Hardback, paperback or e-book – What’s your preference?

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I never dreamed anything could replace the feel and smell of a well-worn, dog-eared paperback book. They’re small, flexible, and just the right size to fit in a purse or coat pocket for that trip to the beach or the doctor’s office. Handy at a moment’s notice to help pass the time, they’re also excellent conversation starters at the corner coffee shop or on the bus—providing your bus companions don’t give you the heebie-jeebies.

Hardbacks are the king of books. There’s just something about a hardback book. They’re rich, formal, and BIG! To me they seem less inviting. They take up more space on the bookshelf and, psychologically, they make me feel like I have to keep them forever. Small house—lots of books—do the math!

Two years ago, I received a Kindle as a gift. When I opened the box, my first thought was here’s something I’ll never use.

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I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I read with my Kindle almost exclusively now. It’s one of my favorite possessions—on the list of things to save in case of fire! I take it everywhere, along with my current library of approximately fifty unread e-books. You can’t do that with paperbacks or hardbacks! No one at the doctor’s office has to know whether I’m reading a hot romance or, worse yet, quantum physics theories. I can shop for books in the privacy of my home and be instantly gratified when I make a purchase and complete the download. What’s not to like?

This week, however, I’ll have to say the paperback gets my vote. You see, Tuesday, April 9th, my romantic suspense novel, ALL OR NOTHING, will be released in mass market paperback. I’ve about worn out my advance copy, running my hands over the cover and the spine, tracing the letters of the title and my name, and flipping the pages to smell the ink. What can I say? It’s my first book and I’m reveling!

To celebrate, I’m giving away a free copy of my book. For a chance to win, leave me a comment and tell me which format you prefer and why. Giveaway ends at 5 pm PDT, Saturday, April 13th.

Thanks for helping me celebrate!


Someone wants Cara Sinclair dead. One minute she’s half-heartedly enjoying an Oregon coast casino, and the next she’s being chased by hit men. Rescued by a total stranger, Cara must decide whether she can trust her safety to this…Joe Reynolds and his team of ruthless mercenaries. The more time she spends with Joe, the more her desire for him grows. But can he truly protect her, or is she placing them all in mortal danger?

Joe agreed to protect Cara as a promise to a dying man. He never expected to feel such heat between them, or her total lack of faith in him. Now he must convince her that her only hope lies with him. Joe is starting to realize that he won’t be satisfied with just saving her life…now, he wants it all.


“Do I have spinach in my teeth or something?” Cara glared at Joe coldly.

“Could you lose the dark glasses, please?”


“Because I can’t tell if you’re okay.”

“You could just ask me. Besides, what do you care?”

Joe sighed and leaned back. If she didn’t know he cared about her yet, there was no sense in telling her now—days, or maybe hours, before she disappeared from his life.

She mimicked his sigh but, to his surprise, she removed her sunglasses. As he’d expected, her eyes were red-rimmed and swollen.

He turned in his seat and leaned toward her. “Are you having second thoughts about going after your brother? Because if you are, we’ll figure something…”

“No, that’s not it. I need to do this.”

“Then what?” Something in the way her eyes slid away from his gave him the answer he needed. “Damn it, Cara. If you don’t want to go, stay. Surely it hasn’t escaped your notice I want you to stay.”

For a moment, he thought she’d give in and admit what he was certain she wanted. He felt her determination waver as she watched him.

So close, and yet it slipped away as her expression hardened and her gaze dropped to her hands. “I want to go.”

A spark of hope grew within him, fanned by the winds of her conflicting emotions. He could tell it was a lie by the way her hands clasped and unclasped nervously. The truth was in her eyes, but it didn’t matter that she wasn’t telling the truth. The result would be the same. She was leaving the country, leaving him, even though she didn’t want to. The only plausible explanation he could come up with was she still didn’t trust him to keep her safe from Dennelli. Joe was really getting tired of that guy’s grip on their lives. As soon as he finished with Sinclair, he’d see what he could do about the bastard.

Cara glanced at him and, in the moment before she put her dark glasses back on, sorrow and regret reflected in her eyes. He could make it easier on her by letting her go. He could say all the right things, do all the right things, and watch her walk out of his life.

The hell he would! Not this time.

ALL OR NOTHING can be purchased at the following locations:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/All-Nothing-Trust-One-Novel/dp/0062273876/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365222306&sr=8-1&keywords=dixie+lee+brown

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-or-nothing-dixie-lee-brown/1113938795?ean=9780062273871

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16 Responses to Hardback, paperback or e-book – What’s your preference?

  1. John Capraro says:

    Dixie, you certainly pose an interesting question. I agree with you about the hardcovers: they do offer a certain regal feel to any bookshelf, but take up more space. I, too, am a lover of the Kindle. But there’s still nothing like holding a physical book. Most of what I read is on Kindle or in paperback. Tough choice. For me it’s a tie between Kindle and paperback. Good post.

