Thursday, July 1, 2010

It’s Goddamn Electric




Ebooks piss me all the way off.

Like many people I love the smell of a book and the feeling of holding a REAL book. Even when I read submissions for Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology and the upcoming Call of Lovecraft, I would much rather read a hard copy, instead of staring at a monitor for hours.

The internet is an amazing thing for a writer. Sites like Facebook, Myspce, Twitter, and Goodreads are great networking tools and ways for authors to pimp their work. Even authors like me, that don’t support epublishing can benefit from these resources.

I have been called everything from a technophobe to just plain stubborn, but despite my frustrations the ebook shockwave is sweeping the world. It is moving ahead with or without me. Amazon has the Kindle, Apple has released their iPad and Barnes and Noble (and soon Best Buy) offer The Nook. I had always thought these ways to eread were killing print media, but I have a feeling it is not going to die completely.

My books HELP: An Anthology to Benefit Preditors and Editors, Concrete Blood and Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead are available through Amazon. I have to admit that Black Bed Sheet Books even offers The Anthology of the Living Dead on the Kindle.

Some libraries are even offering ebooks to their patrons. The concept of a temporary ebook feels weird to me, but then I found out about B & N offering Nook owners a free “Bestseller” ebook for visiting their stores. The only catch is that you only get it for 3 days, but you have to go into the stores to get the free ebooks.

The whole e-conundrum was weighing very heavy on my head and heart when I learned about a writers workshop with Jane Friedman(of Writer's Digest Magazine) via Twitter. Like a good e-monkey I posted the event on Facebook and had the nearly the entire Midwest Writers Guild of Vincennes accompany me to Evansville, Indiana, for Jane Friedman’s Online Publishing and Social Media Workshop.

The event was hosted by the Midwest Writers Guild of Evansville and was well worth the drive. Everyone from the Red Bank Public Library and Jane were very nice and informative. During this workshop Jane talked about social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. She had a very convincing argument for electronic media. She even made me think about my own electronic future.

The base of the e-defense is not about ebooks or ireaders it is more about discoverability and accessibility. If someone really wants to write something and get it out to as many people as they can then why not offer it on every platform and option available?

It made me wonder if people had the same issues with plays being transformed into television shows and movies. Maybe there are still people who choose theatre over television or the big screen.

Maybe…there is enough room in the world for print and electronic media.

Maybe…just maybe…we will see Eclectic Collection on the Kindle…maybe some day very soon…

-Travis