Paperbacks…dead? (Also a giveaway inside!)


SPOILER ALERT — 100th Blog Post!

(Giveaways to follow in comments)


After I opened my latest package from Amazon, I decided to take a picture at a lot of the books I’ve stocked my shelves with over the past year since I started as an indie author. I’ve definitely added to it thanks to my wallet, but I’ve been lucky enough to have been the recipient of fellow author’s good graces.

Here’s the thing — none of the books pictured are traditionally published. From Hugh Howey’s last two novels, Peter Cawdron, Jason Gurley, John Gregory Hancock, Michael Bunker, an outstanding Indie collection edited by David Gatewood, Paul Kupperberg, and myself — all are what you might call independently published. (There are a few others I have that aren’t pictured for whatever reason.)

With the arguments surrounding indie vs. traditional publishing, Amazon vs. The Big 5, digital vs. paperback, we all line up a choose a side. I would argue that we can have both. Indie can coexist with traditionally published books. Amazon and the Big 5 can get along and all can make a profit (unlikely, but I’m a dreamer), and we can have paperback and digital books. The more I got into my Kindle and reading books on various digital devices, the more I wanted to own some of these books in paperback form. I don’t regret it — what happens when the zombie apocalypse happens and the Internet goes dark? I’ll still have my copy of Jason Gurley’s Eleanor to keep me company as I trek across America under dark and grim skies.

I almost feel inadequate when I put my own books in the same picture as some of the others here, but that’s the beauty of indie publishing. My books are viewed on the same playing field as Gurley, Bunker, and even Howey — even Patterson, King, and Koontz on occasion.

Are paperbacks dead? Not for me. I certainly scour and search for books on my Kindle on an almost daily basis, but when I want a physical copy of a book, I don’t hesitate to add it to my collection. I don’t think I’m alone here, either. It is a special time in publishing and most readers are recognizing this as well. Go out and read!


Still here?

Good — in honor of my 100th blog post, I want to give a few books away. I’ll give away a set of Dead Sleep/Dead Sight and a copy of Baking With Swords as well. That is two (2) winners — one for the DS1/DS2 books and one will get the copy of BWS.

What do you need to do to win? Tell me what is the best book you’ve read in 2014 and whether it was physical or digital. That’s it. I’ll keep this open for a week (until July 8) and then choose a winner randomly then. (Sorry — winners will be chosen from U.S. only)


13 thoughts on “Paperbacks…dead? (Also a giveaway inside!)

  1. Ken Everett

    Best book I’ve read so far in 2014 is Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. This book has been around awhile, but I had failed to come across it until I put the Kindle reader on my tablet and started browsing the fantasy genre. Of course I read the Kindle edition, but it appears to be available in hardback, paperback and audio formats. Consider that even books like Foundation by Isaac Asimov (which turned me into a book worm) written back before I was born (1956) are available on Kindle. So it’s not only the new stuff that’s finding its way through new mediums.

    • I’ve heard a lot of great things about Robin Hobb — I’ll have to pick one of her books up and check them out. Regarding Foundation — that trilogy was one of the first I bought outright when I started using my Kindle.

  2. Lela middour

    One of the best books I’ve read was the Fashionably Dead series by Robyn Peterman. They made me laugh out loud so many times and left me anticipating the next book in the series.

  3. Hmmm….most of what I have read this year has good, but not outstanding, but I loved The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore (He can do no wrong in my opinion) and The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed The Spellman Files. I just needed a quick read and picked it up at a used bookstore for cheap. I now can’t wait to read the others in the series. And I am about 20 pages from the end of The Magician King by Lev Grossman and loving that as well. Here’s to hoping the last 20 pages don’t disappoint.

    Oh…and to give the graphic novel some love, Marvel: 1602 by Neil Gaiman was fantastic!

  4. I hate to have to pick just one, but I loved The Purloined Number (There Goes the Galaxy) by Jenn Thorson. I bought it in digital only, mainly because there is almost no more room in my house. I have books stacked everywhere….

  5. amy hughes

    I would have to say the best book ive read this year is Singular Pounts by Travis Mohrman. it was won during a contest and was a digital copy. he captured me in the first paragraph and kept me interested the rest of the way through. I laughed out loud at some parts and cried at others. he really brought me into the book. I have two 7 foot tall book cases full of books but i also have hundreds of books on my kobo. do i have a preference,? sure, that would be physical books. there is just something about the feel of a book, the smell and turning the pages, bu t thats doesnt mean I won’t buy an ebook.

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