I am so torn about the eBook rout of publishing. Some people say it’s the way to go and is the future but I have a Kindle Fire HD and I have purchased exactly one eBook so far. I mostly use it for reading my friend’s manuscript in bed. Don’t get me wrong I love my Kindle but there is something about the feel of a book in your hands. Seeing how far you are in a bunch of pages rather than a percentage.
My biggest issue is the smell. Sense memory is a huge part of your overall memory. I still remember the smell of the book store where I grew up and the smell of the first book I loved. It actually smelled a little mildewy cause it was super old. I do like that you can barrow books from friends and libraries easily enough. Though I have yet to do it. I don’t like it when the book costs more in the eBook form. I feel like they are cheating me if an eBook is more than like five bucks. I realize they still need to make money but if I’m not paying for the process to take the book from the computer and turn it into an actual book I don’t understand what I am paying that much for. I know it’s a process and everyone needs their piece of the pie but I don’t know.
I guess most of my reservation is there is a library in my dream house. Which I thoroughly intend to have some day. The library is like the one in Beauty and The Beast, the Disney version. So my real issue is probably a fear that eBooks will actually replace the good old paperback. Which I would not like. I prefer the feel of a book.
I like eBooks if you they are considerably less expensive than the paper back or hardcover and I don’t know the author. If I read an eBook and love it you can bet I will be making a trip to the book store or amazon to buy the actual book. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned but I like the actual book.
Now for some pros to the eBook. I love the fact that if the kids are in bed and I want to get a new book I can just hop on the Kindle and find something. I don’t have to wait for it to get here by mail or anything. Just find a comfortable position and you are off into another world. The free previews are pretty amazing and a good business tool. I read the beginning of a book and ended up paying for the rest of it even though it was more than I would normally be willing to spend on an eBook just because I couldn’t stop reading!
Honestly being able to buy a book without dragging the kids to the store is my number one reason for having a kindle. I don’t know about you but if I bring the kids to the book store I don’t just buy the book I went in there for. I buy a couple for myself and a couple for the kids. So for the sake of our budget eBooks are amazing.
As an aspiring author I do not want to go to go the self publishing route. If I have to I will definitely consider it but again, I want to hold that book with name on it. I want to be able to go to signings. Even signings where only two people show up ha ha. I want the whole experience. Mostly I want that moment when my book arrives in the mail. I am not trying to bad mouth self publishers in any way. I am a big fan of, do what you have to, and if I have to, I will reevaluate my position on e-publishing. Honestly though I just hope I don’t have to worry about it. E-publishing would also put a kink in my being an agent. I am not able to go to school for english or anything. The best I can do is a certificate in english. Which I plan to do soon. If I publish my book it will help get a leg up in getting an internship. So basically all my dreams are intermingled.
Whatever happens when I am ready to try publishing I am glad that self publishing is an option. Hopefully I can write more about it in December or January. My goal is to be looking into it then 😉