Now, we all know there's a downside to this, too. There can be a lot of flotsam and jetsam to sift through to find something of quality. But one area of this revolution where I think authors and readers are already benefiting (and will do so even more in the future) is out of print books.
I got it in my head a while ago to start a collection of the books I loved as a child so I could share them with my own children.
Some, like Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and Flicka, Ricka, Dicka had been reprinted and were still available.
Others, like The Great Blueness (my favorite book on colors) and The Big Jump (so incredibly clever!) I bought used on Amazon (and no, they didn't cost as much as they're listed for now!)
Some I'm not sure I'll ever be able to afford.
And it just about breaks my heart that I might not be able to share these great stories with my kids.
There is hope, though, and not just for children's books. Ebooks and print on demand are making it easier to bring back all sorts of texts that were otherwise lost forever. Authors who retain the rights to their backlogs are finding new success and new fans by republishing. (I suppose this is a good place to point out the importance of authors being very particular in their contracts so they can retain the rights to their work).
Until this post, I hadn't thought about it, but I wonder if you could petition a favorite author to republish their works. Hmm.
If you could, what books do you wish you could find back?