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They say when you have a baby – when you hold it in your hands and feel how tiny and fragile it is — certain feelings well up in you that you have never felt before, which change you forever. I say when you look at a dumpster full of ancient books, you can’t possibly come away the same person. I have stood in front of mountains of discarded clothing higher than my head; I have seen warehouses of food sloughed off by supermarkets to go to food pantries; I have eaten freegan bagels and revived dumpstered computers; and I was not prepared for this.
Today I held a book in my hands from 1829 that was bound in leather – in actual dead animals. Its cover was scarcely bigger than my hands. The grain of the leather was so fine and soft. Its spine was torn away, leaving a mass like the inside of a squash. I opened it and could barely turn the pages out of fear I would kill its ideas with my clumsy futuristic hands.
I’m a digital book/eBook militant. But seeing books — knowledge! — discarded like that does drive me crazy.
The Outrage of the Week is the revelation that Random House is out to screw people with their new self-publishing scheme.
Just Shut the Fuck Up. No, really.
For years I have screamed — screamed! — about how the Big 6/4 are out to screw writers.
Prospectus of United Bookstores Co.
The following prospects, printed on a page leaflet, has been sent out by the United Bookstores Co. of America:
An opportunity is presented to a limited number of persons interested in wider and more profitable book distribution to participate in a strictly business enterprise for this purpose by becoming members of a syndicate to promote the United Bookstores Company of America.
You’re a rotating group of widgets that might make the publisher some money.
That’s the truth.
And she also explains why the print bastards haven’t yet died — and nearly convinces me.
The Savior of the Dying Traditional Book Industry launched today.
It’s called Bookish.
It was in private beta for the longest time.
Have a gander and join in the WTF merriment with some excerpts that are probably against the TOU itself. (Like I give a fuck. I have accounts at Amazon, Kobo, and Sony.)
Jeff Bezos honks:
We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting. After 5 years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast — up approximately 70% last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5%. We’re excited and very grateful to our customers for their response to Kindle and our ever expanding ecosystem and selection.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Just five years for that to happen.
And Bezos was expecting it.
While the Big Six/Four clutched their pearls and did nothing.
What were they expecting? Illegal collusion to save them?
Wake up, move fast, or die.