Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Paper, ebook or Audio? by Cindi Myers (The Wedding Gamble Blog Tour)

Today I welcome Cindi Myers, author of The Wedding Gamble.  She has a great post for you to read.  Then be sure and check out the information about her wonderful new book!   So grab your favorite cuppa and sit and enjoy Cindi's post on the advantages and disadvantages to the many ways we can now enjoy books.  Welcome Cindi!

Paper, ebook or Audio?

I love books. I've been an avid reader since I was in first grade. Over the years, books have always been my go-to entertainment. So now that we have so many choices when it comes to the format we choose for books, I thought it would be fun to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

First, I guess, is hardcover. Though I read some hard cover books, it's not my favorite format. The books are beautiful, but they're big and heavy (a handicap for lying on the sofa and reading). They aren't very portable (I'll take a paperback to the beach or pool, but won't risk a hard cover.) And they're expensive. Still, I have my share of hard covers on my shelves.

Next -- paperback. Perfect for tucking into a purse and taking along (okay, you need a big purse for trade paper, but still. ) Less expensive than hardcover. Widely available. I love looking at the beautiful covers while I'm reading.  I still read a lot of paperbacks, especially romance. But there's still the problem of running out of bookshelf space. And while paperbacks are portable, they still take up room. I can remember going on vacation with a suitcase that was half full of books -- because I didn't want to risk running out of reading material while I was away.

Ebooks -- I was an early adopter of e-readers -- primarily because the e-book reader allowed me to carry a whole library of books with me anywhere. No more suitcases full of books. But once I had the reader, I discovered all kinds of advantages to this format. Ebooks are so easy to buy that when I read an author I enjoy, I can go online right away and buy more books! Anytime, anywhere. 

Ebooks are almost always less expensive than paperbacks -- though I end up spending more money, because I buy more books. If I'm reading something and can't get into it, it's easy to switch to something else

My husband was very resistant to ebooks, declaring that he preferred "real" books. Then he got a tablet. With a Kindle app. He tried one book and was hooked!  Now he's buying new books to read all the time. I love it!

Which leaves audio books -- another love of mine. I listen to audio books while I'm driving, walking the dogs or doing housework. A book makes the miles fly by and takes the drudgery out of mundane tasks. Time to weed the garden? No problem, because it gives me an excuse to get back to that book. And audiobooks can give me a whole new perspective on a story. A good narrator can bring a book to life.

For me, I choose all formats for devouring books. I'm all about finding ways to enjoy more stories. So how about you -- do you have a favorite format for books?

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About the book:
Preschool teacher Laura Nichols is celebrating her birthday and sister's bachelorette party in Vegas. Being in Sin City is thrilling and she intends on tapping in to her wild side. Laura can't resist the added excitement that comes with saying yes when a hunky man off the street proposes...
FBI agent David Abruzzo has been working undercover as a thug to bring down the Zacolli crime family, but his cover depends on convincing the mob he came to Vegas for a quickie wedding. If they catch on to his plan, his cover's blown, and he's as good as dead. 

Over the course of 48 hours, David and Laura use rollercoasters, glowing condoms, and exotic male dancers to stay alive and bring the crime family down. But it will take more than Lady Luck, one night of passion, and a little Vegas magic to turn their fake marriage into something real.

 About the Author (from her website):
Cindi Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She's written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Cindi thinks writers have the best job in the world.

She and her husband and their two dogs live in the mountains Southwest of Denver. When she's not caught up in creating new characters and stories, Cindi enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, skiing and hiking. She's also in demand as a speaker, teaching workshops and making presentations to both local and national writing groups.

Author Website