Letters and Comments for 11/16/17

Letters and Comments for 11/16/17


CHANGING TIDE! Print Book Sales Increase While Ebook Sales Continue to Decline



This story and its conclusion goes hand-in-hand with what I see when I fly. Only once or twice have I seen an E-reader in use — almost every seat is filled with passengers who either have a hardcover or paperback book in their lap.

– Wendy Jones
Highlander Imagine – Beyond Infinity
Duncan MacLeod must fight a South American Immortal at Teotihuacan.

When I was visiting the Library of Congress, I came across two displays across a hallway from one another. One had an late medieval Bible manuscript done in hand by scribes. The other had an early edition of the Gutenberg printed Bible. Both were beautifully done and both were so similar in appearance, that if a mischievous me had switched their placards, it might have been days before anyone noticed.

Now compare our old technology, a printed book from a typical publisher, with our new, what you see in ereaders and ereading apps on a smartphone. You’d never confuse the two. The latter is ugly and those responsible for the standards (i.e. epub) or hardware (i.e. Kindles) apparently don’t care.

We’re supposed to get all excited that we can change the font and font size. Why? I’ve never read a book thinking, “Oh, if I could just change its font, it would be so much better.” No, it’s the publisher’s responsibility to choose an appropriate font, so readers don’t have bother with that.

And while the twits who’re responsible for what we get with ebooks half been pushing font changing, they’re failing to give us ereading apps and devices that are smart enough to reflow text and make most adaptations that’d make the text look better. Instead, what we get deserves awards for ugliness. My Kindle ereader is so stupid, that on one occasion the last page of a chapter had nothing on it but the “ly” at the end of a word. Is it asking too much to expect page breaks to be done right or for a graphic not to mess up pagination?

Ebooks are dying to a great extent because the public has discovered that they’re so ugly, they take much of the fun out of reading. Reading one is like eating at a one-star restaurant.

– Michael W. Perry


As for E-readers, I feel they are missing a big opportunity here, as they are capable of upgrading to an even higher level than books.I can’t believe Apple isn’t exploring the possibilities…links, sound, etc….things which might even change the way writers like myself would write.

– Andy Burtis
Land of Humor – coming November, 2017
Set in the colonists’ earliest days on Manhattan and its environs, ‘Land of Tribute’ chronicles the lives of both colonists and native peoples.

And here I thought I was one of the last holdouts for print books, good to know I’m not. I don’t have an e-reader or a smart phone, nor do I want either. When I curl up in bed each night and open a “real” book, that’s my little slice of heaven.

– Pamela Allegretto
Bridge of Sighs and Dreams
Nazi-occupied Rome sets the stage for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, where the lives of two women collide in an arena of deception, greed, and sacrifice.


When Authors are Abusive…or Just Downright NUTS!

Writersweekly is proof that if you want to be successful you have to be resilient and above all keep a sense of humour. The scary stalker is a warning that writers should try not to divulge too much personal information online.

– Mica Jay


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