My Kindle arrived! First impressions: not as clunky as I thought. I’m loving it for reading partials and after two days I already can’t imagine life without it. But there is definitely going to be an adjustment period. I’ll give a full rundown next week.
Meanwhile, in other e-book news, Publishers Lunch reports that a new e-book application for the iPhone, tied to FictionWise, is getting some rave reviews, and opening up the prospect of using iPhones as e-readers. Since I’m also hoping to get an iPhone soon, I’m very much looking forward to doing a comparison of the respective Kindle and iPhone e-book experience. The future is most definitely here.
A judge in New Jersey dismissed the case by a New Jersey literary agent against Wikimedia. As mentioned last week, the agent sued some of my favorite bloggers. I haven’t been fully up to date on the latest on this case so post in and check the comment section for more info. I’ve also been told there’s an author advocate defense fund for the defendants in the case.
Have you been reading Rebecca Ramsey’s awesome blog Wonders Never Cease lately? Yes, she’s a client, but honestly it’s like no other blog I’ve read and dare I say it’s taking the entire artform of blogging to a new level? Did you even know there was a blogging artform? I sure didn’t! But now there is one.
The always-indispensable Shrinking Violet Promotions has an awesome interview with a real live Random House publicist about things authors can do to promote their books.
And finally, the discussions about Wednesday’s hypothetical question and Thursday’s follow-up discussion really generated some of the best conversation material this blog has yet seen. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has contributed to the discussion. I’ll leave you with this comment from bunnygirl, which I thought really took the discussion into an interesting new place. What is it about writing that inspires so much more ambition than other hobbies?
What I find interesting is how many people think the only reason to write is to be published, and that publication legitimizes ones efforts somehow. Is there any other endeavor that carries such a load of assumptions?
Most of the people who run marathons know they aren’t going to come anywhere close to winning, but they run anyway. Most people who take up a musical instrument don’t expect to play at the local VFW Hall, let alone Carnegie Hall. Many people are very happy to paint watercolors that will hang on no one’s walls but their own, make beer that will never be served in a bar, or grow tomatoes that will never be for sale at the local supermarket.
No one thinks it odd that people have these hobbies and in fact, people usually speak respectfully of the gardeners, quilters, and other hobbyists in their midst without ever saying, “Well, Bob is just wasting his time restoring that GTO. He’s not a REAL mechanic because no one pays him to work in an auto repair shop.”
I wonder why writing is viewed by so many as something that’s not worth doing unless it results in a gloss-covered product on the shelf of Barnes & Noble?
Have a great weekend!