Okay. Technology and erotic romance – and no we’re not talking 50 Shades of Cyborg. <giggle>
Now I must take a moment to confess to having a very love/hate relationship with technology. When technology works, it’s sweeter than honey, but when it doesn’t…I seriously want to go postal – on everyone! Just ask my poor suffering husband who’s been known to drop everything while on a job site five hundred miles away to talk me through some techno snafu with my computer. It’s like what Spock (played by the late, great Leonard Nimoy) said in the classic 1960s Star Trek episode, City on the Edge of Forever: “Captain, you’re asking me to work with equipment which is hardly ahead of stone knives and bearskins.”
There are times I say leave me with the stone knives and bearskins!
But I digress…<wink>
So what does technology have to do with erotic romance? In a word…lots.
Think about it. When EL James released her chart-busting Fifty Shades of Grey, what was the year? 2010? 2011? That was right on the cusp of the Amazon Kindle/e-reader explosion. Without technology, we wouldn’t have e-readers. Do you really think Ms. James would’ve made as big a splash (reportedly raking in close to $100 million in 2013) had it not been for the privacy allowed by those devices? While her cover wasn’t salacious, given the buzz about the book everyone sitting in your kiddo’s pediatrician’s office would have known YOU were reading THAT book – unless of course you were reading it on your Kindle or Nook or android phone.
But privacy isn’t the only advantage to e-readers. There’s also convenience of buying books via the magical world of cyberspace (another great techno leap) versus going to an actual brick and mortar store. Yes, spending time in a real live bookstore is wonderful, but when squeezed between homework, soccer practice and piano lessons, isn’t it nice to simply click and have the latest book from your favorite author on your reader ready whenever you are?
And let us not forget the cost. Digital books range in price from free (yes, FREE) to a mere 99 cents all the way up to a whopping $4.99 – still at least two dollars cheaper than your average mass produced paperback – tax included! Why? Because there’s no labor intensive printing necessary when you buy an e-book. Thank you technology!
Then there’s the benefit of being able to read one-handed while cuddling a sick toddler. Rather than having to put down your book – which invariable has gotten to the good part – because you need two hands to hold it, you can snuggle and read away. Plus advances in technology make e-readers so lightweight, they cause little to no undo muscle fatigue in your arms.
Finally were it not for the technology that brought us e-readers, I probably wouldn’t be a published author today. With e-readers came digital outlets (Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kobo.com, etc) and with digital outlets came the ability for me – and many other authors just like me – to be independently published rather than waiting (FOREVER sometimes) to get noticed by a traditional publisher. And while I continue to have a love/hate relationship with technology, most days it’s more love than hate. <grin>
So what are your thoughts about technology and/or e-readers? Love or hate? Feel free to share your thoughts.
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As she got older, the stories didn’t relent. In fact, they only got stronger, the characters more insistent, until she had no choice but to put it all on paper. It’s become an obsession for her. One that she loves.
When not sitting at her computer, Lynda spends her time working as a substitute teacher and fitness instructor in the Reno area. Guess you could say she’s an equal opportunity “persuader” of the young and, ahem, not so young.