Pimp My Read: Win a Kindle Here, And Other Readers Elsewhere!

Kindle KeyboardContest time! I'm sitting over here, reading, so here's Ruthie Knox to tell you about the contest we're hosting this week! 

The Contest!

Pimp My Read is your chance to win one of four fantastic e-readers, as well as best-selling, super-sexy, fun contemporary romances by authors Ruthie Knox, Sarah Mayberry, Shannon Stacey, and Molly O’Keefe. This week, we four authors bedeck ourselves in (virtual) feathers and gold chains, climb on top of our Pimp Caddies, and sing the praises of e-readers and digital books at four fantastic romance review sites: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Smexybooks, Dear Author, and The Season for Romance. At every site, one of us is giving away an e-reader, as well as prizes for runners-up. If you’ve been on the fence about which e-reader to get, or even why you would get one—or if you love your e-reader to bits and are dying to convert a friend or family member to the digital side—this is the contest you’ve been waiting for!

Pimp My ReadThe Prizes!

Sarah Mayberry is giving away a Kindle Touch 3G at Smexybooks,

Shannon Stacey is giving away a Nook SimpleTouch with Glowlight at Dear Author,

Ruthie Knox is giving away a Kindle Keyboard 3G at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books,

and Molly O’Keefe is giving away a Kobo Touch at The Season for Romance.

The winner of each e-reader and two runners-up at each site will also receive Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, and Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, Her Best Worst Mistake and Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry, About Last Night and Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox, and Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe.

Make It So: Ruthie’s Conversion Story

Picard and his Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and one of the things I’ve noticed is that everybody on the Enterprise has a Kindle Fire. Or possibly an iPad. Same size, same shape, same ability to pull up amazing amounts of information with the tap of a finger. Whenever Captain Picard needed to find out the specs on a mission or read about some obscure eighteenth-century French composer and Data wasn’t around, he always had his Unnamed Awesome Device (UAD) at hand to poke and frown at.

The Next Generation debuted in 1987, so that means that I wanted a UAD of my own for … *squinches forehead, crunches numbers* … twenty-one years before I got one. But once I got one, I gave up print books altogether.

Ride With Me Precipitous? Perhaps. But I had my reasons. First, I hate having things. I prefer to have the bare minimum number of things. Like, in the ideal world, I would be a bachelor with cinderblock bookshelves and two cans of soup in the pantry. But I read so much. And as you probably all know, when you read a lot, there’s this constant stream of books into the house. Sure, some of them are library books, but even library junkies end up with dozens of new books every year that have to be coped with. I don’t want to shelve them or keep them or pass them along to friends or send them to the paperback exchange. I want them to disappear!

Now that I have an e-reader, they do. I read the last line, I smile, I delete. Off to the archive the book goes, and I never have to think about it again unless I want to. I love living in the future!

The other extenuating factor is that books are heavy, cumbersome things. I think I strained my wrists holding the Twilight books above my head as I read them on the couch. Worse, sometimes I want to read and do other stuff at the same time, and that’s even harder. I figured out how to walk and read as a kid, no problem. Later, when I became an obsessive knitter, I learned to knit and read. I read the last Harry Potter book spread open on my lap, pages held by a book weight so I’d have my hands free to knit. But sometimes the book slid off and hit the floor, which was a bummer.

Then I had a baby, and the whole system went to hell. You know, it’s really hard to read and breast-feed at the same time. Sure, yes, yes, at first I thought I’d just want to stare at my baby and appreciate the miracle of life while I breast-fed him and bonded at some deep, cosmic level, but in fact that phase only lasted about two days. Babies eat slow, y’all. I needed a book. And it’s very hard to hold a book with one hand while you hold a baby with the other. You have to do that thing where you spread the book open with your thumb and your pinky, and my pinkies soon wearied of their new job.

Then one day in the hazy winter of 2008, my husband—who’s a bit of a computer nerd—walked into the living room and said, “Come in my office. You have to see this.”

“This” was the movie-ad-thing for the Kindle 2. Small! White! Attractive! Lightweight! Four bazillion dollars! “Order it,” I said. “Order it right now.” And God bless him, he did.

