I had the privilege of meeting Ikhide R. Ikheloa sometime last year. Apart from talking about women and gadgets, the subject of writers and the internet was what most of our discussions during that meeting was about. We were both agreed that writers were missing out on change. Simply put, things have changed and writers need to get in on the new programme.
Here is a compilation of a series of tweets that he did on the subject of books and the internet:
Imagine if mathematicians had stuck with the slide rule. Computers would be relegated to third class status and we would not be here today. Chinua Achebe used the book, the Internet of the time, to tell us stories. Today, the Internet is the new book, write your stories on it… Don’t just read a book that has no hot link to another world. Read. Just read. Click away, you have no choice. Welcome to the real world…
A mistake is writers thinking that the internet is only a channel for marketing their books. Actually, we passed that stage some time ago. The internet is now the world’s de facto library.
Do you want to get read widely in 2014 and beyond? Put your writings on the internet. Do ebooks. Do blogs. Feel free to publish a paper book too if you please. But do not ignore the internet.