Novelty is always welcome but talking pictures are just a fad – Irving Thalberg

There is nothing quite like the experience of holding a newly printed book in your hands and cracking it open for the first time, smelling the printer's ink, discovering with wonderment the surprises contained therein, and the whole tactile sensation of flipping through the pages and being able to run your hands over the paper. I have hundreds of books, some which are dog-eared and are very old, having been passed down from family members or picked up at library book sales. So count me amongst those who prefer the printed page to reading a book on an electronic device and I hope the old-fashioned book never goes out of style.

However, one must keep current with the times and I am told that the new eReaders are the hottest new consumer item, with a projected 35 million Kindles in use by the end of 2012 (and that's just Amazon's reading device). Barnes & Noble's Nook is now supposedly outselling Kindle.

For those of you who want to buy the eBook version of "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," here are direct links to where you can purchase and download my book to your eReader:
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In coming days, my eBook on Jim Reeves will also be available through Copia, Gardner's Books, eBookPie, Baker & Taylor plus more both in the U.S. and abroad.

Incidentally, I am hearing from some fans that they are buying both the print and the eBook versions of my book. (I'll let you in on a little secret: the eBook contains some additional stories, including about how Jim was involved in a car accident in Mexico that turned out to be quite humorous, and how it laid the groundwork for his next album; and also info about his last demo session, plus more). The hard copy stays pristine as a keepsake in your home for leisurely reading and as part of your Jim Reeves collection of records and CDs, and the eBook version enables you to take the book with you in your briefcase or purse to read "on the go." A couple of friends tell me they read the book while on a luxury cruise. 

The advent of the eBook technology has enabled authors to make their books more readily available all around the world. My eBook sales are phenomenal, as this distribution method has enabled the untold story of Jim Reeves to reach many more fans than just the print edition of my book. It is truly gratifying that after so many years of work, my book has been so well received.

Amazon's sales rank shows that on March 31, 2012 my eBook ranked #57,150 out of more than 1,000,000 books in the Kindle Store. (I prefer to think of it in terms of my having sold more eBooks than about 950,000 other authors on Amazon. Ha.) It has been as high as 19,281 on March 17th. Here is the chart. (Click to enlarge).

My eBook is a cloud-based digital book that allows readers to access it on almost any device from tablets to smartphones, computers to most e-ink devices.

IMHO, Apple has the best eReader — the iPad. With the introduction of the new iPad with its brilliant display (so good the human eye can't detect pixels), the iPad2 model has come down in price to $399.  With iBooks, you can browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, look up words in a dictionary or thesaurus, and bookmark and add notes to your favorite pages. When reading on some of the eBook devices, you can also rotate it sideways to enlarge the page to make the type and especially the photos bigger.

Kobo has a Vox eReader with rich color, multi-touch screen and more.

Customers with an Android tablet or smartphone can also shop indie any time through the IndieBound Reader app for Android.

Indie bookstore customers don't have to choose between reading digital and supporting their local bookstore. American Booksellers Association member stores with IndieCommerce websites are also selling eBooks like mine online.

A partial list of of some of the more notable U.S. bookstores who are selling my eBook, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," on their websites, is as follows. Be sure to use the "Google eBook" search engine on these sites, not the print book search engine. (They are not carrying the print, just the eBook).

