Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Book

My first "B" thought was buzz, as in buzz or publicity or excitement that's created about books, but I already blogged about that in Book Buzz, so let's talk about books... (And, yes, blog, is too on-the-nose.)

There has been a lot of, well, buzz, in the blogosphere about e-books and self-publishing. The biggest stories last month were Barry Eisler turning down a $500,000 traditional publishing deal and self-e-published Amanda Hocking getting a $2,000,000 traditional publishing deal. They gave an interview together here. Clearly things are in a state of flux. What this all means for books, I don't know.

But, what can I say? I love physical books. I'm never going to embrace e-books like p-books. :) Perhaps that's because you can't teach an old dog new tricks (And, yes, I'm the old dog in this metaphor). Perhaps it's because I worked at the public library during my teenaged years. Maybe it's because I write speculative fiction and my imagination is too active. (What's going to happen to all those e-books when civilization collapses?) Whatever, the reason, I hope physical books are here to stay.

What do you think?


  1. I'm with you. I got a kindle and ended up giving it to my daughter. I need to hold a book in my hand. It's a sensory pleasure. Like eating food as opposed to getting tube fed.

    Welcome to the Challenge! Nice to meet you!


  2. There's just something about a good old regular book the way it feels, smells. This is going to sound real weird, but I'm a book sniffer, you can't smell an e-book. But then with e-books there is a world out there for people who can't get traditional book deals.

  3. OMGosh, yes, I bet they didn't think about what would happen when the Internet falls apart - I write speculative fiction too and I should of thought of it! ;)

    I'm never going to be converted to ebooks either. I need to hold them in my hands, flip the pages, and see them in my bookshelves.

    Awesome post.

  4. If I have my way they will be here to stay. I really don't think I'll ever love ebooks. I mean, I see their usefulness for when you're studying and need to access a book quickly. But for reading pleasure? Nah, needs to be a physical book in my hands!

  5. I think there are far too many people who prefer paper books to e-books for them to completely go the way of the dodo, but I admit to having moments of book panic. But, really, the publishing world couldn't risk ostracizing those who don't have access and prefer not to use them.

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!

  6. Oh, I like books, but more than books I like stories told and I think we'll always figure out ways to make that happen. Books for the hoi polloi haven't been around that long but stories? They've been around for ever.
    Jan Morrison

  7. I sure do hope p-books ;) are here to stay!

  8. I agree with Jan -- the story is what matters, not the form it is published in.
    I do wonder, like you and Kimberly, what will happen if the Internet falls apart or technology makes e-readers obsolete? When did you last list to your 8-track tapes?

    What greatness will we lose?

    MM the Queen of English