A much discussed subject on the internet, as well as in writing and book magazines, is the state of the publishing industry, and how ebooks and self publishing are changing the previously well known model of publishing. A model, that the publishing industry is trying to adapt to.
I had my own experience of figuring out this changing face earlier this week. It dawned on me just how varied the book world is now and that book format isn’t a straightforward conclusion.
For the online crime book club I ask members to nominate books. For January, as it’s a new year, the theme is debut books. A member nominated a self published book. It got me to thinking. As a book club, do we read self published books? What would be the reasons we didn’t?
If it’s nominated, someone has an interest in the book. My only thought for not doing self published books is the format and how easy it is/ or is not, for members to get a hold of. We have members worldwide. Is the book available in all countries? We have members in the UK, US, Australia and France!
But that can be said for any book.
Platforms. Is the book kindle only, or is it available on Kobo, Nook and iBooks? This prevents isolating people out of the club that month.
The thing that worried me the most, was that I sell the club on it’s accessibility that books can be borrowed from libraries if you can’t or don’t want to buy the books every month. Then I looked up December’s book club choice and found I can’t order it from the library! I’m going to have to buy in electronically.
It reminded me that publishers now are doing electronic only publishing deals.
I did decide we could have the self published book in the nomination list, because the reasons are there for traditionally published books as I found out with Decembers choice. Though I don’t want to go electronic only, too often, as it does stop some people joining in. As it happens though, the author of the self published book was grateful for the nomination, but didn’t want to go through the book club process right now.
So the world of publishing is changing. But what does that mean for book clubs and the choices we make? And how do you like to read your books?