Sorry I haven't been around--busy with that trying to earn a living thing. Then I couldn't remember my user name to log back into Ning... Senior moments. I seem to have them more than usual these days.
Meantime I need some feedback...
I published my last Luke and Jenny book back in 2010, and decided to leave it as a trilogy. I covered a good bit of historical material--the Earps and the O.K. Corral, Billy the Kid, and Frank and Jesse James. For those who are unfamiliar, the books are written for young readers, ages 8 through 12. The two lead characters, two modern day kids, Luke and Jenny, are on their summer vacation, visiting historical sites with their mother. While there they meet ghosts who take them back into time, and they learn the real history in an entertaining way. The books are available in both print and on Amazon Kindle.
While the history obviously has not changed, the technology the two kids are using in the modern day story is now out of date, so it's time to do a minor update, which I've already done on the Kindle editions. What is perplexing me is what to do with the print editions. It would be easy for me to update them, as the changes would be minor, but my publisher wants to do a big toodoo and treat them like brand new books. Great idea, but what she has in mind would cost me a small fortune.
So, do I let the print editions simply go out of print, and leave the books on Amazon Kindle, while perhaps coming out with a Nook edition? Or should I do updated print editions? Now that I have my own publishing company I can publish the print edition myself, with little fanfare, but I still have some out-of-pocket expenses.
It's an interesting time to be in the book business. While there will always be a need for print books, more and more people are buying Kindles and other ereaders. (I have a Kindle myself.) Any thoughts?