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Thursday, June 30, 2011

More Ebooks Please

For a variety of reasons, I've been looking for some of my favorite books in e-format. Specifically for Kindle since that's the e-reader I use. To my great disappointment, the results have been less than stellar.

One of the books I wanted was available, but priced ridiculously high. I blogged about that last week, I think. The other titles I'm looking for don't seem to be out as an ebook anywhere. I assumed that because these were older books and out of print that the authors had their rights back. I found out with one author that this wasn't the case--she hadn't been able to get her rights back from what I read online. I don't know about the third one.

It's not that I'm going to get rid of my paper copies of these books--I'm not--but I would like them in e-format, too. I guess I have an interesting perspective on things because I know so many authors who do have their rights back and who are getting them out there as ebooks. It honestly shocks me when I can't find what I'm looking for on Amazon for my Kindle. Although, after the past week and all the books I can't get, maybe I shouldn't be so stunned anymore, huh?

I guess my plea is to all the authors who have their rights back and aren't doing anything with them, please, get these books formatted for the different readers and available for sale. At a reasonable price. You don't know who is out there, waiting to buy it. Like me.

And readers, I do have the rights back to my first four books and I am working to get them out there in e-format. It's just taking longer than I'd hoped. My goal is before Christmas. I can do this. I hope.