No matter the form, hard copies or soft copies, I’ve found there are never enough stories told that span the scope of the human imagination. I’m grateful to each and every author that populates my bookshelves. Each author has taught me a different aspect of storytelling.
I grew up with books abounding. The basement was chocked full of subject ranging from scifi and fantasy to college textbooks. Then, there were the various piles of books from the local library and bookmobile that cluttered my room. I think the librarian and bookmobile driver lived in fear of our visits. We would check out the max (30) at a time and have them read with in a week. I once had a librarian quiz me on the books I’d checked back in, just to prove I had read them.
I loved summer vacations-non-stop reading. It was a wonderful childhood.
Now? I personally have bookcases full of worlds without number. Subjects are as diverse as snowflakes. I cycle through the books adding and subtracting as I live my life.
Doomsayers say print is dead and book sales are diminishing.
I say fie on them. Publishing is alive and well. The business models are changing to be current with technology. Change is necessary. I truly believe both formats will exist.
With change comes fear of the unknown. The interesting thing? No matter the format, stories will be told. Well told stories will entertain us, educate us and make us think.
Don’t fear the changing publishing industry. Fear the people crying doom.
Sales of stories have kept up with technology. We have hard copies and e-copies, giving unprecedented access to information and entertainment. Storytelling is alive and well, let us share our worlds with you!
Support the writers you know, read a book or two. Then tell the world about them.
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