I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of people seem to off handedly toss both ebooks and self-published (e)books into the not “real” book category, or at least the not as “real” as those books published by an established publisher category. This is of course completely ridiculous. We do enough harping about ebooks on this site, but self-publishing doesn’t get much mention, so I thought I’d put together some quick ideas about self-publishing, as well as take a look on what the migration to digital text means for self-publishers. Most importantly, self-published books are sadly a largely unnoticed market, and there is a lot of great reading to be found by readers willing to take the plunge, so I’ve included some links to get you searching for your next, independently published read. …
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Mike Beeman lives in Boston and is a student at the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA program.
I love ebooks. I don’t read ebooks.
Let me explain. I think ebooks, digital readers, and digitized fiction in general are all great. More than that, they are being heralded as the natural direction for literature to move in. And rightly so. In theory, an ereader will be able to cut out the shipping boondoggle currently choking the publishing industry (despite, by most accounts, an actual growth in readership), and streamline the publishing process. A writer will write his or her book, an editorial team will edit the book, the readers will upload the book to their digital reader from the publisher’s website and read it. End of story. And this will all be accomplished much more quickly. Once the author has finished the book, it could conceivably take a matter of weeks, days, or even hours for the book to reach an audience, instead of the usual year or more it currently takes to publish a book (and that is for established authors).