First question: Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know about my eBook on how to succeed in two-year colleges? I feel like I’ve been yakking about it for so long that any and everyone who knows me is aware of it. It’s right there on Amazon.com for $3.99, and since the current edition is probably the 7th version, it should be just about perfect.
Second question: Is there anyone out there who knew that ebooks are still an unknown commodity to many people? Some sources report that eBook sales and hard copy sales are neck and neck while others proclaim that digital sales are far more common now that every Tom, Dick, and Harry has a Nook, Kindle, eReader, iPad, or PC. Some of my friends carry their Bibles and other religious materials to church on their iPhones!
At the same time, I recently read that only about 1/3 of all readers have jumped on the virtual bandwagon. Not to worry, I thought, reasoning that the remaining 2/3 would be older people and certainly not my students who are up-to-date with every electronic contraption known to man. In fact, it was a student who taught me that you don’t have to have a Kindle to put a Kindle app on your phone or computer. Who knew?
Where am I going with this? Today after class, one of my online students sauntered in to ask me a couple of questions about the class, and when I encouraged him to log on to the Content area of the course to read some instructions about the written assignment, he told me that he didn’t have a computer at home. Nor does he have a smart phone or reader or any type. That puts him squarely in the “2/3 camp” who prefer the paper and ink versions of books.
Our conversation prompted this blog post to let everyone who’s interested know that by this time next week (probably before), there will be a hard copy edition of Crossing the Bridge available on Amazon. I’ve been correcting galley proofs for the past few days (between a baptism and a birth) and am submitting the changes in the morning after one last look to catch any misspelled words or misplaced commas.
Third question: Can you figure out why I chose the picture above?