Tuesday, May 31, 2011

eBooks and Future History

What am I reading now?  Switched (Amanda Hocking)

Annnd. . . what do I think so far? There's been so much hype about ePublishing for authors that I wanted to read a book by someone who has been successful in the field. This author put out nine eBooks and sold 450,000 copies so far. I think there's something to learn from her marketing strategies.

The story was interesting. the conversation between characters was my favorite part. It feels so natural and real. The edit could have been better in spots, but it was/is successful.
Wildly successful!

 I'm a firm believer that readers vote with their dollars. Amanda Hocking is doing something amazing here.

I'm trying to decide what it means. Are readers less picky about the rules and theories you'd learn in an MFA than we are led to believe? Or will that change in time too as more authors turn to ePublishing? How much is changing in the marketplace? And how quickly? Who stands the most to gain or lose?

eBooks and Future History 
(yeah, sounds like an oxymoron)
•What would it have been like to witness the printing of the Bible on the Gutenburg press?

•Or to be in Wabash, Indiana in 1880 to see the first city to be lit with electrical lights?

•Or see the revolution of technology that made it possible that man could take a first step on the moon? (Oh, crap--I'm old enough to remember that one.)

I think eBooks are that kind of history-changing, society-changing innovation. The amount of knowledge available to masses is drastically increased with books being available electronically anywhere, anytime.

The question will become quality and reliability. As a reading specialist, I'm clapping so hard my hands hurt as I consider the beauty of access to literature for millions. And as that same specialist, I'm concerned that we must be up to the task of educating children to read critically and think strategically about the information they read, be info-smart. Question sources. Validate opinion. Research reliability issues.

Wow--it's an exciting time in history.

How do you feel about eBooks? 
What do you think about ePublishing?

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1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I have a Nook, and I really like it. There are some problems though in lending. Not all publishers will let you do it, and obviously the person you're lending it to has to have an ereader (either a Nook or an iPad--Kindle and Nook don't play nicely yet). I tend to be the "library" at work, and few coworkers have ereaders.

I had another issue that bugged me. Price. I expect an ebook to cost less because there aren't the same expenses to publish that a paper books has. I downloaded a book for $6.99 that was first in a series. Unfortunately, the other books were $11.99. I went to amazon and found the paper book for less and by order the next 3 books paid no shipping. It was cheaper to get the paper books than the ebook--and I could lend them with no problem.

I'm sure these problems will be worked out, but it's an issue now.