Song of the Day: Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer
I think the invention of the e-reader is brilliant, not to mention convenient. Some authors really love it. But the rise of the e-book threatens the constancy of the bookstore. I can't fathom a world without bookstores. As a young girl I would spend entire Saturdays in Barnes and Noble reading and eating cupcakes from the cafe. Don't get me wrong, I've accepted the e-book, but I do hope that there will always be people like me. I hope that there will always be a choice. I'm still pulling info off the shelves from the 2010 Florida Writer's Conference. I attended a discussion on how e-books are changing the publishing industry and I thought I'd share.
The following are my notes from the 2010 Florida Writers Conference. Keynote speaker, T.J. Waters:
-Publishing is in a talespin (Bookstores are in trouble. Some stores are closing quietly. Even Walmart and Target will soon reduce their book inventory).
-At the moment Amazon is selling more e-books than hardcover copies of books.
-One benefit of the e-book is that authors are able to pinpoint what consumers are actually purchasing their books.
-Some authors such as Steven King, Stephanie Meyer, and Steve Berry have announced e-book only titles.
-Dorchester Publishing is going completely digital.
-The world at your fingertips- It takes less than 5 minutes to purchase an e-book.
-The e-book is changing how we read. Carrying around your e-reader allows you to read anytime, anywhere at the exact place you left off. Kindle software can sync to other mediums such as your laptop, desktop, phone, etc. You can forget your book at home, but when you buy a digital copy, you almost always have access to it.
- Authors make less per book, but they're selling more copies.
-Retailers are able to contact consumers about upcoming releases from authors of books they've already purchased.
-E-books allow retailers to deliver the product to the consumer where and when they want it.
-With E-books, "All the world's a stage."
Cold. Hard. Facts. Who can argue with them? Not even I can. This discussion really brought me into reality. Does it make me want an e-reader? No way! Am I happy that it encourages people to read and may save literature? Totally! :)
What about you? Do you prefer an e-reader or physical books?