  2. Thanks, John. It’s nice to have choices, but I do feel a little bad about all those books I’ve bought and haven’t gotten to yet because they’re not in my Kindle! Someday I’ll get to them – I’m sure of it! Congrats on your new release!

  3. Paty Jager says:

    Hi Dixie,

    There is nothing like the feel and smell of books! I prefer print books for research because it is easier to keep a pile of them by the computer with little sticky notes marking the info I want to use or have close by. But like you, I enjoy the fact I can carry one small item with me where ever I go and have plenty of reading material to keep me entertained. And if I hear of a good book I can download and have it without forgetting what that title of that book was.

    Congrats on your first book! The first of many!

  4. That’s right – I’d forgotten about how irritated I get sometimes when I try to go back to find something I want to reread in my Kindle. Not an easy task! Thanks so much, Paty!

  5. Sue Peace says:

    I am a paperback kind of gal!! To me there is nothing greater than the smell and feel of a new book, then softening it up yourself as you read it! I love going to the bookstore and browsing through all the books!! :) I always prefer print, but have an ereader for some books I can’t get or find in print.

  6. Unfortunately, that’s true more and more. It would be terrible if books disappeared completely. So, for that reason alone, I have to do my part and keep buying paperbacks! Thanks for your comment, Sue!

  7. Sharon says:

    Much as I love my Nook, nothing replaces paper book. I hope this world never gets completely electronic (I don’t think it will). Imagine not having the joy of stumbling upon an old, old book in your grandparent’s attic one day. Or finding a book you read to death as a kid while visiting your childhood home. Nope. Nothing replaces that.

  8. Well said, Sharon. We have to hang on to things like that. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Lori Thomas says:

    Hi Dixie, I agree with you about paperbacks and hardbacks. There is something special about holding each one in your hand and reaching to turn each page. Personally, I read all three formats; but the one that I reach for first is my Nook Color. No one can see what I am reading (or if I’m playing a game.) I have had my Nook for a year now and I love reading on it. One of the best things about it is changing the font size. When a books print is to small I can make it larger.

  10. You’re so right. I guess I take that feature for granted so I almost forgot about it. But the last paperback I picked up – I remember thinking gosh, this is tiny print! Aw yes! Love being able to change the font size. Thanks for your comment, Lori!

  11. Veronica says:

    I have mixed feelings. I definitely love the convenience of my KOBO. It’s light, I can read it anywhere and I can have many options with me at any given time. But I also love seeing paperbacks/hardcovers on my shelves. So typically I read e-books, then if I really enjoyed it, I will order the physical copy. So that I can read it over and over again and get to my favourite parts more easily

  12. I agree! If it’s a keeper, it has to be a paperback! Thanks for stopping by Veronica.

  13. Bart says:

    I was an early adapter, reading e-books on my Palm Pilot way back in 1996. It was clumsy and hard to read, but I knew it was the future.

    I love the versatility of Ebooks. I’m not sure if you have any other devices with Kindle installed, it has an amazing feature. I mostly read on my tablet, but Kindle (and the other book services too) has a neat feature, the bookmark. If I’m stuck somewhere, and have some time to kill, the Kindle app on my phone knows where I left off reading the night before. If I lost both devices in the house fire Dixie mentioned above, the new device I purchase will not only have all my books, but keep my place in them. I could even log into my kindle account from a public computer and keep reading my book.

    Another great feature of ebooks is the dictionary. I’m reading Moby Dick right now, and it’s chock a block full of antiquated words. Just a single tap can bring me the definition of obscure words that have passed from our modern lexicon.

    I would be tempted to say that I’m 100% behind ebooks, accept for this last thought: The smell, the feel, the sound of turning pages, and the joy of holding a beautifuly bound hard cover book, while reading to your daughter, can never be replaced with screen and buttons

  14. Very good points and beautifully said. And what a wonderful picture you paint of reading to your daughter. Enjoyed your comment, Bart, and not in the least surprised that you’re reading Moby Dick, dictionary in hand…so to speak! :)

  15. Ruth says:

    I always used to say I’d never read anything unless it was in paperback or hardcover but I’ve slowly come around to the electronic age. I don’t have an eReader yet but I have begun reading some books on my PC. I love my collection of books which are turning into quite the library and I’ll still continue to read paperbacks (or hardcovers if I can’t wait for the paperback to come out) but I’m not averse to eBooks anymore. In any format, I just love reading!

  16. Absolutely, Ruth. I couldn’t imagine not reading in some format. As long as there are books I’ll be happy. Thanks for stopping by!

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