Records, 8-tracks, cassettes (and cassingles), CDs and MP3s: I’ve seen all of these in my lifetime, and only two of those methods of music distribution remain.
Books, audio books and digital books: I’ve seen all of these in my lifetime, and all three remain (interesting how the word book has stuck whereas music has come up with new “titles” altogether).
Despite the awesomeness of The Kindle
(the PDF conversion feature makes it so easy for me to take 10 scripts on trips without having to bring an extra suitcase), don’t expect your paperback to disappear anytime soon. Kindles and the like will become more and more popular, as will reading on your iPhone
, but there’s something about a book’s portability, durability, and economicability (I know that’s not a word, but I wanted another “-ility” and it made me laugh when I read it out loud so I went for it. Sue-ility me.).
I mean, think about it . . . what would hotels do if books disappeared? Would you find a e-bible in your nightstand instead? Books have history. They have character. They sit on shelves and act like art.
Since books aren’t going anywhere, and more importantly, since my father still thinks the “world wide inter-web” is a place where spiders hang out in-between meals so he has yet to read any one of my blogs . . . I published one!
In addition to my Dad, it was created for people who may have joined the ranks of the readers more recently, and want to catch up. Get the book and you can flip pages on the subway or on the beach rather than click and click and click while seated at a desk in an office or at home.
The other reason I published the book, frankly, is because I just wanted to say that I did it. No other reason than that. And thanks to that cool “place where spiders hang out” and companies like Lulu
, it’s easier now to publish
a book than ever before.
The book will be on Amazon.com in a few weeks, but until then you can get it for yourself or for a friend, here
And Dad, if someone is reading this to you, it will be in your mailbox in three weeks. I know that seems like a long time, but since you still think old-school communication is the way to go, I thought I’d send it to you via Pony Express. 😉
Oh, BTW, a portion of the proceeds from the book are going to this cool thing I have planned for all of you . . . but it’s still in its ameobic form, so I can’t get specific yet. But it’s something that will hopefully help you guys get your shows off the ground.