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Capacious Kindle for May 24: eBooks Arrive

One interesting thing about not updating this blog too much over the past few years is the fact that I’ve failed to capture the rise of the Kindle and eBooks as a whole. The Kindle has been the best-selling device on Amazon’s website for years but now we’re hearing about a whole new class of writers either breaking out (Amanda Hocking) or moving to it (JA Konrath). The eBook has certainly arrived. With the additions of the B&N Nook, Apple’s iBooks app for the iPad and the Sony Reader, there’s no shortage of ways to read on the go.

Here’s where things get REALLY interesting. On May 19th, the New York Times published an article showing that for the first time ever, Amazon is selling more Kindle books than print books. This isn’t more paperback or genre or anything else. Physical books. “Amazon sells 105 books for its Kindle e-reader for every 100 hardcover and paperback books, including books without Kindle versions and excluding free e-books.”

The eBook has arrived and we’re in the middle of this revolution. We’re not only in an exciting time for readers and their access to content but also for authors that have regained a huge amount of control over their destiny. As a writer AND a reader, I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

The Benefits of Self-Publishing

The writing and publishing world has blown up the past week mostly due to the break-out news of writer Amanda Hocking and her incredible publishing story. The amazing part isn’t that she got her books into the hands of millions of readers but the fact that she’s NOT published in the traditional sense. You can read more about Amanda’s story from the link above but the gist is that she went down the ‘correct’ path and after getting one-too-many rejections on her umpteenth book she decided to go the self-publishing route. She now holds multiple spots in the Amazon Kindle top 100 sales and one of her books has already been optioned for a movie. Incredible.

This of course is another wakeup call that I’ve been hearing a lot lately about self-publishing. J.A. Konrath talks a lot about self-publishing and how he makes more from eBooks than anything in print. The biggest fault people find in his argument is that he’s an established writer and he has a fan-base already in place to buy those books. This theory has been blown out of the water by Amanda’s success.

So where does this leave us? Most of us are trying very hard to get our best work written and then queried out to agents in the hopes we are picked up. There’s always the chance but we all know the reality that it’s very difficult. You also can’t just give up and place your work online for self-publishing because that is a disqualifier for most agents and publishers when looking at a book. They want work that’s never been published in any form. I would LOVE to put Spirit Hackers into Kindle and all other stores out there, podcast it via podiobooks.com and do anything else to get ‘out there’ but then I’ve shot myself in the foot on a book that’s taken me over 2-years to complete. Setting Spirit Hackers free isn’t the answer, at least not until after it’s been queried everywhere and then rejected. If I’ve explored all avenues and can’t get it sold, then I will seriously consider putting it online myself.

Can we have our cake and eat it too? That’s what I am going to try. Amanda’s story has pushed me to the realization that self-publishing CAN work if the story is good. So this is my plan to have the best of both worlds: I’m writing two books. You all know Loopback is my new WIP. That book will be written for the traditional route of writing and querying. As with Spirit Hackers, if I exhaust all publishing options I’ll consider putting it online. In addition to Loopback, I plan to develop and write books that I’ve decided will be self-published from the get-go. I don’t know if it will be a short story, novella or novel but there will be work out there and available for everyone. I’m throwing some ideas around and figuring out how to do this but it’s going to be a lot of fun. I plan on working out some of those ideas later today. In addition, if I’m able to write quick enough, I may release it chapter-by-chapter as the book is getting written to make it even more exciting.

Of course this puts a lot more on my plate but I’m focusing on the big picture: getting published one way or another while preserving certain works for a shot at the traditional market. I figure if my self-published work takes off, it may sell to a publisher anyway. It worked for Nathan Lowell, so it can work for me.

The Kindle 2: Now Shipping

Kindle 2

I want to do a full write-up tomorrow about the Kindle 2, but I want to post that today is the first day of Kindle 2’s availability. The unit is still $359 and doesn’t ship with a cover any more, but it looks really thin and the page-turning buttons have been completely redesigned.

Even more impressive is the fact that the unit is still in stock and it didn’t sell out during the pre-order period. So if you’ve been jonesing for a Kindle, this may be the time to get it. You’d have it within a couple of days.

Check it out at Amazon.com/Kindle

Happy Belated Birthday!

One Year Candle

Happy Thursday Copious Notes readers! This post has been put off way too long and I apologize for the lack of posts this week. It’s amazing how fast the days go by in January and how little someone can get done when they are unmotivated. This post was originally scheduled for this past Sunday but I didn’t get around to it and then kept putting it off.

