Books for Art's Sake

Easy has been officially launched, but I'm not on vaycay just yet. We're formatting the book for paperback (the full cover is done; interior almost done). The BTL series has been formatted and new covers done for it as well. I intend to offer signed paperbacks, possibly here on the blog - but I have to make sure of a few things like Blogger requirements, paypal accounts, safe mail containers... these things are all new to me, so stay tuned if you're interested in owning a copy of Easy you can hold.

I look forward to the publishing world offering a free digital version of any book purchased in hardback or paperback form. As a reader, I will be all over that. I pre-ordered three books earlier this year that all came out on May 1st.* I didn't agonize much over which versions to purchase, because all three were already-begun series for me. This resulted in one Kindle pre-buy (Shine - Smith-Ready) and two hardbacks (Insurgent - Roth, and Bitterblue - Cashore). But I began reading Shine first, partly because it was the last in a trilogy... but mostly because it was on my Kindle. Apparently, reading on my Kindle has become my preferred way to read - even sitting around at home.

Honestly, I never thought that would happen. Not long ago, I was all old-school I like the look of books stacked on my nightstand, and I love the feel of a book in my hands, etc. Don't get me wrong - I still love those things... just... not while I'm reading. I do love the look of many of my books - their spines lined up on the shelves in an array of colors. I like to pull them out and stare at the covers - especially the ones that combine appearance and texture (ex: my hardback of Shine - Lauren Myracle).

Books I put on my shelves and hold in my hands have become art. Never saw that coming, either.

(Hey publishers - wanna keep those paper-based book sales alive? Keep those covers gorgeous and figure out how to give away a digital copy with each sale! Music and film have figured out how to do this, even with the multiple platforms available and the fact that this differs from customer-to-customer.)

*When I realized I would be entering the last 3-4 weeks of my own book launch when I received those books, I wanted to bang my head on my desk. Holy internal reader-author tug-of-war! I'm into Insurgent now and LOVING it, though there just aren't enough hours in the day to work and read...