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Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomNeil_Ostroff) | 275 comments Ebooks are forever. Think about this sentence for a moment. You write a novel, get it formatted, have a nice cover made up, get an ISBN, and then download it onto Kindle, or Smashwords, or any of the hundreds of ebook distributors, and poof, it’s available globally to anyone with an ereader. Not only that, it will be available until the end of time. That means fifty years from now if I want to show my great grandchild one of my books, all they’ll have to do is type in the title and, poof again, there it will be. Talk about immortalizing yourself for all eternity. Isn’t that what art is all about? I’m very lucky to be living in an age where I can imprint myself to the world and be remembered forever through my books. I do feel sad for all the paperback writers throughout the last centuries whose hard work and effort only got them a six-week shelf life for their masterpiece and then their book would disappear forever, going out of print and into the paper shredder. With ebooks I may still be getting royalties when I’m a hundred years old, I can write and publish what I want and let the worldwide public decide if the book is good, without being evaluated for the amount of profit the story might generate. My novels won’t sit stacked on some shelf in the back of a dusty old bookstore (if bookstores still exist in five years). They will always be fresh and ready for download, ready to draw a new reader into my crazy, noir, eccentric, imaginary worlds. It’s an incredibly comforting thought knowing my stories will be around forever, like the myths of ancient Greece or fables and folklore of olden times. In a way, ebooks will immortalize me and define me as a novelist until the end of time. Now, if I could just make a healthy living at it. Haha.
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Stuart Ayris (Stuayris) Well, mate, I hope I have just contributed in some small way to your immortality by downloading Drop Out!!


message 3: by Neil (last edited Sep 20, 2012 11:49AM) (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomNeil_Ostroff) | 275 comments Appreciate it!!


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Bryn Hammond (BrynHammond) | 21 comments I have a serious question on the ebooks are forever thing. I'm not being flippant. - What happens when I'm dead? What do indies do? Leave their books in the right hands? Thinking ahead here, I figure I'll set my prices to free and let them loose, and peg in the happy knowledge they outlive me. If I get the chance to organise that and am not taken unawares.

I may be fairly strange, but I think about this.


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Andrew Peters | 40 comments Bryn wrote: "I have a serious question on the ebooks are forever thing. I'm not being flippant. - What happens when I'm dead? What do indies do? Leave their books in the right hands? Thinking ahead here, I figu..."
same as any other book I suppose, your heirs get the royalties....if you decide to make them free ever after......that's up to you.


message 6: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Peters | 40 comments Neil wrote: "Ebooks are forever. Think about this sentence for a moment. You write a novel, get it formatted, have a nice cover made up, get an ISBN, and then download it onto Kindle, or Smashwords, or any of t..."

Nice thought....though who knows what the future holds? I hadn't thought about the "out of print" thing....many great authors' books are no longer available in print.


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Diane Stringam Tolley (StoryTolley) | 3 comments This is your chance to get my bestseller YA novel, Essence for free! That's right. Free. For the next twenty four hours! I guarantee the ebook will last forever! Or at least as long as your electronic device . . .
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...


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