It’s hard to imagine a world without books. Nowadays, people can not only read them, but also listen to them. Books have certainly gone a long way ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. And they continue to evolve thanks to the internet.

How it all started

Even when the internet was invented, most authors would still have to get published the traditional way, which is to submit their manuscripts to as many publishing houses. Some got lucky and got signed while others not so much. At first glance, this may seem like a straightforward process, but publishing houses tend to have strict standards, which means not all manuscripts get picked up.

The PDF File

But come 1993, the Portable Document Format (PDF) was created by computer software developer Adobe. In the beginning, it was just a file format wherein users can view text and images only in a digital format. The only thing that sets it apart is that users can also open live links. But when the International Organization for Standardization also acquired the format, the PDF unofficially became the file for publishers, including aspiring authors.

Amazon becomes digital publishing powerhouse

Digital publishing made its biggest strides during 2007, when Amazon launched their Kindle e-book reader. Incidentally, Apple launched the iPhone, which meant that readers didn’t need a Kindle device to read e-books. They could simply download the Kindle app on their phone and download as many books to their heart’s content.

It’s didn’t take long for the likes of Barnes & Noble to create their own e-book device and for Sony to affiliate with libraries so that subscribers can borrow local books in digital format.

E-books are going strong

Since then, e-books have gone from strength to strength. In 2019 alone, they generated 20.4 billion dollars in sales. They also evolved and are becoming more and more interactive. Today’s e-books don’t just display text and images anymore; some of them even having moving images, which is a particularly popular format for kids’ books.

Audiobooks: Broadening the experience

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, it’s only natural that the way people consume books would also evolve. Therefore, one could say that creation of audiobooks was a natural progression. And it’s proving popular among consumers as well. Most authors usually record their own audiobooks, which their fans appreciate because it makes them feel closer to their favorite writer.

Death of printed books?

The advent of e-books and audiobooks have made people worried that printed books would go out of style. However, that’s since been proven false considering they still outsell other book formats. This just means that there are plenty of other ways readers can read their favorite stories and information.

More choices for readers And the more choices there are to access books, that means there are other ways that writers could connect with potential readers. This is especially an important move for first-time authors. We at Rushmore Press can help you publish your manuscript in various formats, so you have a wider range of readers.