E-Book Give Away For Those With Digital Readers Of Some Sort!


Inspired by my research and recent post on all the various E-readers and devices used for digital books, I’ve decided to give away a download of each of my books to individuals chosen from among comments left on this post.

If you have an E-reader, palm pilot, Blackberry, i-Touch, i-Phone or anything else that you download and read digital books on, simply leave me a short comment telling me what you use and how you like it.  Maybe what you’d like to purchase in the future.  I’m leaning towards a Kindle myself.  But the jury’s still out.   Also, please leave your email so I can zap off the downloads to the winners.  I will accept comments on this post for a week and send out the e-books next Sunday.  I’m interested to hear from you.  Yes, laptops count if you use them for reading digital books.  🙂  The winners can chose which e-book I send them.


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90 responses to “E-Book Give Away For Those With Digital Readers Of Some Sort!

  1. This is where to leave your comments for my E-book giveaway contest!

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    • WOW! I want a e-book so badly, I can’t afford one because I am on a fixed income due to my illnesses(Beth..you know all about it). I am going to be published in an E-book form (I hope LOL) and I would love a reader. It is hard to tote my books around with me in the hospital…this would be so much easier…so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I think e-book will become more popular as time passes, but true book lovers will always have some “real books” around. Blessings, Tina Roberts

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  2. Hi Beth, We have MicroSoft Reader for ebooks which was a free download at Microsoft.com
    Not sure if that is what you are looking for, but I’d like to try a book if that’s possible! Karen

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  3. Did you get my comment? Not sure it sent. Karen

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  4. I have a Kindle Beth and I love it. You can take an entire library with you everywhere you go. Some days I want fiction, some days non-fiction… but no matter what you feel like diving into, it is right in the palm of your hand. The instant gratification of being able to start a book in under a minute is also pretty hard to beat! I know people who have the Sony and are equally pleased, but you’d have to pry my Kindle out of my cold dead hands to part me from it!

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  5. Beth, what a neat idea. I have a Sony reader and I love it. It is filled with books by my friends.

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  6. Currently I’m using my ipod touch to read ebooks. I’ve also been researching all of the e readers on the market and I’m between the kindle and the nook, although I think the kindle is winning. I heard so many great things about it and I can hardly wait to get my hands on one. I love reading. There is nothing like a great story to take you cares away!

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  7. Just weeks ago did the same research. Here is what I came up with.

    Out of the numerous devices I narrowed it down between the Kindle and the New Barnes & Noble Nook.

    Pro -Kindle;
    Easiest downloads and/or re-formatting to fit.
    User friendly
    Tested and true.
    Free Samples

    Kindle has been around long enough to ahve great reivews and if any bugs/kinks there new verision would have squared those.

    Con- Kindle
    No back light that I can find
    Can’t Share.

    Pro-Nook;
    Back light
    Sharing capabilities
    Supposedly lighter than Kindle.
    Bigger screen than Kindle (it must by by milimeters)

    Con- Nook
    New, any bugs and flaws are still to come forth.
    Was told that the battery life is less than that of Kindle. This is not confirmed, but what I found other places.

    I chose the Kindle.

    I LOVE my Kindle!!!

    Dana-vitch36

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  8. Janet Wininger

    I use my laptop to read the digital downloads. I have a blackberry but I think the screen would be too small. I have a small travel laptop that I use to read on that way I can take all of my saved books with me whenever I travel! It is a little big and heavy but since I already have it, it is also free!! 🙂 Looking into the Nook and Kindle too for the future but for now the laptop has it’s benefits!

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  9. Beth,
    I had a Kindle at my old job, I really loved it. I don’t think you’d go wrong with the Kindle.

    Even though I like the feel of a book in my hands, I do see the need for the e-reader, so I’m saving up to get me one of my own.

    Good luck with your decision on which one to get!
    Stacey

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  11. I have almost all of them but I mostly use my Kindle. I love it. It’s cheaper then buying books. It’s easy to carry and easy to read.

