To kindle or not to kindle?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, September 24, 2010
As a reader, I am not ready to make the switch to ebooks.  I have an emotional attachment to books, to the thing itself.  I wrote about that attachment last year.  New books, like a brand-new automobile before the first ding, pristine, with that new car smell and that shiny new body, practically begging you to take it out for a spin.  And old books, especially old books, worn and tattered like a favorite pair of blue jeans.

But as a writer, I have to remember that different readers like to access stories in different formats - books, ebooks, audiobooks - and, as such, I am not a book seller.  I'm a story teller.  As technology offers new ways to access those stories, I need to make sure my stories are available in those formats.

So I have spent the last week or so learning more about kindle, talking to readers who use kindle and to authors who have made their books available on kindle. And I have begun the process of making my published works available on kindle.  Amazon's digital text platform makes it relatively easy to upload a manuscript.  Relatively easy, that is, after you've figured it out.  And it took me quite a few hours to figure it out.  Because it's easy to upload, but not nearly so easy to format properly.  (I'm talking here about the task for the author or publisher to upload the book, not about how the reader downloads the book, which seems to be simple enough). 

I will spare you the tedious details, but I believe I finally figured it out.  So, to those of you who are kindle readers, you will start to see my books and stories listed in the kindle catalog.

My first book, Who is Killing Doah's Deer, is now available as a kindle edition for the low price of $2.99.  I was still struggling with format when this uploaded, so the formatting is a little screwy.  On Wednesday, I uploaded corrected files.  The corrections should be finalized on kindle later today.  My second book, A Minor Case of Murder should go live on kindle sometime in October and my third book, It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder, in November.

Several of my short stories will also be available on kindle, perhaps before the end of the day.  Xangans should probably avoid the temptation of buying a pair of short stories for $0.99 because these stories, originally published in various ezines and print magazines have all been posted, and remain available, on my blog.  But if you're curious you can check out The Sound Bite and Other Stories and also Twelve Steps and Other Stories.

And if you prefer books, the thing itself, come to Bookfest tomorrow at the Ocean County library in Toms River NJ and pick up an autographed copy.  I'll be there from 11:00 until 3:00.  I hope to see you there. 

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