No one said change would be easy or necessarily make things better; but, let’s embrace the digital world for what it really is: easy access.
I started publishing in 2005, before the publishing world started going up in flames; before Google tried taking over libraries; and before Rupert Murdoch started screaming about not allowing his newspaper’s articles to be indexed by search engines. The waters at sea were relatively calm and, dare I say, predictable–but not for long.
Over the last couple of years we’ve seen digital technology influence our reading habits at a greater pace. We read our news through our Blackberry’s, we subscribe to e-blasts to read about cool events, promotions, and sales, we read tweets from our fave celebrities, and we find outselves curling up with our laptops in bed to read a juicy book. The future is clear my dear Hannah fans: it involves less paper. And I’m happy to say Hannah has embraced it all.
As of right now you can read all of Hannah’s adventures anytime and everywhere. And if they’re not somewhere you want them to be, they will be soon, or you should send me an email. How is this possible?
The Sex, Life, & Hannah website is membership-based, so anywhere you have access to the Internet, you can read Hannah’s stories. Anywhere means your laptop, desktop, iPad, Kindle…you get the drift. And there’s also a mobile version of the website, so you can read Hannah’s stories on your iPhone, G1, Nexus, Blackberry, you name it; for when you’re stuck in a cubicle, at an airport, or with your inlaws…
All this easy access for a one-time fee of $8.99. So stop worrying about having to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest gadgets or apps from Apple or Amazon–all you really have to do is buy a Sex, Life, & Hannah Book Club membership for $8.99. And if you want another option, I just made available Sex, Life, & Hannah::Volume 1, WINTER SEASON as an ebook download through my store for $4.99. The Sex, Life, & Hannah::Volume 1, SPRING SEASON ebook will be available soon. Yup. Easy and cheap, that’s the motto around here. Hannah has, as they say, entered the digital world.
So last night I was hanging out with Eddie, my Printer (I know, what a dichotomy), and we were talking about how this shift to digital publishing really is a great thing. Our voices can be heard by the world, we can be entertained and informed with the touch of a button, and we can stop killing so many trees. As I thumbed through the mock-up for my limited edition print run of the SLH Spring Season, I cried out “this is so amazing!” I told Eddie I was super excited about having all my books accessible digitally because it meant I could print a lot less; and the printing we were doing was more environmentally friendly. We were using recycled paper, we were using non-toxic ink, yet still giving readers the full book experience if they really wanted it. Hannah had embraced change; in all it’s awkward, fast-paced, and often-confusing glory.