Playwriting Teaching Drama

Would You Buy a Play on a Kindle?

Our plays have been available digitally as printable PDFs for a few years now. It’s a pretty ubiquitous format and about 95% of the customers I speak with know exactly what a PDF is, how to open it, and how to print it. PDFs are here to stay.

But we’ve taken notice of about potential digital formats and audiences for our plays. Seeing as the Kindle is Amazon’s #1 best selling product, it’s certainly got our attention.

Neither of us own a Kindle or a Nook or a [insert book reading device here]. We’re still old-fashioned flip-the-page-and-smell-the-ink types. But what about you? Do you own a Kindle? A Nook? Other? If so, would you use it to peruse plays? Would you be interested in monologue/scene collections on your portable e-book reader?

We’d really love to get your feedback on this. Thanks!

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Craig Mason

8 Comments

  • Hey Craig,
    I do own a Kindle, Love it, recommend it for heavy book readers like myself (thought I would hate not having the ink and page in front of me at first, but am a quick convert). I’m not so sure I’d buy a play on it, though. As a director, I take notes on plays, and would require having a page. And since you do already have the pdf format, it’s so easy to download and print to have a paper copy in front of me if i need it…While you can put notes on the Kindle, it’s just not the same for me as being able to flag/post-it/dog-ear a page/ or color code highlight like I so frequently do when reading plays.
    That’s my two-cents worth at least! Hope all are well!

  • I was the last person I thought would ever use a Kindle…until my husband bought me one. I LOVE it and would definitely read plays on it.

  • Where do I sign up? How great would that be to buy scripts, especially for perusal, on my Kindle. Please let me know as soon as the service is available.

  • I love my Kindle, but not for plays.

    The page formatting, particularly with my cranked-up-to-the-max text size, doesn’t seem to work very well. I tried reading Faust on it and the page formatting was sloppy enough to be jarring and make me notice the text and its layout, not the story being told.

    I’m sure in the future, the technology will improve. As a playwright, I would gladly welcome being able to easily give copies of my scripts to others for perusal on their e-readers, but not until they can read them comfortably.

  • I don’t mind reading books and articles on my iPad, but haven’t tried a play.
    I like to order plays, read them, write all over them and put them on my classroom shelves for my students to read.
    But, it would be nice on trips not having to tote around the dozen or so scripts that I normally carry.

  • This conversation is quite timely for me. We’re not quite ready to make an official announcement yet, but OWP is releasing our titles for Kindle. A few are already live online. The official word will come out soon.

    I agree that the formatting is a little wonky. Amazon makes you use an HTML format that they convert into an ebook. So there are at times spacing issues, or a random italic or underline. But overall they look really good and are an awesome way for people to read more proven contemporary works.

    My theory is that most young theatre artists have a smart phone and you can get a Kindle app. The other kids have an actual Kindle or iPad with the app (I’m an iPad’er). So, having our titles available via Kindle is going to provide those students, as well as professionals, an avenue to quickly get a script for consideration, or to find a monologue, or just to read for fun. And teachers can assign a play and this gives them another option on how to get it rather than just ordering the book.

    I think it’s pretty cool. It will never kill acting editions though. We’ll always need those for productions and for those of us who like having a print collection.