Ebooks Are Here To StayBy Djuanna Brockington • Sep 16th, 2011 • Category: Djuanna Brockington • Email This Post • Print This Post
Y’all should have known I’d be back. I couldn’t stay away too long. I really missed you guys. I’ve been reading and writing, and living life. And watching trends. And getting pissed off. You know, the things I do best.
As an avid reader, I have to say that when it comes to ebooks and ereaders, I was what you would call, an early adapter. I didn’t wait for the trend to become hot before I decided to check it out. I downloaded my first ebook to my computer years ago. And when Amazon announced the Kindle, I was all ready ready to give them my two hunnert-fiddy bucks, when I heard that Barnes and Noble had one in the works. So I waited a minute to see what competition would bring (usually lower prices). And when BN did their thang, I gave them my funds ’cause I liked their look better.
I’m not new to the technology game, and knew that prices would keep coming down and models would keep getting better. In the meantime, I was now reading books on my computer, my Nook, and my cell phone (and yes, I have the Kindle and Nook apps- don’t judge me). And Apple did us all in with their iPad. Y’all know I ’bout died.
And my daughter has an ereader, my man reads off his apps on his phone, and my mom’s best friend (she’s over 65) just bought the Nook Color and is a very happy camper. It’s the way of the future.
Until I was participating in a Facebook convo this summer about ebooks and ereaders and a poster stated that she would “never” buy one and “never” let her kid read from one. What in the- what? I had to check myself with a quickness. Not my child- she can raise hers how she sees fit. And if crippling her child by refusing to accept that there are other ways to read besides killing trees works for her- so be it.
Me, I’m gonna be all over this thing. And Yas, bless her heart for being my friend, has encouraged me to begin the conversation right here with real readers.
Before you guys think I’m daft, which you well may think anyway, check out JA Konrath’s blog. He’s a midlist writer who has predicted some dire things about traditional publishing. I’ve been following him for a couple of years, and his stuff is coming to pass. I’m just saying.
I’d like to get the conversation started here at APOOO about ebooks and African American readers. I think that once again, we are falling behind, being slow to adapt, waiting to see what others are going to do first.
Personally, I don’t think books are going anywhere (vinyl records are a niche, but very profitable market in the music industry these days)- but they are not going to be the main way to get information any more. Actually, they haven’t been for a long time- internet, anyone? And let’s face it, Borders going out of business was not the first sign of the publishing apocalypse.
Your turn. Drop a comment and let me know what you think- do you read ebooks? Why? Why not?
Djuanna Brockington is a Southern Diva. Reading, writing, and running (on occasion) are her favorite things. Her short stories and novellas can be found on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. When not ranting on APOOO, she's ruminating on her own website: http://www.divafictionbytes.com
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