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?

Thanks.....

3 comments:

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 authorstand.com. 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!