As the title suggests, people love books. Not all people, mind you, but the people who do buy books, really love them. So when surprise was expressed at the results of a survey that suggest people aren’t giving up print books any time soon, I was surprised. What’s so strange about that?
Japan has had a handle on the ebook market for a good deal longer than most Western markets. In fact, in 2012 Japan’s ebook market was valued at 72.9 billion yen, or USD $740 million. This figure has been steadily increasing, and is expected to continue to do so. Despite this, some say that ebook… Read more »
Traditionally, publishers have always played the role of gatekeeper when it comes to what is presented to readers in the literary world. It’s quite simple: if the publisher reads your work and likes it or sees potential, you get published! Hooray! But what happens in the age of digital and self-publishing?
Earlier this year, Stephen King caused waves when he held onto the digital rights to his latest release, Joyland, denying readers the chance to purchase an ebook copy, and cause customers to, in his words, “stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.”