The fact that people are buying fewer books represents old news. The fact that big tech companies are becoming increasingly determined to sell them isn’t current news either; Amazon has been pushing its Kindle e-book reader and accompanying Kindle book store for some time. Barnes & Noble and Apple have online book stores of their own as well. Plus, Apple broke into the market with its iBooks service for the iPad.
Now, however, Google says it will open a Google Editions book store this summer–and you won’t need to purchase any sort of special device to read books bought on Google; any Web browser will work. That’s news.
With all this high-tech reading going on, have you considered producing an e-book of some sort? You don’t have to give up your dreams of a traditionally published nonfiction book or even of becoming an independent publisher. Just find something to turn into an e-book. Nonfiction books lend themselves perfectly to e-books.
Catch the wave, as they say. Get on board with publishing technology and big tech companies. Create an e-book of your own to sell from your website or blog or from any one of the other on-line sites that will sell them for you.
If you don’t know where to sell your e-books, read this post by John Kremmer. It provides a list of all the sites where you can upload your products. John wrote this post and this post for Write Nonfiction in November last year.