eBook Lessons and Bargains

I received a Kindle Touch for my birthday this year. Since then, I’ve learned a number of lessons about eBooks.

  1. eBooks are expensive! My heart sank when I looked at the books I wanted and discovered many cost more than the paperback versions.
  2. eBooks are free! My heart soared when I discovered the abundance of free eBooks. Also, eBooks can be borrowed from the library. My reading possibilities seemed endless. However…
  3. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. My heart resumed business as usual. I’ve picked up some freebies that were awesome and some that were duds, but the same goes for books that I’ve paid for.

My year-end lesson is that what really counts is quality, not price. Of course, it’s easy to download a free book and if I don’t like it, simply discard it. That’s a lot more painful when I’ve paid $9.99.

I don’t want to be a perpetual literary freeloader. Authors should be paid for their work. The freebies have been a great way to be introduced to new authors and if I like the free book, I will often buy that author’s next book.

A happy medium between freebies and full price are bargain books. Every day, Amazon offers daily deals and every month offers 100 books for $3.99 or less. The price drop can be pretty steep, so these are well worth checking out. Since today is December 31, I suggest hopping over there right now.

Kindle Daily Deals (December 31, 2012)

100 Books for $3.99 or Less (December 2012)

Today I picked up a couple of books that I’ve had my eye on for quite a while. Both books are deeply discounted.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” looks creepy, scary and fun. It has to do with a teenage boy exploring an abandoned orphanage and finding strange photographs. Today’s price: $1.99.

“A Year of Biblical Womanhood” is the true story of a woman who lives the Bible’s laws for women for a year. I love the subtitle: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master.” It sounds like a funny, informative and inspirational read. Today’s price: $1.99.

An additional bargain to note, one I’ve already read and enjoyed, is the first Lemony Snicket book, “A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning.” It’s a dark, drolly written tale suitable for children and adults. Today’s price: $1.99.

I just looked out my window. It’s starting to snow. Perfect weather for reading. eReader in one hand, hot drink in the other and warm kitty on my lap, I’m looking forward to a happy new year.

Happy New Year to you all!

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