Why Printed Books Will Never Die

I came across this article, courtesy of Dina Ciccarelli’s blog, Keep Calm and Read a Book Blog.

It’s from Mashable, and it’s about the physical beauty of a printed book as opposed to an eBook, and points out many other reasons why printed books will withstand the storm of technology in publishing. I thought it was a timely piece to include here since I just wrote about the BiblioTech “eLibrary” in Texas the other day.

Here’s a link to Dina’s original post: http://keepcalmandreadabookblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/why-printed-books-will-never-die/

Smashwords, anyone?

www.smashwords.com

For all you self-publishers out there (or those looking into it), I’ve heard lovely, wonderful things about Smashwords. It streamlines your manuscript into formats appropriate for Apple iBookstore, nook, kobo, Sony Reader, etc. Basically any eReader that you can think of, Smashwords can help you get there with one simple upload.

I’m not ready to self-publish at this point, so as far as personal testimony on ease of use, pricing, etc., I can’t offer much opinion. I’ve only been hearing good things about it through my new pals on Scribophile (talked about earlier this week here).

Are any of you readers ready to self-publish or have you already? Familiar with Smashwords and care to offer advice? Feel free.

Also, anyone looking to support fellow self-publishers or looking for great reads and low prices, check out Smashwords’s homepage to see what they’ve got going on. There are tons of free eBooks, and while you do have to wade through some slush, there is absolutely something there for everyone.