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Sweet Tart

Note: I am taking a break from reviewing until September or October. I have a lot of stuff going on in my personal life right now that makes it hard to keep up a review schedule. So if I appear completely inactive on the site, that is why. Blog comments are being closed as well on all of my posts because I won’t be around to approve or reply to them.

So this is me. Well, not really unless you believe I’m a cartoon in real life. The name says it all. Draw your own implications. Like Saucy Belle I am a little late joining the ebook party. It took me awhile to see the potential and coolness of them. I think like many I was addicted to the whole smell of paper, feel of paper. I was pretty pervy about my paper. I probably should have been committed or signed up for a 12-step program. But let’s not dwell.

But… then I started coming in contact with writers only published in E. So I started reading some ebooks. Since I don’t have an e-reader of my own just yet, I often buy Kindle books and use Kindle PC. But I also buy from other sites that let me get a PDF file. I like the instant gratification.

I live in an area where physical books are slim pickings. Almost anything I want has to be special ordered anyway. Given that crappy reality, I usually buy from Amazon. But ebooks are the only way I can get a book NOW.

Instant gratification isn’t the only good thing I see about ebooks. I read a lot of romance and erotica. I’m not sure how familiar you are with these genres but some of the covers fall into the “What the hell were they thinking” category. With an e-reader, no one ever has to see the cover. You don’t have to be embarrassed reading in a public place.

Now I know I said I don’t have an e-reader yet. Doesn’t mean I don’t see the future awesomeness once I save up my pennies and make up my mind about which hot little e-reader I want to start a meaningful relationship with.

And then there is travel. I think I pack more books than clothes. And that’s not because I’ll read them all. It’s because I can’t decide what I want. The prospect of having all my books on one little device is so sexy to me I can barely stand it.

But… I am PISSED OFF.

Why? Because the large mainstream publishers are paying lip service to readers but then doing everything in their power to see to it that the e-revolution doesn’t get any bigger. How? By slapping DRM overkill on everything. By limiting formats. By not agreeing on a universal format like mp3 for music. By coming up with this insane “agency model” where they’re asking me to pay $12.99 for an ebook. I’m sorry, no. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

They want to make ebooks seem so unattractive that we just give up and buy paper.

Now normally I’d be on the boat with the buying paper thing but… I am more and more open to ebooks now and the fact that there are actually companies trying to influence me away from ebooks just makes me want them more.

So what’s a girl to do?

Luckily for me and everybody else out there, there is this interesting little movement coming about in publishing. Maybe you’ve heard the term “indie author.”

Now granted some people will jump up and down and stamp their feet and yell about how they are “self-published” and “self-published books suck.” Not so fast. Not all of them. And with the changes going on in publishing and the increased difficulty of getting a publisher in the first place, there are more and more good books to choose from among those ranks.

And the beauty part? Most of them are DRM-free. Most of them are made available in multiple platforms via places like Smashwords.com (Not sure why but publishers get really worked up about how hard it is to format an ebook. It’s not as hard as they pretend it is. They just want to justify $12.99.) Most of them are affordable. Like under $5 affordable. Some of them are free legally from the author.

So guess where I’m going for my ebooks?

My goal here is to help readers find some good indie books to invest in, especially in light of the “Agency 5’s” abdication of their responsibility to the reader. The readers are the ones who matter. And indie authors actually care about the readers. That makes me want to support them.

With enough good indie books showcased, perhaps readers will start to seek such books out on their own, and we don’t have to whine and cry about what the “Agency 5” is doing to us. Who cares? In the end, they will be the ones who fall. Readers have too many options to be bothered with their asshattery.

Update: I now own a Kindle. Woot! I love my Kindle.

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