Wednesday, February 11, 2009

overheard on the blogs

Many writer types reacting to the news that HarperCollins is shutting its Collins divisions (mostly nonfiction/reference). Over here someone asked if publishing companies would approach congress for a bailout.

After hours editing widgets I'm not so amused by that notion as when I first found it, much as I'm entirely over death-of-the-novel* conversations, it is the end of an era.

I wonder how many kids today grow up relating to the tactile scent of a book's pages or the smell of grimy newspaper ink on their hands. If they parse the weight of textbook paper versus cheap paperback.

*(see also death-of-fiction-in-general-and-the-short-story-in-particular)

If I believed that resistance was futile, I would stop.

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