when you purchased it! Movie goers might see your point of view, but book lovers would definitely take my side. 🙂
2. Casual readers can purchase ebook device apps for free!
Don’t want to pay for a handheld ebook device, but still want cheap ebook prices? Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle have a free app that you can download to your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android device. Sony also has a Reader Store (much like the iTunes store) where you can purchase and read ebooks on your PC or Mac. This saves you from buying an ebook device and gives you three major outlets for comparing ebook prices!
3. Savvy Readers Sample!
I am a huge try-before-you-buy fan. You can read sample chapters at Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle as well as eHarlequin. Let’s pick on one of my favorite authors: Brenda Jackson. You can read a sample of her Star of His Heart novel as well as comparison shop (proving Tip #2) through your ebook device of choice at:
4. Choose an ebook device based on where you shop!
This may sound like common sense but it is easy for people to get caught up in Amazon Kindle’s popularity. If you spend all your money at Barnes & Noble, a Nook should be your drug of choice. Obsessed with Amazon Kindle, it’s a smart idea to invest in a Kindle. Love eHarlequin, Samhain Publishing, and other self-published authors and independent publishing companies who provide ebooks in the form of PDF’s? The Sony Reader is the best choice for you. I think I’ve made my point.
5. Read Books for Free!
Yeah, I said it and I’ll say it again… read books for free! Try Harlequin has 16 great books you can download for free. eHarlequin has 100+ books on their website that you can read for free! You can also download any classic for free at Project Gutenberg. That should keep you busy for a while without a penny coming out of your pocket.
Check out my Try Harlequin Reviews:
Thanks for reading and have a great day! Comment: What tip did you find most helpful? Will you buy an ebook device? Why or why not?