Today I was talking to my dad about different publishing options for my upcoming novel: Book one in my Magical Journeys series, the Dark Realm, and I finally opened myself up to the idea of e-books. I have been resistant in the past towards e-books because even though I am only 22(23 in June) years of age I am set in my ways when it comes to literature and the written word. I love to curl up in a blanket next to a fire or a space heater and read a good book.
I can never get used to the thought of doing the same thing but with a cold electronic device that doesn't have the musky smell of all the places a book has been. I told my dad that I sound like an old woman complaining about the price of gas or something like that. I guess I will always be like that, but what I realized today is that even though I don't like those "new fangled" e-reading machines, the market is changing towards the way of the e-book and if I want to get my work out there, I must go with the flow, as it were. I have spent a lot of time and effort creating the world and story that is in my novel and I don't want to see it become a flop just because I don't want to upgrade to what is becoming the new format for literature in the world.
Traditional hard copy books have been around for centuries and have been mass produced since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press around 1440(I can't believe I remember that from high school.) They have had a very good run but maybe it is time for them to step aside and give the new guy a chance to make history. In any case it will definitely save some trees if we no longer need them for book pages.
That is why I am starting the process to format my book so it can be sold by Smash Words press and it can start to be read by the people of the world.