Maybe it is the classic wrestling match between old technology versus new technology.
Maybe it is the stereotypical old guy shouting from his front porch, “Get off my lawn!”
But maybe, just maybe, choosing a paper book is better than an ebook?
Let’s look closer:
It’s that time of the year when every blog seems to do a Superbowl post or two – and ChurchMag is no exception! But this is something slightly different and was a real eye opener for me.
Although I am a Brit, I am also a huge NFL fan (Go Raiders!). I’ve always admired Payton Manning and the way he can seemingly dissect defenses. I’ve also always thought he ‘was a nice bloke’. However, as a Raiders fan, when he joined the Broncos – I wasn’t exactly happy! (Several ChurchMag authors are Broncos fans and let me know about it…)
But I recently read something that will make me view Payton Manning — quarterback for the Broncos — in a new light (even the Pizza adverts!). Continue Reading…
The Center for Church Communication has just released a new ebook!
It’s called Church Communication Heroes and I am happy to say that it’s volume one. You know what that means?
We can look forward to more!
Edited by Church Market Sucks Editorial Director Kevin D. Hendricks, you’ll find all kinds of insight and inspiration from those Church communicators who have gone before us:
Did you know that the:
“Sales of modern-day Christian products (books, recordings, movies, shirts) through all distribution channels are valued at more than $4.63 billion.”
Wow! Although that number includes all forms of media, and not just Christian book sales, it’s still a pretty impressive number.
Here’s a closer look at the history, and numbers, of Christian book distribution and sales:
If you will allow me to make a general statement, I will say that we all know paper as a means of communication has seen its golden years. The frail letters presented on Antiques Roadshow found in someone’s great-great-great-great-grand-uncle’s attic which reveal secrets of the Civil War are truly a thing of the past. In the future, appraisers will be searching thumb drives for ancient family e-mails.
This conundrum extends to novels. However, the issue of the waning paper books has presented an opportunity for innovation, and novelist Marisha Pessl is taking a chance on using digital media to enhance her latest work. Pessl explains in a recent interview on NPR’s All Things Considered:
In the same vein and concept as Removies, where you remove one letter from the movie title to create something entirely different, I present to you Twitter user @Darth‘s Photoshopped book covers with one letter missing from the title…
UNBLOGGER is about making sure that your head is on straight: be a person first and a blogger second. Don’t live your life for your blog; don’t sacrifice your life for your readers. In the end, it’s your life, your story, that draws readers in the first place.
Darrell Vesterfelt’s topic is a timely one. Blogging, as a trend, has risen, fallen, and is rising again. I believe it’s crucial that we take this message to heart. A few days ago, Jon Acuff tweeted the following:
I love my Kindle (with Keyboard), but it hasn’t received as much use during my graduate school studies because my highlights and notes were trapped in the Kindle in a useless little file called “My Clippings.”
Well, that file is useless no longer!
In one of my first few posts here at ChurchMag I asked the question, what are you reading?
I’m always curious what other people are diving into in terms of learning. Whether that be spiritual, new creative techniques, etc.
For those that posted then, I’m sure you’re reading something new these days, and for anyone who missed it last time, let me as the question, again…
For over two decades now, I have dreamed of publishing a book. When the Kindle and iPad burst onto the scene, I knew that my dream had changed. Getting published on paper seemed daunting; however, getting published digitally seemed so very simple…except for the actual formatting of the book.
I tried to code and compile my own Kindle book several times. It took so much time to edit, proofread, and then recompile the book to only have to do it again the next time I see an error. Then, for Valentine’s Day, I made a book for my wife using a simple Amazon’s Send to Kindle app. That worked fairly well, but again, I had to go through several drafts before I found the formatting that worked best.
Into this malaise of formatting errors, a hero has emerged, a hero named PressBooks.com!