I finally decided last night that I needed to get some writing done today (in any form) and post was priority #1. January 4th was the one-year anniversary of Copious Notes. Back in my first post I didn’t have much to say but I did get a lot of blogging done that initial month. I didn’t really know what to write or if anyone would ever read my thoughts, let alone visit here.

Through some networking and work I was able to make some good friends and I feel as if I’m part of a group of some sort. I did get a lot accomplished last year, finishing my Robert book and also working on my new book Spirit Hackers. While I’m far from done with any work, I think I’m on a good track to further my writing for 2009.

I went over my goals for 2009 a few posts ago and I think it’s equally important to see where we’ve been to see where we’re going. I think we all have goals but life can be tough and take away our drive, our time, and our ability to achieve them. While I’ve always had to struggle to focus and get things done, I do think I’ve done more writing in the last two years than I’ve done in the past ten.

One major accomplishment has been my Kindle experiment. I purchased my Kindle as a means to try to read more. That has been a stellar success with 2008’s book-count coming in at 8. I’ve never read that much….EVER. If I can take anything from 2008, I can say I’ve re-discovered reading, even if it’s just snippets during my lunch breaks or an hour once a week on my day off. No matter the reason, my Kindle has done its job.

So where do we go from here? I really have no idea. I am going to work on the goals for ’09 but also go where my heart takes me. Recently I’ve had the desire to incorporate video & audio here but the time and effort for that is very high.

For now, I just want to write and continue the ultimate goal of getting published. A big thanks to everyone I’ve met along the way this past year for all your support, encouragement and for allowing me to share my life with you all. I appreciate you letting me into your blogging worlds and for making me feel like I can really do this.

Thank you.

Capacious Kindle for December 8

I came across this great article on CNN last Wednesday about the Kindle and thought it was perfect for the Capacious Kindle series. You can find the whole article here.

A year later, Amazon’s Kindle finds a niche
By Zach Pontz
CNN

It has the curves of a Lamborghini, looks like something an astronaut might take into space and weighs only 10.3 ounces. Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is wireless and can hold about 200 books, plus newspapers and magazines.

Amazon.com’s electronic Kindle reader — a device meant to remove the paper from the page and make reading both more convenient and eco-friendly — is celebrating its first birthday.

Released in November 2007, the Kindle has sold more than a quarter million units. Its texts account for 10 percent of Amazon’s book sales despite the fact that 200,000 titles — a tiny fraction of the books offered on the site — are available in digital form.

While exact sales figures are hard to come by, recent estimates have put the Kindle’s sales on par with other high-profile mobile devices in their first year. Amazon.com says that the Kindle is currently sold out due to heavy demand.

So what has spurred its success? After all, electronic books have been around, in small numbers, for about a decade. Even Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, has admitted that the book is “elegantly suited to its purpose. It’s hard to improve on.”

One thing that’s helped the Kindle is marketing. Where other readers failed to connect with consumers, the Kindle has excelled. The media-savvy Bezos has hardly been publicity shy, gaining his electronic toy a level of exposure most CEOs couldn’t begin to fathom.

“You can’t discount the prominence of having Amazon behind this,” says Paul Reynolds, technology editor at Consumer Reports. “Jeff Bezos is respected for what he’s done with Amazon, and if he feels this is a future product in media, people are willing to trust him.”
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Capacious Kindle for December 1

Welcome back from an extra-long weekend! Today I’m posting the second of two parts of Oprah’s show from October 24th. As I said last time, there was a lot of buzz about a new gadget Oprah was going to unveil on her show as her new favorite gadget ever, which turned out to be the Amazon Kindle.

In this second part, Oprah spends some time talking to Jeff Bezos about the device and showing you all it can do. It’s a great piece that will hold your interest, and compliments the first segment.

Enjoy!

Please follow the link below to watch the video:
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Capacious Kindle for November 19

All you Kindle lovers are in for a treat today. Back on October 24th, there was a lot of buzz about a new gadget Oprah was going to unveil on her show as her new favorite gadget ever. I hadn’t heard anything about what it could be, but after just a few minutes I saw she is in love with the Kindle!!

Oprah spends almost 15 minutes talking about it and demonstrating it with Jeff Bezos, who is the founder of Amazon.com. Rather than recap the whole thing, I’ve cut up the video into two parts so you can see for yourself. Today is part one, which runs about six minutes. If these two videos don’t convince you that the Kindle is the wave of the future, I don’t know what will.

Enjoy!

**UPDATE: YouTube has pulled the video, so please follow the link below to watch the video:
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