Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time to Change Our Way of Thinking



My husband and I recently watched the 3-D version of The Wizard of Oz. I'm not a huge fan of 3-D because it bothers my eyes and head after awhile, but this version was subtle. I enjoyed the movie because I noticed details I never paid attention to in the original version. I found myself studying fabrics and objects on tables.3-D brought the images closer for me to inspect.

3-D is altering our moving going experience, just as ebooks are changing our reading experience. There is a lot to be said about holding a book, but then I don't keep books that aren't signed when I'm finished. I also don't need three bookcases. One bookcase of signed books and reference material is enough. I'm currently down to two bookcases. I also enjoy traveling with a collection of books on my Kindle. I'm not saying 3-D will replace all movies, but I am saying technology is getting better and we should embrace the change. It will be interesting to see what our world will look like twenty years from now.

There is positive and negative aspects to both traditional publishing and ebooks, but ebooks are here to stay. My husband sometimes speaks about Kodak and how they should have embraced digital technology and who would have ever thought the Ma Bell monopoly (or near monopoly) would be replaced by many cell phone companies? Writers would be smart to sell their books in as many formats as possible: traditional, epubs, independent... Like they say, "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket."

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