Saturday, December 18, 2010

E-Books Have Come a Long Way

It has been exciting to see the surge in e-book sales with the advent of the Kindle and the Nook and the iPad, as well as other reading devices. A lot of authors, including myself, are taking advantage of the interest in e-books by publishing new book straight to electronic formats, as well as putting up our back lists. In fact, there is a site now dedicated to BackList E-Books.  There you can find authors from the well-known like Paul Levine to, well, me.

The criteria for being listed on this site is that your books had to first come out in paper from a traditional publisher, so in a way the work is vetted for the reader.

Another exciting development for e-books is a recent announcement that The New York Times will start reviewing e-books on a regular basis. Wow, talk about validation.

While all of that is great news, what prompted me to write this post was a message I received in my inbox this morning:

We are collecting nominations for 2010 eBook of the Year. Please, nominate your favorite ebook here:
 Winners will be announced in The Huffington Post and will be alerted to over 2000 literary agents as well.
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  To qualify for the award, the book nominated must have originated as an e-book, and I have two that qualify. Play It Again, Sam and Friends Forever.  A romance and a young adult novel. If you have a book that qualifies, head on over and nominate it for the award. If you don't, well, maybe you would consider nominating one of mine?



The Words Crafter said...

Wow, reviews by the Times, that IS validation.

I will try to get one of your books this weekend and read it. And good luck!

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks, Word Crafter. Much appreciated.

Joholdenhan said...

This is very exciting. I recently started publishing my own (short) ebooks on I've only put up things like short stories and poetry for free to gain some recongnition before I start pricing them. It's a whole new thing for me, even though I'm 18 I'm still a bit behind the times and just getting into the whole ebook thing.

Good luck with nominations!