Permanence vs. Accessibility


This rant is generated by Moira Allen’s article on books vs.web from the Writing World archives. She does indeed have a point for both – we all still love books, but on the web our babies are accessible all over the world, which before wasn’t possible. I prefer holding a paperback than a cold Kindle (although I’ve never tried that, so you never know… I might become a convert in the future! ;-)), but e-books are just easier (and cheaper) to get.

Moira says:

“Perhaps this is the ultimate answer to the apparently endless debate over ink vs. electrons, and the possibly silly question, “which will win?” Perhaps, in fact, it’s not a competition and never was. Perhaps, instead, it is a remarkable partnership. The printed page gives our words endurance; the electronic page gives them wings. Why would we want one to triumph over the other, when, as authors, we gain so much from having both?”

I think she’s right. We better get used to both, and start using both. So, for my graphic novel, I made up my mind: I will issue the single issues as soon as they become available on Lulu, but also make 3 “omnibus” so you can read 5 chapters at a time. And I’ll make them available for download as well. So check back my Lulu shop sometime in June for Chapters 2 and 3 of SKYBAND – I’ll be working on chapter 4 and 5 during the summer and hopefully in September I’ll issue the first “omnibus”.

On the topic I would also like to suggest a look at the post on e-readers at Write Enything. The world is changing. Stay tuned…

3 Comments

  1. Goodluck Barb. There is no doubt that the world of the book is changing. Being a bookworm however, I prefer to think that it is just another dimension being added to the world of the word.
    Like you though, I think we should all think about and embrace the new technology.

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  2. missvspeaks

     /  28/05/2010

    I think ebooks will gain in popularity, but as writers this can only be good news as there will always be a market for our work. The publishers are going to have to find a new angle as sales of paper books dwindle.

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  3. Yes, we will make it. Creators won’t be outcast ever again, we’ll be cuddled and cared for like in the time of Gengis Khan! 😉

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