Did you know that e-readers have now been on the scene for twenty-five years? Twenty-five years! That’s a whole quarter of a century!
I’m not an early adopter of new technology, so I didn’t get an e-reader until 2007 or 2008 when my husband gave me a Kindle for my birthday. At that time, I remember borrowing free ebooks through Amazon Prime and not being very happy with the quality of the writing or editing. I stayed away from ebooks for a few years because I assumed that all the ebooks available on Amazon were subpar.
(Yes, I was a little snobby. I’d been through an MFA program where it was drilled into our minds that anything less than traditional publishing was… not worth thinking about.)
Then, in 2011, I gave birth to my first son. He cried a lot. He wouldn’t nap in his crib. He had trouble falling asleep at night.
I spent many an hour sitting on the couch feeding the baby, then cradling him against my chest while he napped. I’d hold him in one arm and use my other hand to *try* to turn the pages of a book. And let me tell you: it’s no easy feat to turn pages while you’re nursing a baby.
I honestly can’t remember when I decided to dust off my old Kindle, but by the time I had my second son, I was e-reading all the time! It’s way, way easier to juggle a baby and an e-reader than a baby and a paperback book.
I didn’t stop e-reading after #2 stopped nursing, either. By that time, I’d discovered that I liked the convenience of being able to purchase books in the middle of the night. I liked the ability to read in the dark thanks to my e-reader’s backlighting. I liked the fact that I could increase the font so big that there were only twenty words per page.
I took advantage of Amazon’s “First Reads” program every month. I signed up for newsletters like BookBub that would alert me to free book sales. I started borrowing ebooks from my local library through Overdrive, and it was actually thanks to the huge selection of Love Inspired books on Overdrive that I discovered the genre of Contemporary Christian Romance. 😊
All of this is to say that I like reader magnets, free sales and books that are available on Overdrive, because all of these tools introduce me to new authors. If I love an author’s style, I’ll often go on to buy—and binge read—her entire backlist!
Which brings me to an important question that relates to the title of this post: Would you rather win a selection of 100 books from authors you’ve never heard of, or one book from an author you love?
Personally, if the books were ebooks, I’d rather win 100 so that I could find some new favorites. But if it were a paperback giveaway, I’d rather win a book from a beloved author, as I collect—and treasure—signed books from the authors I love. 🥰
How about you?
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