About Last Night Some things about living in the future are not as exciting as I had hoped they would be. Transportation, for instance, seems much less cool than it did seventy-five years ago. (Have you ever seen the trains of the 1950s? They were awesome!) Cooking is still a lot of work. Strange men still show up at my door trying to sell me magazines, and I don’t know how to make them stop. But I can now buy a book in my living room, read it immediately, and discard it—all without actually having to move my butt off my couch or strain my delicate girl-wrists. Guys, this is EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED.

Or almost everything. I think the e-reader designers of the future should make readers that beep when you lose them, because I’m always leaving mine somewhere random, like on top of the refrigerator or beside the bathroom sink, and then not being able to find it later. I bet Picard’s UAD had a beeper.

But enough about me—let’s talk about you! Were you an early convert to the e-reader or a reluctant late adopter? Or are you still holding out, waiting for somebody to talk you into this madness? Do you love your e-reader with a devotion bordering on the manic and wish you could talk your mom/grandma/best friend/husband into getting one? I’m giving away a Kindle Keyboard 3G (my device of choice) to the commenter who convinces me she (or he) has the best reason for wanting it for themselves or someone else, so let’s hear your stories. Two runners-up will get books, books, books!

The Fine Print (From Ruthie)

1. Feel free to increase your chances of winning by entering once at each of the four sites! But please, only one entry per site. Deliberate multiple comments on any individual e-reader giveaway post will get you disqualified.

2. The contest opens on each site when the post goes live and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 20.

3. Ruthie, Sarah (Mayberry), Shannon, and Molly will choose the winners from among the comments on the site where each posts. Feel free to entertain us or tug at our heartstrings — we’ll pick the winners whose comments most effectively sway us!

4. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

5. This contest is open internationally. The e-readers on offer will work in many, but not all, countries. Please be aware that geographical restrictions may affect your ability to use/enjoy your prize.

The Disclaimers (from SB Sarah)

1. I'm not being compensated for this giveaway. I mean, I got to look at Jean Luc Picard, which is never a bad thing, but otherwise, no compensation. 

2. Void where prohibited. 

3. Must be over 18, as stated above, plus wearing a riding habit, preferably with a jaunty feather.

4. Call before you dig. Call after you downward dog. Adding a comma makes that sentence even more fun!

How To Enter

To enter, leave a comment explaining either (a) why you want to win this e-reader for yourself or (b) why you want to win it for someone else. (Please include your e-mail address in the appropriate comment field so we have a way of contacting you if you win. Your e-mail address will not be visible to the general commenting public.)

So, let's hear it – you want it for yourself, or as a gift? Bring on the entries! 

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  1. 1
    TaraR says:

    If I win, this would definitely go to my sister. My Kindle was a gift from her, so I can return the favor.

  2. 2
    Tracy Butler says:

    My shelves are full, my mind is not,
    The house is a book maze which isn’t so hot.
    Books are in piles all over the place,
    On stairs, in the bathroom, I’ve run out of space.
    I need a kindle, to be saved from the mess,
    A kindle would end this paper excess.

  3. 3

    Oooh, this is awesome to the max.
    If I win, I’ll give the Kindle to my buddy Nicole because she’s a great friend and a reading fiend.
    I would have given it to my mum, but I bought her an ipad two weeks ago. I’m slowly converting my nearest and dearest, one device at a time. :-D

  4. 4
    Bibliophile says:

    I recently bought a Kindle Wifi, which is great and I have hardly touched a paper book since. I would now like to get an e-reader to give to my mother. She reads a lot, but holding a heavy or thick book is painful for her because she has fibromyalgia and the strain on her wrists, arms and shoulders means she can’t read as much as she would like. Since an e-reader weighs less than an average paperback, I think it would be a good thing for her to have one.

  5. 5
    Faellie says:

    Redundancy -> Downsized house, not enough shelf space for dead tree books
                -> Homeworking, lovely laptop now used for work not pleasure
                -> Warmer climate, can’t read on laptop outside in the sun

    So it’s time for me to get with the programme, and get an e-reader that I can carry around with me and read out in the sunshine now I’m not stuck in an office.

