Saturday, August 27, 2011

E-Fever

Hardback, paperback or e-book?  Which do you chose?

Years ago if you asked a group of people which format they preferred, most would fire back with how they love to hold a book in their hands, turn the pages, sniff the binding glue (okay, maybe that was just me).  But these days people love their e-readers!

In fact this is where the future for publishing is headed.  Bookstores are closing or downsizing.  Look at Barnes & Noble.  Would you ever have seen that happening years back?  Even libraries are getting in on the new wave of e-books by allowing customers to sign these out.

For Kindle alone, they predict sales of 8 million units for this year! (See article)

So why are e-books so popular?


It's green.  In other words, environment friendly.  Less trees need to be cut down for paper, less processing and the release of chemicals into the air due to manufacture.

Economical.  There's no way a paperback could be manufactured at the cost of .99cents for the reader.  If you're an avid reader, e-books place hundreds of thousands of options before you at a minimal cost.

It doesn't require a lot of storage space.  Let's face it print books take up a lot of space.  If you read a lot of books they can quickly pile up.  E-books take up very little space on a hard drive.

Popularity of electronic readers.  Those who have them swear by them!  They're light and connected by wi-fi making thousands of books available instantly.

Young adults.  This generation was raised on computers.  It makes complete sense they'd be drawn to read books on them.

Versatility.  You don't need to own an e-reader to read an ebook.  Kindle allows you to download a FREE reader to your PC, Iphone, Mac, Blackberry, Ipad, Android, or Windows Phone 7. (Here's the link.)

Welcome to the e-book revolution!

My novel Ties That Bind is available on Kindle, and in other e-reader formats on Smashwords.