By Mary Jo
I love that ebooks make it possible for authors to ensure that older books are always available to their readers. But there are lots of other advantages, including the fact that authors can easily make changes to their e-published books. As the market changes, so can the marketing, the category, the covers, and much more.
E-reading device go back to the '90s, I think, but it wasn't until Amazon introduced the Kindle and made it easy to publish content in ebook form that ebooks really took off. (Fun Fact: Amazon introduced the first Kindle on November 19th, 2007. It sold out in five and a half hours and there were no more devices available again for five long months.)
I think it was the dark primeval year of 2011 when ebooks went from a fringe business to the mainstream with a force that would transform the world's reading habits. I was well positioned to take advantage of the ebook revolution because I have a possessive streak. Whenever my older books went out of print, I'd request reversion of rights for no other reason than because they were MINE. A dormant book might as well live at my house as in a publisher's closet.
BUT– the mysterious waters of self publishing were murky and possibly filled with monsters. "Here be dragons."
I started cautiously by working with RegencyReads.com to publish several of my traditional Regencies. It was wonderful because owner Neff Rotter, herself a Regency writer, would do all the production work–all an author had to do was proofread her scans of our old paperbacks to correct errors, a level of effort that was about right for me. <G> She still publishes a couple of my Regencies, as well as many of the other classic Regency authors, and uses classic Regency prints for the covers.