Hmmm....Màili and Jorrie and Celia Stuart have interesting comments on ebook reviews. Go read them.
Which reminds me that I think I'm a bit behind in posting about some of the ebooks I've read lately. And I think I've read a few lately (okay, some of these were a month or so ago).
So I'm listing them here so I can try to remember that I need to mention something about them.
Thief's Desire by Isabo Kelly
Sterling Files: Steele by Sherri L. King
Mind Games by Ciana Stone (a DNF)
Worlds of Honor by David Weber anthology (okay, not technically an ebook, but that's how I read it - free Baen book)
From the Deep by Shelley Munro and others
For the Love Of... by Kally Jo Surbeck
Into the Garden by Alicia Sparks
Err...that's all I can remember. I think for awhile I was in sort of an ebook slump. Nothing was interesting me besides the old standby (Doc Savage in ebook form). But it's picking up again.
Editing to add:
You know, the whole lack of ebook reviews on blogs is kinda annoying when trying to buy some. Let's see, I bought Mind Games because of the blurb on EC's site. And the Isabo Kelly book because I've been wanting to read it for awhile and learned it was being repubbed at Cerridwen. And Sherri King because I'm familiar with her Horde Wars series and liked it. From the Deep was a win from the Writerbabes blog. I don't remember how I got Into the Garden. Or For the Love Of...(probably another contest win). And the Baen book was free. So come on people, give me some frickin' word of mouth here.
Like I'm debating whether to buy Lauren Dane's new werewolf book. I mean, I like her blog and she has a nice online presence (and seems very nice), but I'm also leery about werewolf erotic romance after being burned a few times. And I think I'll buy Marshall's Guard by Kelly because I liked Thief's Desire. And debating on Hocus Pocus by Teresa Roblin because it looks cute. I know nothing about the author.
And author groupies/general loop stuff had turned me off a few authors (and sometimes I can't even remember why), so I'm leery about chucking down money for books from Sarah McCarty (I do have her Westerns, but I'm very leery about the paranormal), Lora Leigh (my god the woman has rabid fan groupies), Lorie O'Clare, Shiloh Walker, and Sahara Kelly (a Non-IE site? Uh...I think you might want to change that, author). And a few others, but those are some of the names I think come up most. And to be honest, I think some of the prejudice comes from never hearing much actual discussion of these people's books other than ohmygawdtheherowashawtandsexwashothothot. Um, doesn't really get me to buy the book, people. I want details on plot. PLOT.
Oh dear, I named names. I did. And, I'm sure they all can be quite nice. Being turned off doesn't mean the author isn't nice. Or doesn't write good books (I will never read Kit Tunstall, for example. Just won't. I have my reasons.).
Another thing about buying ebooks for me. I'm big on going to publisher sites. I don't do Fictionwise. So I pub jump. And Ellora's Cave is always my first stop because they have the easiest site to navigate. Liquid Silver Books is easy, but the price of books is too high for me. I did like Leigh Wyndfield's stuff from there. Amber Quill gets me confused. The site is just too complicated for me. And I tend to dislike their covers, so I just give up browsing there usually. Wings ePress has put out a few books that I've liked, but again, I don't tend to go there much since their site is hard to navigate and to be honest, I question their book quality.
New Concepts - I've read quite a few good books from here. But dammit someone (you know who you are) stuck a bug in my ear about theircovers and it's so damn obvious. And it's talked about in this SB thread with examples. I do like some of Michelle M. Pillow's work from here. Like the Dragon Lords series. And I think I've read and enjoyed almost all of Autumn Dawn's work. Site is fairly easy to navigate, but could use work.
I never did much with Cerridwen Press until just lately when I bought Thief's Desire. I do like their site setup fairly well. And most of the covers don't seem to be quite so Poser-nasty.
I've mentioned my beef with Triskelion. Honestly, until last week when I decided on a whim to try it in IE, I had NO idea that there was a navigation bar on the site that I couldn't see in Firefox. I just thought the site sucked ass. Though honestly, I still think that because I do NOT think to try sites in IE when I've visited them in Firefox. I don't. So what moron won't fix that problem? I can't be the only one this has happened to. AND...their book covers. I can always barely read the title (and sometimes not at all). This is NOT good for the casual browser. NOT NOT NOT good. And I'm a casual ebook browser. Those covers and titles drive me up the wall. So Trisk gets shoved to the sidelines.
The there's eXtasy Books, but I just honestly usually forget about them (er, no offense).
Samhain...still haven't read anything from there. Again, mostly from the lack of word of mouth from bloggers I trust.
Changeling Press...again, they have some godawful covers (those are just ones from the front page!). And hardly any of the stories seem to be standalones. So in the end, it seems you're paying more for a full story.
Loose Id - some baaad covers (although Loose Id also has some of the best I've seen, oddly enough).
Venus - again, bad covers (okay, they've gotten a bit better) and bad blog press. I might try one if I got it free, but that's about it.
You know, maybe we need to put up an ebook thread/forum at ReaderNetwork so we can recommend ones we've read.
And I know, I've missed a lot of links. Sorry. it's getting late and I'm wanted in bed. So goodnight all! I hope I won't regret this little rant/whatnot in the morning.