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The Needle and the Damage Done

Agents’ lunch today. One of our charter members has decamped to a new social networking company. I’m only surprised it hasn’t happened before now. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve never spent too much time writing about e-books and the future of the book. It’s not that I don’t find it interesting, or that I’m a technophobe, or that I’m glib about it. I just don’t feel that I can do that much about it. I have to stay focussed on my writers and helping them get contracts, and get their books written, and help them find lecture agents, and publicists, and accountants and shrinks. Okay, I admit it, I don’t give a shit about e-books. I was the last to get a vcr, phone answering machine, word processor (I loved my typewriter), the last to get a computer, cell phone, blackberry (the love of my life). So when I have to read on a Kindle, iPad, Tampon, whatever, I will.

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  3. Well, it would certainly be portable.

  4. The fact that you don’t give a shit about e-books is the reason yours is the first blog I visit everyday. I’m so sick of reading about e-books. Sick sick sick. At such point as they reveal their sentience, declare global martial law and officially become our overlords I will probably not mind reading about them, but until then…

  5. We were early adopters of the VCR. I still have the clunky old thing with its knobs for UHF and VHF. We lived out in the country where they didn’t run the cable lines. That left us with CBS, NBC, and PBS. ABC required a delicate fine-tuning of the antenna. I would fire up that VCR to record Duran Duran and Michael Jackson on Friday Night Videos.

    Recently, a friend and I wandered down to Borders. I bought a couple of bargain books, but made note of regularly priced books I wanted. At home, I downloaded sample chapters of these books. E-books work for me. It’s a personal preference. I don’t mean to hasten the end of time.

  6. Here, here. I’m bored with the entire discussion about ebooks and ereaders and what have you. I like books – paper and cardboard and printed pages. Some people prefer electronic versions: yay them. Not me. When ebooks are the only options then I’ll read them.

  7. I was the last to get those things, too. I’m glad you don’t talk about e-books–a topic that makes me feel gloomy and queasy.

  8. I meant hear, hear. I swear.

  9. I still don’t have a mobile phone, which of course is unheard of where I live, where everyone over the age of 10 is plugged into something, somewhere, all the time. And I still have a VCR for those more obscure favorites that never made it to DVD, let alone Blu-ray.

    As for the future of books, I am not now and most likely will never be a fan of reading books that come in non-book formats. And honestly, although I’m only 35, I can’t imagine being presented with enough great new writing in my lifetime to actually warrant the new technology. Most of the world’s most fascinating, most innovative, moving, lasting fiction is already in print. So as a reader, instead of contemplating the future of the book, I tend to think about what all these “plugged in” people are missing by not dipping into the back catalogue at their local library.

  10. At my age and eyesight if I have to read on a Tampon it will need to be a Super.

  11. The size of the shelf has never dictated the scale of a writer’s art. And it never will.

  12. I can’t fathom never again holding a new hardbound book in my hands: smelling the ink, turning the pages. But I know I need to remain open-minded. Anna Quindlen wrote a fabulous article on this in the April 5 issue of Newsweek:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/235551

    “What is a book, really? Is it its body, or its soul?”

  13. I’m just sitting here, reading a tampon. Thanks for that visual, Betsy.

    Turned over my Newsweek yesterday and there was the IPad with it’s reader showing a “book” and “pages” being “turned” – yeah, yeah, yeah. I think the Kindle was on the back of Time last week.

    It all kind of reminds me of that old joke about some country spending millions trying to develop a writing implement that could write upside down and then someone just hands them a pencil.

  14. Stories will never go away.

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