One remarkable thing I learned from inverting the publishing process and going with the eBook version of Cinder-Smella: A Timeless Tale of Stinky Feet is that a lot of people, once the book was published in digital form, said to me, “I love it… when is it going to be available in print?”
That kind of took me by surprise. First off, the digital version wasn’t some sort of rough draft; it’s a finished, published, real book. (Honest to goodness.) It’s just an eBook, that’s all, but one which could be read on a Kindle, an iPad, a Nook, a Sony eReader, and on and on and on.
Next, this question wasn’t coming from a bunch of “I don’t even know how to operate my television’s remote control” type of folks; this was coming from tech savvy people who are very much peeps I’d considered “wired”.
(Quick test: How do you know if you are wired? If you read blogs on a ning, there’s a good chance you are – even if it doesn’t feel like it.)
Well, this week I broke ground on getting the printed book into shape. Now, producing a print book was always part of the plan and I am really, really excited about how it’s all laying out. But there is a part of me that just got to taste in a very real way how the all-knowing prophets of the future might be screaming from the rooftops, “The sky of the printed book is falling! The sky of the printed book is falling!” But it’s not.
Indeed, eBooks are growing at an exceptional rate… but they still haven’t penetrated 5% of the entire book market. So while times indeed are changing, times also are not.
And so we prepare for the hardcopy. It’s the same animal but then again… it’s not.