I know, I know. You’re not exactly blown away. You might not have even remembered subscribing to this blog once upon a time and now that it’s popping up, you’re like, “Oh, Honey, no. We haven’t so become desperate as to resurrect the early 00s yet. We’ve barely even touched the 90s.”
Yeah, well, then adjust your flannel because I’m bring this Chick back anyway (and life is just made better if you put a bird on it right?)*
A lot has been happening in the book world lately—the flood of great Young Adult books, the rise of the self-publishing success, the increased sales of ebooks, Borders’ bankruptcy, HarperCollins’ new electronic policy for libraries, and Apple’s new reading app requirements—and these things are really starting to make fundamental changes in publishing.
Regardless of whether Old School wants it to or not, publish or perish has taken on a whole new meaning.
These shifts from the past to present, be they good or bad, are things that I dreamed of being part of when I was trying to transition from bookseller to part of the publishing world. And while I never made it into the publishing stratosphere, I’m still affected as a consumer of the end product: books. Ebooks, library books, mass market, trade and hard backs, I still read across the board despite the lack of discount.
So why not talk about these things on the internet right? I mean, while I’m no longer a bookseller, I am still a chickadee who reads books. I’m sure the last thing the internet needs is another reader blog, but this one still registers daily traffic, and if nothing else I can follow up those high traffic topics with current updates. Apparently people will don’t know if they should go with Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing yet. Maybe I should figure out why.
So here’s to a new decade of publishing, bookselling, reading and blogging. I’m sure we can find something to talk about. Along the way, I hope to tradition of handselling and review some of the great books I’ve read lately, as well as link to some of the amazing people who turned me on to those books.
Oh, Portlandia, the hilarity of this is I truly can name four stores right now who subscribe to this policy, and the newest Pottery Barn catalog is over flowing with birds as well.
Which reminds me:
That's right, Hipster Kitty, you tell 'em.