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  12. Right now I’m using my iPhone – it’s great except reading on it drains the battery pretty quickly. I want to eventually get a Nook, but it’ll be a while. I like for products to be out at least a year so they can get all the kinks out. Plus I need to save up. 🙂

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  13. I have a Kindle 2. Bought it last year with my tax refund.

    Since then, EVERY single novel that I’ve bought for myself has been in eformat for my Kindle. And I ‘ve only bought a few print non-fiction books.

    I love, love love it. It’s so easy to use. I bought a cheap padded sleeve for it on ebay, so I can stuff it in my purse.

    You may not be able to fit the Kindle DX in your purse, I’ve heard it’s bigger. But to me the Kindle 2 is the perfect size. I take it everywhere I go.

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  14. Beth Bowman Holt

    My sweetie pie bought me a Kindle (named Ken) for Christmas a few years ago for several reasons. One is because I love to read. Another is because we plan to live in our 5th Wheel RV and travel and work throughout the United States. Since it’s a weight and a space thing in an RV, the Kindle has been the perfect gift because it holds hundreds of hundreds of books, and no extra weight.

    Then…my sweetie pie bought me an iTouch for my birthday last year; it’s name is Izzy. Izzy is awesome, because one of the apps is the Kindle mobile version. Every book I download on Ken is also available on Izzy because I have a Kindle account. I carry Izzy with me everywhere (unlike Ken) and when I have an extra moment, I’ll read a book. My next book to read is by Beth Trissel; I just finished Captains Courageous. The awesomeness of having both Izzy and Ken that they synchronize and wherever I’ve left off on one will be synced on the other so it automatically knows where I left off. It will be awesome when the Kindle shows a book in color; I’m sure they’ll come to that. But for now I enjoy them both at different times together. And I’m glad Beth Trissle has her books available electronically so I can enjoy her stories. Keep up the good work.

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    • I love that you named your Kindle and iTouch. Glad you mentioned iTouch because I’ve heard good things about this for reading digital books too.

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  15. I have one of the first Kindles and I love it so much I bought a 2nd on e-bay as a back up. I am a klutz and I live in fear of tripping over my own feet and killing my beloved Kindle.
    The best things about the Kindle:
    1. It’s not back lit so you can read all day. It feels like you are reading a paperback, not a computer screen so it doesn’t tire your eyes.
    2. No touch screen. No finger prints. Need I say more.
    3. It doesn’t take phone calls or e-mails although it does have a slow connection to the internet so you can look up your mobile site for your e-mails. But why?
    4. You can download a book quicker than you can heat up another cup of tea in the microwave.
    5 Great customer service
    6 Tons of free books and the samples are about 10% of the book.
    7. Weighs about 10 oz but hold thousands of books. Conserves floor space-fewer stacks of books around the house.
    8. Change your text size at your whim
    9. Very intuitive. Even the sales staff at B & N couldn’t show me how to work the Nook.
    10. Great dictionary. Caught myself looking for the dictionary button while reading the information on the wall at an Art Museum. Spoiled much?
    11. Easy to highlight and keyboard for note taking.
    12. Lots of places to get books: smashwords, fictionwise, free e-books.net. Email me when you get yours and I can send you my (huge) list of links

    Con-my library doesn’t offer ebooks in a Kindle format, but then last time I counted I had over 1200 Kindle books, novellas and shorts and getting more most every day.
    Diane
    Omahaurbanec at aol dot com

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  16. What a fab idea, Beth. Your novels are such fab reads. 🙂

    I have a Sony Reader and am very happy with it. Hubby got me a light for it for Christmas, so I can read in bed with the lights off – not disturbing his beauty sleep! 😉

    The only issue I have with it – and I don’t know how other e-readers are affected here – is that I have a Macbook, and Calibre keeps crashing when I try to upload books.

