The Book is Dead

“There are also the people who say, quite rightly, that writing and publishing a “real” book is still the big dream, and people will keep chasing that dream no matter how much we all argue that the book is dead, that times have changed, that no one reads any more, etc.”

This excerpt is taken from Jane Friedman’s blog (Writer’s Digest), and I suggest you read the rest of her post here.

I realize I am not posting what I said was next, but I have been reading so much about the future of publishing all over the web, that I thought writers ought to be aware of what is going on out there in the publishing world.  The state of the economy is only making the transition to digital publishing happen sooner rather than later.  Here is what I have been discovering:

It is cheaper for a reader to buy a digital book than a printed one.  That is a fact.  People in third world countries, people with less than many of us in developed countries, are getting access to the web and to the ability to read digital books.

It is also cheaper for publishers to publish digitally.  The quality of the writing of digital works has improved.  Many magazines that publish only on the web are getting as much respect as anything published on paper.

Barnes & Noble has just developed their own digital reader with more books available than Kindle.  Apple has announced their development of a digital book reader.

We are in a major transition period of which you must be aware if you want to publish.  If you are writing a novel, short stories or poetry, you cannot ignore the web or eBooks.  This includes marketing yourself and your writing.

Stay tune.

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2 thoughts on “The Book is Dead

  1. Excellent post. For myself, I’m interested in digital publishing for one of the reasons you noted: it’s cost effective (for the most part).

    Something else I’ve noticed about digital or e-publishing is the wide, wide variety of material available. I believe, in a way, it ties directly into the cost effective nature of e-publishing as it seems to be less of a risk to take a chance on a new author/genre/style of writing when the up front costs are lower. The ability to try something new or different and see what takes off opens up so many possibilities, in my opinion, and it’s a big inspiration for me.

    Thank you for posting on this topic!

    • You are so right on all points. An aspiring writer should never turn her nose up at ebook publishing. It is not only a way in, but is an end, in itself. It may only take a year or two for public opinion (and literary opinion) to catch up.

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