E-readers, not as E-Z as I thought.


For the love of all that is modern and convenient, why can't I buy an E-book?  I own an E-reader (a lovely, shiny Nook).  I've owned it for almost a year.  And in that time I have not purchase one single E-book.  Not one!!! As of right now, my Nook contains free books from the Gutenberg project and Google books. I have the entire works of Plato (my husband read them, not me), selected works of Mark Twain, my own novels, about 10 E-books that my husband purchased on our Barnes and Noble account to read on his droid (but have I read them?  Nooooo), The Bible, and The Book of Mormon (yes, I'm one of those Mormons; no, I don't smoke; yes, I drink [just not acohol]; no, my husband does not have any other wives [I know you didn't actually think he did]; and yes, I am allowed to dance [but probably shouldn't]).  

Anyway, back to the subject.  What is my problem?  I've been trying to figure it out.  I mean it's not like I write my manuscripts on typewriters, or drive a horse and carriage to the market, or heaven forbid, wash my dishes by hand. Yet here I am, like a sucker, still turning my own paper book pages.  I need help.  So here is my request.  Please tell me the very best book you've read recently, a real page turner that you absolutely couldn't put down.  Make your case and I will buy my first E-book or e-book or ebook (maybe if someone could finally decide the correct spelling I would've bought one by now). I NEED your help, you beautiful, literate people.

23 comments:

  1. Hey! I hopped over from Adam's blog...

    Well, I could tell you to buy my book (YA love story available as an e-book!), but that would be cheesy. :)

    I just re-read Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's fabulous! There's a reason why it's sold 8 MILLION copies. So, I would highly recommend that one. If that doesn't work for you, let me know!! I have about a dozen other rec's. :)

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  2. Definitely the Hunger Games trilogy if you haven't read it yet. I also highly recommend "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova. It's excellent!

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  3. That's why I don't own one - I'm afraid I'd be just like you. I recently really enjoyed - Across the Universe, The Help and Speaker for the Dead. But Speaker for the Dead is the 2nd book after Ender's Game - it's so good though.

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  4. Anna and the French Kiss (if you don't have it already) or Heist Society.

    And what's up with all this posting lately?? It's freaking me out.

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  5. I too enjoyed the Hunger Game series and The Help. Have you read The Thirteenth Tale? One of my faves too! So well written. Good luck! BTW, that is the reason why I haven't bought a digital reader yet either. I love paper! Happy Reading!

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  6. Oops! I forget to check who I'm signed in under...Caleb is me!! :)

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  7. I read Little Bee on my Nook-- cried my eyes out. The Help was my first Nook Book and I couldn't put it down (or should I say, couldn't turn it off?)

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  8. Anna and the French Kiss is what I'm reading on my nook right now. I also read the Vampire Academy books on there, which was especially great b/c they were available as ePub from my library.

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  9. It's not YA, but I loved One Day by David Nicholls.

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  10. The Hunger Games!! The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale (Goose Girl, Enna Burning, etc.) I love that series. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. The Season by I can't remember her name. Anyway. There are a few ideas! Good luck with your e-reader! I don't have one yet, and I'm really not that upset about it. :)

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  11. You guys are awesome! I have actually read all of the Hunger Games (loved them!). I've also read Speaker for the Dead. Anna and the French Kiss is on my must-read list, but I really want to own the paper version. See my problem!!I AM going to buy an ebook. I am. Please keep the recommendations coming. I've been a bit short on them lately and I am loving all these ideas!

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  12. Janine, ePub from the library! I had no idea. Awesome!

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  13. Kasie,
    I blame it on the thyroid medicine. Who knew my body actually needed that stuff?

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  14. Don't fear the e-reader! I borrow library books all the time with my Nook!

    How about Across the Universe? I just read that, and it was awesome! Or the Maze Runner. Or Shipbreaker. Or The Lost Hero. Or Paranormalcy. Or the Adoration of Jenna Fox. Or Graceling. Or Fire.

    Or any book you've wanted to read, but it's too big and heavy and has been just sitting on my nightstand (that's Johnathan Strange, and Echo in the Bone for me).

    Seriously, I'd rather download a new book to my Nook than tackle one of the many hardcovers I have sitting on a shelf in my living room. My nook comes with me everywhere like other people take their iPods.

    I hope you grow to love yours as much as I love mine!

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  15. I really loved Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution. It was AMAZING, and the first book I read on my own Nook. Good luck, I hope you find something you enjoy!

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  16. I think I'm going to have to compile a list of all these recommendations and post them tomorrow! This is great stuff!

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  17. I know how you feel! Ben got an Ipad several months ago, which has an ereader on it. I keep saying, "We should buy a book for it." But we never have.

    It's like we're waiting for that perfect, symbolic first book or something.

    Anyway, I'd suggest A Great and Terrible Beauty. (If you haven't already read it.) That was a page turner, for sure.

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  18. I saw a link for this on Facebook and decided it was time I started stalking your blog! I happen to write book reviews (for fun and very, very little money) on my website www.redhoteyebrows.com

    My most recent review that I loved was Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. It was excellent and clever and turbo wordy goodness.

    And I see that you, um, right books? Perhaps I could get my hands on a copy? Purty please?

    And lastly, your blog makes me laugh. A lot. Just thought you might want to know.

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  19. Heh, I meant to say you write books. It's a good thing I don't write them, apparently.

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  20. JENNY!! Hi!!! How are you my dear long lost college buddy! I would love to have you review one of my books when I finally get them published. As of right now I am still firmly in the aspiring writer category, but after I finish this current manuscript I could certainly use a fresh/trusted Beta reader, so if you're willing in a couple months... :)

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  21. I love paper books -- ugh! I'm OLD-school. I'm my mother when we got our first VCR. I'm my father on Facebook (Dad, I poked you, but that's not a bad thing.)

    Good luck with it :D

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  22. I got asked the "do I dance" question, too. Funny. I saw a couple recs for Tess Oliver's books on MMW. I think she is self-pub, and her ebooks are cheap. Anyway, I thought her books looked interesting. But first I need an e-reader. And yes, I second Kasie that all this posting is freaking me out. I even missed your last. Soon, you will surpass me in followers.

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  23. I would love to be a Beta reader! Sign me up! Drop me an e-mail sometime: jenny at redhoteyebrows dot com

    And thanks for the shout out for my site! Maybe having more traffic will motivate me to work on my giant backlog of reviews.

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