For those of us who aren't willing to buy and rebuy our libraries every time the format changes, there is a solution. Buy DRM-free eBooks. Many authors are offering previously published books DRM-free eBooks. Here are a few of my favorite sources for these treasures.Backlist eBooks
has authors from all genres and a quickly growing list. Some of my favorites include Doranna Durgan, P.B. Ryan, and Julie Ortolon. You can't go wrong with any of their books, but my favorite is Durgin's Hidden Steel
.The eBacklist Collection
is another collection site for authors from all genres. This list is strong on the romances. I've just begun to investigate this website, but they have China Rose
, by Marsha Canham, which I very much enjoyed.Smashwords
is the amazon of indy authors. It's a little overwhelming because there is so much stuff there. But there are lots of gems. Also, most Backlist eBooks are available through smashwords, which offers nice excerpts and a variety of eBook formats to choose from.BookView Cafe
is a coop including some of my favorite SF & F authors, such as Judith Tarr, Vonda McIntyre, and Sarah Zettel. I very much enjoyed Chris Dolley's Resonance
C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, and Lynn Abby, three well known SF & F authors, have teamed up to create this website. I do so love Cherryh's work.
And the best part? Buy books from these sites, and you're supporting the author. They get paid, and they are often paid better than if you buy a "published" book.
Also of interest is Baen Books
a publishing house that specializes in SF & F. They also sell DRM-free eBooks.