eReading Tips from the Harlequin Digital Team

By: Julie Forrest, Manager eBook Marketing

Did you ask Santa for a new eReader this year? Are you hoping to see a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Sony eReader under the tree? Many of us on the digital team are long-time eBook enthusiasts. So as an early holiday gift to e-newbies, we thought we’d share our favorite eReading tips and tricks.  Enjoy!

You can read eBooks by the pool!

I’m a confirmed eBook convert. There’s just one area of my life where paper seems more attractive than eBooks: near water. In the summer, I love reading by the pool; in the winter I indulge in long hot baths with a good book. If a paperback gets dropped in the tub or splashed by a kid playing Marco Polo, no biggie – it’ll dry out, or if the damage is extensive, you spend $5-10 on another copy; but if my beloved Kindle gets wet… The horror! I don’t want to think about the cost of replacing it, but it’s definitely more than the cost of a paperback. So I employ a tried-and-true waterproofing device: the humble Ziploc bag. Cheap and durable, but it really works!
Jenny Bullough, Manager, Digital Content

Protect your eReader

Buy a cover to prevent scratches on the eReader screen or casing! I use simple sleeve-style covers for my Kobo and Kindle because they’re pretty inexpensive, light and I can still use my devices one-handed, unlike the “book” style ones you have to hold open like a print book.
Amy Wilkins, Assistant Manager, Digital Content and Social Media

Try new things!

Being new to eReading definitely has its advantages. There’s a whole world of books just waiting to be discovered, full of fascinating genres and niches that aren’t as popular in print. If you’re feeling adventurous and in the mood for something different, check out some steampunk, space opera or science fiction romance books. Personally, I know trying out male/male on my Kindle made me feel more comfortable when I first started reading it… Now I can’t get enough of it and don’t care who knows about my latest reading addiction!
Tara Stevens, Assistant Manager, eBook Marketing

Read Everywhere

Get an eReader, grab an application from any or all of the eBook retailers for your tablet, or even your smartphone or home computer. I love having multiple applications on my Android phone, so I can take advantage of the best deals on each platform. It’s never been easier to access, purchase and transport all of your favorites. Don’t like a book, find and try something new in seconds. The risk is low, and the rewards are limitless.
Brendan Flattery, Production Coordinator

Stay Warm

If you live in a cold climate and own a touchscreen eReader like I do, invest in a pair of fingerless mittens. I like to read when I’m waiting for the bus, but in the winter it’s too cold for bare hands and regular mittens don’t work on touchscreens. Fingerless mittens keep my hands warm and the proverbial page turning on my trusty Sony eReader.
Carly Chow, Coordinator, Digital Commerce

Save your marriage!

I love to read at night—late into the night—but my husband used to threaten to banish me to the couch. One of my best investments has been a good clip-on reading light for my Kobo. There are lots of great, inexpensive options that are perfect for E-ink devices. Perfect to keep you reading to your heart’s content—and keep you from getting kicked out of bed.
Julie Forrest, Manager, eBook Marketing

Looking for suggestions to load up your eReader? Check out our Ebooks for eReaders today! And visit some of our favorite book bloggers for their recommendations:

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Dear Author
Beyond Her Book

We hope you find our tips useful. Now it’s your turn—you tell us yours in the comments.

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Comments ( 13 )
  1. HostyPenn
    November 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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    I started out reading on my Palm, then I got an iPod Touch and have several apps on it. Love reading in bed with it. Am getting an eInk device for Christmas so I can read in the bright sun – like at soccer practice, swimming practice, and so on.

    Penn

  2. HostyPenn
    November 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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    Oh, and forgot to say that thanks to Carina Press, I’ve gotten into Steampunk. I’m embarrassed to admit that dh had to tell me what Steampunk is.

    Penn

  3. Shauni
    November 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm
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    This had some excellent ideas.. Especially the zip lock back.. WOW.. talk about a simple yet effective solution!

  4. Margaret McGaffey Fisk
    November 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm
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    I recently tried the Ziploc bag in the tub (with Brenda Novak’s The Bastard of all things :)), and it worked like a charm. Not that I dropped my Sony, but I had no difficulty reading through it or turning pages, plus it was light enough I could easily keep the reader above water level.

    My tip would be to check out the eInk readers for those who are troubled by backlighting so eBooks were not accessible. It feels so much like a normal paperback that I’ve tried several times to turn the page only to find myself staring at the back of my reader.

  5. allie
    November 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm
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    Just fyi, my kobo touch works great with mittens.

  6. Danielle
    November 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm
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    I love the book style cover for my NookColor. It protects my Nook, so I can drop it in my purse or bag, and when I want to read, my Nook’s still protected instead of being naked in my hand. I also use fingerless gloves when outside.

  7. Aimee Carson
    December 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm
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    I LOVE reading on my iPad!!!! I spend a lot more money on books than I ever did before.

  8. Diane
    December 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm
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    I bought my iPad specifically to use as an e-reader as I was running out of room in my house! Unfortunately, I taught my mother how to use my iPad and I can’t pry it out of her hands. But I’m a firm convert – I love the convenience of having tons of books available for whatever mood I’m in!

  9. Jann Adams
    December 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm
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    I have purchased two books through Harlequin that download as ADE format. I can’t figure out how to load them on either my iPod Touch or my Kindle to read them away from the computer. Help?
    Thanks,
    Jann

  10. Olga
    January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm
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    Jann,

    If you download Adobe Digital Editions you should be able to load your books onto your iPod Touch, provided you have an ereader app on there. Unfortunately, Kindle only accepts Amazon’s formats so you must buy books through them in order to read them on your Kindle. Hope this helps!

  11. fatuma jama
    January 3, 2014 at 4:03 am
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    I need to downlaod my ebooks from harlequin.com to my Samsung tablet but it’s not working. So hlp anyone

    • Amy
      January 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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      Hi fatuma! Please check the FAQS here http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=548 (there is an “ebook” link in the right sidebar) for some tips. For further assistance, please email ebookscustomerservice @ harlequin . com

  12. Amy
    January 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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    Hi fatuma,

    Please email EbooksCustomerService@Harlequin.com for assistance.

    Thanks!
    ~Amy from Harlequin

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