The publishing industry has undergone massive change during the past decade or so. It seems that nowadays almost everybody can self-publish a book, and most people have done (hello!).
Ultimately, we still strive for that elusive contract with a big publisher and all the trimmings, even though the reality is often far from the dream. However you publish your books, one thing is certain: books are immortal. Readers will always crave something new and will devour series after series in the quest for adventure and knowledge.
When the Kindle was launched, and a whole range of e-readers appeared on the market, industry experts claimed that the good old paperback was dead. How wrong they were! I heard on the radio earlier this week that independent booksellers reported a boom in book sales during the Christmas 2018 period, a surprise result considering that high street stores are failing to meet targets and are closing at a rapid rate. I wonder if readers still like the feel and smell of a book? I know I do. I mean, yes, I love my Kindle, but truthfully, I read more physical books than eBooks. My Kindle is a useful, portable device that can fit in my handbag, but nothing beats a book. And I still love hardback books. Indeed, I dream of having my own novels published in hardback one day, if only to fulfill a long-held desire.
Do you still read? What is your preferred medium for a book? I’m still seeking an audience for #TheRedcliffeNovels series, and I am working on my new vampire hunter series of standalone novels. You can find the first two already published: Vampire of Blackpool and Return of the Vampire Hunter. I also write and publish short stories and the occasional poem. But I love books. I always will.
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As you said the smell and feel of a book is just spot on. I do use iBooks now but you can’t beat the real thing.
Yes, we do prefer the tactile element of reading, I think.
Interesting post! I also read different formats for different reasons: the on-the-move-convenience of ebooks and the treating-myself print book.
Yes, for dedicated readers I think a “proper” book is a treat, a reward after a busy day. Perhaps we read eBooks in-between our busy daily routines?
Book immortality is what gives me hope when I worry about my sales numbers! A least the book is out there like a hidden treasure.
I use my Kindle for most of my reading only because books were taking over the house. Our last move had more book boxes than bedroom boxes!
Ha ha, yes, we moved house last summer and still have a few boxes of books lurking in the garage. And I have stashed them all over the house!
Never give up hope with your book sales. I always imagine that my books will find their readers when the time is right 🙂