Tuesday, November 25, 2014
NaBloPoMo Day TwentyFive: On Books
Books. Most of us love reading. Why are we reading blogs? We love to read. And being the modern age, most of us have a nifty gadget just for reading. A Kindle or a Nook. I have a Kindle. I love my Kindle. I buy many many ebooks. Give me a credit card and I'm a dangerous person with a Kindle.
However, when I find a book I just love, I ALWAYS buy the actual book as well. There's just something about a book. The feel of it in your hands. The weight. The texture of the pages. The smell.
So, never give me access to a credit card in a bookstore either. I have tons of books here in my office, so many that I don't have enough shelves. Does that prevent me from buying more books? NOPE!
I have books on so many subjects. Fiction, Non-fiction, classic literature. FBI Manuals!!!
You know what kind of book you WONT find in my collection? A cookbook...lol. Or books about vampire that sparkle. Blech.
So, I'm feeding an author not once, but twice. I mean, most of us publish ebooks at a price less than a trade paperback. And let me tell you, when you pay print costs, you aren't making much. Then there is advertising, marketing, promoting. ISBNs.
Now, I'm talking from a purely self publishing author stand point. Cover art. Templates for those not swift with the formatting.
So, yes, ebooks and the real book.
Some books I get purely for sentimental reasons. I have a lovely binding of Edgar Allen Poe's complete collection, nicely protected in plastic shrink wrap, as well as Dante's Inferno. I will never open them. I have the 'read' copies in paperback. I also have multiple copies of several of Stephen Kings works. I can read 'The Stand' over and over. And I do. And then I have a copy that doesn't have a single crease on it at all.
Ebooks are my discovery tool, I guess, in a way. Its how I find those rare treasures that I just fall in love with.
Best example...'Area 187, Almost Hell' by Eric R. Lowther. I ABSOLUTELY love this book. I read it for the first time on my best friends kindle account. COVET COVET COVET. I had to have it.
So I have it on my own Kindle, and I have the paperback as well. Mr. Lowther even stopped by my Official Site once. I thought I was going to die of fan-girl-ness. Okay, maybe pee myself a little, then die. I did actually sit here at the keyboard squealing like a ten year old fan girl though.
I don't think people appreciate actual books as much as they should. I mean, when the zombie apocalypse happens and we are cast into a world with no power, how the hell are we going to read our Kindles??