Saturday, June 20, 2015

Reaching the Unreachable

Contrary to popular belief, not every person in the U.S. is connected to the Internet. (Astounding, I know.) Some are by circumstance, some by choice. As of 2013, twenty-six percent of the US population does not own or have access to a computer. That may not seem like much when you look at the other side--that 84 percent do have Internet access--but it is a larger number than most of us would expect.  Those people are a mix of rural and urban households with generally household income less than $25,000 per year. Considering the fact nearly every employment opportunity requires an online application process, not having easy access to the Web keeps these people at an economic disadvantage.

What does this have to do with us as writers? Who is your audience? Are we writing only for people who have Kindles or Nooks? Are your books available at a local library, schools, or other free access points? This is one reason I still want books in print. You don't need special equipment. Hell, you don't even need electricity. I donate copies of my books to different groups-- the VA, libraries, literary groups--because everyone deserves a good read now and then.

Just something to think about for you this weekend. Happy Father's Day.



Julie Eberhart Painter said...

A really good idea, Jude.