So I now have a kindle. It's an older version - 3.4, I think. I have actually had it for some time, but I like physical books. I love to go into a bookstore and scan the tables and shelves to see what catches my eye.
I love looking and buying. And at some point I became one of those people that bought a book twice because I forgot I bought it (and sometimes read it) already. The cool thing about a bookstore - there is also an end! You can conceivably look at every book in a bookstore.
But not when you are in the kindle store.
I spent probably more than an hour the other day looking at the kindle store. So much so that my eyes were watery and I started to get a headache*. And I could have kept looking for hours upon hours - because the offerings are seemingly unlimited. So here is where I ask for help - how do you find new authors on Amazon? If you look at bestseller lists, they generally are the names of authors I know. If I search by category, you still are getting the top sellers. And I am scared to buy anything under $5 because... well... most of the covers are god-awful and I assume the writing matches the cover.
To me, part of book buying is physical - the cover catching my eye, the feel and heft of a book. I don't know how to translate that into ebook buying.
I suspect that my kindle usage will go more toward reading manuscripts than buying books. And perhaps grabbing novellas and short stories that I can't get in print form. But if you have some ideas - on how to find the hidden gems on Amazon, please let me know!
* for the record, I have had one migraine since my surgery on July 7th. I got it before bedtime on a day where I did most of my work on the computer. While I do believe that my surgery has been a tremendous help in lowering my migraines, I have to remember that I still have to be aware of my triggers.