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Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes

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  • The mediums will change and evolve, but these platforms are allowing hundreds of thousands of independent authors to publish. I think that is a net positive for the industry overall. People are reading, and they will continue to read - particularly when the subject is riveting or provocative. The biggest

    The mediums will change and evolve, but these platforms are allowing hundreds of thousands of independent authors to publish. I think that is a net positive for the industry overall. People are reading, and they will continue to read - particularly when the subject is riveting or provocative. The biggest winners will be those who are the best at promoting and personal branding via social marketing and PPC.

  • It took me 30 seconds to find a pirated copy of my book “Top of Mind”. I enjoy reading ebooks but when it’s that easy for people to find the content and not pay then it’s going to be hard to thrive in the long run. I love the idea that hard copy books could come back. For me reading is somewhat of an

    It took me 30 seconds to find a pirated copy of my book “Top of Mind”. I enjoy reading ebooks but when it’s that easy for people to find the content and not pay then it’s going to be hard to thrive in the long run. I love the idea that hard copy books could come back. For me reading is somewhat of an experience and the feeling of turning a page will always be something I enjoy.

  • Alternative headline to this: 'We have no idea what's happening with ebooks and self publishing because Amazon has all the data and they never share anything.'

    I think there are two sets of winners in self-publishing: authors who were already established in print and thus can make the jump seamlessly

    Alternative headline to this: 'We have no idea what's happening with ebooks and self publishing because Amazon has all the data and they never share anything.'

    I think there are two sets of winners in self-publishing: authors who were already established in print and thus can make the jump seamlessly, and those who are products of self-marketing as much as anything else. That's not to say the latter don't have plenty of skill, but it's their relentless pursuit of fans, reviews, etc., and use of all the digital levers (email marketing, social media, online ads, etc) that have put them over the top. You also can't underestimate the power of promotion from Amazon, which surely skews the results for those self-published authors who are beneficiaries. (They tend to be same authors that people hold up as evidence that you can do great as a self-published author.)

    I think it's great that people can self-publish now. But I'm skeptical that lots of people are supporting themselves, either fully or partially, doing it. Writing a book was always a labor of love, and it still is. It’s just the publishing part that’s gotten easier.

  • I love ebooks and I have gradually shifted away from audio books back to ebooks. Although I may be an outlier, I think they are thriving and they have greater longevity.

  • I love both my iPad and my tactile books. There’s nothing better than the smell and feel of a book, especially a really really good one! I hope we can keep the balance of both. My kids read eBooks during the day and actual books at night. Warms my heart.

  • I did not know that Amazon had such a chokehold on ebook-related data.

    That said, I love ebooks - especially since my local library has a vast e-book collection. Give me portability over the sentimentality of printed products anytime.