For a company so committed to the printed word, it may seem strange that we plan to publish electronic formats of every single one of our titles as well. After all, eBooks aren’t as permanent as print books, and are more fragile. A digital copy of a text can’t be read on its own, it must be read on an electronic device, which in turn must be charged between uses. Though there are some good e-readers on the market, none yet offer the ability to literally turn the page, a physical act which reminds us that we are reading. Prices are still high enough to discourage some from buying e-readers, and there has been controversy over both prices and ownership rights (please note: both of those articles are about Amazon.com, but the retail giant is by no means the only company with these kinds of issues).
The truth is that eBooks are a growing part of the publishing world. There may not yet be a universal term for them (electronic books, e-pubs, digital books, digitexts, e-books or ebooks are all used) but their appeal is universal. A Barnes&Noble nook, for example, boasts that it can hold 1500 electronic texts. There is no way that 1500 books are going to fit into a beach bag or airplane carry-on. Sure, most humans don’t have the ability to read over a thousand novels during the course of even a Trans-Atlantic flight, but a thin reader is going to take up far less space than the two or three paperbacks that many people do travel with. There’s also the price to consider: the lower price of digital versions of your To-Read pile may make up for the initial cost of a reader. Just as some people have a collectible hardcover of their favorite title as well as a paperback version for repeat reading, even a die-hard bibliophile has to admit the usefulness of an eBook for the same purpose.
There is also the ease in which a very small book publisher can produce a quality eBook, and make it available for sale to a readership that may not be able to access the print version of the same title.
Dagan Books loves books, but more importantly we love that people read books. If eBooks are becoming the dominant way to ensure that books will always have readers, then we will make sure that eBooks are available.