  6. 6
    Nicky C says:

    I already have a Kindle but would like to win one to give to my best friend, to thank her for not murdering me as I’ve been loudly extolling the virtues of e-readers over print books (she disagrees).

  7. 7
    Andrea says:

    I already have an e-reader and love it to pieces. Best purchase ever!!! I researched for a really long time before deciding to go with mine and there is nothing I would change about it.  One of the reasons it took me so long to decide was that here in Germany we are pretty behind in regards to e-readers. I didn’t get a Kindle because the ones available here at the time were terribly outdated already (yeah, amazon, you screwed up there!) and the proprietary system. However, now that I pretty much only buy ebooks (there is just no space for dead tree books!! My room already houses way more than it should…And ebooks tend to be at least a little bit cheaper.) I have run into the horrible problem of geographic restrictions. You see a book, you want it, you can’t have it for that price/as an ebook because it is only available in paper form to you. Or so I thought until I found out that some books that I can’t get as an epub are actually available for the Kindle here! I gave up on understanding that. So, now I am dreaming of a Kindle (which I can’t afford). Unfortunately, no one in my family or among my friends reads as avidly as I do, so there is no one who would appreciate an e-reader :-(

  8. 8
    Aralira says:

    I would give it to my mother because she travels a lot. She likes to read and I’m hoping that an e-reader would be easier for her to travel with rather than packing a lot of books.

  9. 9
    lauredhel says:

    I converted to e-reading last year, when I bought myself a Kobo Touch for Xmas. And I love love love it! I’m going to buy a new one when the next-gen glowreaders come out, and at that time I plan to pass the Kobo on to my nine year old, who is also an avid reader.

    So why do I want a Kindle? For my mum! She is a frequent caravan traveller around Australia (‘grey nomads’ they call them in these parts). She’s also a rapid and avid reader who can barely keep up with supplying her habit and with the business of carrying all those dead tree books around. A Kindle would be brilliant for her, and I’d love to give her one for her birthday.

    I have neither riding habit nor jaunty feather, but I hope you’ll consider my entry anyway.

  10. 10
    GHN says:

    I had to give away a lot of my books this winter, since I just wasn’t going to have room for them any more. *sniffles* Fortunately, a lot of my books I also had in electronic format, so I did not have to say goodbye to old friends – but I am sure a lot of my friends in electronic format won’t mind moving over to something more portable than a PC.

  11. 11
    JenniferH says:

    I read ebooks on my ipod, so I would love to have a kindle for myself to take the pressure of my aging eyes.  Yes – i will admit to being selfish enough to want it for myself!

    Not beiing a rider, I don’t have a riding habit but I do have lovely straw hat with a feather.

    Hope I am in with a chance.

  12. 12
    Rebecca says:

    After a lot of research (much of it at this website) I bought a Sony reader, which I am quite fond of.  (Actually, my Sony touch was stolen – sob – so I bought the new one within 24 hours, as I was about to go on vacation, and couldn’t not have books with me.)  I still read quite a lot on paper because: (a)I like reading paper books, (b)I have a large collection of paper books, most with specific associations, and I have neither the time, the energy, nor the heartlessness to get rid of them and most importantly (c)a lot of stuff I’m interested in doesn’t EXIST in ebook.

    So, what DO I use the ereader for?
    1. Work, as planned.  I teach three different grade levels and also have students reading individual books for projects, and it’s a lot easier to carry an e-reader with five or six novels I’m working on simultaneously on the subway.
    2. Travel, for the same reason.
    3. Downloading freebies from Project Gutenberg.  I’ve discovered wonderful Mark Twain essays that way, and also some stuff in foreign languages (Juan de Valera’s 19th century romance “Pasarse de listo” for example) that is really cool.  Also older non-fiction stuff on Google Books that would be inaccessible except through interlibrary loan otherwise.

