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I’ve decided to have Unravelling converted to an ebook, and it’s in the process of happening! Apparently it will be on kindle in a few days and in various other places in a while. It’s exciting although I have had to overcome some huge reservations.

I didn’t think ebooks would become as popular as they obviously are. I love the printed book so much – from the cover, to the feel of the pages, that physical sense of being part of the book. The whole magical experience of reading. And I presumed other people who enjoy reading had similar feelings. But since last Christmas – and amazon’s massive sales push on kindle – things have clearly changed. Apparently, Publishers Weekly says that ebook sales increased at a rate of 169% for the first two months of 2011.

Perhaps it’s not surprising then that all sorts of people – people I wouldn’t have expected to – have admitted to having one. Of course, all the predictable reasons are trotted out: so much cheaper, convenient for travelling, no need for rows of book shelves cluttering up the place but even though I’ve given in, I do feel sad.

And how will we all feel when there are no more bookshops? The independents are squeezed at every turn, Waterstone’s is struggling, and Borders is dead. Am I a turncoat? My little venture won’t make any difference, but every journey begins with a small step!

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  1. Derek Taylor says:

    I know just what you mean, Lindsay. I feel completely split about e-publishing too. On the one hand, I don’t want to do anything which puts the future of book shops in jeopardy. On the other, anything which encourages people to read can’t be bad. I wonder if anyone has produced an analysis of the number of book sales made electronically which wouldn’t have happened otherwise, as opposed to ebook-purchases that replace traditional book sales. -Derek

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