Friday, October 16, 2009

Insanity


In 1998. eleven years ago, at a public forum in the Summit County Commissioner race held at the old Summit County Library I told the assembled masses that soon books would no longer be used.

One of the other candidates was astounded that I said such a thing.

To her nothing would replace curling up in bed with a good book.

Nothing would ever replace the smell of the paper and ink.

It was as if I had announced the death of her lover.

Newspapers are now closing every day.

The remaining newspapers are so thin you could read a newspaper through the newspaper.

Amazon has many of their books available on data that can be put into their two models of the Kindle, an electronic book.

Google has announced that they will soon publish for download over 500,000 books.

They are wrapping up their legal settlement with publishers and authors to ensure payment to them.

Yesterday, Tina Brown, the publisher of "The Beast" on-line announced new publications on the Internet.

It has nothing to do with the declining economy.

She claims that it is about the arrogance of publishers and journalists.

It has to do with their elite attitude about their profession and their fear to look toward new and better ways to publish authors.

It has everything to do with attitude.

If you look to the future you will be successful.

If you keep trying to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result you meet the requirements of insanity.

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