I was touched by the blog post that Seanan McGuire (aka author Mira Grant) wrote about the way that the so-called “death of print” is a threat to America’s poor. That is to say, this trend towards e-only publications — the result of the growth of the electronic book and device market over the past few years (and in one giant leap last winter) — is a move with many ramifications.
Several of these changes are positive. For starters, authors are able to get their books to fans more quickly and often with a much small price tag for new releases. As a reader, one of my favorite aspects of my Kindle is that I can fit far more books on my e-reader than I would ever be able to house in my tiny apartment. I also love that while my Kindle is the size of a single book, it gives me access to many more novels so there’s no more sitting bored on the train, or wherever I am when I finish the book I’m reading. These benefits mean that I’ve adopted e-books as an inexpensive, way to devour more books than ever before.
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