Okay, okay, so it's E-Book Week. And I am a writer/reader so I suppose I should give it some ink. Who am I kidding? E-books are here to stay.
Nook. Kindle. Next e-reader. Take your pick because, chances are, you will own one someday. I will not predict that paper&gllud books will completely disappear, but I will predict that the vast majority of the next few generations will be reading on these. Think about it: my 4yo son has never seen a corded phone, barely seen a VCR (we don't have one), is versed in the DVR and on-demand mode of our television, can work my touchpad cell phone, and is confused by audio tapes (yes, I still have a few mix tapes from high school!). What are the chances that the next generation will scoff at books? Pretty good, I'd say.
However, even if I want to ignore e-books as a reader, I canNOT ignore them as a writer. It would be ignorant of me not to push for my books to be published in electronic format. It would be ignorant of me not to attend conferences and get to know the nuances of the e-reader.
So here are today's questions:
Do you own an e-book? If so, which one and what do you love/hate about it?
As a writer, what plans do you have to market to the e-reader crowd? Are you burying your head in the sand and hoping it will pass you by, or are you tackling this techno craze head on?
For other great posts about E-Book Week, check out the blogs of L. Diane Wolfe and Alex J. Cavanaugh. And, if you remember, I have written about e-books before! Click here for my past article on the effect of e-readers on book publicity.
For those who are used to my sort-of-weekly Writing Prompt Wednesdays meme, I have decided to discontinue it for a while. The response was so-so and I wasn't even moved to write today, so ach, maybe in the future...