Ebooks vs. print is not a zero sum game? The article makes a persuasive argument, but my own experience has been quite different; if a book isn’t available in digital format, I don’t buy it.
By Holly Robinson
Jocelyn Kelley loves the heft of a book in her hands and the physical act of turning pages. “Flipping the pages of a book can transport me anywhere.”
In the very next breath, however, Kelley—a book publicist with Kelley & Hall Book Publicity—admits that she also reads on a Kindle and an iPad, and that e-books have distinct advantages, too.
“The immediacy of being able to look at a book, read the description, and in mere moments be reading the first chapter is very attractive,” says Kelley. She doesn’t see the trend toward digital books stopping any time soon, if only because of the number of people who “like the ease and comfort of carrying multiple books in one device.”
The national media loves to buzz, ping and tweet about how e-readers are revolutionizing the way the world reads, brazenly sounding the death knell for books in print–and, while they’re at it, book stores and traditional publishers, too. Yet statistics show that the physical book is still very much in demand—and isn’t going away any time soon.
Another signpost on the road ahead.
Kerry Wilkinson’s Jessica Daniel detective novels sell more than 250,000 copies on Kindle
A self-published author has beaten names including Lee Child, James Patterson and Stieg Larsson to become the bestselling ebook author on Amazon.co.uk for the last three months of 2011, the online retailer said on Wednesday.
Kerry Wilkinson, 31, self-published Locked In, the first book in his Jessica Daniel series of detective novels, last year, only to find it shoot up the UK’s Kindle charts. The three-book series has now sold more than a quarter of a million copies, with Locked In selling its 100,000th copy on Christmas Eve and becoming the top seller on Amazon’s UK Kindle store for the last quarter of 2011. Kindle EU director Gordon Willoughby said the news was a “significant milestone” for independent publishing in the UK. Self-published author Katie Stephens also took the fifth slot over the same period with her debut novel Candles on the Sand.
“This time last year, I hadn’t even started writing Locked In and now I have a No 1 bestselling book in the Kindle Store, outselling many authors that I have grown up reading,” said Wilkinson. The author told the Guardian that he was only prompted to start writing fiction when he turned 30 in November 2010 and “decided I should probably do something with my life”.