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Of all the places in the world, I would not have thought of China as a place for e-book publishing, but it has happened, in a way. NPR is running a series on various aspects of life in modern China. This morning's installment centered on a new kind of "Cultural Revolution." Writers in China are posting novels to the web on a site that charges readers by the chapter. It's China, so it's only 2 cents a chapter! Still, at least the writer gets a cut.

It doesn't sound like Henry James for the 21st Century, but more like Dickens, serializing popular stories for an avid public. The website featured a snippet by an author who writes under the name Fu Tian. Her books is an historical novel that sounded more like a Chinese The Princess Diaries than anything else. But in China, she's so popular, the website provider actually pays her health benefits—and some of the Internet e-books have been published in print or made into movies.

As China is 1/5 of the world's population, I find this an encouraging sign for the future. Someone is still reading!

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jl_johnson
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Very encouraging. It would be nice to see e-books become more popular all over the world. I sometimes wonder if the west is too slow to utilize new technology. Not only that, but think of the amount of trees that would be saved. There aren't as many books made with recycled paper as one would like. Or at least, not that I have seen.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
Some people think Amazon's new Kindle is the book reader that will push e-books into the mainstream but at $360 a pop it's too expensive to do that.
jl_johnson
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
%360? That's way too expensive, but I've notices that all new tech goodies are usually high priced when they first come out. Look at the prices for VCR's. Remember when they were 7-8 hundred dollars. Now you can get one for......can you even buy them anymore?

I feel strongly that the internet will burst forward for ebooks and ezines. It's quick, and very conveient, especially for those who can't get around. I feel so strongly about it I only submitt my short stories to ezines.

karen_w_newton
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
You're right about things getting cheaper as they "age." What could also happen is e-book readers and PDAs/web readers/phones may merge into a single useful device that we don't even have a name for yet.
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