Guest Post and Giveaway: Tracy Deebs Author of "Tempest Unleashed"

As part of the blog tour for "Tempest Unleashed" by Tracy Deebs, I'd also like to welcome Tracy to In the Hammock for a guest post! 

 Thank you, Tracy, for taking the time out today to visit as part of the blog tour!

Here's Tracy:

     A bunch of studies have been done in the last year or so on who the typical ebook reader is.  What the studies show is that she is an upper middle class woman between the ages of 30 and 50, who likes to read romance.
  But with every month that passes, and every reader who turns to ebooks as a viable reading alternative, that demographic is changing.  More men are buying books for their iPads, more senior citizens are getting in on the act with the Kindle and Kindle Fire.  More children are reading books on iPods. But the one group that was stagnate for years, and that is still growing at a very slow rate—despite having access to all the technology—is teens.  For whatever reason, the typical teenage YA reader is hanging on to the print book by the fingernails.  Or at least, that’s what the statistics say.

 What I’m curious about, is what do you say? 

How do you feel about e-readers or reading on your iPad?

Do you own one?

Are you open to trying one out?

Or are you stuck on the feel of a book in your hands?

I have a Nook and I use it regularly, because it’s easy and convenient and I can get a book at three in the morning when my insomnia strikes and Barnes and Noble is closed.  But at the same time, I admit that I still love to hold a book in my hands.  I love the smell when I walk into a Barnes and Noble and I love trolling up and down the aisles looking  for a book to leap off the shelf at me.  Just the other day, a package arrived from my editor with finished copies of Tempest Rising in it and I squealed like a little girl when I opened it.  I took the books out, poured over every detail of them—including the purple and white belly band at the top of the binding, the purple foil writing,  the waves at the top of every new chapter and Tempest’s tattoo, which is stamped numerous places throughout the book. No matter how convenient my Nook is, it can never give me that same feeling, that same excitement.

So while I understand that e-readers really are the future, I would be lying if I said I won’t miss the print book.

  How about you?  How do you like to read your books?  Leave a comment and be entered to win an autographed copy of the first book in the series, Tempest Rising. ☺

Thank you, Tracy! 

Tracy Deebs has generously offered an autographed copy of the first book in the series, "Tempest Rising", to one lucky reader of my blog! The giveaway is open to US and Canada. Must be 18 to enter. Book will be mailed out by the author. Ends Sunday June 10. No extra entries, just answer Tracy's question in a blog comment with your email address!!


Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I admit, I'm still clinging to the old school as well. You can't beat the smell of a new book, the feel of new pages that haven't been touched by anyone else. It just seems more personal to me.

Love this post. Very informative. And thanks for the contest!

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Holly said...

I have a Kindle Fire filled with tons of books, but I honestly don't read from it as much as I read physical books.
I love the smell of them, admiring the beautiful covers and touching the pages. There's just something about actually owning a book that seems much more special that just owning a digital copy. I don't know how else to put it, but I can imagine you all know what I mean.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Jena Lang said...

I have a Kindle and I enjoy using it. I like that I can store tons of books on my e-reader. That said, I still prefer print books. Nothing beats holding a book in your hands and turning the pages. I love browsing through a bookstore looking for new reads.

Your book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!


Sarah S said...

While I do have the Nook, I prefer to read printed books. I love the feel of books in my hands.
Thanks for the giveaway.
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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love printed books, but I love the storage capability of ebooks. Reasons to have both! :)

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

I am totally old school! I love reading the printed version of my book, be in mass market, trade or hardcover.

It is my one bad vice. Buying too many books and you know, it not being good on the environment. But I can't help it! I love books, real books. The smell, the feel!

Plus what I really don't like about ebooks is one, you don't get that new book smell! And another is that I never know what page I'm on. Just what line. It's just aggravating, because all I know is that I am 63% into a book, I don't really have an idea of how much I've read and how much there's left to read. Just my own little pet peeve, even though I do have a Kindle and use it.

But regardless, I will be buying the paper books until they are extinct--which then I will have a good cry, but I will likely be shopping for ebooks as I do it! I gotta read something after all! :)

Barbara E. said...