    I don’t see my ereader replacing paper books any time soon, but it’s a good complement to them, and I’m very happy with it.  I have a few friends who move around a lot for work reasons, one of whom REALLY wants an ereader, but hasn’t been able to afford one.  This ereader would probably go to him, in the interests of being generous.  Although I might also keep it to test drive the kindle vs. sony, as I’m still interested in how having ereaders might work with high school students.

  13. 13
    Lisa J says:

    My aunt is in a very small senior apartment.  She doesn’t have room for books.  She doesn’t have a car to go to the library for books and she has very, very, very limited mobility and can’t walk to the library.  I can’t get her to the library for new books because I don’t get home until after the library is closed.

    She has had both knees and both shoulders replaced and unfortunately her bones are brittle and not accepting the replacements very well.  It makes her mobility iffy and she also has problems with her hands.  Reading is one of the few enjoyments she can enjoy.

    I would love for her to have an e-reader, it would definitely make her day, week, month, year! 

  14. 14
    Rei says:

    I got a Kindle Keyboard 3G for Christmas two years ago, and it may very well have been the best thing I’ve ever received. I am a student, which means I am a) dirt broke and b) have to travel a lot. I’m a voracious reader and have been since I learned how to make the words on the page mean stuff in my head, but as I got older, I fell out of the habit – I couldn’t afford new books that often, and even when I could afford them I just didn’t have time. I’ve been moving all over the place since I was eighteen – I’ve moved to Cambridge from London and back twice and in a month will have moved for the second time back from Japan to the UK. The first time I lived in Tokyo was hellish. I had no money, no one to talk to and only about seven books for four months. Paper books are just damn hard to transport.

    So a Kindle did pretty much change my life. I can download books for free! I can get cheap books! If I read a book that’s terrible, I just delete it – it doesn’t have to take up space on my painfully small shelves forever! I can make notes in the margin without actually writing on any paper! I can even download articles for class to it and save the printing costs. And this year, in spite of having taken almost no physical reading with me to Kyoto, I’ve had a better literary life than ever.

    So why do I want to win this?

    For my friend R. She goes to my university, she loves books almost as much as I do and she’s as busy and movy-aroundy as I am. She would love and cherish a Kindle, but they’re expensive and we’re both students; it will be years before she can afford one, especially given how financially rough this year has been on us both (stupid strong yen, stupid weak pound). She’s had a bad year in other respects too, and although I’d really love to be able to buy her an ereader for her birthday or something – nobody deserves one more than she does – I can’t.

    …Unless I happen to win one in a handy giveaway.

    So. Uh. That’s my pitch. Feed the starving intellect of a student?

  15. 15
    kira mcpherson says:

        I should say I want to win so I can give an e reader to someone else, but that’s just not true, so I won’t say it. I want it for myself and here’s why:

        I have this weird reading habit. I carry three or more books around with me almost everywhere.

        It’s not OCD thing, the number three is irrelevant. It’s just that I read pretty fast, especially with a book I’m very absorbed in, and I’ve simply had one too many awful experiences (stuck in airplanes, traffic jams, dr. offices, waiting for kids at piano/soccer/etc./ lessons, that sort of thing) where I finished the book I had with me, and tragically, didn’t have another one to read. I think we can all agree that this is the sort of suffering that is beyond bearing.

        Okay, yes, there are a few worse things. I could have had the very bad luck to be a red haired virgin in an 80’s romance novel, or even the most wretched fate in existence (there’s just nothing as bad, frankly):  I could be kidnapped by a pirate named Tristan Matisse.
       
        Such examples demonstrate that there can be, occasionally, problems more dire than running out of good reading material. I’m well aware that what I consider a heartbreaking scenario – trapped for the duration and completely out of books – is perhaps not the saddest listing in the index of “The Big Bedtime Book of Sad Things.”  However, after an event that lasted almost three unbearable hours, during which I passed the time by counting the tiles in the Lincoln Tunnel and reading the Toyota owners manual from cover to cover, I realized enough was enough.  I could minimize future adversity with a little planning.