Fireside BooksPalmer, AK
Gulliver's BooksFairbanks, AK
Hearthside Books & ToysJuneau, AK
Old Harbor BooksSitka, AK
Alabama BooksmithBirmingham, AL
Church Street Coffee & BooksBirmingham, AL
Page & PaletteFairhope, AL
Woni's BookshelfSumiton, AL
Nightbird BooksFayetteville, AR
That Bookstore In BlythevilleBlytheville, AR
Antigone BooksTucson, AZ
Changing Hands BookstoreTempe, AZ
Mostly BooksTucson, AZ
A Great Good Place for BooksOakland, CA
Alexander Book Co.San Francisco, CA
ArtPlantae BooksRiverside , CA
Bay BooksCoronado, CA
Bay Books, San Ramon, CASan Ramon, CA
Book PassageCorte Madera, CA
Books Inc. San Francisco, CA
Bookshelf At Hooligan RocksTruckee, CA
Bookshop BeniciaBenicia, CA
Bookshop Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA
Bookshop West PortalSan Francisco, CA
Booky JointMammoth Lakes, CA
Browser BooksSan Francisco, CA
Capitola Book CafeCapitola, CA
Chaucer's Books*Santa Barbara, CA
Cheshire BookshopFort Bragg, CA
Copperfield's BooksSebastopol, CA
DIESEL, A BookstoreOakland, CA
East West BookstoreMountain View, CA
Eastwind Books of BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
Four-Eyed Frog BooksGualala, CA
Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's BooksMendocino, CA
Green Apple BooksSan Francisco, CA
Hicklebee'sSan Jose, CA
Kepler's Books & MagazinesMenlo Park, CA
Laguna Beach BooksLaguna Beach, CA
Laurel Book StoreOakland, CA
Lyon Books & Learning CenterChico, CA
Margie's Book NookSusanville, CA
Mathom House BooksSan Clemente, CA
Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden ArtsBerkeley, CA
Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book ShopLa Verne, CA
Mysterious Galaxy BooksSan Diego, CA
Northtown BooksArcata, CA
Once Upon a TimeMontrose, CA
Orinda BooksOrinda, CA
Pages Books on the GreenWindsor, CA
Pegasus BooksBerkeley, CA
Point Reyes BooksPoint Reyes Station, CA
Readers' BooksSonoma, CA
River ReaderGuerneville, CA
Russo's BooksBakersfield, CA
SFSU BookstoreSan Francisco, CA
Skylight BooksLos Angeles, CA
Spellbinder Books & CoffeeBishop, CA
The Avid ReaderDavis, CA
The Book SellerGrass Valley, CA
The Book ShopHayward, CA
The BooksmithSan Francisco, CA
The Reading BugSan Carlos, CA
Vroman's BookstorePasadena, CA
Warwick'sLa Jolla, CA
Between the Covers Telluride, CO
Bookworm of EdwardsEdwards, CO
Boulder Book StoreBoulder, CO
High Crimes Mystery BookshopLongmont, CO
Maria's BookshopDurango, CO
Off the Beaten Path BookstoreSteamboat Springs, CO
Old Firehouse BooksFort Collins, CO
Reader's CoveFort Collins, CO
Tattered Cover Book Store Historic LoDoDenver, CO
The Bookery NookDenver, CO
Bank St. Book NookNew Milford, CT
Barrett BookstoreDarien, CT
Booktopia FairsNorwalk, CT
R.J. Julia BooksellersMadison, CT
The Hickory Stick BookshopWashington Depot, CT
UCONN Co-op BookstoreStorrs Mansfield, CT
Politics & Prose BookstoreWashington, DC
Reiter's BooksWashington, DC
Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets BookstoreWashington, DC
Browseabout BooksRehoboth Beach, DE
Books & Books, Inc.Coral Gables, FL
Inkwood BooksTampa, FL
Pyramid BooksBoynton Beach, FL
Sanibel Island BookshopSanibel, FL
