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Posted by goodmysteries on January 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM

In case you are wondering that is the sound of me eating my words. About what? E-books, what else

First of all let me make an admission. When e books first emerged the idea filled me with angst. I was nervous, even a little resentful. I was very vocal concerning this new medium. I didn’t want it to replace print books. I am a great advocate of the “printed word” in print. I love going into bookstores and perusing the shelves. I visit the library often and check out books. In my opinion, books were meant to be in printed form. Anything that threatened that was the enemy. On the other hand, I want to save trees and this is certainly a way to do that.

As an author I had to accept this new venue since many publishers, mine included, were embracing it like the second coming. Kindle, from Amazon, burst upon the scene and soon became all the rage, followed closely by Barnes and Noble’s Nook. What about me? I had even more anxiety when I discovered that many publishers were excluding print books from their offerings in favor of the new electronic downloads. Some of my readers were complaining to me that they could no longer get my books in print. I felt helpless. My resentment of e books again surfaced.

Then I got an e mail from an author friend that changed everything. He told me he’d received a message from a woman who had recently purchased one of his e books. She wanted to let him know how much she enjoyed it. No big deal, you say? Well, the reader lives in Nairobi, Kenya. The importance of this was very clear: this new medium has made books available to people all over the world with just the click of a mouse. That’s HUGE. Readers everywhere can order and receive the book of their choice in moments on their Kindle, Nook or other devices. Not days or weeks. Moments!

Don’t get me wrong. I still think readers who prefer print books should be able to order them in that format. But I now see e books as a way for authors to market their work in a new and exciting way. This can only help the publishing industry.

Carol A. Guy

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