Print on paper is out, digitalized words are in. So is the message of many recent articles excited by the launching of a second-generation Kindle and by the partnership between Google Books and Sony Reader. The e-book revolution is upon us. "By this time next year," writes technology expert Mike Egan from New Zealand, "e-books will be mainstream."
I own a Sony Reader and can certainly attest to its advantages, including the free uploading of classic books, which I tend to read in my never-ending self-schooling in English Lit.
But I am also a published novelist, with some statistics about my books sales: My first novel PUPPET CHILD, sold one hardcover copy for every 100 softcover copies. And Amazon has so far sold one Kindle version of this novel to every 1,000 softcover copies. For my second novel, CHINA DOLL, I did not bother with hardcover; I wanted readers, and I wanted them buying their own copies, not passing them along or waiting until the less-expensive softcover version was out. Amazon's ratio of selling the Kindle version is the same as for my PUPPET CHILD--1 : 1,000.
My novels may be the exception to the phenomenon the mavens write about (mostly in articles printed on paper). Or maybe I know hype when I see one. But this is what I am certain will sell more: Larger print. Not necessarily the industry-standard "Large Print" for that special section at the public library and for nursing homes, but simply print that is easier on the eyes. And that is what I will negotiate with my publisher (when one steps forward, that is.) The aging baby-boomer market is ripen for some consideration.
Did I mention that I set my Sony Reader to the largest type?
P.S. If you'd like to see my next novel in [larger] print, will you help by voting for it on Amazone Breakthrough Novel contest (where JERUSALEM MAIDEN is a quarter-finalist)? Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001UG3AOG