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Countdown to Publication: 16 Days -- E-everything
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Sonya Chung
February 2010
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Sonya Chung
February 2010
The days are flying by. Without this countdown, I'd be fooled/confused by the "optical illusion" of February's being a short month. Yesterday, a former student congratulated me on the fact that LONG FOR THIS WORLD will be available in Kindle format. I wrote (by email), "It will? Thanks for alerting me!" I went to Amazon and confirmed that yes, in fact, you can pre-order LONG FOR THIS WORLD in hard cover, mp3 audio, CD audio, and Kindle formats (at B&N, you can also purchase it in e-book format for other e-readers, including Nook.) Who knew? It's been like this pretty much all along the way, i.e. I've tried to keep up with the digital books storm and all the opinions and price wars and legal agreements flying around; but it's dizzying. And what do any of us really know about "The Future of the Book?" None of it seems to me all-good or all-bad. I am not, by any means, a Luddite; but I do read/purchase physical books, because I always make notes in my books; and when I browse my personal library, I somehow need to see the spines, the title fonts, the size and width of the book, when I'm trying to remember or locate something. (Not to mention the fact that I spend way too much time in front of a screen already; the last thing I want to do when reading is be in front of another screen.) Other people read differently, I know. A friend tells me how wonderfully easy it is to browse and purchase books on the Nook, while still in bed on a Sunday morning. Perhaps people will buy more new books at $9.99 than they would at $24.99. But: I am with those authors and author advocates who worry that e-books will drive down the prices of all new books. People don't realize that it's not just the paper and printing that costs money; the author's sweat and tears (3, 4, 8 years), not to mention the editors, copy editors, designers, marketing and sales teams who still need to pour themselves into these labors of love. I'm thrilled that LONG FOR THIS WORLD will be available in multiple formats for readers with different reading habits. I don't know if physical books will go the way of audio cassettes and CD disks, but I hope not. It's a very strange and dynamic time in publishing; in 10 years, where will we be? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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