The Future of Publishing
The “New Fashioned” eBook
Books vs. Electronics
Good writers – and in turn good editors/ proofreaders – are hard to find. And “print” authors even harder. I was in Barnes and Noble just last week and was pleased to see how many bound copies of books were available. What did bother me, though, was that they were selling eBooks and eReaders at the main entrance and at the customer service counter. So, will it one day be Barnes and Noble Electronics? Please, no!
This is probably nothing to truly worry about, but the future of a book where you can turn the pages, smell the smell of fresh ink, feel the dust from a well-read copy of an old favorite, could be in jeopardy.
Will our children really ever know the pleasure of opening a brand-new book for the first time and feeling the smoothness of the pages and the stiffness of the binding? Will they hold on to a book they’ve read before so they can read it “just one more time”?
For those of us who just don’t “get it”
There’s Still Work for Us
Will spell check replace the human editor and proofreader? I pray not! I decided to get into this “business” from reading one of those mass-produced excuses for newspapers that are thrown somewhere near our driveways by a women cruising by in her car trying to make a little money to support her young teenager who is still sound asleep in bed after being up until 4:00 am on MySpace.
And I really don’t mean to imply that the future of print media is at an end. Many will hold out to the last, hanging on to old favorites and trying to pass them down to their grandchildren. Ah, well. Just one more chapter in the history and future of literature.