Until recently, I hadn't paid much attention to the inner workings of the publishing world. Now that I am trying to become a published author, I have been immersing myself in the industry as much as I can (as an outsider). I've put myself through a crash course of sorts. Conducted a lot of research. Followed a number of industry blogs. Joined writing groups. My goal is to soak up as much information as possible. If I do manage to break in to the business, I want to be informed. It is a critical step to success in any business.
One thing that is interesting to me is the current uproar over ePublishing. Self-publishing has grown steadily in popularity (and I jumped on that bandwagon with my first book). There are countless resources and "how to" guides available. Print on Demand (POD) technology has opened the world of publishing to many writers formally shut out of the process. But it wasn't until the major players got in to the eBook business that the winds of change really began to blow. First Amazon had the Kindle. Now Apple has the iPad. To say that the powers that be in the publishing industry have not embraced this change would be an understatement. They have been downright hostile.
Much has been written about the struggle between the producers of these devices and the publishing giants (some call it the e-pocalypse). And the end result remains to be seen. One thing is certain. The business of books is evolving, and that can be a painful process. How will it all turn out? Nobody has that elusive crystal ball. We will all have to stay tuned...
Throughout the years people have predicted that computers and technology would replace a number of things. These forecasts have never fully come true. But there is no denying the significant impact technology has had on our lives.
Change happens, whether we want it to or not. We can't stop it. And I have found over the years that there are several ways people respond to it. First, there are the people who affect change (the forward thinkers, if you will). Then there are those who see change coming and try to get ahead of it (or at least jump on board before it takes off). There are the people who understand change is necessary but wait to see how it will work out before they jump on the bandwagon. And finally, those who fight it with everything they have.
In general, I believe I am someone who accepts change and adjusts fairly well. I would not classify myself as a forward thinker. Nor am I normally one of the first to try something. But I rarely fight change. On the subject of eBooks, however, I am just not sold. I love to hold a book in my hands, turn the pages, smell the paper. Keep the book on a shelf when I am finished. The idea of reading a book on a screen simply does not appeal to me. I haven't tried it, so I can't knock it per se. But I am not that interested in trying it. (My husband, however, is a gadget guy and an Apple addict. It is only a matter of time before an iPad makes its way into our home. So I guess I will give it a try and see what I think.)
Which type of person are you? How do you respond to change? And what are your thoughts on the evolution of publishing? This inquiring mind wants to know.