Monday, 23 July 2012

Why E-books Promote Books, Not Eradicate Them by Amber Rose Thompson

I’m a librarian by trade/profession and an erotic writer by passion. My days and nights are filled with books in either print or e-format. It is simple to say that I’m possessed with books. I love the sound of books being put on a library shelf; yes there is a distinct sound. I love the sound of paper being rifled through, pages shuffling against each other, the first crackle of a spine being opened. Despite my allergy to dust, I even love the smell of old books before bleach became so heavily used. And I’m fascinated by the art of book making. Whether it is via papyrus, sheep skin, wood pulp, or clay, how we solidify our knowledge into readable forms for person to person transmission is fascinating. We want to share knowledge, have knowledge expand, and let knowledge out to be aired and take wings.

So many times I’ve heard people say libraries are doomed, that e-Books will remove the need for print formats and make brick and mortar buildings obsolete. Part of me suspects this belief is about as old as knowledge itself and people thought that way around the time of the Library of Alexandria. It has never happened and never will. We need people to share access to books and help preserve them. But, eBooks are powerful and should be respected as a new format. Here is why I think eBooks will help make erotica more mainstream.

One, eBooks are jacket or cover less. I am just as bad as anyone else. I can easily fall for a gorgeous book cover and want to read the book simply because of the graphics on the cover. We are visual creatures. Why else would porn work so easily on us? The VCR and Internet run on the fact we like to see our information with all the moving and colorful bits included. There is a drawback to covers though. Covers blare out the contents. It is nigh on impossible to tell someone you are reading a book on the economics of power struggles when there is a half-naked body on the cover. With eBook no one knows what you are reading.

Two, one leads directly into the next idea and which is eBooks can go anywhere. You can read about the man’s large cock or the woman’s enormous breasts while on the subway, during a meeting break, at the doctor’s office, during a PTA meeting, etc., and no one knows what you are looking at. For all they know you are checking your stocks and learning about Power Point fundamentals. E-Books take the shame out of reading and once you start reading smut everywhere and anywhere the dirtiness or badness of doing so wanes.

Three, books can get their teething done in eBook format and then gain molars in print form. Take Fifty Shades of Grey. The book started as an eBook download and once it gained notoriety it went into print form. Even my library, which carries nothing racy, has a reserve list of over sixteen hundred people waiting to read it. In the past, books could only be put into print and this lessened access to publication for most people. With the whirlwind of eBook popularity, anyone with Internet access can create a book, publish it online, and allow for downloads. The publishing world opens up exponentially as does access to erotica.

Four, by allowing books to start directly in eBook format, small publishers can create an online presence and build a following that may or may not branch into print formats. The idea that more people can add to the information in existence means more readers can find just the right kind of smut or erotica for her or him, and that is a very, very good thing.

This is why I think eBooks rock, but there is one other reason too, and that is visual accessibility. With eBook readers, the font size, font color, and line spacing can be altered by the reader. This means people with visual impairments still have access to erotica. I’ve never seen large print erotica for sale which means a portion of the populace is prohibited from the enjoyment of a really, hot, good tale.

Ebooks are fabulous and I have two eReaders myself! Well, plus the Kindle app on my phone. J

I write under the pen name Amber Rose Thompson. Why don’t I use my legal name? Well, I don’t want to be fired from my day job, now do I? By day, I am a public librarian working in the metropolis of New York City. I write the kinds of books that will never be offered at my library or even considered. And that is why I use a fictitious name. It is a bit sad to promote reading by day and hide my own writing while doing so. Before work, on lunch, break, and after work I write hot, erotic tales that I hope will make readers squirm and fan themselves. My one major hurdle in writing is my kitten who believes laps are for sleeping, not laptops. With this hindrance, I often write one-handed, and not for the reason your dirty mind is thinking. I hold the laptop with one hand and type with the other so my little bundle of fur can purr in her sleep. My muse for writing is my lovely and amazing partner who I’ve been married to for sixteen wonderful years. We all must get our inspiration from somewhere after all. My marriage is an interesting one, while we have been married for awhile, we actually have two marriage certificates. You see part way through our marriage we both transitioned to the opposite gender. I told you my marriage was different. I am a trans man writing under a female name, talk about gender bending and mental games.

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