I've had a few friends and relatives tell me how sorry they are that The Sergeant's Lady is an e-book, because they'd love to support me by buying my novel, but they can't afford or have no interest in an e-reader.
If you're reading this blog post, you can read The Sergeant's Lady once it comes out. You don't need a Kindle, a Nook, or an iPad. Any computer or smartphone should do the trick. All you have to do is either buy the PDF version of the book or download a free Kindle app for your computer or phone.
PDF: Carina, along with many other electronic publishers, allows you to buy books in PDF format direct from their website. You add the book to your shopping cart, choose the PDF version when prompted to do so, and after you pay you're given the opportunity to download the file. You'll then have a PDF, which you can read on your PC or Mac. If your workplace is anything like mine, you've seen a ton of the things. Your PDF of The Sergeant's Lady will function just like those workplace files, only it's a fascinating story of star-crossed lovers in a war zone in 1811 Spain instead of a dry listing of lab protocols or NIH policies.
Free Kindle apps: Amazon wants your e-book business too much to limit sales only to customers who've bought a Kindle. With that in mind, they've created free Kindle apps for Macs, PCs, iPhones, iPads, BlackBerries, and Androids.
All you have to do is go to the Kindle Store, choose the appropriate application for your device, and follow the instructions to download. Then, go back to the Kindle Store and pre-order The Sergeant's Lady! (Hey, it's my blog. I get to self-promote.)
And while you're waiting for my Aug. 23 release, try a few more titles to get comfortable with the interface. If you're on a tight budget, you can get tons of books for free or very cheap. Most classics are available in free or $0.99 editions, for example, so this could be the perfect time to re-read Little Women or Pride & Prejudice. Many publishers offer the occasional free or cheap release of a newer book, too.