On Monday I had the pleasure of lunching with Stacey Agdern, who is bookseller par excellence at Posman’s Books in Grand Central. If you’ve ever been to Grand Central, check out Posman’s because they have an awesome romance section and it is ALL Stacey’s doing.
One of the best parts about talking to booksellers is to get book recs. Stacey gave me a few. Madeline Hunter’s Secrets of Surrender, Tara Janzen’s upcoming Loose and Easy, Lara Adrian’s Midnight Rising. This is why I love lunching with Stacey.
I love talking books, and sharing new books and authors with people, and telling people about this great book that I read. But over the past few years, I haven’t read nearly as much as I want. My eyes are getting that over-40-what-does-that-say squint, I never seem to have a book when I most want it in my hands. However, I’m hoping that all that with change.
My Kindle is coming today.
Adjust font size? Check.
Portable bookstore? Check. Think about that for a minute. A portable bookstore wherever you go…. I believe the blogology word for such emotional and physical euphoria is ‘squee.’
I’ve heard all the complaints about the Kindle. Oh, but I can’t loan my books to my friends. Hehehehe…. You guys are so much more soft-hearted than I am. I rarely share books. I am a total book hoarder. Oh, but I can’t resell them. Okay, I hear you there, but I’m willing to take the hit for the whole above-mentioned-bookstore-portability thing.
My biggest complaint (or what I think will be my biggest complaint) is the availability of Kindle titles. I started browsing, looking for my romance keepers that I want to keep on my Kindle, available at a moment’s notice. Feeling stressed with my family? Whip out Nora Roberts the MacKade brothers and remember that family is family no matter what. Wanting to shoot the entire U.S. Congress? Bring up Brockmann’s It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and remember that yes, sometimes the government gets it right. Feeling like my DH just doesn’t get me? Click on Julie Garwood’s Gentle Warrior, and realize that compared to Geoffrey, my DH is a peach.
The big problem right now is that only the Brockmann book is available on the Kindle. I’m honestly surprised that Harlequin hasn’t jumped all over putting Nora’s backlist on the Kindle (just think, an entirely new un-Noraed market to penetrate!!!), but I wonder if in those days, Harlequin’s contract didn’t mention Nora’s electronic rights, and if so, who does??? Whoever it is, I have a job for you….
Of the 140,000 titles currently available, there are only 8,511 romances available on Kindle. 6%. A mere drop in the bucket of the ocean of romance, but I have faith in Amazon. They do not disappoint.
I will report back, and I will be taking it with me to conference, so if you want to sneak a peek, feel free to ask.