Ahhh. Fall is in the air. Well, not really. It's been a blazing hot 98 degree day - - in NORTHERN MINNESOTA. Had to get that amazing fact out there. And I had to go 'out there' today to pick up my fall text books and other things on campus. See?
For the moment, I have some real books to hold in my hands or break my back/bank account. The 1300+ page Biology textbook costs close to a mortgage payment (think I'm kidding? ok, I have a small mortgage, but still...) The size alone of each book is intimidating and makes the commitment to the subject much more well...official. Hmm. That's funny. That Biology text looks much smaller in the picture.
In a roundabout way, my textbooks - - in my thoughts anyway - - tie in to the publishing world and the news of the day of Dorchester Publishing ceasing mass market print production in favor of e-books and print-on-demand only. Read the Wall Street Journal article here.
Wow. More than any other news of the e-book trend, this one stands out. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I can't help give a sigh of dismay at this news. I'd have to say this publisher has long been at the top of my list of the type of romance (like the LoveSpell line) I like to read and where I'd dream of selling my work. True, they aren't going out of business. Not that I know of anyway. I can still keep my dreams. But why do they seem a little less lofty?
I think it's that commitment. A physical weight. Even for a light-weight paperback, I see and feel that commitment amongst the publisher, author and reader much more clearly with a book you can hold in your hands and see in the bookstore. Now, e-books are the new commitment. I'm still adjusting. How about you?
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