Saturday, September 21, 2013

Discuss Unique Factors of E-Books

I'm currently working with author Brian S. Alexander with his novel, Waiting for the Real World to Catch Up. This novel is available as an e-book and includes a variety of fun additions to make the reading experience more exciting. For example-
Readers get to see and experience some of Scottrick's wacko inventions first-hand, including his entry for the Color-a-Song contest, the joke booklet from Clothing for Telephones, the label from Nixon Dog food, the barbeque recipe from a contest on Live with Regis and Kelly, song and video clips on YouTube, and a playable game on the fold-out back cover, complete with cut-out money and playing pieces!
My idea is to have a few blogs post about e-books and what could make buying them more of an investment. I know many people enjoy physical books over e-books, but if more titles included fun additions to the e-book (like Brian did), would people be more willing to read the novel?
I think it could be an interesting discussion and I figured if a few different blogs posted about what they like in e-books or would love to see in them, it could build up discussion about this novel and others doing unique things. The only thing I ask is that the bloggers that agree to post about this topic include the book cover, summary of the book, and a link to somewhere online (amazon, the author's website, etc.) You can place this at the end and say the post is in honor of this book...or even simply that this book is doing unique things with e-books and feel free to state what you think about that. It's up to you! It doesn't have to be an endorsement, since you haven't read the book...just an example!
I know a lot of bloggers have features on their blog where they discuss various topics, so if you want to use this there, that's totally fine!
I'd really appreciate any and all blogs helping out! I do hope it opens up some fun and interesting discussions about e-books as well. As for the posts, I would love to have some in October and some in November, so it's spaced out among people's blogs. If you're interested, this means you have a bit of time to post!
Get in touch if you want to help: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com


Tanja - Tanychy said...

This is a really good idea. I'm still old-fashioned and physical books are still my fave but I'm sure that with such ideas the ebooks will be sold more. Great post :)

Renu said...

I agree with Tanja this sounds like a neat idea. I like both. For some reason though I prefer reading e-books in the winter and physical books in the summer.

Erika said...

I have an eReader; but I find that I still prefer physical books to eBooks. :/

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

I'm still one of those people that doesn't have an e-reader, or a desire for one.

I think e-books are a great idea and make reading easier for a lot of people, which is always good! But for me nothing can replace the paper :)

I don't buy e-books and if I get sent copies for free I always tend to skim-read them. Not sure why.

Cool idea though!

- Allie @ Little Birdie Books

Giselle said...

Nothing will ever replace the physical book for me but I love reading ebooks at night bc my ereader has a light and it's just more convenient the way our house lights are placed I don't have much light in my reading spots at night!

Liviania said...

I might write a little something for this, if I have time.

Synchronized Reading said...

This is definitely interesting and would add a nice touch. I like what you and the author are trying to do :)

Pooja. S said...

This sounds really interesting- there are so many possibilities for ebooks! I might be interested if I'm not too tied up with college next month.

Melanie said...

Oh I saw your email about this but completely forgot about replying- I kinda suck :|

Anywho, I may get a post up about physical vs electronic in the future, it's always interesting to see what people think about it.

Great post, Lauren! <33

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I love this idea of ebooks with extra content. To be honest, it's usually physical copies that have some additional content, like recipes, extra chapters and whatever. I usually prefer to buy a hardcover copy whenever possible because it gives me the feeling that I actually own something, but this sort of extra content would be enough to convince me otherwise.
Thanks for sharing.

Candace said...

I personally don't care too much about this sort of thing (it may be a case of too much to do/read), but I can see as kids grow up with ereaders that things like this would be popular and make the book sell better.