Wild Iris BooksGainesville, FL
A Novel ExperienceZebulon, GA
Avid BookshopAthens, GA
Books for LessBuford, GA
Bound To Be Read BooksAtlanta, GA
Charis Books & MoreAtlanta, GA
Little Shop of StoriesDecatur, GA
Outwrite Bookstore & CoffeehouseAtlanta, GA
The Bookshelf, LLCThomasville, GA
Through the Magic DoorAtlanta, GA
Book VaultOskaloosa, IA
Dragonfly BooksDecorah, IA
Prairie Lights BooksIowa City, IA
River Lights BookstoreDubuque, IA
University Book & SupplyCedar Falls, IA
The Rediscovered BookshopBoise, ID
Vanderfords Books and Office ProductsSandpoint, ID
Anderson's BookshopAurora, IL
Anderson's Bookshop NapervilleNaperville, IL
Barbara's BookstoreChicago, IL
Book MouseOttawa, IL
Books On FirstDixon, IL
Centuries & Sleuths BookstoreForest Park, IL
Finnegan's BookstoreUtica, IL
Lake Forest Book StoreLake Forest, IL
New Copperfield's Book ServiceMacomb, IL
Seminary Co-Operative Bookstore, Inc.Chicago, IL
The Book BinNorthbrook, IL
The Book CellarChicago, IL
The Book Stall At Chestnut Ct.Winnetka, IL
The Book TableOak Park, IL
The BookstoreGlen Ellyn, IL
Women & Children First, Inc.Chicago, IL
Community Book Company, LLCFort Wayne, IN
Summer's StoriesKendallville, IN
Viewpoint BooksColumbus, IN
Book-A-HolicWichita, KS
Rainy Day BooksFairway, KS
Signs of LifeLawrence, KS
Watermark BooksWichita, KS
Carmichael's Louisville, KY
CoffeeTree BooksMorehead, KY
Poor Richard's BookstoreFrankfort, KY
Cavalier House BooksDenham Springs, LA
Cherry BooksThibodaux, LA
Garden District Book Shop Inc.New Orleans, LA
Maple Street Book ShopNew Orleans, LA
Octavia BooksNew Orleans, LA
Back Pages BooksWaltham, MA
Broadside Bookshop, Inc.Northampton, MA
Brookline BooksmithBrookline, MA
Bruce's BrowserAthol, MA
Food For Thought BooksAmherst, MA
Front Street Book ShopScituate Harbor, MA
Harvard Book StoreCambridge, MA
HugoBookstoresAndover , MA
Jabberwocky BookshopNewburyport, MA
Nantucket BookworksNantucket, MA
Porter Square Books, Inc.Cambridge, MA
Readmore BooksTaunton, MA
Storybook CoveHanover, MA
The BookloftGreat Barrington, MA
The Concord BookshopConcord, MA
Titcomb's Bookshop*East Sandwich, MA
Wellesley BooksWellesley, MA
Constellation BooksReisterstown, MD
Novel PlacesClarksburg, MD
Longfellow BooksPortland, ME
Maine Coast Book ShopDamariscotta, ME
Bestsellers Books & Coffee CoMason, MI
BookbugKalamazoo, MI
Brilliant BooksSuttons Bay, MI
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea RoomAnn Arbor, MI
Forever BooksSaint Joseph, MI
Horizon BooksTraverse City, MI
Island BookstoreMackinaw City, MI
Log Mark BookstoreCheboygan, MI
Lowry's Books and MoreThree Rivers, MI
McLean & Eakin BooksellersPetoskey, MI
Nicola's BooksAnn Arbor, MI
Saturn BooksellersGaylord, MI
Schulerbooks.comGrand Rapids, MI
The Book NookMonroe, MI
The Book Nook & Java ShopMontague, MI
The Book Mark Gustavus Adolphus CollegeSaint Peter, MN
Beagle Books & BinderyPark Rapids, MN
Best of Times BookstoreRed Wing, MN
Bookin' ItLittle Falls, MN
Buffalo Books, Inc.Buffalo, MN
Carleton College BookstoreNorthfield, MN
Common Good BooksSaint Paul, MN
Excelsior Bay BooksExcelsior, MN
