3/30/2013

I’ve been experimenting with audiobooks.

mykin Del AudioI’m finding I prefer to read books.  Audiobook narrators read too slow for me so my attention drifts. I really don’t like women narrators imitating male voices—sounds corny at best. Another disadvantage of listening to books involves my Looked It Up posts. Audiobooks are not conducive to highlighting or jotting down words to look up.  For me, hitting stop creates a harsher break, and in spoken sentences pauses feel more disruptive to the story. Yesterday, I finished Some Girls Bite, Book 1 of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire Series- narrated by Cynthia Halloway. I liked the story and the narrator was good—her male voices were better than most. But I didn’t write down a single word 😦  Chloe Neill likes to use a hundred dollar word where a five buck word would work, so there were plenty words I would have liked to look up and learn more about.  Hence, no Looked It UP post this week. Sorry, but I did create a new Kindle Guy image for you . (Please pretend my earbud doesn’t look like a shower head.)

So, what are your thoughts on…

Listening to audiobooks VS Reading them?

Narrators imitating voices of the opposite gender?

People who claim listening to a book doesn’t count as reading a book?

Please share your comments!

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Only 14% of Authors searched Enable Kindle eBook Lending


What a big disappointment. I searched many of my favorite authors but none of them allowed Kindle ebook lending. I continued searching ebook authors until I had checked 70 Best Selling Fiction Authors, many on the current or recent  NY Times Best Sellers List.

I only found 10 Authors with lending enabled.

Only 3 of the 11 Kindle Million Club Authors allow lending.

I checked 3 ebooks for each author, a 2011 or most recent release, a 2 year-old ebook, and a 3 or more year-old ebook. Only a few authors did not have three novels to check.  In my search I did not find an author who had some ebooks lending enabled and others not enabled. 

Last spring Amazon made this big deal announcement that
Kindle owners could lend their books
.

How deceiving when so few can be loaned. According to Amazon “publisher determines which titles are eligible for lending.” Maybe they should have drummed up more participating publishers before they made an announcement.

Here’s my challenge:

Check your favorite Authors at the Kindle store. Tell us in comments if any of the publishers would let you lend their ebooks on a Kindle.

Here’s how you find the information: I used Vegas Moon, from Kindle Million Club author John Locke as example.

1. Search your author or book in the Kindle store
2. Click to the book’s information page.
3. Scroll down to the Product Details as pictured below.


If you find a better way than this hunt and peck method to find lending enabled books please share. My searches for a list in Kindle Store yielded nothing.

List of 70 Authors Searched: Lending Enabled in Red

(Again formatting in tables keeps clumping up and will not stay fixed-darn Gremlins)

Kindle Million:

Roberts

Evanovich

Locke

Harris

Stockette

Larson

Child

Connelley

Martin

Patterson

Collins

Urban Fantasy:

Karen M Moning

Ilona Andrews

Kim Harrison

Adrian Phoenix

Kelly Gay

Katherine Kerr

Richelle Mead

Jim Butcher

KelleyArmstrong

L.A. Banks

Patricia Briggs

Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

Karen Chance

Laurell K Hamilton

Rachel Caine

Tanya Huff

J R Ward

Vicki Pettersson

 

Paranormal
Romance:

Keri Arthur

Christina Dodd

Nina Bangs

Deborah Cooke

 

NY Best Sellers

J.R. Rain

KresleyCole

Debbie Macomber

David Baldacci

John Grisham

Clive Cussler

Fern Michaels

Erin Morgenstern

Jonathan Kellerman

Tatiana de Rosnay

Emma Donoghue

Laura Hillenbrand

Jeaniene Frost

Cherry Adair

Nicholas Sparks

Lisa See

Barbara Freethy

Paula McLain

Michael Prescott

Stephen King

Neal Stephenson

J. A. Jance

CJ Lyons

Chris Culver

David Weber

David Nicholls

Carla Neggers

Faye Kellerman

Richard Castle

Sara Gruen

Robyn Carr

Daniel Yergin

Rod Suskind

Michael Lewis

Stuart Woods

Michael Brandman

New Kindle Options Now Available

Wow I’ve had my Kindle six months and it’s already an older model!

Of 6 Kindles there’s sure to be one perfect for your needs and budget.

Read more about them at the Kindle store. (Click)

I like the $79 Kindle which was made smaller and 30% lighter by eliminating the keyboard. Navigation is on screen with the 5-way controller button.  I prefer to do my book ordering on my PC and send it to my Kindle via Whispernet anyway.  I don’t need color since 99% of my Kindle use is for novels and e-ink is better for reading black type. I don’t like touch screens and I don’t use my Kindle for internet browsing or reading. This basic Kindle would be perfect for me but I’ll stick with my Kindle, now called Keyboard Kindle since it serves me well.

The Kindles without ads/”special offers” cost $30 -$50 more.  The ads are unobtrusive and are not on the book pages.