May 19 2006
Dear Authors and Readers,
Jane and I have finished our first monthy ebook reading contest. We’d like to thank everyone who posted their suggestions for books to read, especially authors. It takes guts to nominate yourself and maybe some of you are cursing your friends for nominating you. We know it’s not easy to step to the mike and say “Pick me.” The response was awesome and I think I can say that Jane and I enjoyed something in all the books we picked. We hope that readers have enjoyed our reviews. Authors, we hope you don’t hate us too badly! And we hope that we’ve helped generate some buzz and sales for ebooks. Perhaps the best thing that we learned from the ebook contest is that ebooks are not terribly different in quality than that of the mainstream publishers offerings.
We gave out 1 B+, 3 B, 4 B-, 2 C-, 1 C+, 2 Ds. Looking at the mainstream reviews, these grades parallel the grades we have given to NY published books. I think it is safe to say that ebooks have some great offerings, some okay offerings, and some bad offerings – just like would find at the bookstore.
We listed contact links for all these authors in an earlier post. And here are links to our reviews:
- Raine Weaver's Let's Pretend
- Megan Hart's Playing the Game
- Lauren Dane's The Enforcer
- Celia Stuart's Once in a Blue Moon.
- Marie Treanor – Some other Sea
- Shannon Stacey – Forever Again
- Summer Devon – Learning Charity
- Melani Blazer – Brand Name Dates
- Tracy Sharp – Repo Chick Blues
- Pam Champagne – Ribbon of Rain
We’re going to open up the nominations for next month on Wednesday, May 24th and gather suggestions until May 31st. Anyone can nominate as many ebooks as they wish for any number of authors. We hope we haven’t scared people away.