Still Sick

Apologies to the couple on the plane flight back to LA, listening to me sniffle through the night.

The wife was kind enough to show me her brand new Kindle, a gift from hubby, to celebrate their one year anniversary of marriage, the paper (less) anniversary. But one of the advantages of being a luddite still, was when we were asked to turn off all our electronics for take off and landing, I still got to read my book, while she had to turn hers off.

My question on electronic books is this: for all those books that are currently out of print because the justification of a print run would not be profitable, can we now expect to be able to find them in digital only form? Whilst in college, I saw the effects of multi-conglomerates taking over smaller publishing houses, both as a student and an employee in a small book store. More than once, our professor would put a book on her course list as required reading only to no longer have the book be in print and readily available by the time the course started. Fine, we were in the upper division courses studying women’s issues and agriculture of post Revolution Russia, pre-Communist Soviet time periods, admittedly not a huge market for books, but still! The number of times this took place during my three year stint in that history department was unbelievable. Fortunately, Powell’s, the largest new/used bookstore West of the Mississippi often had used copies of the books we needed, if you got there before your classmates did with the syllabus, but living in Portland, Oregon made us an exception, not a standard for other college classes.

I want to know if buying an e-book will be supporting bringing back wonderful out of print books into existence? I will gladly buy one if it helps support say the return of 25-50% currently unpressed books!

And as for having a cold, evil Sarah’s only thought (which provides much happiness!) is perhaps the previously mentioned Brett also contracted it, as bad Karma for his duplicitious ways.

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One Response to “Still Sick”

  1. gary Says:

    oh goodness, feel better!

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