There has been a lot of discussion about the future of books.
As we look back at the Record, Movie, and Entertainment systems evolution, we see a shift of media; content reigns and delivery system evolves. Since the same things are happening to all of these information delivery systems, it tells us that it is not about these ‘Information Niches’; it is more about how we are evolving as a species.
As an abject Lover of books, it has been of concern to me personally. As I strive to move forward in my writing and publishing efforts, I feel like I felt in my 30’s when White Water Rafting meant so much to me. The analogy is not only solid, it is absolutely fundamental to what we are experiencing. We avoid the rocks (new ideas), are sucked into whirlpools (when we bet on an innovation that proves to be a dry well), and are relentlessly pushed by the overpowering force that we feel (Time) to our greater glory – or total destruction.
As said by Julius Wiedemann in his recent (excellent analysis) post The Book Is Dead. Long Live The Publishing Industry! , “We are moving toward an ever-growing differentiation between the book as object versus content delivery system. As this occurs, we cannot ignore the fact that our lives are shifting dramatically toward a digitalized experience. This shift is happening not just for the sake of technology; it is happening because we–as in, society–are changing, as is our behavior.”
My lifelong desire was to write and publish a book. I love to write so it was just a matter of time. I published Lynn’s Story in a hardback version only. It went to close family and friends who intimately loved and shared joys with Lynn and me. I am publishing Views from Sandhausen in all formats less audio.
The paperback proof copy of Views from Sandhausen was just delivered! It is Brilliant!!! I may sleep with it tonight. WOW!!!
As pointed out in Mr. Wiedmann’s post, I expect that people will still buy a physical copy of the book, if they liked the eBook that they have read. If this comes to pass, it is VITAL that eBooks have the same pagination as does the hard or soft cover edition. The current practice of paginating eBook’s as ‘screens’ will make it slightly more difficult to read the eBook on your commute, the PC version in the office (whoops, did I say that?), and the hard/soft cover version whilst trying to fall asleep. Not impossible mind you, just more difficult.
I intend to leverage that trend by offering book bundles Hard + eBook, or Soft + eBook, on my personal sell site, ViewsfromSandhausen.com. OF course, pricing breaks will be offered.
Other happenings: (things are moving very fast) over the last two days, include my sending the first round of comments back to Smart Author Sites on the look and feel of the site that they are currently designing. Today’s photo will give you a quick look at the first draft of the site Home Page. Please feel free to comment on what you see! (You always are welcome to leave me comments: it makes both you and I better!)
The Twitter following continues to grow; I am weeding out the ‘chaff’ and adding people who are ‘movers and shakers’ in this business. If I’ve learned something from you (and I know that you don’t care) – I’m following You! Lastly, I’m continuing to work with PhotoFunia and their very clever software that produces images like this:
What a great tool for subtle advertising!!
Now take a further few moments and read Julius Wiedmann’s insightful post The Book Is Dead. Long Live The Publishing Industry!