Category: Gneechy Talk

iPads, E-Books, and the Coming Revolution


Writer’s Digest blogger Jane Friedman posted an interesting bit today about the changing world of the writer (or would-be writer), and how the dream of “write your book, get it published, rinse and repeat” is changing, and needs to change, as books begin their transition from a primarily physical medium, to a primarily electronic one.

What was interesting wasn’t so much her actual post (which more or less was to say, “JUMP ON! And here’s what I think of the Kindle, iPhone, and iPad…”), although that was interesting too. 🙂 What was really interesting was the bevy of links she included about the state of the industry and writer’s role in it. So at the risk of making a post that’s just a link to a post full of links (How meta can you get?), here are the ones that most caught my eye:

My own belief is that the book, i.e. leaves of paper bound with a cover, is not going away within any of our lifetimes. However, I do believe that it’s going to become more and more of a premium item. As time goes on and tablet-type devices become more ubiquitous, the books that will still be sold will tend more and more toward having features that the device simply can’t replicate, ranging from leather covers and gold leafing, to giant coffee-table editions of photo or art books.

Magazines, newspapers, and technical books? Yeah, they’re dead, just as dead as the Yellow Pages. But frankly I don’t consider that much of a loss. (EDIT: Let me clarify this … I don’t consider it a loss that magazines, newspapers, and technical books would convert to electronic format. That doesn’t mean I want them to die all together, and I don’t think they will, although in the case of newspapers and magazines I expect they’re going to end up basically as high-end blogs. Whether they can flourish in that form, is another story.)

I also suspect there may come a time when straight-up retail bookstores and used bookstores merge. Much like Amazon will sell you a new book for $30 or a used copy for $14.99, places like Powell’s may very well become the place to go for all of your physical reading media. Certainly if I were a distributor in particular, I’d be looking for new avenues, because there may come a time in the not-too-distant future when the Borders and B&N’s of the world become hard to find.

-The Gneech

PS: Oh, and speaking of the iPad, I have a delivery date now! It’s hard to get any more “late April” than “April 30,” but in my heart of hearts, I always assumed that’s what it would end up being anyway.

Thank You, Whoever You Are! :D

According to Amazon, I’ve sold one copy each of the collected Fictionlets on the Kindle. Smashwords doesn’t have any sales listed yet for other platforms, but hopefully that will come in time.

Meanwhile, that means I’ve officially made a sale! Woohoo! Sure, it’s only netted me $0.70, but every journey starts with a single step and all that. Besides, as of last night I’ve got a gig writing a short story for an upcoming indie anthology, so if things continue at this rate I’ll be chugging along nicely in short order. (That reminds me, I need to update the Bibliography page.)

Ah, writing. I’ve missed you, my old friend! 🙂

-The Gneech

Brigid and Greg E-Books, W00t!

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Gneech and his sexy, sexy iPhone.

Because I love you all, I spent the weekend compiling the Brigid and Greg fictionlets into e-book form, two volumes of 100 fictionlets each which should be much easier to read than going post-by-post here on You can get them here:

These two volumes will bring you almost up-to-date (into late 2009, anyway); from there, I have in mind to do a new volume for every hundred new fictionlets.

As far as I can tell, every major e-book platform is represented, although it may take a little while for the books to propagate to Sony, B&N, and so on. I know for a fact that they’re already available for Stanza (the version the goofy mug in the photo above is holding). The cost is a low, low $0.99 (which is basically the minimum amount that most distributors will let me charge).

Since the books went up, I’ve had inquiries about doing print versions, and I’ll be looking into that in the not-too-distant future as well, probably digest-size and distributed via Merchandise Maven. Meanwhile, fire up your Kindle/Nook/phone/iPad (*sob*) and enjoy!

(Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that even if you don’t have a separate e-reader, you can download free copies of Stanza, the Kindle reader, and so forth, or even just grab the books in good old-fashioned “plain text” and read ’em in your word processor of choice if you’re so inclined.)


-The Gneech