Hundreds If not thousands of people unwrapped an ereader yesterday and are no doubt asking themselves “what now?” How to fill this new toy with books without breaking the bank? With these three tips:
1. Download the classics
I know, I know. All too often “classic” is a byword for “the only people who like this are English teachers”. But some classics are good books as well, and best of all you can get nearly all of them for free on ereaders. Try:
Dracula – The first and best vampire novel.
Wuthering Heights – A tale of wild, passionate and destructive love.
Turn of the Screw – A perfect ghost story; short, taught and fraught with uncertainty. Is she mad or not?
2. Try the self-published
Self-publishing is coming of age; it’s no longer the preserve of those who aren’t good enough, it’s a home for many talented authors who just want to do it themselves. Best of all, because they haven’t the overheads of an expensive publishing house to pay for, their books are usually quite cheap. Try:
Legend Unleashed by M. Latimer-Ridley, a tale of a girl drawn into a war between werewolves and wizards. If you want to know more, you can check out my review here, but I can assure you of a good read.
Bad Blood by Ginny Lurcock is a paranormal romance about vampires, but don’t mistake it for a Twilight wannabe. Ginny has a style I defy you not to adore and this is a book that will make you laugh. Actually out loud. The book has more personality than some people I know. I urge you to check it out.
And, of course, I have a few stories of my own you could download. Fancy a horror story about a house that’s more than haunted? Or a story about a homeless superhero? Then just click here!
3. Watch out for deals
Amazon are running a 12 Days of Kindle promotion, heavily discounting ebooks for the next twelve days. Amazon do often offer discounts and deals. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @AmazonKindle or @KindleUK. If you’re not on Twitter, check their site regularly.
4. Use the samples
Most ebooks will offer a short sample as a free download. Make the most of this tool to try before you buy.
Yes, that was four tips. But the fourth was too important to leave out.
There are plenty of great books out there and, now you don’t have to pay for all the paper and storage costs, you can afford to get more bang for your buck. Enjoy the digital revolution!