I have a lot of writer friends telling me I’m stupid for being this way, but the truth is, I don’t care so much about what physical manifestation my next book will take. The business of publishing mostly bores me, and reading too much about it not only forces me to start thinking about books as commodities (which I don’t like) but it’s also a time suck spent worrying about things I can’t control. Every novel has always found its own way into readers’ hands and now there are more ways than ever for that to happen, which is great.”
Kevin Guilfoile, The Morning News Tournament of Books
Amen. I’ve been preaching for years now that the whole argument of digital vs. paper drives me up the wall, because everyone thinks that it has to be either/or, and forgets that at the heart of it is content, and content is what literature is. Not the thing you’re holding in your hands, but the thing you’re reading with your eyes. (Or ears! That too!)
The sooner we get away from the format question, the sooner we can get back to focusing on form.