Girls Write Out
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This is the new me, friends! I reached my weight goal and just hit maintenance. Now to buy clothes! I'm not exactly sure how to dress this new body. Where is Kristin when I need her? LOL

Anyway, on the subject at hand. I've been trying to decide whether to get an e-reader. Nearly all my friends have one but I've been a hold out which makes no sense because I'm the techie of the bunch. But I do love the feel of a book. Still, when I got my latest royalty statement, fully 10% of the sales came from digital copies. Amazing!

But what to buy? I'd been tempted by the Sony reader. I liked the fact it had a touch screen and it was using the ePub format. The thing that bugs me is that all these readers use different formats. I don't understand why there isn't one standard. But Kindle as the biggest list of available books. Even some of the reference books I would normally get to research a new novel are available on the Kindle. I'm sure Dave would be in favor of getting rid of my "nest" around my recliner. That's my huge stack of research books when I'm in the middle of a project. :-) But the Nook lets you loan books. That's a nice feature.

Mike Hyatt had a comparison on his blog yesterday here. Very informative! He's a Kindle fan so I actually went to Amazon to order it yesterday and found it out of stock so I reconsidered in order to do some research. What about you? Do you have an e-reader? If so, what do you have? Any recommendations?

On another subject, I'm going to Thomas Nelson this Friday. Can't wait to see Ames and the gang! We'll probably be discussing new projects so if you have a request, now is the time to mention it. . .

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At 9:15 AM, Blogger Denise said...

You should try a whole bunch out and let us know because while these sound cool...they sound crazy! I need good expert advice on them...I'd love if you could "rent" one out, like at the library, to decide what you like. Anyhow, congrats and have tons of fun clothes shopping!

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

You look fantastic! Congratulations on reaching your goal!

I don't have an e-reader yet. At times I wish I did, but I still prefer my real books!

Blessings
Michelle V

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Good idea, Denise! I'll go try them and report back!

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Ok wow!! I won't be able to FIND you at conference because you're so tiny!! :)

I'm debating on the e-reader too. So, I have no opinion but to share your quest! :)

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, you look so great! My best piece of advice is to find your true waist, don't be fooled by the empire waist, which is not going to be a good look on you now.

I really like the Kindle for reading, but for all your research books, I'm not sure. I highlight mine, and I don't like that feature on the Kindle. If I got one it would be for pleasure reading, but I still prefer a real book. Even though I think my house would be a lot neater with an ereader.

 
At 7:52 AM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

I say go Kindle! I got a Kindle in June and just love it! I can change the font on the books depending on how tired m eyes are. When I go away on vacation I can take a huge stack of books from my TO BE READ pile without needing an extra suitcase. I always have it with me so I am always ready with a few books while waiting at the doctors or at the school waiting to pick up my son from marching band.

My dad has the Nook but it has had to be sent back twice in less than a year due to a cracked case. This design flaw has been fixed now so that should no longer be a problem. Also the loan feature is deceiving. You can loan a book only once and only for two weeks. After the two weeks it leaves the loaned Nook whether they still need it or not. You can never loan it again.

One of the things I love about the Kindle is I can get a free chapter of any book. I can read the chapter and decide if I want to buy the book. I have a friend with the Sony and she can not do that.

I also have gotten a ton of free Christian fiction books for the Kindle. I have joined an email group that sends me an email every morning with free books that have been added. (Caution:not all books that are free are worth reading-lots of steamy stuff too)


I love that I can get a book downloaded in seconds-no more running to the store and hoping they have my book in or waiting for a package to arrive.

There is software you can put on your computer to convert most formats so the books can be added to your Kindle using the USB cable included with your Kindle.

The Kindle is presently on backorder because they just rolled out the Kindle 3. It holds more books, is faster at downloads and page turns and has a much longer battery life. I think a Kindle 3 is worth the wait-order now and it will be sent before too long.

Sorry this is so long-but I am passionate about my Kindle!

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Craig Harms said...

Definitely go KINDLE! (Colleen Coble's Kindle has a nice ring to it, does it not?) Not only can get any and everything imaginable in under a minute, but all the classics in the public domain are usually free, or very, very inexpensive.

Webster (as in Noah), my Kindle, is my second best friend--after my wife.

Craig

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

I have a sony and I love it - especially the touch screen. It's nice to be able to take notes while I'm reading. Or doodle :)

But, honestly, everyone I know who has a reader loves it no matter which one it is.

Of course, you still have to have paper books for the bathtub!

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

Crystal-I read my kindle in the bathtub and pool and beach too with this bag-
http://www.amazon.com/Version-TrendyDigital-WaterGuard-Waterproof-Generation/dp/B0026GJHVY

I am also looking into this case
http://www.amazon.com/KlearKase-Kindle-Crystal-Protective-Generation/dp/B00300570U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1283363175&sr=1-1

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Colleen, you look great!But you have always looked great.You have always been photogenic! Go buy Shari Braendel's new book, Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad as she has such good advice on how to dress the body you have, especially what kind of jeans for your body type.

As to the e-reader, I recently went through this search myself. With piles of books everywhere, I decided it would be nice to not have piles of books everywhere. (My husband threatens to burn them.)I went over to Best Buy and could actually put my hands on the Sony, Nook and iPad. I listened to the sales guy who was so sold on the Nook.

However, I ended up ordering the Kindle because that's where the books I wanted seem to be and there's the added manuscript availability that editors talk about. It was put on back order, but I got it not long afterwards. I think I waited 2-3 weeks. I have it charging now and I'm looking at the books I want to get. I got a cover to hold the Kindle (and protect it) and I thought I wouldn't like it as well as a book. Wrong. It is so cool! Plus, it has the option of audio.

I think I'm really going to like it, but I'll tell you this--that iPad is totally cool! LOL.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I like that iPad too, but I worry I'd fool around too much and not read. LOL If i get one, I will get the Kindle, and I am thinking about it. My birthday is coming up.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You look beautiful, as always! No matter your size, your smile and encouragement always lights up the room!!

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Denise said...

Colleen, you look wonderful! Congratulations!

I told my husband last year I wanted an e-reader, but had no idea which one I preferred. After much research, I decided the Kindle was the ONE.

Yesterday, my daughter surprised me with an early birthday present... a Nook.

I was immediately afraid my husband would cancel the Kindle order. And that was what he wanted to do. I then remembered that both my husband and our boys have several game systems that they play equally, and tactfully argued my case.

End result: I have to wait for Christmas (male logic?), but I will have both by the end of the year.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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