Thursday, September 29, 2011

Traditional and multi-platform publishing

The publishing world is evolving trying to re-invent its niche.
As an aspiring novelist writer, it is both exciting and terrifying to watch the progression unfold. From where I sit, I believe the next evolution of the book is going to multi-media platform.
Photo by HRJ
The multi-media platform will combine traditional publishing, self-publishing, e-formats (on the iPad, Tablets, Kindle, Nook, etc. etc.) along with social media and other elements.

In my humble opinion, we have not maximized the potential of e-formats. Why not include cool illustrations and graphics along with text? Way back in the day, Jane Austen’s books contained really amazing illustrations to go along with the story! (I’ve attached a cool link from the British Library.) Speaking of the British Library, wow! Um, the folks are really progressive in their e-book editions, you should see the copy of Alice Adventure Underground, by Lewis Carroll, available for your favorite mobile device FREE for the next two weeks! http://www.bl.uk/ebooktreasures/


Another idea, why not when someone buys a hardcover or actual physical copy of the book, offer a free (or low cost) e-edition download!?!?
The movie industry does this, with movies. I purchase a Blue-Ray copy of a film, I get a free download of the film to my favorite mobile device.

It is time to be forward thinking about the book formats. I love a beautifully bound book with amazing paper however I also like being able to travel with 3000 books at my fingertips.

Happy reading, writing and publishing!
XOXO - HRJ

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