Best Part of Book Launches

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

The best part of book launches has to be meeting readers. Signing books is fun too, but I love to hear what readers have to say about my books and books in general. There is a lot of discussion going around now about whether print books will survive with the onslaught of e-books.
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So I’ve been asking people what they think and how they like to read. In my totally unscientific poll, it’s almost one hundred percent that the readers want to hold the book in their hands. And some of those people were part of the younger generation. They all said the electronic reading devices probably would be nice for people when they’re traveling or waiting in the doctor’s office or such as that. But they want a book in their hands when they settle down in their easy chair to read or prop up on pillows to sneak in another chapter before they turn the lights off at night.
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Did any of you ever read under the covers with a flashlight when you were a kid? I would have if I hadn’t been worried about getting in trouble for using up the batteries in the flashlight. The more reading minutes the better.
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Uh-oh, I took off chasing a rabbit there. But then what are journals for except to chase a few random thoughts?
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I did have a nice book launch at Corinth Parable Bookstore in Frankfort. I love talking about writing and books and the best thing is I get to do it again this Sunday when I have my hometown book launch at the Anderson County Public Library. I might even try to come up with a real talk instead of doing this random stuff. Of course I think I’ll be babysitting my twin grandbabies for a few days this week so I may just be full of twin stories. They’re almost two. That would probably be okay since a lot of my reading friends have grandbabies too. 😉 If you’re in the area, come on down to the library Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Don’t worry. I promise no more than two grandbaby stories and I always give away some books and who knows? If I have time in between chasing those babies, I might even make brownies. For sure there will be chocolate.
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We had our big Gabhart reunion here Sunday. That’s why this post is late. I’ll post a picture of me in my hat Wednesday or you can go check it out on my Facebook page. We had fun. Hope you had fun on the 4th too. And what do you think? You want to read e-books or print books?