With the announcement this week that Encyclopedia Britannica will end its 244 years of publishing its encyclopedia’s and focus on the online version, it brings me to a few questions.
Is this the future for all bound and printed books?
Inevitably, I fear the answer is yes, it was only a matter of time before “e-books” took over, just as the cassette tape replaced the 8 track tape, CD’s replaced the cassette and MP3 is replacing the CD.
Although the day is not upon us yet that all books have made the transition to “e-books”
Encyclopædia Britannica’s decision to go to an online only format is the beginning, and I am sure that decision was made based on declining sales and the company’s bottom line.
What does this mean to a Bibliophile ?
Well sadly, evolve and get on the cyber train, buy the e-reader or your choice and download the e-books you want, and hopefully they don’t get lost in the almighty “cloud”
I personally do not have an e-reader and really have nothing against them, I have friends who love them and more than likely I will be purchasing one.
There is another option, buy the printed books you want now, I don’t mean to buy them all at once, but start adding to your collection.
As I am sure Encyclopædia Britannica’s sales will increase for a short time, I am also sure other publishers will begin (if they have not already begun) the process of transitioning to e-books to improve their bottom lines, lets hope that this is a time long from now.
What does no more bound books mean to an author?
I don’t know, but I am sure that there will be a decrease in what they get paid to write books, because the cost for an e-book should be cheaper than a bound book.
However, that may not be the case in today’s world of inexplicable greed, it would not even surprise me if an e-book cost as much aa a TANGIBLE BOOK.
Although I am not a published author yet (the children’s book I am writing is almost done) it will not sway me from continuing to write.
Because writing for me anyways, is not about making money, don’t get me wrong, I would love to get paid to write, and ultimately, to be a paid author would be the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail.
I write for me, but more importantly for you.
So what are your thoughts ?
Please let me know below.