And speaking of Saturday...
I had a great day with the youngest child, Dr. Lovely Daughter. When I talked to her Friday evening she said she would be coming to my area to get her hair cut. You know how we women (and perhaps men) will travel the earth to follow their favorite hair person. It is a serious matter. I’ve had six people that I allowed to cut my hair since I became an adult and that I returned to with only one being a dud. I told that hairstylist that I did not want much cut off -just trimmed; it was my 10th high school reunion. She looked very normal, but she turned out to be Edwina Scissorhands and it became the worst haircut I have ever had. Thankfully, I’m gorgeous no matter what, so I went to the class reunion. (Are you rolling your eyes?)
I wasn’t really going to do anything Saturday just stay in and stay warm, but the Doc came by and we:
• Went to the Library Book Store and bought some books.
• Came back home and ate potato soup, toasted sandwiches and lemon cake.
• Went to a Mennonite store so the Doc could buy some cooking needs. (Is she really my child?)
It was an inexpensive and fun day.
Printing Press versus Electronic Books
I love the show Sunday Morning. Something that especially caught my eye yesterday was a segment on the eBooks and the digital book readers. I have this discussion occasionally with Techman from my office. I can't imagine a world without a book.
This segment mentioned that the sales of actual books were down a couple of percent last year.
eBooks may be here to stay. Like all new technology we will see. I am concerned on how this will affect the author who would like to make a living from his or her book.
SM said that JK Rowlings will not allow her books to be digital because of piracy issues and because she wants children to experience a book. I love technology, but I totally agree.
Because it is so new there are few regulations in place allowing authors to get a slice of the pie each time a book is downloaded. They kind of compared it to a movie where the people involved get compensated when the movie (or TV shows for that matter) is purchased in some way.
Bottom line: The written word is not going away, but its format may be changing.
JW's thought: I don't want the physical book to go away, but I realize that digital books are probably here to stay. I think what needs to happen is for someone to figure out how to include the writer, agent, publisher in the profits. A digital reader can hold many books but only a book can smell like a book. Of course for awhile we thought that about the new car smell and it is now available in a bottle.
What do you think about eBooks and readers? Where do the authors of these books fit in?