Sarah Josepha Hale and I have quite a few things in common.
Sarah wrote to support her family. So do I!
Sarah was a magazine editor. So am I!
Sarah never owned a Kindle. Neither do I!
That means that neither Sarah nor I have any idea how Sarah Gives Thanks looks on that itty bitty e-book screen. But I’m sure it looks awesome.
That’s my Big News! After a year-and-a-half of saying, “No, Sarah Gives Thanks is NOT available as an e-book,” that is no longer the case! So, hey, if you’re into that sort of thing, there you go!
As for me, I like all my books printed on paper. Why, you ask? Because I am a cantankerous, change-averse, old goat.
But, despite my inherent goatiness, I am happy that there is a much cheaper version of my book out there. Whatever encourages more people to learn about Sarah Josepha Hale is always OK by me.
I am certain that Sarah — with whom I share so much in common — would feel the same way.
39 Replies to “E-citing News!”
Congrats to both you and Sarah! Hope you sell lots of books! 🙂
That very progressive! I wouldn’t expect anything less of Sarah. Woo!
Progressive, indeed. Sarah was a forward-thinking gal, however, so I suspect she would’ve embraced the e-reader thing.
Yeah, I love print books as well but there’s no avoiding progress. 😉 Another alternative for avid readers. Yay.
I’m all for progress as long as I like it. Otherwise BOO!
No, I can’t see myself ever Kindle-izing, but I am glad that those who are duly Kindled can see SARAH.
Exactly. E-citing, isn’t it? The part that you make it easy for everyone to read Sarah.
Congrats on getting an ebook! It is nice for people to have a cheaper alternative. Plus, e-books are easier to read on the treadmill. 🙂
Really! I’ve never tried to read on a treadmill, so I’ll have to take your word for it.
I’m with you on this. I prefer an actual book to hold, feel, smell and I don’t own a kindle. We do have one in the house though so if need be I can use it. Congratulations on being able to reach more readers by offering this alternative.
I’m probably going to get a Kindle for my wife, Ellen — in order to stem the growing stack of unread books on her side of the bedroom. It’s becoming The Great Wall of Literature.
Then her Kindle will become so heavy with e-books, she won’t be able to lift it. Or doesn’t it work that way? I don’t have an e-reader, either.
Considering all those bookcases in your house, Jilanne, I’m not surprised to hear that you are Kindle-less. Well done!
Yes, one per household is enough.
That’s great, Mike!
I prefer paper books, too, but I know several parents who want more eBooks for kids, especially when they travel, so it’s a win-win for them-you. 🙂
I can’t help but wonder why my publisher took so long to offer an e-book.
Considering how beautiful your work is, that is a very flattering compliment!
Although I share your feelings, you may be surprised how many people will read Sarah that would not have.
We shall see!
That is e-citing. Will you let us know what it does to your sales numbers?
I’ll let you know the moment after I tell my accountant.
I don’t know. Your goat is looking pretty youthful.
Anyway, congrats on Sarah’s becoming available in yet another format! Infinitely better than becoming available as a door mat! She would never have agreed to that!
You got me. That sketch is a young goat. It is also a female goat. The females are more likely to stand still for a quick sketch. Also, unlike the guy goats, they don’t smell.
As to your second point, you’re right; Sarah was NOBODY’S doormat. She was one tough cookie!
I wonder how children’s books fare via E-format. That’s trusting a little person with holding $100+ in their hands to read a book! But I guess tearing pages and peanut butter smears are less id a problem. Congrats! And I’m a hold out for paper as well.
I am at a loss as to how well Kindle picture books sell. I guess I’ll find out soon enough!
I prefer to read my books printed on paper. I do think, however, that your illustrations are pretty awesome in digital form, so that should work well. Congratulations, Mike! xoM
David’s illustrations are awesome anywhere! He is all that and a bag of chips!
Thanks, my friend!
Go Sarah! I know how you feel — I’m quite the change averse old goat myself. But hopefully this means that you’ll get a lot more sales.
On another note, it amazes me how many people rush to buy all of these electronic devices simply because they’re what’s in. Eh. I suppose they want to keep up. I just wonder if people are actually better off when they own the latest technology.
We ol’ goats have gotta stick together!
I don’t care how other people like to read their books, as long as said books are also available in paper.
Good luck! I hope this helps spread the word.
Also, you look good for being an old goat.
Thank you! I trim my old goat beard frequently. My wife says I don’t look half baaaaaaaad.
Ahem. So sorry.
I am shocked, and impressed. (Sorta like the shock and awe syndrome). YOU agreed to an e-book? I do notice that you don’t say that YOU have a Kindle nor will you ever read on a Kindle, but this post shows that never say never is a smart motto (even for goats). On the other hand, as a huge fan of Sarah Gives Thanks, I must say that this book is best experienced as the beautiful ‘real’ book that it is. I’ll be interested to see how the illustrations come out on my Kindle. Because, ahem, I do read many books on a Kindle, about 50/50. (However, I admit with a wry grin that I most like having the ‘real book’ in my hands.)
I wouldn’t say I agreed to it, exactly. It was in my contract. And, hey, just because I don’t go for e-books, that doesn’t mean I want to keep the many fine e-book readers out there from learning about the great Sarah Hale!
Something told me that you were paper preference kinda gal! And I am delighted to hear it! 🙂
Welcome to the New Age, Mike – as the kids say.
What’s that? Wait a minute. I said, wait a minute! Hold yer dang horses! Lemme adjust my ear trumpet!