Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Love Books? Chat with Guest Blogger Berengaria Brown

Today the Book Boost welcomes author Berengaria Brown!

She's here to share her thoughts on the popular e-book versus print book industry controversy. Here's what she had to say...

There is a very clever article on The Huffington Post about the demise of the print industry, written by J.A. Konrath.


As an electronically published author, I am a big fan of digital publishing. No trees destroyed, no remaindered books pulped and adding to the mountain of garbage we produce each day, no transportation costs adding to our carbon footprint.

Then there is the speed and ease of purchase. Anywhere I am in the world, no matter what time of day or night, I can go to a publisher’s website, and download the book of my choice and be reading inside a few minutes. For considerably less than I would pay in a traditional, brick-and-mortar store. Or I can go to one of the big multi-publisher sites and scroll around through the genres to find half a dozen new books or new-to-me authors, just like in a bookstore, only I can be reading them in moments without ever leaving my comfy chair.

As an author I can see there would be something special about holding my book in my hands, and autographing it for a fan. I also hate the downside of e-publishing where people pirate my book and “share” it with their one thousand closest friends, without giving thought to the fact that if they don’t pay me for my work, I’m not going to be able to pay my bills.

But overall I see digital publishing as the way of the future, although print books will probably be around for some years yet.

A Note from the Book Boost: I'm torn between the two as well. I'm an author of both and a reader of both. I don't see why we have to choose one or the other but I can see that e-book sales are definitely hurting the print sales. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to phase out print books, though. Please tell us more about your book.


Huldah aims to conquer the challenging three-day hike. Derek and Corey plan to conquer Huldah.

Derek is tall, dark and dominating. Golden-blond Corey is warm and caring and can turn a campfire meal into a feast. Huldah just wants to prove to herself she can navigate and hike the trail. But the two men are awfully yummy. And distracting. Besides, sex outdoors is very good, especially with two men at once.

Between them, the two men bring Huldah’s passions to the boil and the three enjoy the hottest, most innovative sex ever.

Then Derek’s bossiness starts to cause problems. What will happen when they reach the end of the trail? And will they even get there if Derek insists on doing the navigating?

Excerpt Teaser

Derek and Corey had really pushed their pace on the track, surprised not to see her up ahead until they’d understood she must have been deliberately moving faster than normal herself.

“She’s being sensible. Moving the pace along so she gets back before dark,” said Corey.
“She’s an idiot; she’ll break her worthless neck,” growled Derek, his face red with frustration.

When they rounded the last bend and saw her sitting nonchalantly on the rock, Corey laughed.

“What an actress! You did that deliberately, didn’t you?”

“You damn idiot! Don’t you realize you could have broken your neck rushing down that path?

"Woman, you’re driving me mad!” yelled Derek, grabbing her shoulders and hauling her to her feet.

Then his lips crashed on hers in a passionate medley of lust and frustration. He pulled her tight against his body...

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Miriam Newman said...

A very timely article. I also like both ebooks and print and only hope print books do remain available for future generations. We have been through this before, when we went from scrolls to print. Haven't seen too many scrolls around lately. So I intend to continue patronizing my local book store.

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Bookboost, for inviting me over here today.
And thank you, Miriam, for dropping by. You are right about scrolls, and illuminated manuscripts, too. Hopefully print and digital will coexist for a while yet.

Rebecca Rose said...

For me, it depends on my mood. Do I want the feel of paper between my finger tips? Or, a sexy novel which has a cover to match--this would be read on my e-reader. I would prefer for my children not to see the cover--even though they are very tantalizing. In the end, I use both equally, if not more my reader by a slight margin. The convenience is wonderful!

Have a Sparkling Day!

anny cook said...

I read whatever I can get my hands on. Some print, some digital, some paperback, some hardback. See... that's the way of it.


I have 3 ebook reader but is only using 1 right now. I love all three of them but I love book too and stilll read them.



Carly Carson said...

I think ebooks are the future as well. But I regret that. First, I love reading print books with my kids. No ereader can replace cuddling in bed with a large picture book.

Second, the Wall St. Journal just today published an article in which they say an author gets only half the amount of money from an ebook as she gets from a hardcover (they don't include paperbacks, which obviously would narrow that gap). Given that ebooks are also much more easily pirated...well, it makes earning a living more difficult. Of course, without ebooks many authors wouldn't be published at all so there is the greater variety available. Hmmm I could go on all day I guess.

SiNn said...

honestly i think they may try and phase out print books but there r still many non technosavy readers and i wont buy ebooks unless they have print or if i win them simply becaus ei dont have an eready buying one for 200 dolalrs seems like a waste of good money that cnabe used onbills or print purchases

and i think print and ebook will coexist because of something else if technology goes down like say for insatnce like in the show jerico peopl will haveto go back to print simply because they cant access their regular books dont get me wrong i adore auhors and ebooks by authors i love i just dont buy them much if a t all unless i have a gc or win one

ur books r newto me but they do sound pretty awesome

Moridin said...

Personally, I hate ebooks. I like to have a physical book rather than an electronic copy; having a book in my hands just feels better than holding an ereader. Also, ebooks increase screen time, which probably isn't good for my eyesight. Physical books can be marked up if you ever needed to (not that I ever would), but you can't really do much with ebooks.

Berengaria Brown said...

Hi Rebecca, Anny, Loretta, Carly, SiNn, and Moridin,
We are lucky that right now we have the best of both worlds, print and digital, and the freedom to choose, which is pretty awesome.