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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!
The 2010 Results are In: My First Year of Blogging was Successful!
One nice thing about a WordPress blog is that they give you a report at the end of the year on how your blog did against the competition, on WordPress. I would like to thank all of my readers for following my bittersweet ramblings, and I promise that 2011 will be more upbeat, and contain more useful information for my readers. Without further adieu, here are the results for the FlaAuthor.wordpress.com blog.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 72 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 60 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was October 2nd with 70 views. The most popular post that day was Can I Write? – Feedback from My Editor.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, linkedin.com, mail.yahoo.com, and kickstarter.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for views from sandhausen, public isolation, public isolation project, internet world map 2010, and internet structure.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Can I Write? – Feedback from My Editor October 2010
About the Authors July 2010
Public Isolation Project November 2010
Views from Sandhausen – Proposed book cover September 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,
Thoughts from an Unemployed Professional November 2010
1 Like on WordPress.com,
These results are very modest, compared to my competition, but have served to introduce Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment. For an author, it is all about building a platform before releasing a book. Given that half of my income in 2010 was consumed by medical expenditures, and that was WITH great medical coverage, the end of the tunnel is in sight and you can expect more in 2011, afer my finances stabilize.
As I have told you all before, May your year of 2011 be the best ever for all of you (and me)!
I think the picture header really catches the visitor’s eye, and the overall layout is user-friendly. Plus you have descriptive and informative posts that give the visitor a view, if you will, into the editing, publication and marketing processes. And I just love the My Posts section where you can hover over the date and get a preview of the post before you jump down to it. The basic color scheme also really works with the dark outline of the picture. By no means am I an expert in design or blogging, but it certainly caught my eye (and is backed by substance in the posts).” (NOTE: I said that I thought it was pedestrian). “ It might be pedestrian in the sense that the layout is fairly straightforward, but I can assure you (from personal experience) that for some people, making a design ‘straightforward’ and effective can be very difficult. Just my opinion.
This is a great video of the central train station in Antwerp Belgium. http://tiny.cc/ii2su
It is not something you see every day; I know I never saw it while I was there. It is very useful though because it shows a cross-section of Europeans having a great time. While I am not naive enough to not believe that it was a complete set-up, it is useful to see normally reserved people “Letting Loose” for a few moments. Also please note the lack of really heavy people. This too is indigenous to that part of the world.
The contributions continue to roll into the Kickstarter.com site and on behalf of both Lynn and I want to thank you for your contribution http://kck.st/cgXgnB
I doubt that we will reach our goal, so it will cost you nothing in the end. I do appreciate your support! I continue to climb the mountain that is learning how to effectively market “Views from Sandhausen”. The publishing business has undergone a “Sea Change” with respect to the process.
We, on the ‘read a book’ side have not seen it, other than finding the book that we want in multiple channels. I’m sure that, if you read a Really Good Book, you will be buying it in multiple formats, just so that you have it where you want it, when you want it. That means multiple purchases and that means that the industry will thrive and prosper well into the future.