Christian Books

The Future of Books

I love to predict the future when it comes to technology.  I'm not always right, but I love the conversations and dreaming of what's possible.  With the speed of technology we no longer have to wait decades for these new technologies by often only a couple of years or maybe months.  Over the next few days I will look at several areas affected by technology and share my predictions and would love to hear yours.  Know that these are only my opinions and predictions and not fact. Let's start with books.  Since I just released my first book, I've been studying this quite a bit recently.  So what's my prediction?  Here you go: I think they're going digital.  Okay, I'm joking as this HUGE shift has already taken place and will continue to grow and expand.  Paper books will never go away, but will continue to diminish at a fast rate as more and more readers adjust to reading books digitally.  It's simply cheaper and faster making it more appealing to a greater mass.

The shift to digital continues to open up exciting opportunities to new authors in writing a book.  You no longer have to use a publisher to release a book or spend great amounts of money to print it.  You simply upload it to Amazon and the book is available to millions.  This shift is dramatically changing the publishing industry as your online platform to reach an audience as a publisher becomes far more important than your equipment to print in mass quality.

The next major shift that comes from books going digital is the opportunity for them to become social.  I love BookShout and the experience they have created allowing users to add friends and as they read books they can see the notes and highlights from their friends.  It's a digital book club and adds community to the reading experience.  I expect Amazon and others to catch on to this soon and create a similar experience on the Kindle and other reading applications.

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  What do you see ahead for the future of books?

Signing my First Book Deal!

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I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed my first book deal with Group Publishing!  I will share more details about the book and the process that led to this in future posts.  I am so honored to be working with Group to publish The 2013 Social Media Guide for Ministry that will release in February 2013.

I have been using Group resources for over 10 years and was always a subscriber to Group magazine when I was in full-time Youth Ministry.  Group has been providing resources to the Church since 1974 and has a deep passion to support the Christian Church.  For more information about Group you can visit their About Page.

There are several people I want to thank for making this all possible:

  • My wife, Katie for all of her encouragement as well as allowing me the time flexibility (weekends, late nights, and early mornings) to work on this project.
  • Bre'anna Emmitt who believed in this book enough to share it with her friends at Group.
  • My sister, Becky Kiser, and stepmother, Robin Smith, for editing the manuscript.  You are both far better writers than I am.
  • Chris Emmitt and Robert Emmitt who both believed in me enough to give me the opportunity to become a Social Media Pastor and freedom to experiment and take risks.
  • Sue Brage at Group Publishing for believing in this project and moving it forward bringing us to today.

In the coming weeks I will share the following posts that have led to this moment:

1) Developing the IDEA for a book

2) The Process of WRITING the book

3) What led to SIGNING a book deal

This has been a fun process leading to this moment, but I know that the fun is just beginning and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!