When I told my best friend I’d received a Kindle for Christmas, she called me a traitor. I don’t blame her. A few months ago I’d have called me a traitor, too. An e-reader? Me? NO. THANK. YOU. I wanted to feel the book in my hands. I wanted the pleasure of shelves filled with pages, both read and unread. Books are my friends! I like being with them.
Traitor or not, I love it. It’s easy on the eyes. I can enlarge the font, which means I can read without my eyes getting fatigued. Best of all, it’s easy to hold. After a day at the computer, thick paperbacks are hard on my wrists. The Kindle gets propped on a pillow and that’s it. I can read more, read faster and read comfortably. With the built-in light in the cover, I can also read in the dark.
My friend had a good point, though. What about power outages? What if I can’t charge the battery? The battery lasts a long time, but my mind flashed to that old Twilight Zone episode where Burgess Meredith plays the sole survivor of some sort of global devastation. He’s actually happy, because at last he can read all the books in the world . . . and then his eyeglasses break. That episode terrified me as a child and it still does!
As an author, I see other benefits to e-readers. My backlist is easily available. That’s a real plus when an author does a series and the publishing schedule isn’t as tight as she would have liked. That happened with “The Women of Swan’s Nest” series. It’s made up of four books:
The Maverick Preacher, February 2009
Wyoming Lawman, October 2010
The Outlaw’s Return, February 2011
Marrying the Major, October 2011
I’m glad readers who pick up The Outlaw’s Return will have access to the first two books in the series. The original “Swan’s Nest” print schedule got juggled when I did Kansas Courtship for a continuity. My first Love Inspired Historical, The Bounty Hunter’s Bride, is a prequel to the series and is also available for download.
So what do you all think? Have you tried a Kindle or a Nook? What do you like best? What do you dislike? And last, can you imagine the reaction of our Old West heroes and heroines who owned very few books and treasured the ones they had? I can just imagine Mary Larue, the heroine in The Outlaw’s Return, staring in shock at a Kindle and saying, “What in the world!”
Coming February 8th — The Outlaw’s Return
A ROGUE’S REDEMPTION?
J.T. Quinn would know Mary Larue’s beautiful voice anywhere. He just never expected to hear her singing in a Denver church. The gunslinger comes to town to reunite with the only woman he’s ever loved . . . but the actress he left behind two years ago is gone. In her place is a deeply Christian woman with a successful restaurant, the town’s respect and a pair of younger siblings in her care. J.T. doubts he’ll ever be worthy of Mary again, but he can protect her and her siblings from the threats of a local ne-er-do-well. And with courage and faith, perhaps even an outlaw can find redemption . . . and love.