E is for E-Books.
How many of you own an e-reader by now? Though I absolutely love holding a book, my hand cradling the binding, the sound of the page turning…it was like taking a step into the next part of the adventure, and the cute little book marks with tassels marking the last spot read, I have to admit the convenience of having my entire library, including the classics, tucked away in my hand bag is mighty attractive. I could be anywhere, and if a few minutes present themselves and I could call up a favorite. And with the new opportunities opening for authors, new favorites are waiting to be discovered.
One thing is for sure. The e-generation is making its mark on the publishing industry. According to the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales in January 2011 increased nearly 116% over the last year while paperback sales fell nearly 31%.
Did you know that you could download many of the classics free? I just found that out. (Old school that I am). Here’s another article that sheds some light on the debate over paper vs. plastic.
Even with all the technological advances, I can’t get past the feel of a paper book in hand. Both options have advantages, and both transport us to worlds to enjoy. I’ll just keep with both, I think, and am glad my publisher offers several options for my writing.
Do you favor one over the other? Any views?