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Time magazine article- Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature

January 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

I just finished reading this really interesting article at Time’s website.  It’s such a coincidence that I recently also attending a librarian presentation about the state of ebooks in today’s world.  We talked about how the publishing company really is sort of stuck in the stone ages or at least not in synch with the electronic age.   The presenter brought up topics like print on demand, licensing schemes for electronic books and the pricing of electronic books among other things.

Now I don’t know a lot of what goes on behind the scenes but what I don’t get is why do some publishers refuse to sell electronic copies of their books and if they do it’s more than the print or maybe just $1 or so less than a print copy.  You would think they are saving all this money on not having to print the book, ship the book to whatever store or warehouse, not to mention help save a few thousand trees.  And I know for me, since I got my Kindle I’ve made more impulsive buys because I can get instant satisfaction.  I was reading the Sookie Stackhouse series last year.  Now normally I may buy the first book and then request the next book from the library or hope I can find it in a used book store.  But that means waiting until the weekend when I can make it to a book store or waiting for the request to be filled by the library.  Sometimes it takes so long I’ll lose interest in a book and decide not to read it after all.  Boy did that change after the Kindle.   I remember finishing book 2 in the Sookie Stackhouse series and wanting to know what happened next so I ordered book 3 and then the next day book 4.  It was really starting to get out of hand.  Now with the way the publishing industry is suffering should they really be passing up on this market?  I’ve heard electronic books are one of the only areas in this field that is seeing growth.  Come on publishers, get with the program.

One thing I have been surprised to see since I started blogging is that there are agents out there who obvious realize the book blogging community is a force to be reckoned with.  I was amazed to see the number of agents who are willing to offer up review copies of books in order to get the buzz out about new offerings.  The Time article mentions books like Daemon and Still Alice which were actually self published online before getting a contract with a publishing company.  That is unreal and yet in this day and age of technology it really should not be that surprising.

Anyway, that is my ramblings for the night.  I’m really tired and I hope this made sense.  I have to say while I will probably always continue to buy printed books I really hope there are bigger strides made in making electronic books easier to access and maybe even a way to have some sort of “used” ebook market.  Because believe me there are times like during my hour long public transit ride that it’s nice to be able to just carry along a Kindle filled with books rather than a backpack weighed down with a ton of books.

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