|Death Singer and other fantasy tales|
Will 2012 be the year of the ebook? Just in case you’re still wondering, here are a few e-resolutions for readers and authors:
Economise – You’ll find many out-of-copyright ebooks are free to download, and some publishers promote new titles and/or new authors for low prices. If you have a Kindle, keep an eye on amazon's website for news of the hottest offers, and trawl the blogs (including this one!) for hidden gems from independents.
Explore – You can have a lot of fun exploring the free samples (the first 10% of a Kindle book), which can be downloaded to your device for reading at leisure with no obligation to buy. I love these free samples… and sampling an ebook on my Kindle often drives me to buy the paperback or hardcover, which has to be good news for books as a whole.
Educate – The whole publishing industry is reacting to ebooks. Keep up with the changes. For a business blog written by an experienced US author who has lived through the changes, try http://kriswrites.com/
Evaluate – Ebooks are here to stay. What will happen to you if traditional paper-based systems are no longer the only way to publish? This affects authors, agents, publishers, and booksellers… and, ultimately, readers. A timely and level-headed discussion of what is happening in the publishing industry - of interest to both authors and readers - can be found in Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran.
Expand – Don't panic! Ebooks are not going to replace paper books, at least not yet. They are simply a new format. You do not have to choose ebooks or paper books… you can publish and read both.
Experiment – The eworld is still developing, so this might be a good time to try out new things. Don’t worry if some of your experiments fail. After all, you know what they say... if you never fail, you’re not trying!
I've spent a year experimenting with ebook editions of my backlist (which was out of print) and sales so far prove there is still a small demand for these titles. Not enough to justify another print run, maybe, but certainly enough to justify their existence as ebooks. I reverted the rights and published Kindle versions with amazon's Kindle Direct Platform, but if you are still under contract and have books out of print, why not ask your publisher to produce an ebook as well as a print-on-demand edition? It could be the best resolution you make in 2012...
|Seven Fabulous Wonders|
My website is at http://www.katherineroberts.co.uk/