Look out Kurty* Vile: the more I listen, the more this
Don Henley Bon Iver song is becoming my favorite song of the year.
*Typo, left there because it felt like an appropriately affectionate diminutive for the guy.
Sooooo sick of the either/or conversations surrounding everything in publishing. It doesn’t have to be either Amazon OR the indies. It doesn’t have to be either ebooks OR paper books. Who is holding a gun to your head?
Here’s what you do: get yourself a tablet with the Kindle app (sure! why not? sometimes this will make sense) and another e-reading app that reads epub files (which you can purchase from many indie bookstores), line up some subscriptions to magazines or journals (paper or online! I don’t care!), a book club (in person or online! I don’t care!), find a friendly local bookstore where you can buy precious made-of-paper lovelies that you will put next to your bed and cherish and read again and again, and get a library card for the rest (audiobooks for long trips in the car! the book you wouldn’t buy in hardcover but want to read in hardcover!). ROTATE and MIX LIBERALLY.
The most important thing? READ THEM. READ those dang books. (Or at least try to.) Read read read. If everyone did this, we’d all be just fine.
A confused tech blogger
Better yet, why bother reading more than one book? It is very inefficient.
The best book I read in the past ten years was recommended to me by a bookstore employee. And even though the analogy is dumb (and incorrect: this guy has obviously never developed a personal relationship with his local bookstore), I wonder how bad it would be to start taking recommendations from the guy at the box office; he’s seen more movies than I have and would probably know what’s enjoyable and what’s not.
(I have a lot to say on this topic, but not a lot of time in which to get it all down on the screen right now. Leave it at this: Amazon once suggested I buy a box set of sci-fi DVDs based on my purchase of German deodorant.)
“Can you hear my football in there?”
“A little bit, but not really. Can you hear my Steely Dan in there?”
“A little bit, but not really. […] And that’s Stoke fans booing, not me.”