Monday, June 13, 2011

Tilting At Windmills

Ever cringe while reading an article?

Well, Why Selling E-books at 99 Cents Destroys Minds, by Chad Post just scored a direct hit on my cringy bone. Mr. Post gets so much wrong about the e-publishing industry that it's painful to drag yourself through the paragraphs.

There was even a part where I started saying, "Oh, gods...Oh, gods..." over and over again:
At BEA, Keith Gessen introduced me to the works of John Locke (probably not the one you’re thinking of), a best-selling Kindle author whose books are all sold for $0.99. He made over a hundred thousand of dollars in royalties last year — far exceeding the wildest dreams of most every mid-list (if John Locke is even midlist) author in the country. Having read the opening of one of his “Donovan Creed” novels, I can assure you that he’s not selling all these books due to his talent.
I highly recommend a read through the comments. That's where the fun really begins.

You might expect me to be pissed, but frankly, I just feel bad for the guy. He's appears to being doing something decent—translating foreign works into English—but he won't be in this business much longer if he can't adapt to literature's new majority format.

B.

1 comment:

Z. D. Robinson said...

I agree. After reading the entire post, I was less angrier than I thought I'd be. Change (especially in income) is never easy to accept, but history is full of people/ideas/products that failed because they didn't grow with the times. Let's hope he sees the light before his donations dry up. Sounds like he's doing an honorable work.