So I’m looking at this Amanda Hocking headline. Flecks of tea are moving down the screen of my laptop like the raw Matrix. The half-formed idea in my head — that I can make a book available and I don’t need to have a publisher — becomes about three-quarters formed. My audience is going to be limited to a few million Kindle customers, but that’s like saying my writing is limited by the alphabet; it’s enough, and nobody is going to tell me that only Random House can use the ‘Q’.
More of my epic wisdom can be found over at Futurismic, where Paul Graham Raven has been asking me questions about the publishing industry at large. I have no real basis for my apparent expertise in this area — which is, of course, part of the fun of interviews.
Various statistics have been bandied about showing that while growth in physical book sales is slowing, growth in ebooks is accelerating. As a person who owns a Kindle, it’s easy to see why. The buying is immediate, cheap, and frictionless; the device weighs less than my watch (so I have a heavy watch).
All good fun.