I'm getting a little bit sick of the harsh truth about the publishing industry's current state. I've read some articles in the last two months that have really opened my eyes to the ramifications of the e-book revolution on writers. I mean, I guess we should have seen it coming. After all, it happened to the music industry first. And I guess saying that 'there is nothing like holding a paperback or a hardback in your hands' is kind of like being one of those hipsters who insists that nothing will ever sound as good as vinyl. Yet I find it hard to believe that I am the only person out there who will miss the concrete sensation, and the beautiful smell of a real life bound book.
Here are a few articles for your perusal:
One from Sara Foster's blog.
And one that makes me worry that I will soon be hearing from less of my favourite authors. (This one comes to you from Saundra Mitchell's blog but I heard about it through EgobooWA) Just as a side note to this blog, I'm aware that it's not the E-book that is causing the problem in this case, but the reaction of people to the availability of the E-book... that is, those people who steal 'free' copies of E-books.
I'm sure there are heaps of other eye opening articles out there and hopefully when you read them, you'll feel as inspired to action as I am. If you have a birthday coming up and you're due a gift from me, IT WILL BE A BOOK. Most likely it will also have come from an Indie bookshop.
Shout out to my favourite Indie, Crow Books in Vic Park.