Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Taken from an actual conversation I had with a family member --
Luddite: I heard you sold your first book. Congrats! So is it coming out in bookstores? Amazon?
Epublished Author: It's an e-published book. My publisher is an electronic publisher.
L: *blank stare*
EA: Meaning that my book will be published via internet and available for download from the epublisher's website.
L: *cocking head* So how do you read it?
EA: You go to the e-publisher's website, pay for it, download it, and read it on your computer.
L: But it's a book?
EA: Right. It's a book in electronic format.
L: Weird. What if I don't want to read it on my computer?
EA: Well, some people download onto a device called a reader. Or you can just download my e-book as a PDF and print it out.
L: So it's not really a book?
EA: It *is* a book. It's an e-book available over the internet.
L: So it's a book that you read on your computer. You can't hold it, and it's not really a book. So it's an e-book.
EA: *hanging head* Yeah, close enough.
L: I've never heard of that. Well, congrats anyway!
EA: Thanks. I think.