I started a poll on my facebook page the other day asking my friends whether they had ebook readers or whether they still prefered traditional paper books. An astonishing 90% of my friends still prefer to buy a traditional book and don’t own any form of ebook reader.
I looked at the population of my friends that took part in the poll and found that interestingly enough the ones that were in the minority and had ebook readers were actually the ones who would also most likely read the genre of book that I am nearly ready to put out there. Therefore my poll still fed me valuable information but just not in a way that I had expected.
That leaves me with a bit of a dilemma as to whether to just go ahead and self publish my novel as an ebook and then try to promote it myself or to go the more traditional route of trying to secure an agent and then trying to get it published.
In today’s world where we are all trying to be a bit greener and environmentally friendly an ebook could make more sense. Although an agent would not be necessary for this platform, I can certainly see where it would still be quite helpful to have one.
I read this article among many others with a similar message just last week: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/25/barnes-noble-ebooks-will-pass-print-in-2-years/. The article actually discusses the trend that Barnes and Noble is seeing in a shift from traditional books which have seen a decline in profit to ebooks which has made a profitable leap.
I write because I love it and my goal is to have an audience for my writing. What the media tells me is that more and more people are reading ebooks. It appears only my friends are telling me different.
So here is a little poll for you: