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Subject: ebooks
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 2:57 PM ET
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I just succumbed to the Sony ereader thanks to  Collette LOL! Now I'd like some recs of where to get books and good deals! I've noticed that ellorascave.com, samhainpublishing.com, and eredsage.com (think those are the correct links) that the ebooks are 'bargains' compared to the pricier tradesize paperbacks in print form..but I'm also noticiing that the mass market size books aren't and that bums me. since after all they're saving print costs..IMO those paperbacks should be half or less...whatever the publisher and author make off the book since all we do is downloard them

maybe we can share some links and sales here? I was gonna re-use Collette's thread but the tile was ebook readers and ellora's cave and I know not everyone here reads erotica or romantica..whatever you call it LOL! so started this one to discuss sales and different sites to download from.

anyways, from today until Sept 19(Friday) eharlequin is having an extra 10% off their ebooks, enter the code EXTRATEN when you checkout. not sure if it counts for paperbacks or not but I know the ebooks are on sale. sure not a great savings but they're already 10% and the extra 10% helps if there are some you're wanting. I also found some by clicking on the tabs..starts with'harlequin' then over on the right there's another tab and the lists that come up with it includes' bundles'..there are some really good bundles at a bit more of a discount. I gotLinda Howard's Complete Mackenzie Collection(there are 2 so make sure if you're wanting these because 1 does not include mackenzie's magic(maris' story) and the other does include it.their usual price is 19.56 then  you get another 10% off...they also have suzanne brockmann's tall dark and dangerous series in 3 parts..pricey but set 3 has a couple that are OOP and one in set 2 is OOP..2 sets are 23.09 and another is 15.08 minus the 10%...also there's a jennifer crusie set including 'getting rid of bradley' what the lady wants, charlie all night and something else for 17.51 then the discount..the first 6 books from the Fear Familiar harlequin intrigue series by carolline burnes is 21.56 before the extra 10%..Pineiro's calling series is available..the few from the intrigues then the whole set I think including those same ones..21.60 I think for the whole series. there's also 3 of the code name books by christina skye available..and a lot of the current and past blaze and desire series are in bundles by the month..oh and lori foster's books that are huge wishlisted ..cant' remember the title darn it but you could search her name...when I searched the 'bundles' and by name the ebooks came up..searching 'harlequin' didn't show all the bundles. and there's a bundle of OOP anne stuart for 17.96..don't remember the titles though.

anwyays, I'm always looking for some good links(collette sent me several but dont' have them handy to post). I had a bit of a problem with eredsage.com(secrets books) and they finally had to email me with the book attached..not sure what happened but they did send me my books.

so far I've only ordered 3 from the eharlequin ebook sale but debating..sigh...they're still expensive. I got Linda Howard's complete mackenzie collection(all 5 stories), the october homecoming heroes books from love inspired(would've done pb but dont' want to order $25 bucks' worth), and skye's 'to catch a thief' since the cover was hot and the story sounded interesting...I'm seriously debating the suzanne brockmann sets though.a nd the fear familiar..wonder if they're gonna make all of them available??

anyways, sorry if no one else is interestd in the topic..if there aren't a lot of posts I'll just let it drop on down and not bump it all the time,bt I know from time to time people mention an ebook and even audiobooks..I get a lot of those from teh library downloads but having too much trouble doing that with the ebooks for some reason.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 3:33 PM ET
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ok right  now eharlequin's ebook system is the biggest PITA I've had to deal with yet. I've downloaded a program to read the digital rights BS and am not trying to figure out how to transfer the ebooks to my sony...on the plus side Imay be finding out how good harlequin's customer  service dept is! :-) ya'll wish me luck!

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 10:08 PM ET
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Good luck, Susanna! I've never tried ebooks...I don't sit and read at my computer (I like to be mobile with my books). Then audios are never good since I have kids home and they don't need to hear half the stuff I read, lol!

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:18 PM ET
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Susanna - Congrats on getting the Sony reader!  I love mine! 

