I joined a Christian Writers' Group a few weeks ago, and email exchanges of those members is quite exhilarating. Browsing and skimming them last night I came to one where a writer who has vision trouble and can't read regular print books challenged others to produce more e-books.
E-books are read on computer, and greatest thing about them, as I've discovered myself, is that one can enlarge text so it is easier to read. For those who find even that too difficult, it is possible to get software in your computer which will read text to you. I'm not sure how digital it sounds, but I believe in many places that software is free to any who are legally defined as blind.
What shocked me about exchange was that a number of writers had admitted a bias against e-books when this other member first asked who all offered their books in this form. The mindset still seems to be, a book is not really published until it comes out in paperback or hardcover.
I confess I've learned too, that fiction doesn't sell as an ebook yet, though all kinds of marketing manuals and self-help books do.
Fortunately, when this writer explained herself, others rallied around with offers to help out. One said she'd gladly offer her books to be read on tape if anyone could be found to do it. Another urged that we all consider producing our books in digital at same time as in print.
Thinking about all this today, I suddenly see wide open doors of opportunity for ministry and perhaps a business.
Here in Canada, I believe Canadian National Institute for Blind (CNIB) is on lookout for volunteers to read books on tape. They have a lending library by mail. The US has similar organizations.