I’ve spent a couple of days transferring books onto my Kindle and I (still!) have not finished. It’s partly due to the fact I just have too many books, but also, well, let’s just say I’ve not been too organised and have no single comprehensive list of what’s on my ereader (except of course, by actually going through the books on my ereader). This is probably the last time I’m changing my ereader. It’s just too much hassle (until, of course, the next latest ereader comes out and I cave).
But this inspired me to think about my ebook shopping habits, specifically now I have my Kindle – beware, random musings ahead:
I’ve spent so much more at Amazon than before I bought my Kindle. I can’t swear to it, but I think the selection of books for UK customers has expanded over the past few months. I was looking up the January releases I wanted to get and all – okay, both – of them were available on the Kindle, which made me very happy (and yes, I’ve pre-ordered them).
The one publisher that really needs to get its books onto Amazon UK would be Tor – the number of Tor books I’ve passed on because they’re not available in e-format…
ETA: I’ve recently signed up to jungle-search.com’s free Kindle books alert (via Teleread) and am finding it very useful. The link is to Amazon UK, but they also have Kindle alerts for
the other Amazon sites Amazon US.
I like that epublishers are releasing their books for Kindle on Amazon UK as it makes it so much easier for me to purchase their books. The main ones I’ve noticed are Carina Press, Samhain, and Loose ID. I think the first two do simultaneous releases on their own sites and Amazon, but I’m not sure about Loose ID.
The Amazon shopping experience is scarily user-friendly – I find myself sending samples to my Kindle all the time, using this functionality partly as a wishlist and partly to remind myself that I’m interested in a book. And then using one-click to purchase directly from the Kindle… I sometimes think I should disable that functionality.
And what price convenience? That actually isn’t a rhetorical question as I’ve discovered it’s probably around 30p for me – if the price difference between Amazon and other sites (be it publishers’ own sites or Smashwords in the case of self-published backlists) is around that, I just buy from Amazon. More than that, I become a bit of a cheapskate and spend time pondering whether I should buy from a different site and email the file to my Kindle…
It’s not all Amazon though – I still buy at other ebookstores and the ones I frequent:
Baen’s Webscriptions: Baen makes it almost as easy as shopping on Amazon – you can enter your Kindle email address on their site, and they’ll email the book to your Kindle. And I am in love with their pricing policy.
Fictionwise: Although their selection has decreased massively and they only have the latest releases in eReader format, I still get ebooks from smaller publishers there when they offer discounts (which are usually publicised on Mobileread).
Kobo: The main drawback is that they only sell books in epub format. However, I’ve discovered they sometimes sell ebooks not available elsewhere, so it remains on my list and they do offer discounts on non-agency books pretty regularly.
Any other ebookstores I should add to my list?