Sunday, May 9, 2010

Jeff Sherratt and the Digital Age

Many of our readers bemoan the changing tides. E-readers and digital manuscripts are encroaching on what used to be sacred territory - the world of literature. Bookstores are getting rid of their comfy chairs and replacing them with digital displays. Even libraries are beginning to offer digital book loan programs. It is the end of an era, and the beginning of another. Already, I miss the old days.

Even so, I cannot deny the appeal of the new. In a lot of ways, it comes down to practicality. E-books are more affordable and more portable. There are dozens of features on every e-reader device that will appeal to dozens of different kinds of readers. They are a natural extension of every other technological shift in our world. It was really only a matter of time. On the other hand, print books will not be disappearing any time soon. You may find certain genres or formats gradually disappearing, but there are some books that simply cannot be transferred into digital form - and classics or personal favorites that we will want to see and feel and watch grow with age. Let us then consider the e-reader to be a complement to traditional reading. Perhaps someday it will be the other way around, but for now, print still reigns.

We at ZOVA Books are proud to honor both tradition and innovation as we provide you with the newest works from our favorite authors. This is why, in the midst of sending Teresa Burrell's book to the printer, we've signed our second author, Jeff Sherratt. Jeff's had this book in hiding for a while, so we're really excited to offer it to our readers as an exclusive digital book. It should be up for sale in the next few weeks, so check back for updates (yes, like a title and plotline...) as we move forward with this and other exciting developments.

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