Ruthy note: FIRST!!! Congratulations to Kara on being named a RITA finalist yesterday on her independently released novel "Then There Was You". Well done, Miss Kara!!! Happy dancing! And now... back to the post.... ;)
I saw a post from the normally unflappable Kara Isaac on facebook and, being the Ace Reporter that I am, I followed up on it. Declining sales, the rise of e-books (which I love), fewer bookstores, fewer stores stocking books/book departments, and the ease of technological pirating isn't just messing with the music industry. It is so relatively easy to reproduce electronic and audible books that this piracy is ridiculous. Compounding the problem is the quiet war between Amazon and traditional publishers. Amazon thinks e-books should be sold at affordable prices. Publishers fought for the right to make their own pricing... and in many cases, their e-books are only a small fraction cheaper than print books, or more expensive than print books, cutting e-sales directly. That makes pirating a very lucrative experience. Read the whole thing... it's great info for authors and readers and any publishing professional.
Kara makes so many good points here. She told me to edit it, that she went on too long. I haven't touched a word... because her points are valid and spot on. I am still amazed by the fact that folks who pay $5 for a cup of coffee quibble over a few dollars for an e-book... that the author might be making .25 on. Here's Kara...
I know that I am preaching to the choir here because Seekervillians are some of the most wonderful, encouraging, supportive readers of Christian authors that anyone could ever hope to find. But hopefully the information that I share will empower you to talk with friends and family if the topic ever comes up.
|Kara and baby Ari... Stinkin' adorable! She looks like her mama!|