    Best thing is that it fits nicely into my bag.

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  17. Fabulous idea. I only discovered ebooks a couple of weeks ago. To be honest converting them to a format that my Nintendo DS would recognise took almost as long as reading them did. But my DS comes with me whenever I am away from home and now I can read on a train, in the car while stuck in traffic jams or waiting for someone. Also a marvellous distraction while waiting for a hospital appointment as I always arrive too early for all appointments. Last week I was away for a few days and it rained nearly all the time, so I curled up in a comfy corner and read or played games to my hearts content.
    Luckily I have now discovered Calibre which converts ebooks with a couple of mouse clicks so my library will grow a lot quicker.
    Blessings
    Joy

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    • Thanks for sharing that Joy, I’d not heard of using Nintendo DS before. Calibre is also software I’m not familiar with.

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  18. As an aspiring erotic romance novelist, I read a LOT in the genre, mostly on my laptop when I am experiencing writer’s block, or procrastinating….

    As a result, I have several eBook readers on my laptop: eReader, Mobipocket, Adobe Digital, and Microsoft Reader.

    far and away, my fave is Mobipocket. It allows me to import files from a .pdf, or a Word doc, virtually any format used for ebooks.

    Plus, I can adjust the type size as large as I want, which the other programs need to work on, IMO.

    It will sync with a reading device or a smartphone, and I can of course, sort out my reading by making lists, or bookshelves.

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  19. Hi, Beth.

    I was an e-book skeptic, thinking that nothing could ever replace a paper book in my affections. Then my husband gave me a Kindle 2, and I felt obligated to give it a try. Much to my delight, it has proven itself to be not only useful, but downright fun.

    I take great pleasure in sampling the work of new authors and those whom I have never read, and the luxury of having it be made so easily available and portable.

    I still love my paper books, but e-books certainly have created a niche I’m happy to have discovered.

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    • Very good to hear, Nancy. I agree that both print and Ebooks have their place. Kindle is racking up the votes over here.

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  20. Mark me firmly in the Kindle camp. I love the ease of shopping the Kindle store, and now they even have an app for your computer and some other devices I think.

    Currently I have over 120 books loaded on my Kindle I. My sister has the newer version and she loves it as well. I use a clip-on night light if I want to read in bed without disturbing my dog. LOL

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    • Yeah Kindle! I forgot about that clip on light possibility. Thanks!

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    • I’ve read e books in pdf from on my laptop and I also understand Kindle for PC is available. I’ve purchased so may e books this last year and I decided to try out an
      e reader. Kindle, Sony, etc were out of my price range at this time. I went with a Jetbook Lite which came with a $50 rebate from e reader. I know it’s not in the same category as a Kindle, but I thought it would be fine to start out.

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  21. I bought my Kindle for Christmas…LOVE it. I went back & forth between the Kindle & Nook…no regretts on the Kindle!

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  22. I have to say that I’m still old fashion, I enjoy holding a book. But on the other hand I’m also aware that the digital age is apond use and I also know that when I start to travel I’m going to need a e-reader. When the time comes, I hope to get the Sony reader(becaues it comes in Pink). LOL

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    • Emily, if that’s really the reason you’d choose a Sony e-reader (pink color), I would suggest you consider buying a pink cover if another e-reader suits you better for actual features. There are tons of covers, cases, and skins available for personalization and protection in a wide variety of colors, patterns, fabrics, and leather.

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  23. Beth,

    I read alot and I know your books are wonderful

    Have a wonderful day

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

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  24. Hey Beth,
    I read my ebooks mostly on my macbook…I can read my plain old .pdf very comfortably on them. My Mum got me an eBookwise reader for Christmas…so I read all my books from Fictionwise on that…it transfer the books very easily…only downside is that I can’t read my other .pdf books from other publishers on it b/c once I transfer it in after conversion…it looks all wonky so that’s a no-go. Occasionally I use my iPhone…but I hate the size of the screen so I rarely use it.

