Every time I see an article or author interview that talks about the eBook revolution, one thought comes to mind. They don’t get it.
People are quick to point out there are more authors publishing stories. They mention how easy it is to self-publish a book. You will hear how many agents and publishers are behind the times. Someone will state that agents and publishers are no longer the gatekeepers. I agree with a lot of these things. They’re true but the people who mouth these words don’t understand the revolution. It’s not about us. We authors would like it to be that way but that’s pride talking. It has been and always will be about the readers.
All of the points I outlined are great for authors but without an audience, they’re meaningless. The eBook revolution is about readers being able to find the stories and books they want to read. They have more choices about who and what to read. They aren’t limited by publishers who won’t publish a book because that kind of story won’t make the bestsellers list. They aren’t limited by agents who won’t accept a book because he or she doesn’t think they can sell it to a publisher.
It’s also about being able to read what they want when they want and how they want. With unlimited shelf space, there is no more wasted trips to a book store only to find out the book you wanted wasn’t in stock. You can read your book on the reader of your choice in the format that you want.
The power is where it belongs. It’s with the people. This is a very good time to be a reader. That means it’s also a very good time to be a writer.