Be sure to check the Sony site regularly.  They gave away a free book every week in August, and I've picked up a couple more for free in September.  If you check the specials, they have "bundles" of books by a particular author for a reduced price, and were running reduced price harlequin bundles last time I looked.  They also have advance of release date harlequins.

I also buy from Fictionwise for my Sony.  You have to specify "multiformat" books on that site, but there's a lot of romance and erotica.  They give what they refer to as "micropay rebates," which are credits towards future purchases.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:11 AM ET
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I'm glad you are having fun with it. :D

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:20 AM ET
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well I think I'm gonna check out the sony site for downloads..the eharlequin site was my undoing. they put that stupid copyright stuff on their downloads and I had to register the sony and all that then it showed up in the same software as the 3 books I downloaded and I dragged them to the sony. PITA! I think I'd rather just get them from Sony!

have you noticed when you make the print larger on the reader that the paragraphs get chopped up weird?

 

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:58 PM ET
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have you noticed when you make the print larger on the reader that the paragraphs get chopped up weird?

I've only seen that on a couple of my Adobe format books, and one or two older books that were converted to Sony format.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 2:02 PM ET
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well today I turned mine on after loading some more ebooks and everyting was GONE! frekaed me out but then it showed back up (forgetting which book I was reading and my  page of course)..not sure what happened.

checked out the sony store and some of the stuff I found on the harlequin site is MUCH cheaper from sony and probably a lot less hassle to load!

btw, I finally found a tab at the bottom of the adobe setup that reads the drm crapola and hooked up the sony and was able to move then to it..was very simple actually! embarrassed to admit that but I think they could'vemde it easier darn it..like leaving out the drm protection crap!

I'm enjoying it though! I still think a MMP ebook oughta be less pricey though since no printing/paper etc is being consumed...

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 2:42 PM ET
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I am so happy to say that 20 books by Kaityn O'Connor are available for my book reader from ebookwise.com! I won't have to worry about converting it or anything.  I want to read all of those and I've been told the WL lines are pretty slow. Next time my DH isn't around to catch me I am going to buy a couple of them and put them on my ereader!  Woo hoo! Much cheaper to pay $5 or $6 there than attempt to buy them in print.

Anne

 

ETA Just bought three of them. Fabulous how easy it is to buy it and load it onto the reader. I'll start the first one tonight when I'll be waiting in the dark car for my son!



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 3:01 PM ET
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I wil never buy an eharlequin ebook again.  I bought a bunch and downloaded them to my Odobe Digital Editions (on my computer).  I open the reader a bit later to read some of the books and it forces me to update to a new version, so I did ... and now it says those books I bought earlier arent' authorized on my computer so now I can't access them at all.  Waste of my money and time. 

 

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 12:43 PM ET
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I hate that I missed out on the Sony free book special in August!  I use my Sony reader and Treo PDA to read ebooks that I usually buy from Fictionwise.   Shoot  - doesn't  Sony have a newsletter or something  to send their ebook users info about stuff like that?!

I buy the books that have the biggest WL but I hate that I can't share my ebooks like I can with paperbacks.

Last year eHarlequin had a special called the "12 days of Christmas".  For each of those 12 days in Christmas they posted a free book so keep a lookout.

I'll be sure to post here if any freebies come up!

 

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 3:02 PM ET
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Jeannette - Sony has a weekly email that has all the new releases on it, as well as any free books they're offering.  For the bundles and other specials you have to click on the link either in your account or in the email.

Fictionwise has an email newsletter also, but I know on my yahoo account, it automatically goes into my spam folder, so I have to retrieve it from there.

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 3:40 PM ET
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I'm good with the Fictionwise newsletter - in fact I took advantage of their recent 50% micropay special and ordered the Lori Foster bundle.  Next special I will probably get the McKenzie bundle.

I'll go to the Sony ebook site and see how to sign up for their weekly e-mail also.

Thanks!