October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
Authors and writers are finding themselves in a similar position to musicians, except that is hard to go on tour and play to large crowds. The entire blog tour idea is somewhat analogous, but no T-shirts and beer.
I’m not so sure how it will all work out either. It is a great time to be a reader is a little bit like saying it is a great time to be swimmer during a flood. I’m not sure what the landscape is going to look like after the flood, but everybody needs to be finding an ark.
I think the easiest way around the pandering of self-promotion is a straightforward, outright declaration of what your self-interest is. I just got finished reading Christopher Hitchen’s memoir and his friendship and relationship with Martin Amis and Salaman Rushdie didn’t stop him from commenting fully on those authors or praising their work.
Taste is taste. If you like someone’s taste, odds are someone with similar taste will like yours too. Think staff recommendations at the indie book stores. It won’t matter if it is a book written by them or a friend or relative. Influence comes from the reader’s taste and finding other reader’s with similar taste. Think of it as the log you grab as the Titanics of publishing sink.
September 21, 2010 § 3 Comments
The bus driver caught in Portland reading his Kindle while driving his bus originally peaked my interest, because I read my Kindle all the time when I’m driving. I didn’t see what the big deal was until he turned the page. This was a dead giveaway that the bus driver didn’t have a clue how to use his Kindle. If you are going to drive and read, let the Kindle read to you with its text to speech function, then when you are done driving, you can just start reading where the text to speech voice left off. It turns the pages for you, so you can drive.
Maybe Amazon can do that for the next commercial — How To Safely Read Your Kindle and Drive At the Same Time.