Some items of interest, about reading, writing, and what’s in our futures.
First off – I'm not allowed to sell my books at Borders any longer. Corporate headquarters passed that rule because my publisher won’t accept the return of unsold copies. And our local manager isn’t allowed to buy them directly from me. Our local store didn’t get caught in Borders' bankruptcy closings – but – it’s closed to me.
I think the big publishing houses are frightened by the growing number of self-published authors. Plus, e-books are cutting into their business. E-tailers such as Amazon don’t care either way. They are profiting from both kinds of books.
Escape from the Alamo and Return of the Texas Ranger are now available on Amazon’s Kindle reader, or the iPad, or any reader that can access the Kindle store. We’ll see how that plays out. I know, its not the same as holding paper in your hand, but there are advantages. Your library is right there in your lap. And e-books are searchable. Those little readers have “find” functions like those in your word processor. No fussing with an inadequate index.
Our Athens library has e-books you can check out, on-line. You don’t have to return them, ever. I re-read Treasure Island; it’s still enthralling.
You can’t pass most e-books along to your friends. Some, you can. I’ve bought a novel or two as PDF files, direct from the author, using PayPal, five dollars each. I agree not to copy them, but I could if I wanted to (I haven’t). Will this evolve into something like today’s music merchandising? People copying Cds on their computers?
What’s your guess. Will e-books bring down the giant publishing empires, like Borders and B&N? Stay tuned.
19 February 2011
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham.