Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The E-book Revolution

Seems everyone is discussing e-books and e-readers lately.

I've heard arguments that e-books are definitely here to stay and well eventually wipe out paper books. Frankly, though I believe e-books and readers are here to stay, I doubt regular books will disappear.

On the other side, believe it or not, there are many who think the e-book and readers are only a fad and will disappear much like the 8 track tape and wants happening with VCR videos. I definitely think these folks are wrong.

For one thing, e-books have been around for 10 years--though not a lot of people knew about them, except people like me who were published in e-books. The Rocket E-Reader came along about that time too--and it was great way to read e-books. Unfortunately, Sony bought them out and then didn't come out with another e-reader until a couple of years ago. By that time Amazon had started selling the Kindle.

Frankly, e-books are shaking up the publishing industry. I'm not going into all the interesting things that have been happening, but believe me, the New York publishers are not thrilled nor have they quite figured out what's going on or how to go about the e-publishing business.

One agent has started putting clients' books on Kindle who didn't have e-book rights in their contract--and has been banned by the big publishing houses. Interesting.

So, if you don't think things are changing in the publishing world, you aren't paying attention.

I have no idea how all this is going to shake out. What I do know is life is all about changes, and right now the publishing world is being turned upside down. Since nearly all my books are available in e-book form, I find this fascinating.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

4 comments:

Vicki Rocho said...

Ebooks aren't gong anywhere. Neither are paper books. I think 'real' books will become more valuable and Ebooks are going to evolve into something even more wonderful.

Bottom line, no matter what happens with ebooks and paper books, there will always be a demand for writers.

Arien said...

I love the idea of ebooks simply because I love books, but I am constantly struggling with the problem of where to keep them. If I could digitise all my paperbacks and technical manuals into something like a Kindle or an iPad I would be a *very* happy person, as it would not only reduce the clutter but also give me back quite a bit of my living room and office. Digitised technical manuals would also have several advantages, including better search function -indexing can be a pain- and on the long term, the possibility of mixing the book with videos instead of images, which for some things where step-by-step instructions are required, it would be a blessing. Then my bookshelves could be used for books that don't translate as well to e-book format, or where the books themselves are exceptional pieces of design -not just writing- and become a piece of art: examples would be the Absolute Sandman books that DC released a couple of years ago, or the Fat Duck cookbook.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hi, Vicki, I certainly agree with your comment.

Arien, I'm happy to have most of my books as e-books.

Marilyn

Lillie Ammann said...

Marilyn,
I just wrote about the growth of the e-book market in a post on my own blog: http://lillieammann.com/2010/07/19/the-growing-e-book-market/

Interesting times in e-publishing!