Have you heard? The book industry is a dead duck. Print books are a thing of the past and bookstores are going the way of the saber tooth tiger. Boy, I get tired of hearing all these depressing proclamations! Personally, I see some very positive things about this crazy industry so for what it’s worth, here is my two cents on the GOOD things happening for all you bibliophiles.
#1) There are more books available now than ever before. Ebooks, print books, iBooks, fan fiction. You name it and you can find it. There is also that old fashioned invention called, The Library. A whole world of prints books (and now ebooks!) available for absolutely nothing. Could there be anything better? Yes, libraries have had to cut back hours and personnel, but they continue to thrive in communities all across the world. Go libraries!
#2) Young folks are reading. I have witnessed my own teen specimens doing this. Yes, I know they’re spending plenty of time texting, Facebooking and the like, but they are also reading online content. Unlike my generation, these pups have grown up getting their information via the screen versus the written page. That doesn’t mean they don’t value reading, they just do it differently. I pick up my paperback, my youngest reaches for her device.
#3) Online reviews are tools to point you to (or away from) books before you fork over the dough. As someone whose books are constantly reviewed (by fans and haters alike) I have felt the agony and ecstasy of the review, but as a reader, I am happy to peruse a few commentaries on a book before I purchase. I don’t always allow reviews to color my decision to buy, but it’s nice to be able to feel the waters before the money leaves my pocket.
So what do you think? Are there things you’ve noticed about the book biz that please or displease you? Do you tend to reach for a book or your iPad to get your reading fix?