7 Responses to “Questions from the comments”

  1. Kristen January 28, 2009 at 11:54 AM #

    I have a question – how important (or not) are cover quotes in epublishing? I actually meant to ask this when you were doing the workshop at RD, but got sidetracked.

  2. Angie January 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM #

    I don’t really have any hard data on that, but as far as ebooks are, my sense is that cover quotes aren’t important to the cover but can be helpful in promoting the book. Once the book goes to print, our sales team does use those quotes to sell to booksellers. As for the effectiveness of selling to readers? Thoughts on that seem to be mixed but my opinion is that it can’t hurt, so why not have them?*

    *I should note that we don’t put cover quotes on our ebooks covers, due to the size (readers wouldn’t see them on the websites) but we use them on the book’s page to promote the book.

  3. Leah Braemel January 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM #

    Re laptop vs Reader question. I’d much rather stick my Sony Reader in my purse than lug my laptop around if I’m waiting around my my dentist’s waiting room or sit on the sidelines of my sons’ skating/violin/whatever lesson. Plus I don’t have to worry where a power plug is the way I would with my laptop after an hour. I can read my Reader for days without a recharge. And speaking as someone who needs trifocals, I love the screen. As Angie says, it’s just so much easier to read – less glare, can pull it closer to my face to proper reading distance – than a laptop. (And because of the size vs my version, there’s no way I can read on an iPhone or a PDA anymore. 😯 )

  4. Leah Braemel January 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM #

    bleh – Note to self: edit BEFORE hitting submit … make that “because of the size vs. my VISION”

  5. Gwen Hayes January 28, 2009 at 2:41 PM #

    If I am packing a bag I have to lug, I will read my books on my Asus Eee. If I am going to soccer practice or the dentist or on a trip where I don’t have to lug a bag around then I prefer to read on my ebookwise. I have not upgraded to a Sony or Kindle because I really like the backlight.

  6. Angie January 28, 2009 at 2:49 PM #

    @ Gwen I have not upgraded to a Sony or Kindle because I really like the backlight.

    Gwen, I promise you that I was one of those people who swore they couldn’t live without the backlight. I had an Ebookwise (which is backlit) and no interest in an eink device. Then the company bought me the Kindle and the Sony, neither of which I used for a full month after receiving them because I still loved my backlight. For whatever reason, I started using the Kindle, and though I’ve now switched to the Sony, I do NOT miss the backlight. And that’s saying a lot because I do 75% of my reading, at least, in bed or other low light conditions.

    But I have a couple different clip on booklights and I find that because reading on eink is so fabulous, the trade off for not having the backlight is totally worth it, and using a clip on light doesn’t cause me any problems.

    Eink seriously rocks my world 😛

  7. kerry January 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM #

    Thank you so much for answering my questions. I’m really delighted to know that Samhain will be available directly through fictionwise w/ no DRM. That news made my day!!!

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