Where do you buy your books? Amazon? Barnes and Noble? Or perhaps you borrow them from the library. Or, maybe you have a kindle or a nook or an iPad and you download them from various sites. However you manage to acquire your good reads, it is abundantly clear that there any many ways to access a good story these days. If anything, it can be a bit overwhelming and most importantly, it may take a some time to find a real treasure.
With so many ways to access books as well as the rise of e-publishing and self-publishing, it’s just as easy to find a good book as it is to find a bad book. Now don’t get me wrong, I love having access to books in varying formats and I really do believe there are some amazing books out there by unknown authors, but sometimes, they can be hard to find.
I’ll give you an example. The other night, I hopped on my nook and manuevered my way straight to the ebook category. There, I purchased two books for great prices. I cuddled into my cozy blanket, opened my first nook book to chapter one and started to read. Imagine my disappointment when only ten pages later, I was having too much trouble following the story due to poor grammar. Sure I got a great deal on the book but I was short changed an adventure because another author wanted to be published without putting in the huge amount of work involved with producing a quality book.
So where am I going with this? The point is that with more technology and more ways to access books, readers have an even greater duty to spread the word about the great treasures found. Get the word out when you find a great book and voice when you aren’t satisfied. That’s the only way we are going to encourage a higher standard for our entertainment. This also means that you may have to dig through a few more duds to find a good story, but as an author, critic and reader, myself, I can tell you there are a lot of great books out there that remain somewhat undiscovered. In fact, I will make it my goal to find them and share them with you all. Please feel welcome to do the same.
Have a great week!