I've been contacted about reviewing a book and they want to send me a .pdf file. Is that the norm? My laptop is out of commission and I have to use a desktop to read. That would be great if I didn't have to pay attention to my four boys!
Do they send out paper anymore? Are .pdf and ebook the usual versions?
Thanks for your help
Yes, that is becoming more and more common with ereaders being available. The last five books I have received have all been pdf files. I can't read them on my computer, but I have a Nook. If you aren't comfortable reading on the computer then I would tell them you can't accept pdf files. No sense in accepting something that you can't read!
I would ask for a paperback, and see what happens?
Thanks for telling me about that. That's good to know. I am looking at getting a device to read ebooks, but am waffling. I know the bigger ones would be easier to read, but I hate carrying a purse and try to cram as much as possible into my small purse.
I keep thinking if I hold out, something better will come along that will work for me. I don't even have a smart phone yet. I'm not bucking the system, just trying to justify the cost.
Just remember too that you don't have to review new books necessarily. In fact, I generally won't accept a book from a publisher/author unless it looks like something that I would buy if I came across it in a bookstore, because I don't want to feel pressured into giving a book a good review simply because I got it for free.
I'm also the sort of person who doesn't buy a purse unless it's big enough to fit at least one sizeable book. :P
I'm waiting a few more years to get an e-reader, until the formatting of e-books becomes more standard and universal. Until then, I don't want to spend a lot of money on a piece of equipment that necessitates loyalty to a specific company that might fail. I like Nooks better than Kindles, but I want to make sure that B&N is going to remain in business.
I think the same way as you. I won't review it unless it is something I would normally read.
My library checks out ebooks, but they don't work on a Kindle. They have no idea when they will be compatible, so I don't want a Kindle and I'm also hesitant to get a Nook considering the status of the brick and mortar book stores.
Of course it's not easy figuring this stuff out!
Thanks for your thoughts. The most recent Consumer Reports has a great write up about ereaders and tablets. They go through the features and pros and cons of each.
When I do venture into that world, I probably will be getting a tablet.