Today we have a guest blog by Tara Kleinfelter, an editor at Samhain Publishing, Ltd. She loves digital publishing, and if eReaders weren’t so expensive and if geographical restrictions didn’t inconvenience me, I’d probably love it that much, too
WHY I LOVE DIGITAL PUBLISHING by Tara Kleinfelter, Editor at Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
As an editor for Samhain, I’ve learned so much about the world of digital publishing. I am a huge advocate and supporter of digital publishing, and I have the best job in the world.
Here are some of the reasons why I love digital publishing so much.
1. Green is the thing right now. Everyone wants to save the world, save energy, save the whales, save the polar bears…you get it. Well, one of the top things on that list is saving trees. And eBooks do a great job of that. Try this on for size… Did you know that 40% of printed books are pulped? Yeah, you heard that right. Next time you walk into Barnes & Noble or Borders, take a lot around and imagine almost half of the books in there being trashed/recycled. Yeah, that’s pretty staggering.
2. In the majority of cases, digital books are cheaper than paper books. Now, I don’t know about you, but the amount of money I’ve spent, and continue to spend, on books is pretty high. I think I could probably pay off the mortgage on our house. =P With digital, there are less production costs, so the cost of the book doesn’t have to be as high to make up for those costs.
3. Ah, the space-saving abilities. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to buy bookshelf after bookshelf in order to have space for the ton of books I buy. And trust me, it’s a ton. They’re overflowing everywhere, and thank God I have a husband who is understanding and doesn’t mind it. Because to be honest, if I had to choose one of the other, it’d be a pretty tight race between the hubby and the books. =) But with digital books, it’s not an issue at all. And if you don’t want to buy an external hard drive to keep them on so they don’t take up space on your computer, Google Documents works great for storing them, so long as they are a compatible format. I tend to go with PDFs, so Google Docs works great for me.
4. Digital publishers can take more chances with what they contract. In the case of the New York publishing houses, they have to be very careful with what they pick up. They have to choose stories they think really have a chance at selling very well. With us, we can take more chances. We don’t have to choose stories that we know will make us a ton of money. We can choose a really good story with a non-traditional storyline that may not be as widely accepted as most. We can choose something because we love it, and hope that everyone else loves it as much as we do. A perfect example of this is Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight. Traditional publishing houses didn’t want it, but it’s become a well-known, much-loved story. All because an editor took a chance on a story she loved.
Here are some links for Samhain books that were first published in eBook, but have since been published in print: