Wednesday, April 6, 2011


A-Z Blog Challenge: E post by Kerrie Flanagan

Yesterday, Brian talked about Digital Publishing and his thoughts on why he thinks this is a great medium for authors and readers. His post did get me thinking about this new wave in publishing and then a friend brought me a copy (a print copy) of the March 20th, Sunday New York Times Book Review.

I was excited to see that there is now a category for E-Book Bestsellers for fiction and nonfiction. They even have a category for Combined Print and E-Book Best Sellers. What fascinated me about the list was the books that were on the E-Book Bestseller list.

Five of the top 16 fiction e-books are not on the print lists at all and four of the nonfiction e-books aren't. To me this is exciting news because it extends the life of a book for an author. There is no "Out of Print" on e-books.

One book, Her Last Letter by Nancy C. Johnson, is now #15 on the fiction E-Book Bestseller list, beating out The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. What is really encouraging about this book is that it is self-published and is right up there with the big dogs, Penguin, St. Martin's and Simon & Schuster.

This opens up so many possibilities for authors. If we have a good book (that has been professionally edited and formatted), we don't necessarily have to go the traditional publishing route--we can also explore e-books.

Do you think e-books will help or hurt publishing? Have any of you read Her Last Letter?

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Nathan Lowell said...

I don't know about helping or hurting publishing, but it's certainly good news for writers and readers. The marketplace is no longer limited to the few books that can be processed through the legacy publishing structures and more authors will be able to find markets for their work.

NiaRaie said...

I'm not sure e-books will hurt publishing. (Many industry professionals say they won't). I only hope that printed books won't be eradicated anywhere in the near future. And like Nathan said, e-books provide an easier market for authors who can't/don't want to be published by major pub houses.
Great post.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Interesting. I'll have to check out Her Last Letter and see what it's like. E-books will change publishing, that's for sure. I see it as an improvement for authors.

GigglesandGuns said...

I think traditional fiction publishing will suffer because they underestimated both technology and writers.


Jenny said...

I haven't read Her Last Letter, but I'm intrigued. I hope her success opens doors for many more writers!

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I agree with all of you that it is good news for writer and readers. NiaRaie, I don't think print books will go anywhere, just movie theaters didn't disappear when home videos came on the scene.

GigglesandGuns, I thought your comment, "they underestimated both technology and writers." was very interesting, especially the part that publishers underestimated writers.

Bob Scotney said...

My experience with e-books is limited to reading a few 'freebies.'
This means I have had not heard of some of the writers. The thing that was apparent is the need for self-publishing authors to pay special attention to editing their work.
Some of th e-books have been so error-ridden that there are virtually unreadable.

Lisa Vella said...

I haven't read Her Lost Letter, but I'm definitely going to check it out. I don't think e-books are going to hurt publishing, but rather I think publishing as we know it is going to change. It's going to have to. E-books are the wave of the future.

Jerry Eckert said...

Very informative, this. I'm moving self publishing one burner closer to the front in my planning matrix.

Samantha McColl said...

I do not think e-books will help publishing, but I do not think publishing is any danger either. E-books simply gives author's a new medium and more opportunity to share their work. The painstaking process of publishing can be simplified with e-books. However, the traditional process of publishing has been fined tuned and running smoothly for years. The only seeming downfall I see is e-books could possibly discredit the prestige of the publishing industry.

*I have not read Her Last Letter.

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