You already know what I'm going to say, don't you? Print books aren't going away any time soon. They're just too beloved, in a mashed-potatoes kind of way. What's more comforting than an old book, a crackling fire, rain on the windowpane, and a Fresh Pot of Tea? Makes you relax just thinking about it, doesn't it?
But those copies of Heidi, of Jane Eyre, of Alice Through the Looking Glass, of The Black Arrow and of Mistress Masham's Repose do need to slide over on the shelf and make room for the new kid in school. Go into any coffee shop and people at the neighboring tables will be reading all right - but they'll be reading Kindles, Nooks, and laptops as well as print.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Amanda Hocking, a very succesful Indie author: http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com/2011/03/amanda-hocking-and-e-publishing.html
Now, my dear friend Kara informs me that there is another author we should watch out for: Elisa Lorello. She is selling loads of ebooks on Amazon, in the manner of musicians who are selling music right from iTunes, and are getting discovered on YouTube. (Hi, Justin!)
You can read about Elisa here:
No, those print books don't need to worry. They are too beloved. But the traditional publishers and agents might want to start changing their business models a tad.