What is there not to love?
I have had my e-reader for about two years now, and I cannot now imagine living without it! Before my Kobo (I have a Kobo Arc which is actually an HD tablet so I also have the Kindle 'App' on it as well.) became attached to my wrist, once a week I would hike up to the library and borrow a weeks worth of books. On average, I read about one new book every two days. (The exception being unless I find a new TV series and binge watch a season or two, but I think I am all caught up now.) I do not watch much TV anymore, apart from sports and the hockey season has yet to start. When I picked books out at the library I did not always pick out the best-sellers. Actually, apart from a few authors, I rarely pick up a book simply because it is rated as best-selling. I used to hunt along the shelves and pick out books that looked different and interesting. I would also mix up the genres. A little romance, a mystery, I always love a story about a quirky P.I., a thriller and something with spies and espionage. If I found a book I loved, I would return and check out other books from the same author, a practice I still do. I love variety so depending on my mood, I would settle in bed for the night and crack open a new world. Now, with my e-reader, I have hundreds of books on it and my library grows everyday. With the tap of a finger I can choose, download and read an ebook. I no longer fear running out of books or having to brave a snow storm to refill my book supply. Snow days or rainy afternoons are guilt free times when I can indulge and read a book in one sitting.
Apart from variety, I love the unexpected. No longer am I subjected to the 'tried and true formulas' that traditional publishing houses thrive on as they appeal to the masses. I can now take a chance on a new author simply because I read their book blurb and the story description sounded new and unpredictable! Indie authors have the freedom to publish their books, their way, without having to succumb to possible mandatory changes an editor will insist on in order for it to be published. I have heard from several authors how different their book is and how they are not as happy with the finished product as they were before the pressured changes were made. I can understand why they gave in and went along with it, as someday they may be so popular that they will eventually have a greater say in how their work is presented.
Indie books are the true voice of a writer. They are free to have their words read exactly as they intended. As a reader I am treated to stories that do not always include the obligatory 'X' scene, and they are not always necessary. I can read a book set in a little known country and culture. I can read about relationships that are real and raw and full of emotion. Some of these books are by authors submersed in the not so mainstream society, allowing me a peek at what it is really like to grow-up, live and survive a certain way. Some authors have created a whole new fantasy world that has blown me away!
And the price? Most great quality ebooks sell for about $2.99! And I can buy wearing my favourite jammies while in bed with a bowl of ice cream! I have a large wish list as I have discovered that Indie Authors will often put their books on sale, so I check my list everyday to see if there are any new specials; there usually are! I now have a list of authors that when they release something new, I automatically buy it. There is an option on Amazon that alerts me to new releases from any author.
I would love to list my favourite books and authors here for you, but I fear I will forget one or two and I do not wish to leave an author worth mentioning out. However, I am always on the look-out for the next quirky Private Investigator...