Friday, May 07, 2010
What Praise for the iPad Means for Authors
Reviews for iPAD Used As a Reader Is Positive! What Does That Mean for You?
Reviews for the iPad--like the one on the front page of the LA Times Calendar section this week--universally praise, laud, and acclaim the iPad as a reader. Most have a few good things to say about Kindle, too. But, generally, reviewers seem to love, love, love! iPad and seem willing to forego the features on Kindle they deem better for the color, book-like feel and design of the Pad.
What does that mean for us writers? Well, in addition to my raving on and on that a smart author in any genre should get their books available as e-books as soon as possible, getting your book available on iPAD will get you in on the ground floor of a new, VERY popular toy. You can use Smashwords.com or iFOGOvillage.ning.com to do that.
Should YOU buy one. There is a big, big difference between the cost of these tech toys. Given a choice, well--you know how frugal I am. When it comes to making my books availalbe on one or the other, well, it isn't a choice! As good marketers, we authors want to make our books available whatever ways people want to buy them!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about it: