"We live through books; we have adventures in them, we lead alternative lives through them. We expand our memories through them. And that sometimes art can offer us more intense experiences of the world than life itself can."

— Anthony Doerr (via myheartbeatsforparis)

(via whispering-literature)


Publishers’ willingness to experiment makes a change from the insistence that price be determined by the effort that goes into producing something, and no doubt they’re enjoying the roaring sales. But by letting their ebooks practically be given away, they are complicit in eroding the value of their product. Macmillan’s CEO, John Sargent, recently warned that books are “in danger of becoming roadkill” in a digital war. It will be hard to tell who ran them over.

Hmm, smells like a bit of hand-wringing going on. I seriously doubt books are going to be devalued that much. Look at the market for music. People are willing to pay more for quality work or contribute to a Kickstarter campaign if they know what they are getting is quality work. Sure there are a lot of cheap books out there but readers aren’t stupid. They know the difference between crap and good writing. Freebies (or low-cost titles) are a good way to get people’s attention. Why do certain artists release free mixtapes periodically, along with full length albums? Because if someone is really into your mixtape or EP, they are more than likely to buy your full length work when it becomes available. I know I’ve become fans of particular artists because of free releases and have gone on to buy their work because I want to support their efforts. Many others have done the same thing.

Just my 2.5 cents.

A neat infographic about e-books.

Article from the Guardian about the “e-book bubble.” Morrison makes some interesting points but I can’t say that I agree that it is a bubble. Especially since there is a bit of evidence out there that readers are starting to associate higher-priced titles with better-quality books and passing up cheaper books. I know that I didn’t start writing because I wanted to make millions as fast as possible. I wanted to make a living wage. That has always been my ultimate goal. Hopefully I will get there.

Maybe this is what will save the independent stores. A very promising concept indeed.

Found this at The Awl and thought you guys might want to see, if you haven’t already. Peck makes some interesting points, especially in light of the ebook revolution going on right now. What do you guys think?