Amazon’s Lending Library

I’m happy to report that The Devil of Kilmartin is now part of Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library. What does that mean? It means if you are an Amazon Prime member AND you own a Kindle, you can borrow one participating book per month for free. (Note: Prime is $79/year, but they have a free trial month offer right now. You also get free shipping and streaming video so it’s not just 12 free books.)

There’s a lot of discussion going on among authors about the pros and cons of opting into this program because, among other things, it requires that we only offer the library book(s) for sale at Amazon while it is in the program. Authors do get paid for each “borrow” of our books and our books are still for sale as usual at Amazon sites in the US and Europe.

I’ve grappled with the exclusivity issue before and keep coming back to the way Amazon keeps creating new ways to help readers find my books — what book industry people are calling “discoverability”.  This is another one of those routes to discoverability, so I’m experimenting with one book.

For at least 90 days (starting about 10 days ago) The Devil of Kilmartin will only be available for purchase at Amazon, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t read it on your Nook, Sony, Kobo, etc. reading devices but you will have to convert it to the format your device prefers. I’m told by reliable sources that Calibre is a good program for doing that, and it’s free.

I know this is an extra step in getting to the reading experience, and I hope that those of you with non-Kindle devices will give it a try. I’d love to know how it works for you, or if this extra step is just too much hassle. Your feedback will help me determine if I want to continue in this program after the initial 90 days.

My other two books remain on sale through January at most book retail sites. Come February, they are being re-released in a new edition. I haven’t seen new covers yet, but I know they are in the works.

It’s both an exciting time and a confusing time to be an author with so many things changing over the last few years. I truly appreciate each and every reader who gives my books a try.

I hope you all have a peaceful and joyous holiday and a very happy New Year!

Laurin

Merry May Backlist eBooks Sale!

It’s been a crazy busy spring so far which explains the dead silence here, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share this HUGE sale going on for one week only (May 16 – May 23) via Backlist eBooks at Smashwords.com. 

Backlist eBooks is a group of traditionally published authors in many genres who are now bringing their backlist (previously published books now out of print) back as bargain priced ebooks available in just about any electronic format you need or want. 

Smashwords.com allows us to offer sale coupons, and Backlist eBooks has made a list of all the Merry May Sale books with coupon codes and direct links to the book’s Smashwords page.

To see the entire HUGE list of books for sale go to the Backlist eBook Sale Page.  You’ll have to scroll down to Historical Romances and then to Laurin Wittig for my listings but it’s totally worth it. 

All my books are 33% off,

making them $1.99 after the coupon! 

Now that’ll make for a Merry May!

So, whether you enjoy romances, mysteries, suspense, scifi, fantasy, mainstream, young adult, womens’ fiction, or non-fiction, have a little book buying extravaganza at can’t beat prices from established authors to get you started on your summer reading!

Backlist eBooks Merry May Sale: May 16 – May 23

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e-Reader aps for iPad: Kindle vs. Nook vs. iBooks

Here’s a nice comparison of three e-reader aps, Kindle, Nook, and iBooks on an iPad, just to complicate matters.  I just stumbled on this blog post, but it follows along with my own post of a few days ago about iPads.

Jeffrey Friedl’s Blog post: Reading with the iPad: iBooks, Kindle, and Nook, oh my!

And over on Cnet.com there’s news about the horse race that is the e-reader market:  iPad gaining quickly on Kindle

Enjoy!

Book Bargains for the Holidays

It’s Black Friday… that has such an ominous tone that I huddle in my home avoiding the masses of shoppers pretty much from now through Christmas.  Do I have my shopping done?  About half.  Will I venture into the stores at all?  Of course, but I specialize in the surgical strike.  I know what I want, where to get it, and I’m in and out as fast as possible.  It helps that I live in a fairly small town (less crowds) and that I pretty much make my own schedule (I can hit the stores early in the morning on week days!).  But at this point, I’ll do most of my shopping on-line.

I thought you might like to do that, too, so I’ve cooked up some bargains to help you out with your shopping.

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