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!

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!

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