Change

With my birthday approaching, I am thinking about change. I will be another year older – a date I do not anticipate. However, as my late mother said, it is better than the alternative.

And, alternates come in many colors, such as the change in book distribution. Borders will close Friday. Here is a link to that story:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303661904576454353768550280.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

The sad thing is I bought books two weeks ago there for my youngest autistic son. Going to Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion, Neb., will seem quite empty without the store anchoring the edge of the shopping center. What happened is apparent. They were too late in adapting with the times and the onslaught of e-books.

What about you? A friend of mine found e-books a couple of years ago and is making significant money through this avenue. I still have not purchased an e-reader. It scares me a little. But with my birthday almost here I plan to buy a Nook (especially since my husband is paying for it and since I got familiar with the device the other day), I now feel comfortable with its use.

Take a breath and move on, I say. Change always is difficult. A video showed how many young adults even think e-mail is passe. It is for me somewhat. I seldom forward e-mails as I did even a year ago. Instead, I interact on Facebook, Twitter and recently joined Read the Shorts and several Goodreads online groups. I lag behind. Is it too late for this dinosaur?

I hope not this is why I am writing an e-book to publish before my early-twentieth-century romance, Sustaining Love:  A Time Remembered, is out in April of 2012.  Wish me luck and pray for all Borders employees as they seek new positions in today’s economy.

 

11 Comments

  1. I buy ebooks because f the price difference. I often can’t afford the 10$ plus for a single book that I could, potentially, read in a day. But I can come up with a couple of bucks. For someone who only occasionally buys books a few extra dollars is not a big deal, but if you buy even ten a year and save 8$ on an ebook vs a “dead tree” book, you’re talking 80$. I can do a lot with 80$.

    And it’s never too late 😉

  2. J. R. Hermes says:

    hi!

    your post does have some sad mood – it’s about old fashioned style and the sorrow of passing times. i do not love ebooks, i still stick to paper as i love to touch the book, feel it in my hand, take it as an item not only as bits and digits. here in austria (europe) the ebook is still behind the prints but it is changing. as you said, change is everywhere and it’s also my feeling that some of ourdays are getting behind. but behind what? behind the pressure of beeing overruled by chinese and indian people? behind youths who does not know how it feels to be without the control of the mobile?
    no – i am quite lucky to choose my own speed of change and i hope this for you, too.
    because whatever future times will bring us, it can not take our experience, our memories and our brave hearts.

    wish you good luck,
    JR

    http://twilightofgods.wordpress.com/

  3. I love ebooks and have no desire to clutter my house with more print books. But even those who do buy print books, often buy them online, so I can see why the bookstores are struggling. I’ve published seven ebooks, and have just now decided to do a couple of print versions. But those will be available online, so still…no bookstore.

    I was actually feeling a little guilty (I know, silly) about the Borders closing. Then I told my husband about it and he said, “That’s your fault.” Gee, thanks. But Borders did one thing that was really a bad decision, I think. Wanting to get on the bandwagon along with B & N and Amazon, they offered epublishing…for a price. Amazon and B & N was free, but Borders was crazy enough to want to charge for it. A lot of indies were saying “What? Why would I do that?” They could have been doing so much better if they had followed in B & N’s footsteps. It might not have kept the stores open, but it could have replaced revenue they weren’t getting from the stores.

    I do feel really bad for Borders employees. I hate to see anyone out of work. But the world is changing and we all have to eventually change with it.

  4. 2blu2btru says:

    I don’t have an ereader yet either. I want one though, if only to carry hundreds of books in my purse on an airplane or at the beach. I am not sure how I feel about the changes being made in the publishing and book selling industries. It’s made my dreams of publishing with a major company that much harder, as now you have to figure out how to promote yourself and garner your own buzz and speaking engagements, etc. Who knows? Maybe this is what I need to become more assertive about my own writing, my own dream.

    I’ll be praying for the Borders employees…and probably going to get some non-eBooks on sale, too!

    1. Actually, unless you’re a pretty big name, you would probably have to still do most of your self promotion even with a major company. Some authors I know have friends that are traditionally published and still have to do this. They are also making less money than a lot of indies. I’m not trying to discourage you, so please don’t take it that way. Traditional publishing is the way to go for some people. I’m just trying to encourage you if you decide to go indie. :0)

      1. This is very true. Unless you’re already a known author, you have to handle the bulk of the marketing yourself. One of the reasons I didn’t traditionally publish is because I couldn’t see the point in paying a publisher to give me the “credibility” of being a writer. The average reader doesn’t care how a book is published. They want something affordable that keeps them up all night to find out what happens next. Publishers aren’t helping authors like they used to because of budget cuts. While traditional publishing has worked out for a few, I think indie publishing has worked out much better for the average writer. I’ve heard enough stories of authors getting paid so little from traditional publishing that I don’t see the point, unless you’re looking for kudos from fellow writers.

        Just my opinion. 🙂 I’ll fully support anyone who wants a traditional publisher, but I just hope people are realistic about it. There’s a lot of myths out there.

  5. A while back, I posted a survey about eBooks on my site (a site that is not aimed just at writers). Almost every respondent had not wanted one, but was gifted with it. They fell in love. Top 4 reasons? Carrying lots of books at once. Not needing storage room for books. The lower cost of ebooks. And the ability to change type sizes. But not one respondent said they wanted to give up print books; they saw eBooks as a natural addition to reading choices, not a replacement. Tell that to the unemployment lines.

  6. What great comments. Thank you for them. Yes, change is difficult at times but we must adapt. Also, I did want people to think the romance released in 2012 is not in e-book form too it is. This is why I need to get an e-book reader as well as my plan to self-publish only in e-book format the prelude, “Enticing Love,” to that novel. God bless.

  7. David Knight says:

    Your post is heart felt / genuine Janet….i wish all the luck for your new book….remember …’from little acorns’. Sometimes the tech side of things ca be very frustrating indeed….but with an open heart…big sighs and postive attitude i am sure you can acheive alot of success. God Bless you and your family. ( Nothing in this impermanent world is forever…and no your not a dinosaur! ha ha ) Take care Dave AscensionForYou.

  8. Lovelyn says:

    I reluctantly bought an ereader last Christmas. I didn’t know what to expect but I felt like it was time for me to get with the times. I love it. I read it all the time. I carry it with me and when I’m stuck waiting around somewhere I have the choice of lots of books to read.

  9. Three years ago, I hated ebooks. Two years ago, I tolerated them. One year ago, I got my first eReader and fell in love. They are so practical. I usually only read a book once, so for me to spend money on paperback prices when I could buy a book at ebook price is a no-brainer. Ebooks save me the headache of wasting space for physical books.

    You can put “Enticing Love” into a paperback through CreateSpace. You don’t have to confine yourself to ebooks for it, but the money will come from ebooks, not paperbacks. 🙂

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