Sunday, December 02, 2012

How do you wrap an ebook? And Advent Calendar Day 2


I’ve been writing for a long time. My very first ever short story was written way back when – when I was at school  - and I was active in the Girl  Guides. I went in for my ‘Writer’ badge’  back then – I passed the test and got to sew the badge on my uniform sleeve. (I don’t think there is such a badge any more which is a pity.) Some month’s later I wrote another story – the title was Ghosts odf The Past – and I sent that up to  Guide magazine.  It was about a girl who went into an old deserted house and thought she had seen some ghosts who haunted it but they turned out to be a group from the local amateur drama group who were practising their current production, dressed in historical costumes. To my delight they published it in the magazine  and made it my first ever published piece of work.   That was the start of a long career as a writer – 2013 will see my 61st new title (A Throne For The Taking)  published in June, 29 years  after my very first book The Chalk Line was published by Mills & Boon.  

One of the most interesting developments in my  long career has been the arrival – and huge success  - of ebooks and the way that now so many books are sold in this form.  I have a kindle and I love it. I can carry so many books around with me, with no trouble,  and I don’t have to worry about storage. But sometimes I do miss the reality of a ‘real’ book . I think I feel this now, with Christmas  coming close  and so many  family and friends asking ‘what would you like for Christmas ‘   or me asking the same question in reverse.  There are so many books I’d love to have to read, but not all of them are likely to ne ‘keepers’   the sort I’d like to have actual copies on my bookshelves.  My husband, friends have kindles too and I would love to gift them books – but how do you wrap an ebook? (I have to admit that on Christmas day a large proportion of the books under our tree are book-shaped. That’s because they are books – and that rectangular shape is so easy to wrap!).

Then there are the books that I’ve read recently  - and  would love to share with friends I now will love them.  There was  Pushing the Limits that I talked about last month, I know my son’s fiancée will enjoy that. Or  One Breath Away  a book that I know would grip my sister as it did me – but neither of these people have ebook readers  so I’d need to buy them a print copy so they could read it.

And then there are my own ‘oldies’ – the books I wrote  that  were published  ten or more years ago  and that have now been reissued as  part of the Harlequin  Treasury or Mills & Boon Vintage – I know several  people who would love to have copies of these to add to or even complete their Kate Walker collections but again the ebook form is tricky to give as a surprise  or even to put in a Christmas stocking!  I suppose I could give them a ‘voucher’ – ‘I promise to give you a copy of The Groom’s Revenge or Hers For a Night . . .'  But it isn’t quite the same is it?

So what do you do?  Do you  buy and wrap a print edition of  a book you know someone wants – or  download it for them on Christmas morning?  And if there’s something you want to read – would you rather have the Kindle edition – or a gift-wrapped  parcel  under the tree on Christmas morning?

Or perhaps there are  books that you don’t mind having two copies of – one as an ebook for convenience and one in print form for the pleasure of owning  the ‘real’ book?  I confess that I have some of those too – a complete collection of Dorothy Dunnett (her books are so bug they weigh a ton so reading is much   easier on my kindle) or Mary Stewart  where my print copies are treasured first editions.
If you’ve  visited my personal blog recently, you’ll  have seen that  from December 1st I’m running my annual Advent Calendar giveaway – it’s a way of getting to know my lovely readers better. Every day I ask a question,  one for you to answer  in the comments section – and each day there is a special prize book give away – and old book or a newer one, a collection   . . .

Yesterday the prize on my blog was the 3 in 1 Collection Mediterranean  Tycoons – that’s still open if you want a chance to win.   And today’s prize is the 2008 title Bedded By The Greek Billionaire –
Taken for passion. . . or ruthless retribution?
As a naïve teenager, Jessica Marshall fell achingly in love with a gorgeous Greek – Angelos Rousakis.
But her clumsy attempt at attracting his attention cost Angelos everything.

Seven years later, Angelos Rousakis is back. Hard and powerful, he intends to claim what is his – and that includes Jessica. However the once innocent girl now pretends that she feels nothing for him. . . which only inflames his passion for her further. . .

As Jessica falls for the sexy billionaire all over again, she cannot be sure - Is he back for passion . . . or retribution?

This book was a Romantic Times Top Pick.

 So just tell me how you’ll be buying/reading books this Christmas and your name will go into the prize draw for Charlie the Maine  Coon to pick a winner (that's him at the top of this post getting ready to pick some winners  - when he's opened his own Advent Calendar for today!)  and you’re in with a chance of winning an extra Christmas gift from me.
Good luck!  - And come back and visit my blog everyday until Christmas Eve to have another chance at the Advent Calendar prizes. There will be a new one on offer every day!

And the winner is  - MARTHA!  Martha please email me - kate AT kate-walker dot com with your postal address and I'll put your copy of Bedded By The Greek Billionaire in the mail to you.
Everyone who didn't win - don't forget that the Advent Calendar giveaway continues over on my personal blog  from now until December 24th, with lots of books to give away.

35 comments:

  1. I will be buying books for Christmas. For one I gave her a NOOK gift card. The for others I buy print books.
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby - cards are a great idea, aren't they - that way people have the fun of shopping for what they want

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  2. I'm giving amazon cards with bookmarks or postcards from the authors of the book that I would have bought if they hadn't been kindle fans.

    It's still easy to wrap, they can download it to their kindle, and I think they'll appreciate the autograph from the author!
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    Nancy
    nancy@ nancynaigle com

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    1. Nancy - sorry - I thought I clicked reply but my answer ended up at the bottom of the comments! Kate

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  3. Thanks for a fun post! I will not be buying books for other people this Christmas. Amazingly, non of my friends or family are as big of readers like I am. I will be receiving a lot of Amazon giftcards so I know that *later* I will be buying books for myself :)

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    1. Oh Erin - that must be tricky, not being able to buy books for anyone else - but I do hope you enjoy the books you choose for yourself.

