Now that e-books are everywhere, a lot of people have asked me what I think of this growing format. What are its advantages? What are its downsides? And while we're on the subject, who was I again? All excellent questions.
I love paper, but I have come to appreciate e-books as well. Why is that? Is it the price? MysteryCaper editions of my novels, for instance, are only $5.99. Perhaps it's convenience. With an electronic edition, someone who wishes to sample a Sherban Young novel at 4:30 in the morning (could happen) can be diving in between its digital covers in less than a minute. Possibly it's the technological glamour of it. The adjustable text, the search and bookmark features, the online dictionary. Or maybe it's the environment. Saving trees and all that. These are all great explanations, but no. The real reason I like digital is good old-fashioned author savvy.
In order for book promotion to be successful, an author needs to have his books handy at all times. He must be able to whip them out at a moment's notice, just on the off-chance that someone may want to hear about one of them.
In the past, this often proved cumbersome. An author's collected works weren't always all that easy to carry around. Authors who had written more than four books frequently complained of backaches. Those with five or more titles to their credit more often than not just stayed home.
Thanks to technology, these difficulties no longer arise. Equipped with a portable e-book library, the modern author can corner potential readers with hardly any effort at all—offering up sample passages at a stunning pace. And if these potential readers should for some reason flee, a chase is much more feasible without a lot of heavy paper to lug about. In fact—
But I've wandered from my point. Trees. I like saving trees.