Books are changing…and it’s okay!
March 6, 2011 § 2 Comments
In 1980 about 66,000 patents were granted. In 2010, 244,000 inventions got the go ahead. Check out the stats on : http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm
Nice to see that American are busy entrepreneurs, isn’t it? We novel writers are particularly challenged because we all write books, whether they’re print or e-pubbed, long or short, sweet or raw…we write books. What’s to invent? Some of us are adding pictures and videos to our on-line books, so readers enjoy action scenes along with written words. And it won’t be long before the reader has more say in an interactive kind of novel. What I’m talking about is a collaborative effort…the author providing a story, with you, the reader/watcher manipulating some of the vital elements of the novel in an effort to make the experience deeper and richer. Some will mourn this advance, much like they worried about e-books. They’ll say the writer is the owner of the story…the characters and events should stand as they are. I say, bring on all the new approaches. Want to know why? Evidence shows us that technology might bring more readers to the fold. An example: teenagers are reading more because they like their new e-readers. Check it out on: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/books/05ebooks.html
My point is simple. Reading is a thinking, creative activity…we all want people to read a lot and widely…and technology can help rather than hinder this goal. As an author, I’m an entrepreneur, writing stories crafted for hungry readers. It’s a team effort. Without readers, I am a hobbyist, not an author. My job is to find unique ways to reach my readers, engage them, lead them through my book’s journey, then entice them back for yet another ‘read.’
A new invention to help pull in readers? I say, bring it on!