I Know, Hard to Believe…
I have talked about apps a few times here, got some great comments and ideas. And numbers of writers are already on the chase in different ways. Thanks for those comments!
And I talk all the time about electronic publishing and how readers are reading. And how so much of the world is reading on their phones now. Clearly a trend of the future that I don’t see changing.
But if I only published in ways that I personally read or like, I would never publish electronically, only paper. And I would never think of gift cards or apps.
Why? I don’t read electronically and I don’t use apps. I read for pleasure only on paper. And the workshop reading I am doing now Kris has printed up all the manuscripts.
I got accused of being a techie. (Stop laughing, friends.) I am so far from that as to be actually funny.
I use my phone for a phone.
Sure, some apps came with it like an alarm app I use, and I actually went and got a Fitbit app because I flat had no choice. But I carry it because it is a phone. Period.
And read a book on it? Shudder.
But just because I don’t use something or do something in my personal habits does not mean I can’t study how it could work, see the trends, try to work with different ways, and move forward to sell more of my stories and make more money with my stories to those who would read my stories on their phone.
But in the discussion about the app and in numbers of emails about it and the book cards, I got many writers putting their own preferences on the discussion instead of standing back and saying, “Hey, this might be a future path.”
My personal preference makes no difference, and neither should yours when you are looking a publishing idea in this new world.
A point of interest. One of the fastest growing publishing companies in India only distributes their books through their app. Certainly not my way of personally reading, but as a writer and indie publisher, that is just flat fascinating. Got a hunch it is only the first of many companies to come doing that.
Open mind, folks. Open mind. You might be surprised what sneaks in around your own prejudices and preferences when you are distracted. (grin)