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Do eBooks change the way we read, and authors write?

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Do eBooks change the way we read, and authors write?

The eBook market was worth $1.3 billion in the US alone in 2013, over a quarter of the value of book sales across the whole year. It’s a sea-change in the book industry.

But, aside from format, what does it change in the publishing world? Are readers habits and attitudes to books and reading different? And does it change the creative process for authors?

Four leading novelists, Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Edna O’Brien and Sarah Waters, share their thoughts on the rise of the eBook, offering up different views on how technology may or may not be changing the way we read and the way writers write. Together, they offer an invaluable insight on the future world of publishing from behind the writer’s desk.

 

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Jimmy Leach is a digital consultant, working with governments, organisations and people. He tweets at @JimmyTLeach

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