Everybody is talking about how the book industry is changing.
Amazon’s hold on the book market has changed the landscape of how publishers do business. Since Amazon opened its Kindle Store in 2007, the book industry has changed forever. And as an author, that impacts me—big time. Amazon welcomed hundreds of publishers and thousands of books to be uploaded into its Kindle marketplace, allowing publishers to quickly come into the digital age and tap into a new concept at the time—purchasing books online and reading them in electronic format. It didn’t take long for others to follow Amazon—Nook, iBook, Kobo etc.
Along with the magic of e-format, Amazon and others also made shopping effortless as you can purchase a printed book with the click of a mouse. The success of this technology speaks for itself. You don’t have to follow the stock market to agree with me, all you need is to look at what’s happening with the brick and mortar stores.
Though it’s painful to see how bookstores are melting away, when it comes to selling books, the age of technology is in the authors’ favor. I think back to those authors who struggled to publish, market, and make their books known to the right readers before the Internet made it simple, and I can’t help but wonder how they did it.
Honestly, getting my name and my books out there seems like it would be impossible without the Internet—Facebook and Amazon. Where else could I connect and interact with my readers.
Keeping up with my readers is only the first part of my job, though. As an author, my goal is to write stories and sell them. So, when Mashable came out with a report in 2014 stating that e-book sales would surpass printed book sales in 2017, I knew I was on the right path in selling my books online. Simply put: I have a better chance of becoming known as an author, and my books are accessible to a greater number of readers
The Internet is an amazing thing and I’m happy to be an author as e-book sales and online orders are flourishing.
Come meet me now… on the Internet.