Eye of Horus MetaphysicalMinneapolis, MN
Sven and Oles BooksNew Ulm, MN
The Book ShelfWinona, MN
The BookcaseWayzata, MN
The Red Balloon BookshopSaint Paul, MN
Turtle Town Books and GiftsNisswa, MN
Valley BooksellerStillwater, MN
Wild RumpusMinneapolis, MN
Cavener's Library & Office SupplyNevada, MO
Left Bank BooksSaint Louis, MO
Main Street BooksSaint Charles, MO
Pudd'nhead BooksWebster Groves, MO
Subterranean BooksSaint Louis, MO
Lorelei BooksVicksburg, MS
Reed's Gum Tree BooksTupelo, MS
Square BooksOxford, MS
Chapter One Book StoreHamilton, MT
Country BookshelfBozeman, MT
Fact & FictionMissoula, MT
Buxton Village BooksBuxton, NC
City Lights BookstoreSylva, NC
Duck's Cottage*Duck, NC
Fireside Books and GiftsForest City, NC
Flyleaf BooksChapel Hill, NC
I Can't Believe It's a BookstoreWashington, NC
Island BookstoreDuck, NC
Literary BookpostSalisbury, NC
Malaprop's Bookstore/CafeAsheville, NC
Park Road BooksCharlotte, NC
Quail Ridge Books & MusicRaleigh, NC
The Country BookshopSouthern Pines, NC
The Fountainhead BookstoreHendersonville, NC
The Regulator BookshopDurham, NC
Main Street BooksMinot, ND
The BookwormOmaha, NE
Gibson's BookstoreConcord, NH
MainStreet BookEnds Of WarnerWarner, NH
Morgan Hill BookstoreNew London, NH
The Toadstool BookshopsPeterborough, NH
Water Street Bookstore, Inc.Exeter, NH
Clinton Book ShopClinton, NJ
Geetha's Test StoreBridgewater, NJ
Mendham BooksMendham, NJ
Sparta BooksSparta, NJ
watchung booksellersMontclair, NJ
Words, Maplewood's BookstoreMaplewood, NJ
BookworksAlbuquerque, NM
Otowi Station BookstoreLos Alamos, NM
The Collected Works BookstoreSanta Fe, NM
Tome on the Range BooksLas Vegas, NM
Sundance BookstoreReno, NV
Book House of Stuyvesant PlazaAlbany, NY
BookHamptonEast Hampton, NY
Books & Books Westhampton BeachWesthampton Beach, NY
Buffalo Books & MoreBuffalo, NY
Burlingham BooksPerry, NY
Creekside Books & CoffeeSkaneateles, NY
Flights of Fantasy Books & GamesAlbany, NY
Greenlight BookstoreBrooklyn, NY
Hue-Man Bookstore & CafeNew York, NY
Lift Bridge Book ShopBrockport, NY
Main Street Book CompanyWhite Plains, NY
McNally Jackson BooksNew York, NY
Mysteries On Main StreetJohnstown, NY
Oblong Books & MusicRhinebeck, NY
Posman Books @ GCTNew York, NY
River Read BooksBinghamton, NY
Shakespeare & Co. BooksellersNew York, NY
St. Mark's BookshopNew York, NY
The BookMark ShoppeBrooklyn, NY
The Bookstore Plus Music & Art, Inc.Lake Placid, NY
The Dolphin BookshopPort Washington, NY
The Golden NotebookWoodstock, NY
The Open Door BookstoreSchenectady, NY
The River's End BookstoreOswego, NY
WORDBrooklyn, NY
Books 'N' MoreWilmington, OH
Exemplar BooksWooster, OH
Kenyon College BookstoreGambier, OH
Mac's BacksCleveland Heights, OH
Paragraphs BookstoreMount Vernon, OH
The BookshelfCincinnati, OH
The Learned Owl Book ShopHudson, OH
Brace Books & MorePonca City, OK
Annie Bloom's BooksPortland, OR
Beach Books Inc.Seaside, OR
Between the CoversBend, OR
Bloomsbury BooksAshland, OR
Book StopHood River, OR
Broadway BooksPortland, OR
Grass Roots Books & MusicCorvallis, OR
Jan's PaperbacksBeaverton, OR
Paulina Springs BooksSisters, OR
Powell's BooksPortland, OR
