Dorchester Publishing has canned the mass market paperback and gone digital. You could feel the tremors across the publishing world as publishers, editor, agents and authors jockeyed for their one-line retorts or endorsements. Oh the horror . . . or it's a sign of things to come . . .
I shake my head every afternoon when I glance over the current events of the publishing world. It's change . . . it's growth . . . it's adaptation to both. And grown men and women are turning gray and wringing their hands at the sudden upheaval.
Dorchester did what was good for Dorchester. They are looking at the bottom line . . . in their pocketbook. They aren't contemplating what this means for other publishers, for Amazon, for Apple, for anyone else. With the majority of their works in the romance genre, they've recognized that the romance reader has embraced the e-reader. Why not go the ebook route?
But I read comments in chats and forums from published authors reminiscing about their typewriters, their days before the Internet made everyone a writer, and now they cry about ebooks.
It does not matter what the medium is. Seriously, people. Sell the dang book in whatever format sells.
Once upon a time, people adjusted to paperbacks, to noir then mystery, to graphic novels. One format doesn't make you more or less an author.