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Dear Author’s Sony Partnership and Giveaway Details

Sony Reader in Red

Sony Reader in Red (click for high resolution image)

If you missed last week’s announcement, I thought I would bring you all up to date. The reviewers for Dear Author are being outfitted with Sony Readers (the red ones) and Sony has provided us with 3 extra RED readers to give away to the readership here.

In exchange, we’ll be providing an ad each month that links to the Sony Style store where you can purchase a reader and to the Sony Bookstore for any book we review that is in the Sony eBookstore. We’ll also feature the Sony promotions in that Sony Sponsorship section on the sidebar. My understanding is that they are going to offer more promotions geared toward romance readers.

Over the next couple of months each reviewer will give you their impressions of using the Reader and we’ll do posts about converting to Sony format and it’s library functions and so forth.

Some commenters asked if we got a kick back from books bought in the Sony bookstore. The answer is no but we do get a very small percentage of any sale (regardless of item) made through the Sony Style store so if you buy a Reader or anything else from Sony and buy it directly from Sony, we would love it if you would use our link to the right.

Finally, and more importantly, our first Sony Reader giveaway will take place on Sunday, January 4th through Thursday, January 8 at 11:59 CST. We’ll announce the winner on January 11th. The contest will require you to peruse the Sony Reader site and give details about the Sony Reader like how much it weighs, what colors it comes in and so forth. I will ship it anywhere in the world BUT if the winner is international, I ask them to pay the difference between parcel post shipping in the US and shipping internationally.   One other thing, Anne Douglas, who besides writing books is also a great designer, will be providing a custom made cover for each of the three Sony Readers we are giving away.

I think that’s it. Any questions you may have about the Sony Reader, our giveaway, or anything ebook related, drop a note in the comment section.

I was going to post about OpenOffice and how to make an ebook for the iPhone but I was never able to get it to work, although I do think OpenOffice is a cool product mostly because it’s free.   I posted, instead, how to convert an MS Lit file into html.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Anne Douglas
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 12:54:51

    And just so everyone knows, there WILL be a lot more cover stock to choose from.

    I’m right in the middle of making myself a light tent/box to photograph the 10 or so covers I’ve got to list and make them look purdy :D (stupid house cleaning before Xmas guests get here has taken over my Sunday though)

    PS I’m seriously jealous, I want a red one!

  2. Angela James
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 15:03:36

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new Sony. I have been wanting to get my hands on one, especially with the recessed light and touch screen. And the red is way cool!

    Anne, I love the covers!

  3. orannia
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 16:38:21

    Thank you so much Dear Author! I’m an international reader, and I’m thrilled that I can participate (and I think covering the postage difference is fair :)

  4. Danielle
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 19:20:52

    Wow, maybe I should have held off in buying my Red Sony Reader (which I just love)

  5. Tabitha C
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 19:26:26

    Love the red reader. I was in a Sony store today and they had the standard color reader up on display. I thought the standard was nice but this red is so much prettier.

    Anne, your covers are so pretty.

  6. Karin
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 20:01:14

    What a great contest. The partnership sounds like a good deal all around. I’m looking forward to January.

  7. Anne Douglas
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 20:38:11

    Thank you everyone, for the cover praise.

    I just got the new ones listed, and you’ll see more over after Christmas.

  8. Kathryn Smith
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 22:47:15

    This is a great promotion. I’m one of those people who have never read an ebook and have a bit of an aversion to the readers — I like my paperbacks! A great way to get the product out there though and into hands of people like me who always like to see what other people are saying before investing. Cool beans. I look forward to reading the comments. Maybe I’ll be converted!! :-)

  9. Belle Scarlett
    Dec 22, 2008 @ 00:36:50

    Sorry, I just don’t think I can wait until the giveaway promo. Or for Santa. On my way over now via your link to the Sony store to nab my red Sony eReader… because I’m SUCH a copycat!

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

    Belle Scarlett

  10. ruth
    Dec 22, 2008 @ 08:33:40

    What a great giveaway. I am captivated with the Sony reader and have been researching them for a long time. Have a great holiday. Thanks for this chance.

  11. Marie
    Dec 22, 2008 @ 09:43:59

    I always wanted an ereader, especially since my sister got a Kindle. I love how small it is and that Sony has expanded on the colours! Now, if they had it in pink…

    Thanks and happy holidays!

  12. Cindy
    Dec 22, 2008 @ 23:57:34

    I really, really, really want this. *off to get my calendars to alert me of contest start.*

  13. Mireya
    Dec 23, 2008 @ 05:20:56

    Did I mention that you are evil? I just received the one I purchased and I am drooling. I successfully transferred two of Morgan Hawke’s books in PDF from my collection (both Loose Id). I am going to get the cover with the light though. Good luck to everyone participating. With the kind of luck that I have, I knew I was better off just getting it myself ;P

  14. Rashmi
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 10:56:20

    I’m going to the hospital pretty soon and being a bookworm of the first order, I’d love to win this and take all e-books with me to read while confined to hospital bed. The Sony reader looks so sleek and useful, but is a bit beyond my purse strings at the moment. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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