It’s true, but first, let me give you a little background. (And for those of you who already know all about this, you’re excused. Go read something else.) For me, this was new––a year ago. But even more so, this past week. I was delighted to discover small bookstores are on the cutting edge of what is happening with ebooks. As I see it, this could ensure their survival––allow them to compete against the big boys and girls.
A year ago, I talked to local book stores and found they weren’t crazy about Amazon.com––not that Amazon wasn’t a business to be admired––but because they were cutting off the small retailers means of staying alive. (A business is going die with no customers to support it. E-books were doing their damage. The way it was, it could only get worse.)
But here’s the kicker. The Mom and Pop’s didn’t seem to mind Apple Books at all. When I explained how dumb I was at learning new programs, they said if I brought in my i-Pad they would fix it so I could order all my e-books from them. Whew! What a relief. Just knowing I could satisfy my voracious e-book appetite locally, took away all the guilt I had been feeling about contributing to the demise of local bookstores.
(Now I could order my e-books from them in the comfort of my own home, and still have a book store to retreat to on rainy days when the world got to be too much for me.)
Despite having great affection for my huge collection of print books, I have grown to love e-books.I find they are easier to adjust to my vision, and I can take them anywhere––best of all––I can be reading them within a few minutes of purchase. Escaping shipping charges, and travel expenses to pick up my books, is an added benefit. I can even loan my e-books and never have to worry about them being returned. It’s done automatically.
With local bookstores jumping on the e-book bandwagon, the timing couldn’t be better for the release of my own books. Without going into all the details, let me skip ahead to what is happening with my illustrated trilogies on the current market as of today.
My Love Box Trilogy is being distributed to the Apple i-Pad Bookstore (51 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo (which powers the bookstores of multiple other retailers such as FNAC in France and WH Smith in the U.K.), Sony, Baker & Taylor (Blio.com and the Axis360 library platform), and the Diesel eBook Store. All three books.
(The girl next door says the more than 100 photos that illustrate Love Boxes 1 and 2, look beautiful. She enjoys them on her Apple high-definition i-Phone while she works out on her tread-mill.)
I’m enjoying the stories on my laptop computer. I find the easiest way is to go to smashwords links provided below, and click on “Read in PDF.” You can choose other formats (such as Kindle) but I find the PDF viewing the most enjoyable of all, so far. You will also see videos attached to each story––songs that relate to passages in each book.
Books in the Love Boxes Trilogy have reached some stores, but others they have not, however, YOU don’t have to wait. You can download them––RIGHT NOW––on to your computer i-Pad, Nook, Kobo, or Kindle Book Shelf. Others also, depending where you live.
And if you want to keep business local––no worry! You can get my books by patronizing your favorite “Mom and Pop Brick and Mortar” bookstores––they’ll be sure to appreciate your business. And remember, even though these books are free (for a time) they don’t care––Mom and Pop book will love you getting in the habit of ordering your e-books through them.
Here are the links for you. Click on one and you’ll have your book within minutes. No credit card is needed for free books:
THE LOVE BOXES TRILOGY (Three Separate Books)
Love Boxes by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/307892
Love Boxes 2 by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/314844
Love Boxes 3 by G. G. Galt will be available on before June 1st.
THE PARADISE TRILOGY (Three Separate Books)
Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226\
(Book 2 and 3 of this Trilogy scheduled for release on or before June 18)
Please Note: For those of you who’d like to give paper books to friends who don’t use computers, help is on the way. The publisher says they will be available in print for Christmas giving with free shipping.