Is An E-Book Still A Book?Posted: December 17, 2011
There has been an issue weighing on my mind lately. As a writer, it’s important to me so that I know how to achieve my goal of being published once again. Because I am really wrapped up in my Forever Gothic series, I want to find the *perfect* publishing house or literary agent. Even if I had an agent and self-published, I think I could promote well with someone to assist me and who can use their contacts in the book world and maybe I can get a leg up in the world of YA supernatural.
However, as I thought about it, I was a bit saddened. At my age, I always thought I’d live to see my books published. That is, in a book. An actual, tangible, page-riddled book! Now, I’m not so sure. I thought back on how my local library some years ago acquired a set of computers, and how so many people would be utilizing the free Internet service instead of browsing the book section. Card catalogs went from those little drawers with cards on them to computers. I remember in my elementary school days when we had to learn to use them. And now, they are no more. I wonder if any libraries still have them.
And now, with the closing of Borders, I wonder what this means for writers and readers. Will Kindle take over? Will we one day step into classrooms where everyone has a Kindle to read their Textbooks? Will manuals and catalogues someday only be available through e-book? And will I ever see my beloved characters in a hardcover edition?
What I truly want is for my work to be seen by as many people as possible, whether it’s paperback or Kindle. To me, that is a small detail as far as work goes. When someone tells me they love my work, it gives me a little thrill. It makes me think, “Hey, this wasn’t all for nothing!” Someone actually took the time to let me know my writing is being appreciated, even if it is from a small group. And that’s what makes my heart flutter. And maybe one day I will even be able to live my dream and be on Tyra to promote my beloved characters.
However, with this shift in technology, I wonder what it means for the publishing world as an entity and where my future stands as a writer. And for the first time ever, I find myself contemplating a future without books. Will e-books ever really be the same?