As for readers, yesterday I was given a survey from goodreads, asking specific questions about how many books I purchased i.e. hard cover, paperback, used, eformat, audio, borrowed from the library, etc…Naturally, I had much to offer. But then the topic got me thinking... As a reader, with so many book formats available these days, which ones do you prefer? How do you like your books?
Two years ago, most people were reluctant to read eBooks, now with the abundant technology platforms/devices available, people are more accepting of them – at least ebook sales certainly indicate so. As a reader, I don’t particularly care which format the book comes in, only the content. For me, eBooks are easier to read at night, but that can be a curse when you need sleep.
As for my writer friends, having all types of formats available for your book is essential. However, with the demand of eBooks, writers are not only considering their formats or pricing more closely, but also how frequently they publish their books. I had the pleasure of reading an insightful post from a writer, Vincent Zandri at from House Wife Blues and Chihuahua Stories. Gone are the days when an author could write one book a year. Nowadays, writers must strive to write at least 2-3 a year plus more. I found this and his perspective enlightening, describing how the publishing industry used to be vs. how it is today. Much has changed in publishing for all sides of the industry. (On a side note, Vincent also has an excellent blog post about his personal journey as a writer - filled with successes and failures. A must read)
Overall, the demand is good news for writers, especially self-publishing ones. Which brings me to my question to my writer friends - whether traditionally or self-published - are you experiencing any of the demand mentioned? I'm sure all cases vary, but still have you increased your writing to supply for the demand. Thoughts?