Thursday, 27 June 2013

eBooks vs Paperback & Hardcover

Technology is on a forward thrust and rightly so. And although people can be resistant to change, change will come. There are things in life that should not change but our understanding of those unchangeable things may be what changes.

Technology has made it easier to access information at our fingertips with the added feature of speed. To be able to hold an entire library of books in the palm of your hand is not only incredible, but has huge financial benefits. Lets say a building used as a public library may cost many millions of naira. A mobile device such as a phone, tablet or a laptop carrying about the same amount of books in the form of eBooks may cost between N32,000 and N111,000. Any organisation that has financial responsibilities should examine the savings accrued. Those savings include the elimination of logistics and warehouse storage cost. It is also reasonable to preserve trees that are used to make paper which is one of our vital natural resources. All of us have a responsibility to protect our natural resources whether we are consumers or manufacturers of technology. Colleges and schools would save a tremendous amount of money as well as students. Considering that the cost of books in college is one of its most expensive items.

For the recreational reader, eBooks are usually cheaper than the paperback or hardcover books. They do not get damaged by the weather or by movement.  An eBook allows the reader increase the size of the text without using reading glasses or a magnifying glass. Publishers round the world are now bringing in more revenue from ebooks than paperback and hardcover books.

If you are an author and you tried to have a 600 page book printed and bound; depending on how many copies you have produced and whether it is a paperback or hardcover, the cost could range between N2,000 to N5,000 per copy without any profits. The older generation most likely would prefer the paperback and hardcover editions of a novel or nonfiction book. But things are changing making it more convenient for the reader and the author.

Fynom represents the future of publishing. The world is going digital and Nigeria as well as Africa would not be left out. We are presenting authors and readers a platform where they can buy and sell eBooks regardless of their location. We are the authors bridge to the world. We connect authors directly to their audience. We bring the world to readers as we take advantage of digital publishing.
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Monday, 10 June 2013


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's first novel "Purple Hibiscus" was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. Chimamanda won a MacArthur 'genius' grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker's list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her newest book "Americanah" published in this year has received high ratings and reviews.

Even as we celebrate the international success of this great writer, there was a time when publishers did not believe there was a market for Nigerian stories. And so international publishing houses rarely published the works of authors from Nigeria and Africa. But we are Africans and we know our unique experiences and the time has come for us to tell our own stories to the world. There are so many who have gone ahead of us and have made us so proud like; Chris Abani, Helon Habila, Seffi Attah, Uzodinma Iweala, Wole Soyinka and our dearly departed Chinua Achebe. They went through pains just to get their first publishing contract and since then they have soared like eagles. And that is what authors in this part of the world desire, the opportunity to reach out to the world through the stories they tell.

You don't have to go through their experiences anymore just to get your books published. Fynom believes in the creativity and excellence of indigenous authors. We are giving Nigerian authors a voice and a platform beyond their immediate environment to express themselves globally and be heard and Africa by extension. We are also providing a place to enjoy the writings of great Nigerian's who never had the opportunity or avenue to express themselves. We will also create access to the eBooks of Nigerian authors who have made a name around the globe. You will get the eBooks of the best authors in the world on our platform because we publish as well as distribute all genre's of books.

Digital publishing is far cheaper than traditional publishing. The reason why eBooks are cheaper than print is because of the finances put into printing. And so acquiring eBooks of authors would be very affordable. Also you will be able to carry your entire library of eBooks everywhere you go unlike printed copies. In your mobile devices or laptops. When you see a book you love you won't have to start looking for a bookstore or try ordering from an online store and wait for days and weeks before getting it. You can buy your eBook from any location as long as you have internet access and start reading immediately. Fynom not only connects authors to their audience, we give you access to your favourite authors and help you discover new and exciting talents in the publishing industry.

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