The Ebook Revolution

Posted: January 8, 2011 in writing

If you haven’t realized by now, ebooks are here, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Managing how long we stay online, talking with people you’ll never see or meet in person, reading books in PDF form, or on your Kindle or IPhone. These are all activities we do, most of us, for work or pleasure. So why is hard for us to embrace the Ebook Revolution?

Joe Konrath issued a great response on his blog today. In his article, “A Response to Richard Curtis,” he commented, “Change is scary. When it first starts to occur, people are afraid of it, and come up with excuses for it. Of course the industry wants to view me as an anomaly. If I’m not an anomaly, and others can do what I’m doing, the industry is in big trouble.”

I decided to pose the question to the online community I frequent. I asked, “Do anyone of you download ebooks from Amazon, Kindle, etc and if so, do you still buy books in print or not so much?” The responses seemed to be from both camps. Many commented that they loved their paperback books, but did enjoying downloading books. Any savy author would take this as a delicate warning sign, an omen if you will. The winds of change are blowing.

I then asked another question, “If you’ve read the Sookie Stackhouse series, what was your favorite way to read the Sookie Stackhouse novels? Hard cover, paperback, ebook, audio, etc?” This question got an overwhelming response I did not expect. Many people, over 40 comments, said they preferred reading these books by Charlaine Harris in hard cover, not paper back, but hard cover. I haven’t bought a hard cover book in over 10 years, and even now my library of commercial fiction is split (paperback and ebooks).

Share your comments. Do you think printed books will be a thing of the past in 3 or 5 years? Are you ready to embrace the ebook revolution? Or are you on the sidelines, enjoying your paperbacks somedays and your Kindle downloads on other days.

keep writing
~a

Other Articles to Read:

Ebooks Are Reshaping Publishing As We Know It

CES 2010: The ebook revolution

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