Sunday, 14 September 2014

Books are evolving.

I was stunned to find both of my ebooks both available on iTunes . It never occurred to me that it could happen without my being aware of it...
They were published on Smashwords and then on Kindle but I hadn't bothered about anything else because steadily, one or two at a time they are being downloaded.
A friend recently asked how to go about getting some sermons and papers written years ago published. It was only because I was running through the various steps to get a book out that I found my books in a different place.
It really is I think the way ahead. Far from it being the dreaded ,the hated vanity publishing it is simply an easy way of getting words available to the public.
 I imagine reference books of various kinds are not selling in the quantities they used to...it is easier to listen to an audio book or read print on an iPad than having an actual book to pick up.
I have hundreds of books in the house, walls full of them but I only occasionally now take one down to look up a flower or a bird.
I would be very sorry if those whose books provide their livelihood lost out. That would be sad...but I think the future is clear....ebooks are apparently the way forward...until something better is invented...nothing is for ever!
Heavy leather bound editions were quickly replaced by paperbacks...evolution happens , change is inevitable.
We just have to learn to adapt too...

2 comments:

  1. This must be the one and only thing we do not have in common Jean.
    I love books (real ones that is), have been a member of a library for 72 years and couldn't exist without my regular trip to change them for new ones.
    The whole transaction has enormous appeal for me and I never read online or on any gadget, since that would remove the physical feel of the book.
    I enjoy turning over pages and since most of my reading is done at night in bed, would never be able to gather my wits sufficiently to put down a Kindle or other gadget safely.
    If a book slips out of my hands as I 'drop off'' neither it nor I suffer, the same would not be true of an Ipad.

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  2. Jean, you should also take a look at google books. Perhaps they've migrated there as well?

    Never sure of how all of this interconnection works? But if it is for the benefit of the author fine, but if it benefits the commercial companies putting them up, particularly selling a heavily discounted prices, than the author loses out on royalties.

    But glad that you're delighted to see them spread, I wonder how regularly the publishers actually pay you the royalties? They probably sit on them, gaining interest until they're received an amount making it worthwhile paying the author.

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