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Summary of the May Ebook Contest

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:

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.

The Ja(y)nes

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

9 Comments

  1. Tracy
    May 19, 2006 @ 11:33:36

    Thanks for all your hard work, Ja(y)nes! Interesting results. I hope they boost ebook sales!

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  2. Jorrie Spencer
    May 19, 2006 @ 12:30:18

    I’ve really enjoyed your reveiws! Thanks. Am thinking hard about my next rec, though I’ve been reading more print books of late.

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  3. raine
    May 19, 2006 @ 13:52:21

    THAT’S interesting–that you found the e-book quality to be on a par with the NY offerings…

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  4. Jorrie Spencer » Ebook recommendations
    May 19, 2006 @ 17:06:26

    [...] The Ja(y)nes of Dear Author have completed their first ebook reading contest and summarize their results. 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. [...]

  5. Kate R
    May 21, 2006 @ 13:59:47

    I STILL say you ought to read one of Bonnie Dee’s books. (or haven’t I said that one yet?)

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  6. Kate R
    May 21, 2006 @ 14:02:37

    and A. M. Riley, if you don’t mind m/m and vampires (neither of which I particularly like, usually)

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  7. Kate R
    May 21, 2006 @ 14:03:19

    hey what happened to my post about Bonnie Dee? Yes, I’m flogging these two again. I can’t help it. . . .I like their books.

    snivelling Kate

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  8. Cece
    May 21, 2006 @ 14:03:45

    I agree w/Raine…and thanks again ladies!

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  9. redwyne.com » Blog Archive » Start collecting your E rec’s
    Dec 23, 2006 @ 17:00:03

    [...] Wednesday, May 24th until May 31st Dear Author will be taking your ebook rec’s to review in June. Posted by Sybil | Categories: Uncategorized | [...]

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