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  4. I'll be giving gift cards so people can buy the book they want in the format they want (paper or ebook). I prefer the Kindle edition myself--especially if it's a big book!

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    1. Gift cards are always great aren't they Chey? And they don't take much wrapping. I agree about the Kindle edition of a big book - much easier to hold.

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  5. I'll be buying both print and ebooks, but most of my purchases will be print. I find the best deals and online so that's where most of them will be bought.

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    1. Like you, Leni, I'll be hunting down bargains - my sister lives in Australia so I love the way that The Book Depository will not only supply my gifts but deloiver them - for free!

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  6. I love to give and get books as gifts. I have quite a few sisters who like to read and lucky for me we all have similar tastes. This year my sister really wants this series of books that are only available on Kindle, so I am doing a two-in-one surprise for her by giving her a Kindle pre-loaded with that series. This way it won't matter anymore if the books are Kindle only or not.

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    1. What a great idea, yadkny - a kindle loaded with bokos sounds like the best gift ever! And one she'll be able to use again and again in the future - what a great sister you are

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  7. Hi Kate ~ I haven't chatted with you for a while. I don't give many Christmas presents as we draw names in my family. I do give money to some of the great nieces and nephews on my husband's side of the family. I would like to think they would buy a book.

    As for myself I'm always buying books and I don't have an ereader.

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    1. PS ~ Please leave my name out of the draw as I see on your web site that I already have the book.

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    2. Hi Kaelee - good to hear from you again. I've neem so busy and haven't been chatting much either. Like you I'd hope my nephews and nieces would use money to buy books - some would - but not others. But I know my son wold always love more books. Thanks for letting me know that you have the book. Hopefully there will be others that you don;t have and can try to win.

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  8. I think the best thing to do would be to get them Amazon Gift cards. Or find out what ebook on line store they buy from and see if you can get an gift card for that store..

    I love when I get gift cards.. But I do still buy books.. And I win a lot of books too.

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    1. Hi Kathleen - gift cards are great and with Amazon you get so much choice. And if like me you have family in different countries, gift cards do save the expense of posting.

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  9. For myself, I will be buying both ways! If they are cheaper on kindle, that's the way I'll buy. For my reading friend, I will be gifting her a gift card for her kindle.

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    1. You think like me, Martha - I'm always buying on kindle when the book is on a special offer. That way I never run out of things to read. And I'm sure your reading friend will be happy.

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  10. I have bought books as gifts for family this Christmas, but I went down the traditional road and bought hard copies. I had no trouble wrapping them. I think I will always give tree books as gifts.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I know Mary - books are so easy to wrap aren't they - no awkward shapes, no problems with breaking .. . And I have to admit I love the shape and feel of print books.

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  11. i love to read ebooks for my self cause of the conviance but for me ill be giving hard bound books for wrapping my neice wnats a reader and for her birthday ill be gettiung her one but I still will be buying her tangable books because well i love them but i want her to apperciate things that arent about the technological world I love to read and will be buying books for alot of family members

    mortalsinn(AT)yahoo.com

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    1. You've made an important point SiNn - one of the best things about print books are that they're not technological - they don't have batteries to run out! But I also hope your niece enjoys her reader - it's a great way to encourage people to read.

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  12. I still prefer real books to virtual books. I do not own an e-reader. I doubt I will change my preference.

    I've already bought books for my daughter, S-I-L and granddaughter. I like to open a package and I like people who are receiving my gifts to open them too.

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    1. I'll tell you a secret, Laurie - I prefer 'real' books too. But the convenience of a reader - and the ease of storing so many books has grabbed me. That and being able to download a book so fast when I want it! There's room for both - and everyone can enjoy the way they want to read.

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  13. I also still prefer printed copies ,digital is fine but it does not ever really feel like I can snuggle up to the book. But with many authors going for digital lately it is one of those ...to feed my reading addiction I will take the books anyway I can get them!
    Thanks for the giveaway !

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    1. Hi Desere! You're right - you can't really snuggle up with/to a reader! But I'm like you, I'll take my bnoos any way I can get them - addicts are like that!

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  14. Not many people in my family besides myself that read, excerpt my sister-in-law. I have already bought her a few books for Christmas. I will buy myself books also for Christmas. I have a few that are coming out/or already out and will get that as a present to myself. I have a nook and kindle so always filling them up, but I also love having the actual book in my hand.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Christine. I know I'd find it difficult if lots of people I buy gifts for don't read - my husband, my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my friends . . . books make great gifts for all of them. But a ebook reader is so easy to fill up - and you don't feel so guilty looking at all the TBR books on the shelves!

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  15. Hi Nancy - that's agreat idea. We can all use more bookmarks! I know I can. One of my fave things about Kindle is the way it's always at the place you left the book. And authographs are a real bonus.

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  16. I'm still visiting my favorite bookstores despite the Christmas rush (people are just everywhere!) and doesn't really matter if I live far away from them and I still have a pile of TBR. Can't say no to them!

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    1. You sound like me, Lory - a real book addict. I'm sure books just jump into my hands and then I find myself at the cash desk . . . But I love reading and just don't get enough time to read enough.

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  17. Right - I'm off to find Charlie and get him to pick some winners . . . watch thnis space . . .

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  18. And the winner is - MARTHA! Martha please email me - kate AT kate-walker dot com with your postal address and I'll put your copy of Bedded By The Greek Billionaire in the mail to you.

    Everyone who didn't win - don't forget that the Advent Calendar giveaway continues over on my personal blog from now until December 24th, with lots of books to give away.

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  19. Congratulations, Martha!

    Pat C.

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