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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Did We Close Borders?
So what has caused all this destruction in just a few short years? Sure, Border’s critics cite the fact that they opened too many locations, had too much debt, over-invested in music sales, sold off their e-book business to Amazon and got into their own e-reader business too late.
But what if there had been no surge of e-books—nearly a million now available on Kindle—written by you and me? What if there had been no new and vital e-presses opening up their doors to new authors? What if great new e-readers like Kindles and Nooks and Libre’s had never been invented? What if we’d never heard about e-book authors like JA Konrath and Amanda Hocking who’d thrown caution to the wind and made it big by self-publishing? Would Border’s closing have happened? I doubt it.
Plus Borders books were expensive. Who wants to pay $28 for a book when you can get one just as good, if not better, at $.99 or $2.99? And even big name authors are seeing the wisdom of self-publishing. Midlist authors have been set adrift by publishing houses and forced to do their own publicity as well. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed shopping at Borders and buying the occasional book with the forty percent off coupon for a book I couldn’t find anywhere else. But more often, I made up a wish list and took it to Half Price Books or Amazon.com to find a better deal. I guess I wasn’t alone.
They always say out of bad things, good things come—cheaper prices, more variety, and more opportunities for millions of writers and readers alike. And one other good thing, I have a Libre e-reader, compatible only with a Borders bookstore app. I just found out I can download and purchase new e-books for my reader by going to the www.kobobooks.com website and downloading their app. Thank goodness for e-books!
Where will you go to buy your books and e-books now?
The Secret Sentinel available from www.thewildrosepress.com
The Montezuma Secret available form Amazon.com and Smashwords