Is it just me? Or is it great fun finding new authors and enjoying great reads for no or very little cost? When I bought my Kindle, I thought $9.99 for newly published A-list authors was a deal. Now A-list authors, many of them or their publishers, are asking a lot more than $9.99. Well, that's fair, that's fine. A lot of readers have their favorites and count it a bargain to shop from their living room and get the book for less than the hardcover.
What I have found, both as a writer and a reader, is an awesome sense of freedom to explore and find authors who the traditional gatekeepers would never take a gander at. These books would be stacked up in piles at some editors's desk, too busy and important to give them a look.
Now, authors don't have to wait to be selected and approved of by anyone other than the reading public, and that's where it really counts. I know editors work really hard and help a lot of works become polished and better. But I can't remember the last time I read an article online or a book without minor or even major typos, mostly missing words, those small articles and possessives that can really clarify a sentence. But alas, those days of perfect texts are gone, so fast is our digital age.
So while I admit I have not read a book by a budding writer that did not include a few typos, I have not picked up a book in the library or online from an A-lister that did not have one or two typos.
When you pick up a book by a well known author, usually you know what to expect. Taking a chance on a free book is riskier, but then, the "greater the risk the greater the reward." I can look past a typo or two.
Not all indie books will be great. Personally, I have not been disappointed in the books I have decided to read.
For example, I picked up Devil's Fire during a free period. Wow, what a good book. I doubt I would have found The Hangman's Daughter at the bookstore. I'm not sure if it would be there or not, but I'm sure I would not have stumbled upon it. You Again, a novella, was a delight when conventional publishing demands full-length novels of 80,000 words or so. Who passed that law? I have read both offerings from Chris Culver and enjoyed them both. Lis Wiehl is a favorite of mine because of the gracious person she is. I made a new friend when I met Chris Kridler and welcome her to the eBook revolution with her exciting first novel, Funnel Vision. I could go on and mention Nancy Clark and I Jean Pastula, my Scribbler cohorts, or Bill Allen, so many talented people I get to associate with and call fellow author. It is a great time!
At first, I wondered if shopping online would hinder the browsing for a good book experience, in love with the coffee and books concept as I am. But now, with homemade coffee (AM) or red wine (PM), surfing the aisles of Amazon is great fun. What's selling these days? What's on the top of the Kindle paid list? The romance list?
Is it just me? Do other people find this brave new world of ePublishing exciting and fun? Do readers find the power of writing reviews invigorating?
The revolution will march on and changes, hopefully positive ones, must emerge. For now, I feel I'm in a virtual wild, wild west of publishing.