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writingto meet the quotanot the reader
technologies revolution on the book industry and writers alike
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“[Initially] literature found itself at war with the internet…[but] digital technology and
the rise in the digital culture has allowed authors and publishers many more new
creative opportunities to develop 'the book' further and reach readers ”
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Books being strictly sold in Paper Copies
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Introduction of eBooks, eReaders, Audiobooks, Book
Apps, and Subscription Services
Introduction of eBooks
Changing the Face of Reading
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100Print Editions sold,
114 Kindle editions [are] sold 
Average Kindle owners buy
4x MORE BOOKSthan before owning the device 
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Disadvantages of eBooks/Readers
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“screen-based reading is more physically and mentally
taxing than reading on paper…prolonged reading on glossy
self-illuminated screens can cause eyestrain, headaches
and blurred vision ” - Ferris Jabr
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Aside from costing money for the device itself, eReaders
can easily be hacked risking privacy of the user 
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Breach of Privacy From eReader Companies
“e-book retailers are now able to tell which books
we’ve finished or not finished, how fast we have read
them…we have come to live with the fact that
anything can be found out. Today “the
information” is anonymous; tomorrow it may well be
just about us ” - Francine Prose
this was never an issue with paper copy literature
60%of books purchased on devices are never opened 
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The ability of accessing literature
with the tap of a finger results in the
loss of significance books have,
leaving some author’s pieces work
left unappreciated and waiting to be
deleted to free storage for others
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Introduction of the
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Introduction of Speed Listening
“an author who ostensibly did all the things authors do when working on their
books—slowly crafting narratives, painstakingly choosing words, deliberating
over the lengths and tones and rhythms of sentences…it had never occurred…
that people might listen to the book at 2x speed in order to ingest the
information at a quicker rate ” - Ashlee Vance (Author of Book)
“LOVED the book. Listened to it on Audible at 2x speed and
ﬁnished it in three days. Couldn't put it down. Congrats!”
“Cutting through silence, pauses, and
interludes to obtain information from
text quicker ” - Megan Garber
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When the point turns into consuming literature for information
quickly rather than the experience and pleasure. It can be very
discouraging to writers who take the time to craft a story,
only for it to be breezed through for the important parts
Beginning of the Long-Tail Effect
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With the accessibility of “All-
You-Can-Read” services. The
endless options creates
reader fatigue. For authors
alike, constantly trying to add
to the services slowly causes
some novels to become mass
market literature due the
need of catering to the
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increase of mass
“There is a time and
place in many
people’s lives for the a
50 Shades of
series that sells for
$1.99. For many
that is good
enough, set at the
right price, will
suffice ” - Edward Nawotka
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in ebooks to cater
Authors begin losing their voice and passion so they can write what sells
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Companies like Amazon are beginning to
pay authors per page that consumers
read instead of the book itself 
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“Your rabid romance reader who was buying $100 worth of books a
week and funnelling $5,200 into Amazon per year is now generating
less than $120 a year,” she said. “The revenue is just lost. That
doesn’t work well for…the writers ” - Holly Ward
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Will we continue treating authors this way?
Possibly hindering those who will leave classics behind for
our generation and generations to come.
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