Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm up on Fictionwise!

MOOD STATUS: "Refreshed". The hubby has been taking some half days this week and we've been enjoying some family time at the beach.


I never thought it would come to pass--maybe I'm a bit of a cynic--but my book (The Role of a Lifetime) is finally up on Fictionwise!

**Cue a hallelujah chorus**


What's Fictionwise you might ask?

It's okay. I didn't know either until recently, but...

Fictionwise, owned by Barnes and Noble, is one of the largest electronic book sellers in North America with an estimated 1.5 million ebook content units sold in 2008.

So, in other words... this is a good thing for an author. :)

Especially since I found it pretty interesting that all this week at the beach I've seen people with electronic readers. It's true! I was really surprised. Not young people, either. I had to approach one person who was reading their SONY reader (the one I own) and ask her what she had it wrapped in to protect it from the salt and sand.

I love my e-reader but I would never think about taking it to the beach because I would be deathly afraid to ruin it. But she ordered a special clear water seal type baggie that she found on the Internet. (Marine biologists use this type of seal) She showed me how she could still turn and see the page clearly. I thought it was pretty ingenious!

All in all, that's the only downside to an e-reader. I'm afraid to take it to the pool (in case it gets wet) or the ocean (more water and the sand issue). So I order books to take to the beach/pool and I order books for my e-reader to read at home or while traveling. With the amount I read, it really pays to be able to keep them all tightly together in one small notebook. In fact, I just donated a TON of books to the library to clean out my bookcases. It felt really good. :)

Do you own an electronic reader yet?

15 comments:

Chicki said...

Don't own one yet, but since Amazon dropped the Kindle $60 this week, I'm hoping in the next six month they'll drop it another $100. Then maybe I'll buy one ...

Chicki said...

Great news about Fictionwise, BTW!

Jessica said...

No, though I got to see someone's and it was pretty neat. congrats on fictionwise! :-)

Joanne said...

Kudos to you on Fictionwise! You must be thrilled. I don't own an electronic reader yet, but have heard so much good about them. The more avenues we have to books, the better :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, Jennifer, this is wonderful news! Congratulations to you! I am singing with you, dear.

I do not own a "reader" yet. I have to take this high tech stuff one at a time; i just signed up for Face Book yesterday. Next on my list is a laptop...

Blessings and tons of sales for your book,
Jen

JStantonChandler said...

Congratulations!

sherrinda said...

Congrats on Fictionwise! It will be interesting to see how that pans out for you!!
It's funny that you should say alot of older people had them. I had one lady tell me she loves hers because she could make the font big enough to read! No more buying large print books for her!! lol I don't have one, mainly because I love the feel and smell of books. But I know it is the future and will probably end up getting one at some point.

Lazy Writer said...

Congratulations!

Terri Tiffany said...

No, and honestly, I don't know if I can ever do that. Something about the pages and feel of a real book...also I like to scribble in them.

Kara said...

Congrats! I don't have one, but I can see where a lot of people would like them:)

Stephanie said...

not yet but I'm thinking it might be on my christmas list! ;oD

Joyce Wolfley said...

Very exciting!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your book!

Sharkbytes said...

Wow- Big congrats! And, nope, I don't have a reader.

Yvette Kelly said...

I have the kindle and same problem,worrying about water and dirt and dust.Can't read it in the bath unless I find a similar gadget you mentioned above.I hope Amazon thinks about this and introduces something to help with that problem.Otherwise I am loving it!!