    I would love to get a Kindle or Sony or the Nook once it comes to Canada. They’re so sleek and the screens are the perfect size.

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  25. I have a Kindle which I have had for 2 years now. I love it and read constantly since I bought it. It is so much easier than reading on a computer. I seldom go anywhere without it and buy purses based on whether it will fit. I have pretty broad tastes in reading, but usually lean to romance or historical fiction.

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  26. I have both the original Kindle and the DX. If you do a lot of graphic novels or PDF’s, I’d go with the DX, but for day-to-day reading, the smaller Kindle format works much better (plus it has keys on both sides).

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  27. Sorry, I forgot to leave my email with my message.

    kolists a\t gmail d/t com

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  28. I have a Kindle and I love it! I got it because I have rheumatoid arthritis and often I can not hold a book for long periods of time or some books are to heavy to hold. I love the fact that I can also download my knitting patterns to my Kindle. I have read more books since getting my Kindle 6 months ago then I did the year before. I love my Kindle!

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  29. I have a Sony Pocket Reader and I love it. It is the basic model by Sony and it does what I want, which is to have read books. I also like the fact that I can download books from various sources and I’m not limited to just one store.

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  30. My wonderful sister bought me a Kindle for my birthday. I love it. It’s so awesome to have so many books stored on a slim device.

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  31. I have a nook and it’s the one gadget that I’d never one to be without – well, that and my iPhone.

    I looked at several e-readers, including the Sony and Kindle before choosing the nook. The bottom line – I’m not locked into buying books from Amazon and I can borrow e-books from the library and side-load them on to my nook.

    I have several friends with Kindles and they love them, but I’m not willing to be locked into a single content provider.

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  32. I have a Sony PRS-505 and an Ipod touch. I love them both and haven’t read a paper book since. The Sony is great for reading and I can convert any non-secure format to fit it using Calibre software. I like the Ipod touch because it’s so handy to keep in a pocket and I can read it in poor lighting because it’s backlit. I’m thinking of getting an Ipad because it would be so great for reading in bed if it’s like a big ipod touch.

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  33. Hi Beth,
    I have a Sony reader and I love it. I find it easy on the eyes and quite easy to use, which is great because I’m not good with gadgets!

    All the best,
    Jana
    jana.richards@hotmail.com

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  34. Hi Beth, I’ m a fan of reincarnation stories.
    I’ve been reading ebooks for a long time on a Dell and now Palm Zire handhelds, and also now a Kindle. I like the Kindle with the bigger reading screen, though I do wish it had a backlight for reading in the dark like my handhelds. The wireless download is nice, and you can also import many other formats into MobiPocket Reader and then send to your Kindle through your USB port (without paying that nominal fee to Amazon) very easily.

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  35. My husband gave me a Kindle first generation for Christmas- I have not put it down yet! It is wonderful- I find myself reading and looking for all different types of material. It is so easy to just pick up and go- when before I was taking a bag full of books now I just grab the Kindle and I am ready for any ride.

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  36. Nancy,

    Thanks.l I will have to look into that.

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  37. I own a Kindle (2) and LOVE IT! There are several things I love about it and here are only a few: fast/instant download, able to download samples and see if the book looks enticing enough to buy, no strain on my eyes, easy easy to use. The size is good for my hands and I have NO negative things to say. I thought the light issue may be one, but have found that my eyes actually do better without any light on the Kindle and it doesn’t require a bright light to read from. Really love that I can email documents as well as copy them if I want and the “reader” feature is nice if I’m in the car.

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  38. I would love a free copy of your book! I use Kindle and recently updated to the new kindle 2, it is definitely my favorite. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to upgrade.

