I've had many conversations over the past few months about the frenzy that's taken hold of so many in publishing and those in the broader conversation about books. I'm sure you have too. The alarmist attitude is what's...most alarming. I've much more to say on all of this, but in order to really get a sense of how the freak-out has ramped up in recent weeks, it seems a solid foundation of the madness is required before we can begin to talk about all of this in earnest. I stopped doing link roundups long ago, but the pace of this "oh no technology is killing us" meme has me reconsidering. I'd like to archive the madness somewhere and I can't think of a better place to start doing that than here.
Here, then, is a roundup of recent links that run the gamut of the "this is so good" to "oh no it's all over for books" madness I'm fascinated with. I expect this will be one of many such roundups in the coming months:
- E-Books Make Readers Less Isolated from NYT
- Moving On from Seth Godin
- Ads in Books Debate Divides Twitter from GalleyCat
- iPads & Kindles are Better for the Environment Than Books from The Washington Post
- E-Book Price War Absurd from The Bookseller
- The Billionaire and The Book Lover from New York Magazine
- Books Have Many Futures from NPR
I've got a ton more, but this is as good a place to start as any. I may even get uber-crazy and start a scoreboard for pro & anti tech articles...that's how nutty it's all become.
What headlines have made you want to pull your hair out lately?