With ebooks for kids gaining popularity…
are we looking at the beginning of the end for traditional publishing?
I don’t think so. Not very soon anyway. Why? A little thing called electricity. If you use an eReader or tablet or mobile or laptop to read ebooks for kids or any other ebooks, you need electricity to read ’em. And if there was an extended outage (hurricane damage for instance), you’d be without your reading material. So, the good ol’ paperback or hardbound book would look pretty awesome right about then.
Still…as a writer and reader of ebooks for kids and other humans, I’m extremely fond (putting it mildly) of the digital medium. For instance, at any given moment during a typical day…no matter where I am…I’m carrying around at least 6 to 10 books. And I have them in the little side pocket of my Levi’s carpenter jeans…in my iPhone. And that’s in addition to being able to access the Bible (many versions complete with reference materials), a large collection of my lullaby songs and other children’s songs, my pictures and videos and audio memos, and so much more.
I actually enjoy reading ebooks on my iPhone. It’s not cumbersome. It’s there when I’m ready. I don’t have to remember an extra thing to carry around. And I don’t lose my place in the text. Oh yeah…and I can send myself (or others in social media circles or email) notes, clips, and more.
So…it’s worth it to me to have to remember to keep my iPhone charged in order to read the latest of my ebooks for kids or cool marketing pdf or my Bible. After all, I’d have to keep it charged even if I was just gonna use it to make phone calls. 🙂