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Do you use an e-reader?

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Greg Peck
April 17, 2013

My wife, Cheryl, got a Nook for retirement and then later an updated version. Recently, I mentioned to a relative a desire to read the second in author Brian Freeman’s series featuring Detective Jonathan Stride. I enjoyed Freeman’s “The Bone House” and his first Stride novel, “Immoral.” My tech-savvy relative quickly searched for the next in the Stride series, “Stripped,” and found it apparently out of print. So she downloaded it on Cheryl’s Nook. I read maybe 10 pages of it but didn’t care for the experience.

A week ago, I went to Hedberg Public Library, found “Stripped” on the shelves and am now halfway through it.

This week, my Wisconsin Writers Association newsletter came in the mail, and the cover features a column by fellow board member Diana DeSpain Schramer about getting a Kindle from her kids for Christmas. She was delighted and excited about the opportunity to access, for just 99 cents apiece, works by some of the thousands of unknown independent authors going the popular self-publishing route. Diana runs her own copy-editing company, so she’s a stickler for concise prose, proper grammar, spelling, syntax, flow and punctuation. Her e-book selections quickly left her frustrated. She found bad writing, including poor punctuation and a word missing in the first sentence of one e-book.

What about you? Do you turn more often to printed books or electronic readers these days? Have you found quality among independent, self-published authors? Any you would recommend?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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