Writer vs. Reader: The eternal internal conflict

“The Slipstream Con” comes out in paperback tomorrow. To say I’m excited would be an understatement of epic proportions. I think it’s a safe bet that every single author out there wants to walk into a bookstore and see their baby.

Looking at it as a reader, my view is entirely different. I love my Kindle. Unless it’s something that’s photo-intensive, I buy most of my books in electronic format. If I had a color e-reader, that would probably change to 95-100% of what I bought.

So do you see my quandary? As a writer, it’s all about print books. It’s where you’re going to find (perceived) status and visibility. As a reader, I want to hop from my Kindle to my phone to my computer and back again. In other words, I want the book to be with me all the time… without having to remember to take it along. I also have the attention span of a ferret on speed, so I need instant access to my thousand and some titles.

Am I all alone in this? Is there anyone else out there feeling like they’re being torn asunder? Okay, so maybe it’s not quite that bad. Any other authors/authors-to-be out there at least think I’m not completely off the mark?

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