I’ve been reading some of the hubbub surrounding e-books. Change can indeed be scary for some. I think it’s interesting to see the world of books evolve though. The whole subject got me thinking about e-readers (Kindle and the like).
Do you think that e-readers and the availability of e-books could boost readership in young adults? I know how boys in particular love their electronic devices. Okay maybe the younger crowd, as a whole like the latest gizmos. I’m thinking maybe teen boys would be more likely to read if they could do it on something that felt similar to a gaming device. There’s the wonderful benefit of having over one thousand books in your hand. No one knows what titles you’re reading. The dictionary feature is awesome where kids are concerned; it’s as simple as moving the cursor to the word and the definition displays at the bottom. The Kindle will even read to you, if you choose. With the titles being cheaper, you can afford to buy more.
In short, I think it’s the wave of things to come, like it or not. I think there are definite benefits and they should be realized. I know the e-books are cheaper than printed books. However, they are probably cheaper to produce as well. As authors, we hope for heightened sales of e-books, and I think that’s a possibility in this techno-advanced world of ours.