I have been reading a lot of e-fiction lately, mostly because I am part of the e-fiction book club, and I have to admit that I really struggle with sitting at my computer and reading. I don’t have an iPod, or a reading device, or a laptop for that matter, so it makes it quite hard for me to sit and read something on a screen, and some sites really don’t help matter with tiny white print on a black background. One site I queried about this actually put a function in so that you could increase the size of the font, which was much better! Having to focus on the screen for an in-depth period of time is not good for my eyes (and I desperately need new glasses!).
But I wonder whether e-fiction is the way to go? Do people read more e-fiction than books? Don’t they prefer the good old fashion print and paper? Or is printed literature going to become a thing of the past? I certainly hope not! I like to curl up in bed with a good book on a cold winters night, or tucked up on a sunny windowsill reading my favourites. In order to do that, I have to purchase (or beg or borrow) books so that I am comfortable enough to settle down and read. Sitting with a laptop on my lap in bed does not allow me to cocoon myself under the covers on a cold winters night. There is no satisfaction of seeing how far I have to read in terms on the number of pages left at the end of the book (the slide bar on a computer just doesn’t have the same sense of accomplishment for me!)
I don’t have anything against reading on the computer, but I can get intimate with a book, I don’t see that happening with a laptop, or a reading device. Actually holding a heavy book and having the satisfaction of knowing that I read it, that is something that a computer can never achieve. Print out the story I hear you say… You pay for ink costs and I will print it out… remember gold is less expensive than ink prices!
Web serials are another thing I have read a lot more of lately. Are they a thing of the future – definitely yes! I can see this being big, and interesting. I love episodic stories, almost complete within themselves, but with a catch that keeps you reading more, and developing along with the characters. Web serials are like the serious reader’s version of comics, without the pictures. (Don’t get me wrong, comics are cool!) And I don’t really know why I think that! Episodic stories have been around for years – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle originally produced Sherlock Holmes as a Serial in the English Newspapers (don’t ask which one, I don’t know that much information!)
Could I write a web serial – one day I might, but for now, I want to concentrate on getting published. Whether that is through conventional means or though the internet, well, I suppose that is for the publisher to decide!