Many of you will remember L.B. Graham for the 2008 Motiv8 Fantasy Fiction Tour as one of the Enigmatic Eight. (He’s also the one that introduced me to Jack In The Box, and I to him, In-N-Out). L.B. emailed me today to let me know about a huge special his publisher is offering, and I couldn’t help at marvel about the timing, given our discussion last week about eBooks versus traditional publishing. And because I’m such a magnanimous blogger–ever looking for ways to bless my faithful readership, who are themselves, the magnanimouserest–I’m passing it on to you.

“Beyond the Summerland,” Book 1 in the Binding of the Blade series, is now available for just 99 cents! Granted, you’ll need a Kindle, or a conversion app for the iPhone, but at this price, you can’t beat it. He’s even offering it for free if you read further down on his site. Yeah. For free.

Now back to the discussion: Would more books offered at 99 cents entice you to by a Kindle or iPad? If so, how many would you need to see at such prices, and how long before you’d buy a device? And even more importantly, which is superior: Jack In The Box or In-N-Out?Β  ch:


ian · 25 Mar ’10 at 5:02 pm

personally, I’m hoping that a resistance will rise up and prevent the total conversion of books into eBooks. I get headaches when I try to read longer things off of computer screens. I don’t care how cheap they might otherwise become, I want my hard copies! πŸ˜›


Millard · 25 Mar ’10 at 5:45 pm

mhmm……Well I would need you and Wayne on Ebooks πŸ˜›

Actually I was thinking about Ebooks even before I saw this on WTB’s blog. I can’t hog the computer for hours on end to read my books. Meaning, I would have to have a kindle πŸ™ Pricey they are, even if they will come down as you propose. Anyway, it was something I hadn’t considered,besides teh other arguments I posed, I just can’t sit at the computer that long. + Tis hard to curl up in a blanket with a desktop πŸ˜‰

Anna · 25 Mar ’10 at 5:55 pm

I have to say I don’t really ever want any kind of an eBook but if I ever got one the price of the reader itself would have to drop, not just the price of the books.

Now about the Jack In The Box vs. In-N-Out question. I’ve never been to Jack In The Box (don’t know why there’s plenty around here), but I have some funny memories of In-N-Out. I don’t live in a state with any In-N-Outs but my middle school pastor LOVES it. So my 8th grade year he decided to take us 8th graders on a “last hurrah”, meaning a road trip to California to just to get In-N-Out. Now this was the first ever of a trip like this and he figured it would take about 16 hours to get there, eat and get back (we live in Washington). He also figured that not many kids would come so we could take a church van…nope. We had to take a bus and 23 hours later we were back at the church, rolling out our sleeping bags and waiting for our parents to come. Needless to say I was on the bus except when we were at In-N-Out and a brief dip in Lake Shasta, but I had a lot of fun and made some really good memories (we all did). I also found out just how amazing In-N-Out burgers really are! πŸ™‚

Jean Benson · 25 Mar ’10 at 7:38 pm

While the price of books has gone up ( including paperbacks) sometimes ridiculously so, to me there is nothing like holding a real tried and true book in your hand, especially a brand new one or a really old one. Smelling the ink and the pages , turning the pages. Reading the last line and putting it down and saying ” wow that was a good book” (Rise of the Dibor for example). I will never cave in to the tyranny of kindle. LOL.. I have over 1000 books now and when I go to see Jesus someone else is going to get 1000 + books.

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Mar ’10 at 1:22 pm

    I think there are a lot of readers to this blog that would jump at the chance to peruse your collection, Jean. Thanks for the comment.

Millard · 25 Mar ’10 at 9:26 pm

Sign me up Jean! I could use 1K books XD

Jean Benson · 25 Mar ’10 at 9:40 pm

Special delivery just for you. When I go home they are all yours.

Jean Benson · 25 Mar ’10 at 9:41 pm

You can borrow any of them any of them now that you want.

