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Subject: Older romances on ebook?
Date Posted: 7/24/2013 12:44 AM ET
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I've pretty much gone ebook all the way now - like the bigger print and saving storage space. I have a lot of favrorite keepes I'd like to get in ebook format but they're not available(some older loveswept and harlequin type reads). I managed to find 1 of the 3 Barbara Cartland romances I wanted - think they're still releasing those. Also found a couple of harlequins and one silhouette but boy they're high- 7.99?!

anyways just wondering if anyone's read/heard if they'll eventually make a lot of these available?

Date Posted: 7/24/2013 8:44 AM ET
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Loveswepts are being re-released in ebook form.  Not sure which ones and if they're going to do them all.  They've even been turning up at my library in ebook form to check out.

Date Posted: 7/24/2013 9:31 AM ET
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There's a lot of old romances being released as freebies and cheepies for Kindle.  A lot of times they look like new releases because they give them a new ebook cover but if you look they're rereleases.  I've downloaded a lot of old Jennifer Blakes, Jill Barnetts, Patricia Rice, Suzanne Enoch's and others for free or .99. Mostly free.  Everyday I check the Kindle Top 100 free books on Amazon. 

Date Posted: 7/24/2013 2:58 PM ET
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A lot depends on who owns the rights.  When the authors own them, they're often digitizing them and they're reasonably priced or often free, as Mary said.

The Harlequins shouldn't be so expensive! I usually see their "treasury" books (the older ones) for around $4. And they're always having sales and coupons. Where are you buying them?

Date Posted: 7/24/2013 9:45 PM ET
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Virginia Henley and Patricia Wright=I've gotten a bunch of theirs as freebies too.

Date Posted: 7/24/2013 10:51 PM ET
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thanks I'll keep looking.

Willa - I was looking for Kay Hooper's Zach's Law(part of a Loveswept series in the 80's) and Nora Roberts' The Right Path from Silhouette. looked on amazon, b&N, kobobooks..about the same on all sites - seems like Zach's Law was 7.99 and said price set by the publisher and Roberts' was a little cheaper buts till around $6.50. these aren't masterpieces of the romance genre by any means - just sentimental reads for me that I'd like to have on ebook to read again in bigger print!

overall ebook pricing pisses me off - they're saving $ on printing, etc yet charge the same or more than a brand new book but harlequins IMO shouldn't be the same price as MMP full length books -they're nowhere near the pages - even the older ones before they cut them down even thinner.

I did find abotu 3 of Marianne Stillings' books - midnight garden of good and evie, sighs matter and anothe-tjhink damese in this dressr(not the ones I liked best) but these were 99 cts at amazon and think b&n had them for the same price... I was so mad when her publisher dropped her - even emailed her :-(

Date Posted: 7/27/2013 6:29 PM ET
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I guess it's just the Harlequin Presents that are cheap. :-(

Jo Beverley just announced that she's digitized a bunch of her earlier books.

Date Posted: 7/27/2013 10:30 PM ET
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Susanna, I love that series!  Unfortuantely, Kay Hooper is one of the Loveswept authors that's gone on to great success so the pubisher thinks they can charge more for her earlier books.  Even in ebook form.  Same with the Loveswepts written by Iris Johansen, Jenniefer Crusie, Janet Evanovich.

Maybe your library has it in digital?  Mine's gotten several of the reissued Loveswepts in their digital collection.  I still have my favorites in paper form, but I can't help checking them out of the library in digital form from time to time.

Date Posted: 7/27/2013 11:01 PM ET
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thanks. Ginger I liked that series too but the print is so small..I did find it at one library's overdrive system...there are just about a dozen that I'd like to own. I figured she'd be higher as well as nora roberts but sheesh didnt' expect 8 bucks...

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Date Posted: 7/28/2013 9:17 AM ET
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Even if your library has it, you are agreeing to delete it when the borrowing time period is up. So if you require that you own it, that is not the best solution.

If you get it from the library thru the kindle, it is pretty automatic in deleting it from the reader (I assume the other readers do as well).

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2013 3:04 PM ET
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Ugh.  I paid $5 for The Damsel in this Dress back in May!  Not pleased.  It's one of my few keepers so I decided I might as well get it in ebook and save the shelf space.  I should have waited until I was ready to actually sit and reread it right then.



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Date Posted: 7/28/2013 8:00 PM ET
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Ronda I just meant I can at least read it since the library has it in ebook. The paperbacks printis too small. Will keep watching the price Mary done that a lot myself. I liked the one with the cook but not cheap yet so trying to wait Sometimes there the option to retunn for refund...

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Date Posted: 7/29/2013 3:04 PM ET
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Lady Dearing's Masquerade by Elena Greene is a freebie on Kindle right now.  It's from 2005 so not super old.  Never heard of the author before but I picked it up.  I tend to give books like this that were once in print a shot over ones that were never released in print before.  At least for author's I've never heard of before.

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Date Posted: 7/29/2013 9:08 PM ET
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Well that will work then.

I have found that if overdrive has the book but my library does not, they will order it for me.  They have even said thanks for helping us build our collection.

But I don't think my library gets a lot of direct request like that, so it would depend on your libraries situation.

Date Posted: 8/3/2013 11:40 AM ET
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one of my libraries has the regular suggest at itle with ebook option and I think the philadelphia flibrary has a direct thingy - click then click to suggest. it's the only one out of my 5 libraries I've seen that option.

Date Posted: 8/3/2013 1:55 PM ET
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I've only just heard about that option, going to have to see if any of the 6 libraries I have cards for have it. :-)

Date Posted: 8/3/2013 2:42 PM ET
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I wish they all had it - much easier - free library of philadelphia has something at the bottem and it brings up a search for available stuff and you click like you click on the bookmark and it sends the request..there's a limit though..not sure what it is but it won't let me do any more because I reached my limit..

what libraries do you have Willa? I have 3 local that are free (I live near a big city and in 2 counties on the county line) and paid for philadelphia and bklyn to see how I like those - so far I like them jsut hope they price doesn't go up more.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 8/3/2013 11:09 PM ET
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There was not a link for requesting the books when i first did it.  I just search around my library website til i found an email that seemed like the right area.  It wasn't exactly, but they forwarded to the right person.  Since then I have just saved her email and if I find something I want to ask for I e-mail the details from overdrive.  Some books on overdrive were for sale instead of for libraries, so one of my requests was not possible.

The email thing works out nice, because my librarian emails me back and tells me she ordered it and then i know it will show up the next day.  I would think that since she personally responds, my librarian is not getting a ton of requests.  Yours might be in a different situation.