Just recently I was asked to give my opnion on whether or not the e-book was going to put an end to traditionally published books.
That’s a big question – and way more than I can answer in the few minutes I have got before I must go and catch a bus to work.
But – here’s my quick thoughts on the matter.
I don’t own an e-reader – but that’s mostly because I’m broke.
However, I’d love to own a Kindle or Kobo e-reader.
I have fifty-four year old eyes. Small font is beginning to escape me. The ability to blow up a novel’s font – as you can do with e-reading devices – is a wonderful sales feature.
I have a fifty-four year old back, as well – and I do most of my reading on the bus on the way to and from my day job. Means heavy books get left behind. Just last week I had to give up on reading Ken Follett’s PILLARS OF THE EARTH because it was too damn heavy. E-books let you carry entire encycopedias in your hip pocket.
That’s another sales feature.
Finally – I just don’t believe that e-books are the horror that some folks picture them as. Whether you are scrolling with a button or flipping an actual page you are still reading a book. Saying that an e-book is any different than a traditionally-published book is a little like saying that hardcovers are “better” than paperbacks.
It just doesn’t hold true.
A book is a book is a book!
yours in storytelling,