As we wrap up this unofficial e-book week on the blog, I continue to remember that I have a blog feature called Can I Get A Ruling, in which we all vote on a basically yes or no question. (Publishing Myths 101 on the other hand: forgotten and neglected)
So here’s what I’d like a ruling on. Will the coming e-book revolution be a Good Thing for authors?
In other words, I don’t know that the music industry would necessarily, on the whole, think that mp3s have been, overall, a Good Thing, given the losses to piracy. Sure, there were some forced errors along the way, some artists may have taken advantage of the Internet and others think things are jolly, but there’s been quite a lot of angst along the way.
So as we enter an era where e-books become more and more popular (and e-book sales are up 35.7% on the year), is the coming era going to be good for authors?
Pros: lots of choice, cheaper prices=more books bought?, portability, opening up of marketplace, ease of access
Cons: piracy, downward pressure on prices, possible consolidation of marketplace, choice confusion.
So Can I Get a Ruling? E-books are coming, whether we like them are not. On the whole… Good thing? Bad Thing?