“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
E-book sales continue to soar, reflecting our love of all things convenient. According to BookStats, 2011 sales skyrocketed with nearly $2 billion in sales versus $838 million in 2010.
I admit that I was a skeptic; I preferred the feel of a book in my hands. However, e-books have a lot going for them.
Ironic as it may sound, the digital industry recognizes the love some of us have for the physical entity and try to replicate the experience with e-books.
How e-books resemble the real thing
The first thing is font choice. This option makes reading on an electronic device easier. When you read text on a computer, sans serif fonts typically prevail, whereas print media embraces serif fonts.
To make e-books seem more like physical books, sites like Amazon render e-books published through them in their choice of fonts. Their choice is a serif font like print books would have. It has the psychological effect of replicating that experience.
You probably have noticed other small touches in e-readers and apps, such as page turning oftentimes with sound and layouts that look like pages in a book.
Getting you hooked
A major advantage that the e-books exploit to their advantage is nighttime reading. Sure, you can buy one of those goofy reading lights. If your aim is to avoid disturbing your partner in bed, then these devices may fail to meet these expectations.
With an e-reader, you contain the light in a more diffuse fashion. You can also use nighttime modes that soften the light and make it easier on your eyes. Some apps even have a timer to remind you to stop reading to give your eyes a break.
Making it irresistible for writers
The advantages fall on the side of writers too. As a writer, you may relate with renowned landscape artists, J.M.W. Turner. Turner was said to correct his paintings even as they hung in a gallery, epitomizing the artist never completely satisfied with his work.
An e-book writer has the same advantage, particularly if you have self published your work. You can do away with the typos that eluded you after the 58th edit before publishing. You can update and tweak away as much as you want–to some extent, of course, to not tick off your readers.
E-books are here to stay. They may not replace print books, but they will continue to appeal to owners of smartphones, e-readers and tablets. And as the industry has shown, the gold standard of the reading experience still lies with print.