Established authors as well as a lot of newbies are diving in. Some say this has led to a “tsunami of swill,” torrent of tripe, yes, a lot of badly written ebooks.
But the Indie Ebook Revolution is good, very good, for readers.
Why? Three reasons:
Hardcovers are hovering round $20, and E-books from traditional publishers at $8-$10. You can pickup an Indie E-book for $3 or so. Some authors even give away their books for free to get you hooked. Has Jonathan Franzen done that for you lately?
Paper books have a short shelf life. If they don’t sell right away, they are pulled and pulped! E-books never die. What if your favorite author couldn’t get published anymore because she only sold 25,000 books and not 250,000? You might never find out how that series ends…
The so-called midlist has been dying for some time. These are the authors who sell but not well enough for big publishers’ bottom lines. So the industry focuses mostly on blockbusters. Do you want to trust all your book choices to a few trendy people in NY who happen to work for one of the six (yes there are only six) big publishing houses?
OK, so finding a good Indie book might be a little harder, but hey all you’re risking a little time and the price of a cup of fancy coffee. And you could discover a hot new Indie writer, the way some people discover music bands.
Did I mention I have a new Indie e-book coming out soon? But self-interest aside…
What’s good for writers is also good for readers.
With Indie e-books, writers take home more, around 60%. The traditional route, they get 15% minus agent fees if they have one. The more money an author makes, the more time they dedicate to writing–which means more, higher quality books for readers.
And if you are an idealist like me and believe that books are essential not just for entertainment but for education and the exchange of ideas, then
…more books from more perspectives will make the world a better place.
And that’s something worth fighting for.
Check out an Indie author today and join the revolution!
A few ways to find them:
Smashwords.com has a huge collection of independent authors