Dan, tell us what Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control is about.
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What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing?
Well, I guess I'm somewhat of a purist when it comes to most things. My feeling was that the paper book had served us pretty well for five hundred years or so, and there was no reason to do anything differently.
Was it your idea or your publisher’s?
I'm not sure. After the Mac was introduced and desktop publishing arrived, everybody pretty much knew e-books were on the horizon. It was a question of how long it would take, how good they would be, how much they would cost, how hard it would be to use them, and things like that.
Were you hesitant?
Yes. I may be a purist, but at the same time I do get excited by new technology and what it is capable of. I think I was very lucky to be living in a time when I could witness the birth of the personal computer, VCR, CD, DVD, the Internet, digital cameras, cable TV, cell phones, iPods, and so many other cool things.
Yes. And scared, too. Because any new technology is usually hard to use and I'm not a techie at all. I remember HATING the VCR, because I couldn't even figure out how to set the clock on the thing, much less program it to tape a TV show when I wasn't home. Now I have a DVR, and I record everything in sight effortlessly.
Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?
Oh yeah. I must confess that I actually prefer to read books off a screen, because I like to blow the type up big and flip through pages quickly.
Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author?
It's too soon to tell. I just got my first royalty check for an e-book TODAY. Ask me in five years.
Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults?
I believe it is great for reluctant readers, for the same reason that I like to read off a screen. A big page full of tiny type is intimidating to a lot of kids. People with short attention spans (like me) find it easier to read when we only see a small part of the page at one time.
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