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‘Ebooks are stupid’, says head of one of world’s biggest publishers | Books | The Guardian

Source: ‘Ebooks are stupid’, says head of one of world’s biggest publishers | Books | The Guardian

My Response:

Back in the before times when ebooks began, I never heard anyone discussing ebooks with an intent to form a new entertainment medium. After all, we had movies and games for a more active or interactive experience. Ebooks were conceived as a way to meet reader and author needs by facilitating the process of publishing and reading. While there have been efforts to add multimedia aspects to ebooks, some readers have found this distracting. At the risk of stating the obvious, most readers are drawn to books over other entertainment media because they simply want to read words.

People love to read books. Ebook readers love the portability of having those books in a device—often their phone—which they can carry anywhere. Ebooks don’t waste paper. Ebooks are more accessible to readers with vision or processing issues by enabling them to read at whatever size or font they’re most comfortable with, or even to have books read to them. Ebook stores have unlimited shelf space, so readers can find the exact book they might want in an instant without having to go to a physical bookstore and special order it. And, while it can be a two-edged sword, there are more of them. This has opened the floodgates of creativity and its distribution, shifting the power of curating reading choices from publishers to readers. In this new, free marketplace, readers no longer have to feel like they’ve gone to a restaurant to make a meal of what someone else ordered for them. This must be disconcerting for publishers.

Thoughts and Prayers for Author Brandon Hale

My writer friend, Brandon Hale, is in a battle for his life against cancer right now. Due to complications following surgery, he’s in the ICU on a ventilator. Please keep him in your prayers.

If you read sci fi or fantasy, please download his free book (the first in a series) and share this link with others. He’s a full time author living on his book earnings, so this would be a tangible way to help a good man in need. Besides which, I’ve read Brandon’s work. He’s a wonderful writer, so you’re in for a very good read.

Book Recommendations

For the non-romance reader in your life—or the romance reader looking for something different:

Free from Brandon Hale:

Selected by Digital Book Today as one of the Best Kindle Books of 2013…

Book 1 of the Day Soldiers series (Books 2, 3, and 4 are also available. Book 5 is coming soon).

A legion of vampires and werewolves has declared war on the human race.

For ten years now, humanity has been at war with the creatures of darkness. The war has changed the world. The day now belongs to humanity and the night belongs to things once thought to exist only in myths and legends… but there is hope. This new enemy has united humanity and an army has stepped forward to protect the light from the darkness. An army of heroes.

The Day Soldiers.

Eighteen year old Lily Baxter always knew the Day Soldiers would be a major part of her life. She had been preparing for it since she was eight. She was ready to go to war. The one thing she wasn’t prepared for was the day the war came to her.

Part horror, part comedy, part adventure, Day Soldiers will take you on an exciting ride through a world where monsters are monsters and the only thing they fall in love with is the taste of human blood.

New Release: A Taste of Tomorrow