        So, for the last five years, I haven’t left the house without a bag of books. I also always ensure one of the books has more than five hundred pages, just in case. The bag has solved the biggest issue; I always have books with me everywhere I go. This was a happy solution, to be sure, but not a perfect one. The books can be heavy; there are times where the bulk of them is problematic. Also, I’ve recently become the proud owner of a very middle aged body. My hands increasingly ache from holding the bigger books, my shoulders hurt from the weight of the tote bag and vision problems make the words seem too small, even with glasses.

        If I owned a little portable reading device with font sizes that I can enlarge, and options to browse and buy, like a miniature book store, along with being able to carry considerably more than three books with me everywhere, well, I might actually look forward to traffic jams and all life’s other hurry-up-and-wait situations. 

  16. 16
    Bonnie says:

    I’ve just recently decided to get an e-reader. Not only do I read a ton of romance novels, I also collect cookbooks and something has got to give! Every time a package arrives at the front door, my fiance now cringes at the thought of yet another book cluttering our house. Also, reading a real while working out is something I am just not coordinated enough to do, but I think would be easier with an e-reader.

  17. 17
    Tam B. says:

    I have a kindle keyboard (old school version), a kindle touch and a kobo touch.  I use the KT for my Amazon buys, the kobo for my library reading and my KK for those times I do a little computer gymnastics to convince Amazon I live somewhere I don’t so I can buy even more books that I want but can’t get where I live. 

    My KT travels withkme everywhere – it dictates my handbag size.  I set myself a goodreads target as I was curious how much I did read and I’ve reached it halfway through the year (I thought it was a big target – didn’t realise I read THAT much.)  And they’re all e-books.  I love that I can take my library with me wherever I go.

    In my ideal world I’d have an UAD that was a combination of a kobo / KT so I could sort my books my way, store them my way and it would work with my logic.

    So I don’t really need another e-reader – I’m a convert.  However, I would really love to be a runner up in this competition.

  18. 18
    swegener says:

    So once upon a time I had the most awesome e-reader and I loved it to bitsy baby pieces, and read on it every day, until one day it fell behind the bed and would not wake up again unless it was plugged into the wall. This was very, very sad.

    Fortunately by then e-readers were not as expensive, and I purchased a brand new, less shiny model which I didn’t love as much as the first, but which had cool things like 3G and no need for ADE. I loved it in the quiet way of those romance heroes who have been burned by an evil woman before and are reluctant to give their hearts. Alas, one day even this love was no more, when due to a tragic series of events featuring a sick dog, waterproof mattress covers, and a very leaky bottle this second love was also no more. E-reader the second was never to work again, and being out of warranty was replaced with yet a different model.

    Tragically there is no love in my heart for this last e-reader, having been burned twice I can find no enjoyment in a device that demands my touch to turn its very pages, is so sensitive that every little jostle brings insults of lost pages and lost patience. And worst of all does not like to do the things I like to do—reading in the tub is an impossibility when a device stubbornly refuses to turn the page! Even reading in bed is a challenge when a device alternates between refusing to turn and turning at every glancing touch!

    So how can this story have a happy every after? Some how I must return to my second love, the first being lost forever, and win this kindle keyboard, because until my current device dies I can’t justify spending the money—but every day I must restrain myself from flushing it down the toilet. Stop the device deaths, by giving me a kindle more suited to me!

  19. 19
    Lynn Pauley says:

    I already have a Kindle and my sister has a Kindle Fire—we purchased both because we just have no more room for books at the house. However, I would love to be a runner-up and win the books—since they will go on the Kindle, I don’t have to worry about finding room for them in the house!!!

  20. 20
    Lenorej says:

    I perch my kindle on the little ledge you find on some treadmills and read away for an hour or more as I power walk.  I go at least 40% longer than I do without the kindle!  Put yourself on a 5% grade and you can really work up a sweat.

