Saturday, 14 August 2010
Why writers should embrace the digital future
eBooks, love them or loath them, will liberate writers - they will enable writers to reach markets previously impossible to crack. And although it is unlikely that eBooks will ever totally replace paper books they will dominate the market and current indications are that this will happen sooner rather than later.
Cost-effective: As ebooks are online downloads, there are no shipping costs and far less costs that would generally be associated with physical wholesale distribution therefore resulting in generally lower costs to purchase an ebook as opposed to its paperback cousin. Or at least that's the way it should be in theory.
Environmentally friendly: For every ebook purchased instead of a paperback, that brings the world one step closer to saving more trees from being cut down and turned into books. If in future society moves closer to replacing the majority of paperbacks with ebooks this could help eliminate at least a portion of our natural resource consumption.
As writers we shouldn't be running scared of the eBook revolution, nor should we be comparing eBooks to the printed versions. What we should be doing is embracing this new medium and seeing it as another way of getting our work onto the market.