A Place for Print

We celebrated my niece’s fifth birthday this week.  Her parents got her a Leap pad tablet and, being an awesome aunt, I bought her Disney’s “Tangled” reading game.

As I watched her delight at the gift, I realized her generation may be the last to see print books. This thought, I’ll admit, made me sad.

In my  lifetime, I’ve watched technology flourish. VHS was replaced by DVDs then Blu-Ray and now, streaming.  Sega was replaced by PlayStation 1, 2, 3 and now, 4.


Change is inevitable and technology shows no signs of slowing. As an author whose books are sold primarily in the e-book format, this transition benefits me. Still, I can’t bring myself to think print is completely dead.

There is something magical about holding a book in your hands and discovering the world that resides within its thin pages. From hardcovers to paperbacks, books bring the reader a level of enjoyment no movie or video game ever will.

Change is inevitable and technology may show no signs of slowing, but I strongly hope that in this brave new world, print will still hold some clout.


“It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare…”

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

“COLD AMBITION” Available Now on Amazon!


“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore…

“LOST DISTINCTION” Available Now on Amazon!

****And Keep an Eye Out for “RETRIBUTION,” Coming Soon from Soul Mate Publishing!****


About Rachel Sharpe

Author of "Cold Ambition," "Lost Distinction," and "Bitter Retribution," Available Now on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon! "Simple Misconception" Coming Soon from Soul Mate Publishing!
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4 Responses to A Place for Print

  1. C.D. Hersh says:

    Rachel – Oy you make us feel old. We remember the change from 8mm to super 8 to Betamax to VHS. Let’s not forget the party line/ phone operator to dial to push button to a brick phone to carrying a phone/computer in your pocket. Not only are we losing print books but the art of writing a thoughtful letter. Where would historians be without all the letters found that share what happened. Our emails may not be around and certainly not our tweets/facebook posts. We still most times print our manuscript for safe keeping. 🙂

  2. As a Star Trek fan I remember Captain Picard and his love of print books. They were rarities in his futuristic time, and he cherished them. Hopefully,
    they won’t ever be that rare for us, but they might. Sad.

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