  21. 21
    Suz_Glo says:

    I would love to win an e-reader for my two daughters.  They are both teenagers now but throughout their lives I have always encouraged and promoted reading. (I was reading “Pat the Bunny” to them from Day One!) I really believe that reading is incredibly important to becoming a well-rounded, smart and successful person but it is a challenge to get them to choose a book over all the other distractions in their lives. Luckily, they both do still enjoy a good story and I have become quite the “book pusher”, always hoping to find another novel or short story or article that will grab their attention and interest. And I know an e-reader will appeal to their technologically savvy little hearts and minds so in that regard it will certainly help win their attention. Thank you!

  22. 22
    Mary Doherty says:

    I love my e-reader from B&N. My husband bought for me on my 48th birthday, so I would love to win an e-reader for him. I think he loves to read almost as much as me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. 23
    Wendy says:

    I would love to win a Kindle because my iPhone screen is too small for reading. Good romance reading would make my commute feel so much shorter!

  24. 24
    K Angel2 says:

    I have a son entering the fifth grade.  He loves to read and when a book grabs his attention, he wants to get it and read it right then and there.  Not always possible, we live in a very small town.  I tried to find the Grapes of Wrath for him at the local library and it was out.  Darn.  I would let him borrow my kindle, but I think there would be a fight.  Darn.  Sooo, if he had his own he could get right to work on that, and I quote “really thick book”.  I think it’s important to promote reading with my young son, he will improve his vocabulary, geography and history.  This would be a great opportunity.

  25. 25
    CrystalGB says:

    I would love to win this Kindle for my cousin who like me is an avid reader and doesn’t have a Kindle. She is going to college in the fall and she could have load her textbooks on the Kindle.  It would make her day if I could win this for her.  Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  26. 26
    C Binks says:

    I would love to have an e-reader for multiple reasons. I am a college student, so I could buy my text books, and i could read them on it and not have to carry them around and save myself alot of back pain. Secondly, I’m moving and realizing my collection of books is not as mobile as I would like it to be, though i’m going to keep them forever anyway. Thirdly, I wouldn’t have to waste gas money or pay shipping to buy books, I can just sit around and WOOSH they appear magically. Fourthly, when I find an author I really like, or some of those historical romance novels that are connected, and you fall in love with a supporting character and just die if you can’t read about their story, I can get it, immediately.

    Lastly, and most importantly, no one would know how serious my trashy romance addiction really is! :D Until I start giggling uncontrollably!

  27. 27

    Would love this! I have the basic kindle with the buttons and no keyboard. I also home school my 11 year old daughter who has no kindle. If I won this I could pass mine to her and there would be much rejoicing!!

  28. 28
    Amy P. says:

    Would love to win this!!  I had a kindle I took EVERYWHERE (sports, beach, bathroom) and after one of my son’s lacrosse practice, he accidently sat on it.  A 14 yr old – in full gear vs. a gentle kindle = unhappy ending.

    Needless to say it was a quick and quiet passing of the kindle but momma is still mourning the loss.

    Wish I could get a new one!

  29. 29
    Alex says:

    I’m still holding out on getting an e-reader, mostly because I like holding a physical book while reading. Recently, I’ve joined NetGalley and started receiving books for review that I’ve been reading on my laptop, so I figure I’m half-way there and there’s not long before something will finally tip me over the edge and make me get a Kindle.

    Ironically, I was denied Ride With Me on NetGalley and after reading the first chapter, this is a book that has seriously made me consider getting an e-reader because it is only available as an e-book. I’m having to fan myself at the memory of the excerpt where Tom puts his tongue to good use …

  30. 30
    Trajce Kuzmanov says:

    As I read the comments above I see that most of the commenters already have an ereader. They either want to give it to someone in their family, or want it for them selves. Here’s my reason for wanting an ereader and it’s a simple one:
    I can’t afford to buy any kind of ereader. I can’t even buy books right now, since my parents put me on a ban. Yes, that’s right. I’m a 16 years old GUY, who likes reading. I would work to get money and buy myself a book or an ereader, but here in Macedonia, we can’t work. Even my parents can’t get a job, even for adults it’s hard to find a job. But, now I don’t want to be grumpy and all that stuff, to get someone sad and give me an ereader. I’m just being honest. Thanks for reading this, and hopefully I’d win the ereader. Thanks for the great chance :)

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