Although I have a Kindle with lots of books on it, I prefer to read my print books, and even ebooks on my iPhone rather than the Kindle. I'm going on vacation soon and that's when my Kindle will come in handy, I won't have to lug a bunch of books in my suitcase. :D

Jinky said...

Just been 2mos since I got into ereading (Kindle Fire ..but I'm not a senior citizen yet!) and liking it more than I thought I would. But still, nothing beats holding printed books and being able to quickly browse back. --Thanks for the giveaway.
jinkyisreading at gmail dot com

Becca A. said...

Paper books, hands down. The touch, the smell, the feel, looking at the cover, moving the bookmark, just the romantic and passionate idea of reading a book. That is just amazing, :)

I haven't tried ereading on an ereader. I can't get used to reading off a computer screan either.

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Na said...

I read books in print and digital. I still like my prints and even if I enjoy a book digitally I'm tempted to buy a physical copy for my keeper shelf. I like being able to flip through them easily and feel the weight in my hand. I do like the convenience of an ereader though and being able to carry all my favorite reads in one hand. I've also found some great deals on ebooks.


samantha35 said...

I have an e reader but still love the feel of real books

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Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I prefer my kindle over print books any day but will read a print book if I have it.

My teenage daughter used her own money to buy a kindle and refuses to read on it. She enjoys reading but must have print books.

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Margaret said...

I do like the e readers as well as the variety that I've been able to get but I still love my good old fashioned print books sitting so lovely on my bookshelf.


rubynreba said...

I am a follower. I also love books in print!

LilMissMolly said...

I read at lunch time and at night. I also listen to books on CD whenever I'm in the car or while gardening.
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iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

I really do prefer print books. I love the feel of actually holding a book in my hand. I do read eBooks, but I normally tend to get distracted when reading, and reading from a screen too long makes my eyes hurt. So yes, PHYSICAL BOOKS FOR THE WIN. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :D

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fdigsby said...

I love both. I love the feel of a book in my hand and I love how the Kindle is great for trips!

Daniela said...

I'm old-fashioned, the Kindle hurts my vision and gives me a headached

Vidisha said...

I have Ipad. i Usally read my books on that


Joy said...

I still love print books.
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Silverlight said...

I own a Fire, but I just love my print books, the smell, feel, and just being able to flip the pages while I read. Oh, I could go on all day... I could never totally give up on print books. Hopefully, the pubs won't either....
Thanks for the great giveaway and great gp.

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manda-rae said...

I definitely like the physical book over e-readers. I still have a hard time purchasing books for my nook and typically only get 99 cent books for it. Also, I love showing off my shelves of books. I don't know, I'm old-fashioned I guess...

Thanks for the giveaway!

laceyblossom said...

I still love the print books but I have to admit that ebooks are much more convenient for me. I have a kindle that I use pretty often, but I'll always prefer print books :)

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I'm 27 and I LOVE my kindle! Greatest thing ever, I don't know how I lived without it, especially as a blogger. I do enjoy print books and at first I admit I was skeptical. But now when I read a print book I actually miss the kindle. I go to push on the page to look up words in a real book and then remember that the dictionary won't pop up lol or that I can't highlight or make notes. I then have to find a pen and sticky notes. I also love the great eBook deals on the kindle. But I also love the look of a gorgeous covered hardback book although they are heavy to hold after getting used to the kindle. Thanks for the giveaway! I love mermaids and have heard such wonderful things about this series. Very excited to start them!

Shauna Buck said...

I by far love print books but my hubby is the "too many books" police so ebooks are better to avoid the looks!

Jana said...

I love, love, LOVE print books. I actually went to Barnes & Noble today to browse (and feel) the covers of books I own e-copies of. It's so sad. I love covers and pages and fonts and the SMELL of a book. But I ran out of room for books long ago, and I get to own SO many more having a Kindle. Plus, some of the Kindle copies are SO much cheaper than the print book. I get Kindle copies of $10 books for .99. It's hard to not buy them if they are THAT much cheaper! Thanks for the giveaway!

- Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
Jana Sparkles {at} yahoo {dot} com

Candace Hawkins said...

I like to read physical books. It doesn't strain my eyes when I read hard copies back to back.

email: lovemibooks AT aol DOT com

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