THE FUTURE ISN'T WRITTEN! Heard that one before? Bet you have any movie fan will have heard it.
Jennifer Parker: Dr. Brown, I brought this note back from the future and - now it's erased.
Doc: Of course it's erased!
Jennifer Parker: But what does that mean?
Doc: It means your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.
So now that, that's out of the way to the topic at hand. In a world where most would rather come home from work sit down open a cold one and turn on the tube and or jump online, play a game (PC or Console). Its almost as if the only reading we get done nowadays is either through a text message or while on our respected digital devices.
Want to read "Catcher in the rye"? Kindle has it. How about "Of Mice and men"? yeah they got that to. The "twilight saga" or "Harry Potter"? yep they got it. Amazon Kindle (released this day 11/19/ in 2007) is the powerhouse of the E- book market. If your looking for it they have it more than likely. And granted it is a little cheaper than building your home library. Initial cost of a kindle varies by the type you purchase The original Kindle was $399 and have varied in size and price since. And although its nice to be able to push a button or flip a switch and start reading your favorite book. There is so much lost in the experience of Books VS E-Books
Now I may sound biased, but hear me out. Now I work in both forms of the medium and they both have their pro's and con's. In the digital world from a creator's standpoint well it's just 100% more cost effective, and it will reach a wider audience than through a traditional publisher. Through digital self publishing we can keep all of our creative rights and max our profits vs expenses.
That being said I've also worked on the other side of the fence and it may not be as easy, but its just as rewarding. Now there will be some compromising done this way that you avoid completely when you self publish via digital. Editors and cover artist, and proof readers galore, and let us not forget our test group and what they will have to say about your book. And all of that is before the first copy hits the stands. But....its an amazing experience and one I would suggest all who endeavor to write try at least once.
Now with digital publishing and I hate to say it but the best you have to look forward to is a column of reviews and fan post. Now that's not all in all a bad thing. But who comes up to a digital writer and says "Hey! Can you sign my kindle? I downloaded your book and it is just "O.M.G." amazing, oh please, please, please?" yeah I may have went over the top there but you get the point. Now some writers offer a print on demand service with their E-Books, but that's a bit rare as of late do to increase of cost that have risen do to the E-book craze.
Now For the traditionalist who writes a rough draft and then revises it a few hundred times before he/she even sends a complete draft to the publisher (with one yellow sticky note saying "It's done but I have some things I might want to work on." Then of course as said before, there is the editor who will proof it, then they will send it to corporate and see if they like it and are willing to publish it. If yes, then it will be sent back to the editor who will return it to you to make a list full of changes. This will immediately irritate you but if you persevere then you can always come to a compromise or find another publisher. OR be smarter than I was and get a agent right off the bat, if your serious about going that route and don't feel like doing it all on your own. Agents cost yes but in the end they deal with all the nonsense, giving you more time to write your masterpiece.
Now this form of the medium lets you connect with fans in a more personal way via book signings, readings at local book stores maybe even a visit back to your Alma mater to impress and engage their young minds and maybe just maybe help someone become the next New York times bestseller.
But no matter how we look at the different styles,the arts are still thriving. And in the end that's what really matters. Are we inspiring young readers to join the ranks of future authors and story tellers. Will the next Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain be awed and inspired by something one of you will write? Will there be the next Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, or any one of a hundred great authors from every genre of storytelling? In the end whether it be paper or plastic,(I like paper) a book is a book and how you read it is inconsequential to the fact that you do read it,and let it take you to it's imagined shores or intergalactic worlds. Whether you simply swipe left to turn the page or gently grasp a corner of a roughed to much already page,of that one book you have read over and over again.