As we continue to move into a paperless society (okay everyone says the catch phrase in business then the lawyers step in and next thing you know it’s there in triplicate) the publishing world is taking it on from the base level. There are some traditionalist that need a pen and paper to write with but most of us use our computers for the full process. Outside of one imprint publisher I’ve never sent my manuscript off in paper form for submission.
So from writing, querying, submitting, editing and publishing books are done electronically. The contracts though do have to be printed (see lawyer comment above.)
Now to the consumer. I have many friends, relatives and fans that love the feel of a book in their hands. Some of them just want my book in their hands because they know me, etc. Others haven’t moved into the e-reader stage yet for one reason or another. I remember thinking my friend was crazy when she first showed me a Kindle I don’t know how many years ago. When my husband bought mine over a year ago as a congrats-you-got-a-publishing-deal I was sure I’d barely use it. I’m not one to do much on my phone or even my Nintendo DS. Like most kids I get bored after a month or two. Well I’m sure you guessed where my fully stocked Kindle is, yep always by my side either being read or reading a story to me on audiable. I still do have a print book that I’m reading at all times. I used to keep three or four print books around the house for when my mood changed now, I have multiple books going on my Kindle.
We’re not moving away from print and I could never truly see that happening, but as I hear horror stories of e-readers being broken I’m not as disturbed as a book being dropped in a mud puddle. Why? Because safely tucked in a cloud is the e-reader library waiting to be accessed.
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