From indie author Carol Buchanan via The Bookseller:
There’s too much grumbling among authors.
Advocates of print books carp at ebooks. Self-published and traditionally published authors snipe at each other. The trade authors accuse the self-published authors of putting out tripe and crap; the self-publishing authors accuse trade authors of snobbery.
And everyone hates digital.
Okay, not everyone.
But some people seem to overlook the wonderful benefits of various publishing modes these days.
Readers and storytellers, alike, have freedom to publish and to read in the manner that suits them best.
Readers can choose among e-readers, audio devices, and paper—hardbound or paperback.
Authors can publish their works in all three formats.
As an author who has been traditionally published and who is now self-published, I feel like Lucy in the chocolate factory. There’s so much yummy stuff that I can’t eat it all.
As a storyteller, I’m enthralled by the possibilities in technological development for storytelling. Development is by no means done yet because the blessed nerds and geeks among us are always innovating, always improving, always tweaking “what is” to encourage it to become “what it may be.”
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Most corporate entities don’t grasp the principle that innovation such as this happens where there is freedom to put vision into practice, to try and to fail. That means it’s something that may come from visionary self-publishers and from our allies/partners like Lithomobilus. Traditional publishers don’t have an R&D budget; they are risk averse to investing in a “Skunk Works.”
That gives the rest of us more freedom to imagine and to build.
Link to the rest at The Bookseller
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