Like many trends, the successes that some authors are having in Epublishing have their critics. Some Ebooks have been slammed as clichéd writing, lacking quality, plot or finite character development. The current debate reminds me of a time not so long ago, when Matthew Reilly’s writing was snubbed at by literary critics as being nothing more than airport reads. Similarly, J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books were originally deemed as being too long for young readers. Both writers were embraced by their readers and have risen above the criticism managing to achieve outstanding sales, and so it seems are many writers who have opted to Epublish.
More publishing options means there is greater variety for a wider reading audience that is consuming books at a faster rate than publishing houses are able to roll out new titles. Largely due to the cost risks associated in taking on new writers and titles along with the inevitable drawn out turnaround process. Ultimately, it’s the readers and new technology that are driving this cultural change in how the next best-selling book is being published, bought and read. While many have predicted this as the start of the death of traditional publishing, contrarily it provides a fast track through the dreaded slush pile to tried and tested writers that the reading public has identified for them, significantly reducing the risk they wear. If this means writers such as E L James and Amanda Hocking are becoming best-selling authors, then good luck to them. While critics and recent surveys indicate such returns in Epublishing are in the minority, it can also be said that it’s not much different for traditional forms of publishing.