I’ve written quite a lot in recent weeks about e-b0oks and self-publishing and La Revolucion! (Links abound at the end of the article for those who are painfully interested and didn’t catch them the first time.)
It’s funny. I don’t even own an e-reader. The dang things are expensive. And e-books aren’t really that cheap – unless you want to read $0.99 or $2.99 e-books by no-name self-published folks (which is what this is all about, I guess), whereas I mostly want to read books by authors whose names I know and recognize, whose books I am assured to like. As I mentioned when I wrote about my “to-read list” (here, here, and relatedly here), I’m not so overflowing with time that I can waste it on an e-book that I may or may not enjoy. That’s right: the limiting factor isn’t the few bucks an e-book might save. It’s the time to read them all.
So e-books might be marginally cheaper: but to recoup the cost of an e-reader I’d have to read so many books, and from where I stand there’s simply no way I’ll ever have time to read that many books. I foresee that I am doomed to die and pass from this mortal life with a to-read list that still piled high. I’ve blogged about this problem before, with respect to the e-book revolution.
So, in some ways, as I talk about e-books it’s a tad hypocritical, or self-serving, or whatever. I don’t own an e-reader, and I’m not likely to in the short-term at least unless one mysteriously ends up in my lap at no cost to me. Do I want one? Oh yes. I am a geek, after all. Gadget lust runs in my veins. But I’m a practical geek.
My interest in e-books and the related digital self-publishing revolution relates mainly to my interest in building a hypothetical career as an author. (I say hypothetical because it remains to be seen whether I have the chops for it.) Is self-publishing the right path for me? That’s a question I’ve struggled to answer – even as I acknowledge that it’s not a question I need to answer for a good long while to come. Write first. Worry about publishing later.
Given the facts on the ground, as it were – that being that I have yet no novel to worry about publishing – it would probably behoove me to shut my yap about digital self-publishing, for the time being, wouldn’t it?
Maybe so. I don’t plan to stop learning about it, though. Continue reading