St. Helens Book ShopSt. Helens, OR
St. Johns BooksellersPortland, OR
Sunriver Books & MusicSunriver, OR
The Duck StoreEugene, OR
Third Street BooksMcMinnville, OR
Waucoma BookstoreHood River, OR
Wy'east Book Shoppe & Art GalleryWelches, OR
Aaron's BooksLititz, PA
Chester County Book CompanyWest Chester, PA
Farley's BookshopNew Hope, PA
From My Shelf BooksWellsboro, PA
Giovanni's RoomPhiladelphia, PA
Harleysville Books, LLCHarleysville, PA
Head House BooksPhiladelphia, PA
Joseph Fox BookshopPhiladelphia, PA
Mystery Lovers BookshopOakmont, PA
Otto's, A Booklover's ParadiseWilliamsport, PA
Pages of the Past, LLCGettysburg, PA
Penguin Bookshop LLCSewickley, PA
Penn Book CenterPhiladelphia, PA
Red Barn BooksGreensburg, PA
The Doylestown BookshopDoylestown, PA
The Moravian Book ShopBethlehem, PA
Towne Book Center & CafeCollegeville, PA
Barrington BooksBarrington, RI
Island BooksMiddletown, RI
Island Bound BookstoreBlock Island, RI
Other TigerWesterly, RI
Prairie Pages BooksellerPierre, SD
Cover to Cover Cafe & BooksArlington, TN
Parnassus BooksNashville, TN
The Booksellers at LaurelwoodMemphis, TN
Union Avenue BooksKnoxville, TN
a Real BookstoreFairview, TX
Blue Willow BookshopHouston, TX
BookPeopleAustin, TX
BookWomanAustin, TX
Brazos BookstoreHouston, TX
Katy Budget BooksHouston, TX
Murder By The BookHouston, TX
The Twig Book ShopSan Antonio, TX
Viva Bookstore at Viva! GalleriaSan Antonio, TX
King's English BookshopSalt Lake City, UT
Fountain Bookstore, Inc.Richmond, VA
Over the Moon BookstoreCrozet, VA
Prince BooksNorfolk, VA
Salt & Pepper BooksOccoquan, VA
Sundial BooksChincoteague, VA
The Book BinOnley, VA
The Mos Eisley BookstoreMechanicsville, VA
Undercover Books & GiftsChristiansted, VI
Bartleby's BooksWilmington, VT
Bear Pond Books of MontpelierMontpelier, VT
Norwich BookstoreNorwich, VT
The Galaxy BookshopHardwick, VT
The Vermont Book ShopMiddlebury, VT
Village Square BooksellersBellows Falls, VT
Ada's Technical BooksSeattle, WA, IncSun City, WA
Auntie's BookstoreSpokane, WA
Eagle Harbor Book Co.Bainbridge Island, WA
East West BookshopSeattle, WA
Griffin Bay BookstoreFriday Harbor, WA
Island Books, Etc.Mercer Island, WA
Liberty Bay BooksPoulsbo, WA
Orca BooksOlympia, WA
Port Book & NewsPort Angeles, WA
Queen Anne BooksSeattle, WA
Riverwalk Books LimitedChelan, WA
Seattle Mystery BookshopSeattle, WA
The Elliott Bay Book CompanySeattle, WA
The Secret Garden BookshopSeattle, WA
The TravelerBainbridge Island, WA
Third Place BooksLake Forest Park, WA
Village Books in Historic FairhavenBellingham, WA
Vintage BooksVancouver, WA
A Room Of One's Own BookstoreMadison, WI
BayShore Books*Oconto, WI
Books & CompanyOconomowoc, WI
Boswell Book CompanyMilwaukee, WI
Next Chapter BookshopMequon, WI
Northwind Book & FiberSpooner, WI
Redbery BooksCable, WI
The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop and Guest HouseFort Atkinson, WI
Four Seasons BooksShepherdstown, WV
Kerri's Korner BookstoreFairmont, WV
Main Street BooksLander, WY
Wheatland Book NookWheatland, WY
Whistle-Stop MercantileDouglas, WY

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