We all saw this coming, right?
Most of us were content with the typewriter; happier still when it went from manual to electric. Then along came the word processor: a typewriter with a screen, printer and floppy disk. Things were really speeding along until…
One day a real hero showed up—the computer—it could do everything. Including take us to the Internet, which cruises around-the-world with the touch of a keyboard.
Next thing ya know we’re touching someone across the pond with e-mails, viewing videos on youtube, and reading the paper online.
Sooo, we shouldn’t have been surprised when Amazon came out with the Kindle: a hand-held, digital book reader.
It cost a lot more than a book, $139 and up, but stores hundreds of books. There are other advantages over the paperback: you can enlarge the text, it lights up; you can mark your place, and so on.
Still, I wouldn’t want to be engrossed in a story and have the batteries go dead. Or be someplace I couldn’t plug in to recharge.
Aaand some e-books have a problem converting formats when you download a book.
Doesn’t matter. Technology is progress. And the digital world is on fire.
Now Amazon reports it sold more books in the US for the Kindle than paperbacks during the end of 2010.
The boss over at Amazon said: “Last July we announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year.
So this milestone has come even sooner than we expected, and it’s on top of continued growth in paperback sales.”
See, some readers still love the feel of a real book, turning those pages…
Still, we novelists need to look to the future. I’m gonna be checking on how to write for the e-book.
Be back soon with the details…
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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