ebooks, the death of print and titty bars…

Posted: February 4, 2012 in Publishing

So, Jonathan Franzen has spoken of his fear and belief that ebooks are killing printed books and that the book as we know it will be gone in 50 years. He said “Serious readers, a sense of permanence has always been part of the experience” Serious readers, mind. Not the ones who dress like clowns and read books upside down, narrating in a comedy voice. Serious readers? Who does this fuck-mouth think he is? So, because a person of the 21 century enjoys is literature on a digital platform, he isn’t credible. Mind you, he has a point. The surgeons of today are not ‘serious’ surgeons with MRI scanners and lasers and technology. No, serious surgeons still believe in hand drilling holes in your fucking head to release a demon. He is one of the dinosaurs who feels more comfortable with what he knows rather than what might be, and has influence enough to drag progress. It’s like complaining about ‘titty’ bars. “Oh in my day titty bars were exclusive and hidden, you had to be a member, you had to be somebody to get in to a titty bar – now they are everywhere and anyone can go in and see titties. And back in my day the dancers were English, and plump like a renaissance painting, not these athletic pole dancers form Eastern Europe with their blond hair and silicone breasts… SERIOUS titty lovers like old fashioned natural breasts.” WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU CARE – THE TITTIES ARE OUT?? Do you suppose when Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, there were those like Franzen shitting on about it? Oh electric light isn’t the same as candle! You can’t set fire to your curtains with an electric light bulb… You can’t drip scolding wax over a frightened prostitute with an electric light bulb…
The thing that Franzen and the likes fail to understand is there is a difference between owning something and possessing it. We are tactile creatures, a lot of the message can resonate from holding and feeling something you have in your hands. Weight of paper, mat lamination with UV etc. Who says printed books have to die out? Consider this, vinyl record sales have gone up. In fact it’s booming. 2011 was at a year on year increase and a 40% as has been the case over the last six years. Another snippet to digest is that it isn’t just new records or new artists, ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana was number 10 in the chart. All lead by demand. It will never compete with downloads. Downloads are singles, dance records and pop. Look at the top 10 vinyl, and they are recording artists such as Adele, Radio head etc. For music that is loved, it is downloaded to a digital device, then bought on a physical format so you possess it. Nothing suggests it will be any different if not more like this for publishing. Ebooks and digital has smashed down the doors that contained work I would never have considered. I have bought loads on my digital devices. Impulse purchases, recommendations, on the back of blogs. If I love the work, I will buy the paper. Stock the bookshelf. Just like my DVD collection and my music collection, it is an advertisement, a statement of the things I like. Besides, who the hell blocks their Ethernet up when they write? How do you watch porn? You cannot tell me printed porn is better than youporn. I rest my case.

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