currently playing on my iPod: Thriller by Michael Jackson
Okay, so I’m not one of those folks who grin and clap their hands when someone pulls out their new Kindle Fire or whathaveyou. At best, I tolerate technology. Computery stuff makes it easier to write novels–which is my thing–and to find the address of some fantastic restaurant my cool friends want to visit. For me, reading on something that emits false light is just creepy. But, hey, I’m trying to come around to the idea. For instance, this week I’m gathering intel on happy tidbits about the world of publishing going digital. Here goes…
1. For as long as I’ve been around, the book industry has been rather tough on short stories. I’ve heard such complaints as they don’t package well and they don’t generate enough profit for the big boys/girls to even bother. But with digital formats, short stories make more sense on the money end. Here’s hoping *clinking champagne that suspiciously looks like milk in a fancy glass* we see more!
2. We can buy chapters of non fiction books. Hm. Interesting idea, is it not? I can’t remember where I picked this one up–I’ll post it later if I find it–but I love the possibilities. Like to cook dessert but not so big on tackling an intricate dinner? Download only the dessert sections of your favorite chefs’ cookbooks! Woo hoo! No more giant manuals-on-things-I-will-just-never-do falling from their overstuffed cabinet into the washing machine below. There’s another swig o’the drink to that one!
3. It’s one I’m not proud of but ’tis true nonetheless. Convenience. I don’t have to pack up two kids, drive through traffic to the brick and mortar store, and keep those little ones from buddying up to strangers whilst I peruse the shelves of today’s latest fiction. I simply wait until they are in bed and get to shopping. And the “books” I want will always be in stock digitally speaking. Ho hum. I know, really lazy. Oh well. I started out positive, and that’s a leap in the right direction.
What gets you smiling when you think about ebooks?