Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Why Everyone I Know Is Getting a Book For Their Birthday This Year.

I'm getting a little bit sick of the harsh truth about the publishing industry's current state. I've read some articles in the last two months that have really opened my eyes to the ramifications of the e-book revolution on writers. I mean, I guess we should have seen it coming. After all, it happened to the music industry first. And I guess saying that 'there is nothing like holding a paperback or a hardback in your hands' is kind of like being one of those hipsters who insists that nothing will ever sound as good as vinyl. Yet I find it hard to believe that I am the only person out there who will miss the concrete sensation, and the beautiful smell of a real life bound book.

Here are a few articles for your perusal:

One from Sara Foster's blog.

And one that makes me worry that I will soon be hearing from less of my favourite authors. (This one comes to you from Saundra Mitchell's blog but I heard about it through EgobooWA) Just as a side note to this blog, I'm aware that it's not the E-book that is causing the problem in this case, but the reaction of people to the availability of the E-book... that is, those people who steal 'free' copies of E-books.

I'm sure there are heaps of other eye opening articles out there and hopefully when you read them, you'll feel as inspired to action as I am. If you have a birthday coming up and you're due a gift from me, IT WILL BE A BOOK. Most likely it will also have come from an Indie bookshop.

Shout out to my favourite Indie, Crow Books in Vic Park.


  1. Was discussing this at work the other day. Apparently one of the year 11 TEE art projects is to create a cover and layout for an E-book. Both me and my work friend agree its a pesticide for 'real' books :(

    But I'm sure it won't kill off the real deal publishing.

    and I thought you were sick of being given books as birthday gifts ;) But I promise, IF I end up going to melbourne in april. I'll find the coolest indie book shop I can find and bring you back one ;)
    Any preferences? xx

  2. I got an e-book reader for christmas and I'm not overly enthused about it. I've read two books on it so far, and both of them were free downloads. Legit free downloads. So I guess in that sense, the e-books work only as a promotion of sorts for the authors' other e-books and physical books (I think of them as 'real books').

    I guess the big publishers are out to make the big money, are out to seek a greater audience, which they can find in e-book format. I guess it's ok for me, reading in niches that don't have e-books or are still getting to grips with it, where their primary selling point is real books.

    I'll be happy so long as the publishers remember that they're nothing without the authors they're representing.

    Also, Lauren, Fitzroy has some fantastic little independent bookstores, second hand, weird/cult. You could spend days wandering around some of the shops over there.


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