Odd, in that I’m preparing for a book signing in Princeton. In that nothing excites me more than getting a box from Samhain with copies of my new release in print. That seeing your book in a bookstore–if you can find a bookstore besides B&N is simply… well, you get all that. And that my previous blog entry is about winning a print book…
I was lugging my groceries around yesterday in those tree-hugging bags–damn, you can pack too much in them. Moose and I stopped in Target for some odds and ends and I walked down the book isle. And the most amazing thing came out of my mouth: Nah, I’ll get it electronically. Huh?
Moose asked if that wasn’t bad for publishing. Well, at Dear Author, there’s a very interesting discussion about epublishing. I have no idea if it’s bad for publishing, and it occurred to me that as a consumer, it’s their job to get it right.
I worked in publishing for about two decades. I know how quickly things can change (like info. you used to sell in print suddenly available free to anyone with a computer). We’re in the middle of so many technology revolutions.
I’m older than the average romance reader, but I fit the other stats pretty nicely. I’ve put “please don’t print this email” on my missives at work. Why would I buy paper when I can be environmentally friendly? Why would I pay twice as much for a book in this economy? Because the “print” books out of New York are better?
Nonsense. Sure, I am not into shapeshifting Hawaiian shark gods–the stuff that some epub companies crank out. Oh, wait, I wrote one of those and it was a great seller and got great reviews.
I’m about to write a review on a book that will be available shortly electronically, and it’s every bit as good as the paper books I’ve bought in the last few years.
So, a belated New Year’s resolution. I have a few old tomes that have been kicking around the family for years. They will stay on my shelf. But I’m done. No print books for me. Unless publishing really screws this one up, as some at Dear Author seem to predict they might. I think it’s just growing pains.
What do you think?