Friday, August 3, 2012
A Few Words about the Printed Word
Lately, I've been thoroughly enjoying Lisa Lutz's Spellman series: The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, and Revenge of the Spellmans to name just a few. If you are a Janet Evanovich fan, you will definitely like Lutz's dysfunctional, cynical, suspicious and hilarious private investigative Spellman family!
At the end of her newest book, Trail of the Spellmans, Lutz wrote a short piece about changes in the book world. Here's what she had to say:
"I believe eventually readers will smarten up and realize a book isn't a bargain just because it's cheap. Agents, editors, and publishers exist so the books you get in your hands are worth reading. I understand the desire for convenience, and if you saw some of the shortcuts I make in life, you'd know I've got nothing against e-books (I even read them myself). But I do ask readers to think of this: As bookstores are closing at alarming rates across the country, there's still something you can do about it. Even if you're a diehard e-reader, every once in a while walk, drive, or take a bus to a bookstore and buy a real book off the shelf. Booksellers aren't just managing the register, they're people who love books and, ideally, know how to match the right book with the right person.
I don't have any kids, so I'm not as worried about my heirs as the rest of you, but still: I think the youth of tomorrow might be better off if they knew the physical sensation of cracking a spine and turning the page."
I couldn't agree with her more.