E-Books for Writers and Readers
How E-Books influence Writing Trends
Once upon a time, writers looking to get their work into the hands of consumers had just one way to go about it – through publishers. The traditional route of printing manuscripts and sending them for review was painstaking and often heartbreaking but nowadays everything has changed – and it’s all thanks to the advent of e-books.
Wider publishing opportunities
According to a recent report in The Irish Post, 12% of e-books are self-published meaning that there is no involvement from traditional publishing houses. The bodies which once held all the power, control over what is published is beginning to sway in favour of writers themselves and for some literary genres, self-published titles actually accounted for one fifth of their respective e-book sales.
Increased availability of literature
Aside from this increased ability to publish, the rising popularity of e-books has also made literature more widely available on the whole. Catering to a world which increasingly focuses on digital elements, e-books play directly into the hands of consumers who desire nothing more than to use their latest gadgets for new purposes.
With specific e-book readers and computer tablets both set-up to store the downloaded content, users can carry greater volumes of books with them in an item no larger than your standard paperback. The practical benefits of this are well documented by e-book sellers but still worth mentioning.
With this increased availability and wider opportunities, some could even argue that literary creativity and freedom has been given a substantial boost. With the ability to self-publish your work, the decision over which books are read and which are not now lies more firmly with the public.
The wider access to books gives them the chance to read something different whilst those holding the pen (or rather, the keyboard) have greater freedom when it comes to what they want to say and how they choose to say it.
Taking advantage of e-books
Of course, e-books are rendered redundant without a sufficient internet connection to provide users with access to downloadable content and this is where broadband provisions come into play.
Broadband firms have already proved their worth in the Irish market where broadband is claimed to penetrate more than half of homes. With connection speeds for the country ranked eighth across the whole of Europe, beating the likes of the UK, it is no wonder that these services have gone from strength to strength over recent years.
In fact, the fast and reliable broadband provisions experienced in the country could be held partly responsible for the growing popularity of e-books. Without the relevant infrastructure in place, these services would struggle to assert themselves as a serious competitor to traditional print publishing and that means the services are in many ways co-dependent.Guest Post