Kindles and Nooks Under the Christmas Tree

I’m getting ready to buy my son a Kindle for Christmas. He’s in the army stationed in Kuwait and thinks getting one would be “super mega cool.” Several of his buddies over there have e-readers and find them a convenient way to organize their reading and get new titles.
Evidently, he won’t be the only one who finds an e-reader in his stocking this year. An article in Monday’s New York Times Business Day section paints a glowing picture of the holiday market for Kindles and Nooks with one expert calling this the “tipping-point season for e-readers.” Among the facts presented in the article:

  • E-readers are now available in stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy.
  • More than 1 million e-readers are expected to be sold in the U.S. this holiday season.
  • More than 1 in 5 Kindle owners received it as a gift.
  • Ten percent of adults in a Consumer Reports survey said they planned to give an e-reader as a gift this year.
  • E-book sales now account for 9-10 percent of total book sales–up from just 1 percent two years ago.

Of course, more e-book readers means more e-book sales. Good news for those of us who have jumped into e-publishing in a big way.

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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2 Responses to Kindles and Nooks Under the Christmas Tree

  1. Elva Anson says:

    The Northern California Publishers and Authors have had several speakers recently on ebooks. It is definitely the way to go. My blog http://www.soulmatetips.blogspot.com has nearly 200 tips on relationship. That will be the basis for my next book. My last book was “Becoming Soul Mates”. The premise is you don’t find a soul mate. You learn to become one. I am a Marriage Family Therapist and have been married 55 years.
    I really like your blog.

    • glcraig says:

      Hi, Elva. Sorry to sound like a Neanderthal, but I only just discovered I had more comments on my blog cause, you know, I hadn’t noticed I could click on More. Anyway, thank you for reading my blog. My husband and I have been married for 42 years ourselves. Still on our firsts, we like to say, just to keep each other in line. A very interesting premise, becoming a soul mate. I’m going to think about that.
      Gretchen Craig

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