Shane Deal · 25 Mar ’10 at 9:51 pm

Oh cool, just bought it. πŸ™‚

You don’t have to convert to read Kindle books on the iPhone, there is a Kindle app that Amazon makes… I use that and I love it! I love being able to walk around with The Lord of the Rings in my pocket. You can also use Kindle for Mac (or PC) if you don’t have an iPod Touch/iPhone.

I like to use e-books as a companion to regular books. It is a lot easier for me to grab my iPod touch then a stack of books if I’m going somewhere. I’m disappointed that your White Lion Chronicles aren’t on there yet Christopher! πŸ™‚

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Mar ’10 at 1:24 pm

    Shane, thanks for the heads up! I didn’t know! Just downloaded the Kindle iPhone app, AND downloaded BTS as my first eBook ever. Cool!

      L.B. · 26 Mar ’10 at 2:03 pm

      Glad to be your first eBook, Christopher! Feeling the pressure though. It’s not quite as good as the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger at Jack-in-the-Box, I have to say…

Millard · 26 Mar ’10 at 1:46 am


What books do you have Jane? Do ya have these books by L.B Graham? Or maybe the Wilderking series?

AnyaRed · 26 Mar ’10 at 10:35 am

Although the kindle is a very cool device, I must say that I prefer books. There is nothing that con compare to the turning of real, wonderful pages. And since I like to collect books, I think I’ll always think this way. I also like to be able to look at my bookshelf and see all of my wonderful “friends”.

Oh and In-N-Out is by far the BEST fast food place ever!!!

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Mar ’10 at 1:24 pm

    AnyaRed, In-N-Out all the way! πŸ˜‰ I, too, think of books as my friends.

CMR · 26 Mar ’10 at 11:01 am

I have the Wilderking trilogy on my Kindle, Millard. I’m in the middle of “The Secret of the Swamp King.”

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Mar ’10 at 1:25 pm

    Very cool! Jonathan is a wonderful author, and an outstanding man. I’ll have to get his works, too!

Billy.J · 26 Mar ’10 at 11:44 am

Okay, the Kindles and stuff are cool and all, but like other posters said, nothing beats a hard-cover book in your hands. The smell, the sight, the touch. The virtual books, are just sight, which isn’t much. I also get head-aches if looking at the computer to long. It would take a complete disappearance of hard books for me to buy a Kindle and spend all my reading time on it. So yeah, it’ll take TONS of my favorites series going digital for me to buy one. Especially yours and Wayne Christopher!


    Christopher Hopper · 26 Mar ’10 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks Billy. You know, I just realized, what will author’s sign when all you have is an eBook?

mooney · 26 Mar ’10 at 3:51 pm

I think .99 is awesome for an ebook. personally, I would go for the ipad as an ebook reader.

maybe as a marketing tool, bundling may be the future. Like the BlueRay/DVD/digital copy model, you buy the hardcover, you get the others too. or maybe a coupon code for ebooks in the series, you buy Spider King and get 10% off Venom ebook.

huh, anyway, ch, you can sign my shoulder with a tattoo needle. lol

Christopher Hopper · 26 Mar ’10 at 5:41 pm

Good ideas…esp the tat! lol

Seth · 27 Mar ’10 at 2:25 pm

Mr Graham(or Mr Hopper), I went to visit your site, I believe, and it wouldn’t come up, I really wanted to check it out. Is it down for some reason?

Celebrilomiel · 2 Apr ’10 at 4:59 pm

I was pretty much against e-books when they came out, and one of my main reasons was price.
If the majority of the books I liked, mainly fantasy books, were available for $0.99, I’d get a Kindle – or at least beg to download the Kindle app to the computer.

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Apr ’10 at 6:01 pm

    I hear that! So price is indeed a big factor, isn’t it?

bart dahmer · 29 Apr ’10 at 8:09 am


As managing partner of Innovo Publishing, a Christian-based publishing company (, I see a tremendous change occurring in the publishing industry. Hardback and paperback books certainly remain on the top of the list for many readers, but ebooks for iPad, iPhone, Kindle and Adobe are growing rapidly–and audio books (both physical and MP3) are a huge industry. We publish all these formats at Innovo. Physical Paperbacks are still #1, but almost all best sellers are released in multiple editions.

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