I was reading around (I lost the link) and came upon yet another article hand wringing about ereaders and ebooks being the death of the paper book.
When I see these arguments almost invariably it comes down to, this is not what I want to do and NOBODY SHOULD.
Since I got a kindle for Christmas it occurs to me that people are really freaking out over nothing.
Rarely do I see any of the panicking ebook freakouts acknowledge how much more accessible a lot of books are for a lot of people.
Let’s talk cost first of all.
I have a metric ton of .99 cent and free books on my kindle. Some of them I got for shits and giggles, some were on sale and others on a whim. Frankly I do not make enough money to read everything I want. And at this point libraries don’t fully serve my needs.
Also it has meant that when I can’t afford the hardcover or first print of a paperback I have other options which is great.
And unfortunately a lot of the critique of ebooks/readers is pretty ableist.
What about people who can’t see well? Elderly people? What about the other functions so many ereaders can do?
I was talking about this with someone who is severely dyslexic and they have an app that reads to them. Hell yeah that means they now have access to ALL the books rather than a few.
Why would that ever be bad?
Then there’s the whole question of “quality”.
I hate that question.
Who cares really if someone wants to read Sasquatch porn on their ereader. It’s not my cup of tea but if someone wants to read it, awesome they are reading.
A lot of it seems like empty fapping while moaning about how awful something one personally might not be into is.
It reminds me of when writers thought that the ease of indie publishing and blogging etc would let in the dirty heathens without publishing deals.
I was recently reminded of this by one of those hand wringing articles about how awful literature is where the deeply coded language basically said OH NO WHERE ARE THE WHITE MEN.
I just kind of shake my head.
I am really can’t get behind such panicked signs of change. The lit world can’t be only those who are let in forever.
It is so vast, I do actually believe it is big enough for everyone.
I always just want to pat people and tell them to calm down. Literature is gonna be okay. It might not be the literary canon you are used to but that’s good for folks.
Oh also soon I have lots of writing news, AND a round up of books and stuff that I am really excited about.
To that end if y’all have stuff you want me to read or want promoted drop the link here.