Friday, March 13, 2009

Read an E-Book - Save A Tree!

In honor of "Read An E-Book" week, I've gathered some great reasons to do just that!

* Ebooks promote reading. People are spending more time in front of screens and less time in front of printed books.

* Ebooks are good for the environment. Ebooks save trees. Ebooks eliminate the need for filling up landfills with old books. Ebooks save transportation costs and the pollution associated with shipping books across the country and the world.

* Ebooks are portable. You can carry an entire library on one DVD.

* Ebooks defy time: they can be delivered almost instantly. Ebooks are transported to you faster than overnight shipping: in minutes or in seconds.

* Ebooks are cheaper to buy.

* Ebooks make reading accessible to persons with disabilities. Text can be re-sized for the visually impaired. Screens can be lit for reading in the dark.

* Ebooks, with their capacity for storage, encourage the publishing of books with many pages, books that might be too expensive to produce (and purchase) in paperback.

* Ebooks -- thanks to the simplicity and speed of publication and feedback -- allow authors to experiment in many themes and styles.

* Ebooks are good for paperbook publishing. By setting an example for diversity and freedom of expression, ebooks may motivate the stagnant book publishing industry towards the renewal of small presses, the end of the blockbuster-bestseller publishing mentality, and a healthier balance between the needs of commerce and culture.

Here are some great links :

Echelon Press


Fictionwise (Children's Books)

Cynthia's Attic on Fictionwise!


Linda Joy Singleton said...

A lot of my readers of THE SEER don't know that I also wrote 7 ebooks. I love trying new things.

And if anyone wants to try one of my e-books, the one most proud of is called DOUBLE VISION, from Amber Quill e-publishing, about a teen girl who must find her double in an alternate universe, where there's a twisted version of her family, friends and even her. She tries to prevent a killer from this alternate world from murdering someone she loves.

Mary Cunningham said...

I didn't know you wrote 7 ebooks either! Double Vision sounds great, Linda Joy. I love the premise of all your books.

Thanks for leaving a comment and the url.

Donna M. McDine said...

Wonderful post and so very true about the environment. Happy to be following you.

Best wishes,

Mary Cunningham said...

Thanks for visiting, Donna! I look forward to getting to know you.


A. Montgomery said...

I definitely agree with using E-Books because of the positive impact they have on the environment!

(And the fact that they're cheaper doesn't hurt either)


Iris Black said...

True, true, true... Well, everything you guys have said is true! E-books are way cheaper, and that makes it easy to convince myself to try something new. Great post!


Mary Cunningham said...

Appreciate the comments, Alyssa and Iris, especially coming from two great teen authors!! Y'all are experts when it comes to ebooks.