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Welcome to Heartstrings.Thanks for stopping by. I am a mother, a grandmother, and an author of historical western romance and contemporary romantic fiction. Ethan's Heart, book one of The Blackwood Brothers' series won the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence. Book two, Escorting Darby Bloom, features Blackwood brother Isaac and will be released in December 2017. Stay tuned for more books in this series. If contemporaries are more your thing, check out Carly's Rule and Dusty's Fate. They are both Amazon Best-Sellers.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Paper books vs E-books

Until a few years ago, I'd never read an e-book. I couldn't imagine holding an e-reader or what my favorite books might look like on it.  You see, I've always loved the feel and weight of a paper book in my hand, the smell of a bookstore with shelves and shelves of paperbacks and hardbacks with beautiful covers.  There's nothing like browsing a bookstore, then sitting in the cafe and drinking coffee, while my stack of books sit on the table in front of me. 

A couple of years ago, I got a Kindle as a gift.  I admit I was skeptical, but the thought of ordering a book with one click was kind of cool.  I didn't have to leave my house, and I didn't have to wait for the mail to deliver them.  I had them in about sixty seconds.  I have several hundred books on my Kindle, and a lot of those books were free.  Authors sometimes offer a book at zero cost for a couple of days, even a week.  It allows readers the opportunity to try a book by an author they've never read.  This is a great strategy by an author to acquire new readers.  It works.  I have to say, I love  reading e-books.  I'm even working on a collection of short stories to be sold as an e-book. 

Do I still love the feel of a paper book in my hand?  (Sigh)  Yes, very much, and browsing a bookstore is one of my all time favorite things to do.  As a reader and an author, I have to move forward with the times.  E-books are here to stay. 

Happy reading!

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