Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Early Adopters

What has surprised me today is the fight some people are putting up against digital publishing.  Not content to let the rest of us get on with it (and fail abysmally according to them) these people have to loudly point out where we're wrong and they're correct.  Digital publishing is a passing phase or something.

It's not a passing phase anymore than the printing press was.  And because there must be a villain, that would be Amazon.  As I said, this stance has to be considered a psychological problem and I don't know how to respond to it by now.

Let me say it again, because I'm not ready to get to work on Flash 2 for the day yet.  I don't understand why today you would be trying to get an agent for your book.  This is an arc that will take approx. 5 years of your life if everything works perfectly and at the end of the 5 years when you finally have a published paper book in your hands, legacy publishing will be a shadow of what it is today and that's a shadow of what it used to be.  Borders no longer exists.  Where are you going to sell this book?  What readers are going to drive to a bookstore and find you when an alternative already exists?  The trend of bookstores closing is not recent.  Do you think that's going to change?  Why would it?  What can a bookstore offer readers that Amazon doesn't?

When I lived in California, there was a lovely little bookstore on State Street in Santa Barbara.  It was very cute.  They moved across  the street into a larger space.  They had comfy chairs, tables and a wood burning fireplace in the middle.  They had a ton of books and neat things for sale.  Then Barnes & Noble moved in further down the street.  Earthling Books no longer is there.  It's no longer anywhere.

Santa Barbara's Independent Bookstores

I'm sorry about this, too.  I'm sorry there are no malt shops either.  But just because I like cherry cokes doesn't mean you can't get the syrup and pour it into a coke at home.  People are staying home for lots of reasons.  Convenience, price, selection among them.  You have to deal with the reality as it exists, not as you wish it to be.

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