Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Kindle: It's quite something when you see a book you've written on Amazon USA at #3,400,000-ish in their top 100; my 'Thunder In A Bottle' being the case in point. Agreed, it's way off the planet, but good grief, at least it's on their listings and available in America which, not that many years ago would have been an impossibilty.
And rather like my diatribe about downloading songs, which spanned 3 or 4 page 2 editorials in the fanzine, it seems downloading books to Kindle or similar, is becoming just as popular. The Kindle was the top selling gift for Xmas 2010, and books aeons out of print are now available as downloads, so it must be a good thing.
But rather like the music downloads disposing of vinyl and CD pressing plants, so too will print binderies have to suffer the lack of work digital reading will cause.
On the plus side, however, the rain forests, the lungs of our planet, might well be spared due to the downturn in the feast for paper products. And POD (print-on-demand) publishing, which produces a book as and when it is ordered and sold, will also help.
Tree-huggers can now rejoice at these 21st Century technological marvels!
'Thunder In A Bottle' is also available on amazon.co.uk, of course, as well as abebooks.co.uk and many others.