Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Kill The Trees - Is Print Dead?
First a link from the Indie King J.A. Konrath
Is Print Dead? by J.A. Konrath
I find this article a bit extreme and odd. Konrath says books are dead. Print is not dead! Paper will still be around. We can still kill the trees. By the way, trees are grown specifically for paper. We don't just go in to the rain forest and kill all of the trees. We are moving in a new direction with books. Ebooks are gaining popularity fast but the future will find a balance between print and digital.
Apolo Drakuvich is available as a paperback but I haven't sold any copies of it. Why? Perhaps I'm not well known. My guess is that it has to do with the price of the paperback. It costs more to print on paper, bind it and ship the book to a new home. The ebook version is only .99 and the book will last forever (or until the end of 2012 when the world ends)!!
So why not just go with digital books? Well, because people are still buying paper books. Just go to Barnes & Noble and you will see a book store filled with books.
But...what about Borders? Well borders went under do to bad business practices. There are still other book stores around with plenty of paper books being sold.
Print is far from dead.