Self-Published Kindle Author Lands Deal in Obsolete Ink-and-Paper Format

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Author Boyd Morrison wrote and uploaded a book called The Ark, pictured, to Kindle, and found such success that he has now signed a two book deal with Simon and Schuster in that weird, dying papery format your grandparents like.

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Morrison made a name for himself through frequent participation in Kindle online communities and self-promotion online, and will see both The Ark and a future novel in the same series published in hardcover in summer 2010. This happens to musicians all the time; they blow up on MySpace, sell music on iTunes and finally some suit at a record company takes notice and signs them.

This is the first such example we're hearing about from a digital author, and it's really great news both for Morrison and the publishing industry as a whole, including Kindle: It adds legitimacy to the Kindle's self-publishing tools and it's a sign of recognition that electronic reading, in some form or another, is a valid format, which is a fact many (myself included—I was just being new-media snarky about the death of print) have denied at some point or another. Congratulations to Boyd, and let's hope it encourages more underground writers to publish on Kindle and get their stuff read. [Crunchgear]

DISCUSSION

@Pope John Peeps — With all due respect there are lots of benefits to a printed book but also there are downsides too.

First would you buy a device that could only pay one song? We could invent the single music player but who would want that? A book may be reused but in the end it's basically only one book and you need to buy another one for something different.

As for convenience I'd suggest that might be true for a simple mass-market paperback but I'd like to see you carry around a set of Encyclopedia Brittanicas.

This is where the e-book really shines. Not only can you carry a lot of material in one very small package but you can do things you could never do with a paper book. Try doing a global search on a specific word in a paperback. Good luck.

And your comment about not needing a license isn't technically correct. When you buy a book you have a limited license to use the book but not to copy it. Technically you cannot even use a copy machine and make a backup copy because you aren't "licensed" to do so.

Last but not least not all content for the Kindle has to be purchased. There are lots of material that is distributed without cost and can be put on Kindle. Amazon even has books that cost nothing or very little (one cent).