Nothing is as good at being a book as a book is. — Douglas Adams
You can’t hand a Kindle to a friend and say give it back to me in six months. -– Steve Lawson
If you think about it, a very profound statement.
You can sit on a book. You cannot sit on a Kindle, it breaks.
You can share a book. How many people do you see sharing a Kindle?
You see people doing this all the time. They read a book, then pass it on either to a friend or to a charity shop.
I must admit I tend not to. My house is a black hole for books. And as the mass of books increases, more books get sucked in.
What though I do do, if I know a book to be good, I pick up extra copies and pass to friends and people I meet.
The more people share books, then it follows more people will read the books.
Sharing is thus a good thing.
Books are very good at being books!
The worst fear of a writer is not piracy, it is obscurity, remaining unknown or sinking into obscurity.
A writer writes because he wishes to be read.
When you hear whining about piracy, be it books or music, it is not the writers or musicians, it is global corporations. And since when have they been concerned about artists starving in their garrets?
Paulo Coelho wanted to be a writer, he always wanted to be a writer.
When he first wrote The Alchemist, it did not sell very well. He would hand out flyers to cinema audiences.
The Alchemist is now one of the Top Ten most read books in the world.
Paulo Coelho was dropped by his publisher in Russia. Then a strange thing happened. A pirate edition was published. He is now a very popular writer in Russia.
Give a person a good book and they will curl up and read it.
What is destroying books, what is destroying music, is the greed of global corporations.
The search for the next me-too, copycat blockbuster.
Publishers, in their search for a fast buck, offering best-sellers to chains, are killing off the small independent booksellers, leaving nothing left.
World Book Night: Monday 23 April 2012, a million books, 25 titles to be given away.