April 26, 2012
"As Tim O’Reilly famously said, books don’t have a piracy problem. They have an obscurity problem. I have never met an author who didn’t wish that more people would read her book. Never one." Seth Godin, on DRM for ebooks
Read the whole story here: http://www.thedominoproject.com/
April 24, 2012
"When we submit to fiction--whether in novels, songs, or films—we allow ourselves to be invaded by the teller...
"...I wrote The Storytelling Animal in an effort to understand how fiction—the fake struggles of fake people—can have such tremendous power over us."
Read the whole thing here: http://tinyurl.com/6ql8log
April 19, 2012
Eduardo Porter in the New York Times: "It is only a matter of time before cheap e-books put an end to hardcover tomes selling for $25. And with Amazon pushing into publishing itself, some publishers could become victims as well. . . . If brick-and-mortar bookstores die, browsing will die with them. But writers and publishers will have plenty of other ways--think Amazon, Facebook or Google--of letting readers know about their books."
Read the whole article here: http://tinyurl.com/cxkt3tt
April 15, 2012
"Revolutions enable the impossible at the same time they destroy the perfect. There’s entirely too much handwringing about how the perfect book industry is no more. That’s true. It’s no longer perfect. What’s happening now, though, is the impossible." -Seth Godin for The Domino Project
Read the full post here: http://www.thedominoproject.com/2012/04/the-biggest-problem-facing-book-publishing.html
April 9, 2012
... asks Jennie Erdal in The Financial Times:
"The more novels I read at university, the more I felt that fiction was where truth was to be discovered. I seemed to experience Melville’s “shock of recognition”; which is to say re-cognition, for it was there already, waiting to be reawakened – the knowledge that somethings, not least what it is that makes us human, can never be adequately expressed in conventional philosophical prose.
"It is not immediately obvious why this should be. From ancient times, philosophers have addressed the question of how best to live; which is also, quintessentially, the concern of storytellers everywhere, especially those engaged in “serious fiction”. The pursuit of knowledge and truth – this too is common ground, and if only Plato had seen it that way, he might not have banned the poets from his Republic. But Plato regarded the poets – the forerunners of novelists – as troublesome and lacking in the right kind of knowledge (not pure enough). They dealt in dangerous emotions – fear, sorrow, pity – all of which weakened the character and led to moral degeneration. Philosophy and literature were set on different paths."
Read the whole essay here: http://tinyurl.com/83b7zml