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  39. I have found you site through the read an E-Book week. You books sound so very interesting. I love historical novels.
    I will look through your books here futher on your site
    Regards

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  40. Oh yes I forget to mention I use Adobe Reader. I tried a e book but I like my laptop better as I can increase the size of the text and do not have to hold it right on my lap. I just set it on my coffee table and use a mouse instead of the build in mouse and I can put my feet up and scroll away 😉 And I can carry my laptop with me if I wnat to

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  41. I am a recent Kindle owner. I wanted something strictly for reading and the Kindle features that fit my needs best were

    1. the size. I did not want to be squinting trying to read tiny print.
    2. the ability to resize the text (for the same reason as above)
    3. the approximate weight of a paperback. I wanted to be able to carry it in my purse and curl up with it in bed without feeling like I needed something to prop it up on.
    4. Variety and available of books. Amazon is kind of like the new Microsoft in that they are huge and making tons of money but they also have the selection, I already had an account and a wishlist built up, it is almost TOO simple to purchase books.

    On top of that I have found an app for the pc that lets me convert most pdfs into kindle format so I load articles I want to read comfortably. I also have the kindle ap for pc on a netbook so I can convert pdfs and load on to the kindle. I also found a free little notepad app for the kindle on the kindle boards. I can use the teeny tiny kepboard to make a note if I want. I can download any notes and clippings from the kindle to the kindle for pc app and use them in documents.

    I am just discovering via Read an E-Book Week, the extent of Indie writers and the cheap or free books that are available which is wonderful. I plan on filling a portion of my Kindle with more books by self published writers and blog about it.

    Kindle cons –
    1. I think it needs to be made tougher. I ma looking forward to the time when e-readers will be THE form for textbooks and they are going to have to be pretty bullet proof.
    2. Some kind of password system or something. At this time it is no problem to de-register a Kindle and then re-register it. No questions are asked, the previous owner down not even get an email. NOT a good arrangement.
    3. I understand the Kindle ones had a sd card. the Kindle 2 does not. Since there is no way to arrange books in folders it would be great to be able to sort your library via sd cards.

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  42. I love my Palm TX, and it will be pretty hard to persuade me to abandon this bit of obsolete technology. It’s actually a miniature computer, and I have at least four e-readers installed, meaning I can read most of the formats available. A couple of years ago Project Gutenberg started making all its books available in Plucker format (Plucker is an open-source Palm-only app) and I rediscovered classic literature. So now I usually have one or two archaic novels with me, as well as a few more modern works.

    And being an all-purpose machine, the Palm keeps my appointments for me, plays the music I have stashed on it, tunes my guitar, makes sound recordings, and surfs the web (on wi-fi). I did much of the final editing of my own first novel on it, although I had to move it to the PC to finish it. And the whole thing fits in my pocket. Oh…and cost (new) $265. Just as I got mine perfectly accessorized, Palm discontinued the entire OS.

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  43. Hi Beth,

    I use a laptop computer. Yes, it’s a little heavy to carry around but it holds all of my ebooks which is over a thousand. Maybe in the future I’ll buy something that I can hold comfortablely. I’m thinking of looking into a IPad from apple to download my ebooks in the future.

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  44. I got the Sony Ereader for Christmas and I love it. It’s light, travels well and is easy to use. While reading, I don’t really notice a difference between the screen and a print book. And my sagging bookshelves are thanking me. 🙂

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  45. Hey Beth! I use an IPOD TOUCH with the kindle application! I love it, I only wish I could find a way to get it to download my PDF E-books. I’m sure there is a way to do it, I just am technologically challenged and haven’t figured it out yet! :O)

    Andrea

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  46. jennifer mathis

    I use my laptop

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  47. Beth, I lfound your post on the various kinds of e-book readers very helpful and shared your link with lots of friends. I don’t have an e-reader reader now but hope to get a Kindle in the not-too-distant future. My email is caroline@carolineclemmons.com.

    Thanks, Caroline

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  48. http://www.decalgirl.com/item.view/28123

    There’s the skin for my Kindle and his name is MY Hottie. Need I say more?

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