Join the Discussion: eBooks, Libraries and Independent Authors

Photo Credit: EBook Reader by goXunuReviewsThere’s no doubt that one of the most exciting developments in the world of books over the last several years has been the exponential growth in the eBook market. Amazon.com now routinely sells more Kindle editions than print. Harris County Public Library has seen a 65% rise in ebook circulation since March over the same period last year.

To the average reader, eBooks are not much different from the good old ink-on-paper variety, but they differ in ways that make the time-honored models for sales and distribution problematic. So the advent of eBooks continues to pose challenges to everyone involved in the business of putting reading material into the hands of the public: from the big traditional publishing houses, to the online megastores, to agents, to authors themselves and, yes, to libraries, as well.

As you might expect, some of the most forward thinking people involved in the evolution of eBook marketing are independent authors—writers who have chosen not to take the traditional path to publishing. One such author is J.A. Konrath, who has dozens of novels to his credit—written both solo and in collaboration--including the Jack Daniels mystery series. His work has been translated into ten languages and he has sold over 500,000 ebooks.

Mr. Konrath recently invited HCPL to discuss libraries and eBooks on his popular blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.  We encourage everyone interested in eBooks and the eFuture of libraries to read the post and join the discussion.