Wednesday, October 6, 2010

This 'n That

Sorry for the long delay in blogging. I was recovering from comments about my blog on "The Help". Such positive ones as "you self-righteous old fart" and "if you're so smart, why aren't you running Random House?". At least, someone is reading me. And while these writers might actually have valid points, I can't reply to them personally because they (3) were all Anonymous. Come on, you guys, what are you hiding behind? Why not put your money where your mouth is and stand up for your positions by giving your names and addresses?

Now for something totally different...Riveted as we have been by the publicity blitz about the new platforms for reading, like IPad, Kindle, Nook and, for all I know, other unknown gadgets, we have lost sight of that poor orphan, the words themselves, the story being read or, in the words of the electronic mavens, THE TEXT. No publisher in his/her right mind could object to having the author's words disseminated far and wide, no matter how. But let's not forget that what's important in the long run isn't necessarily the means to an end, it's the end itself that counts. And too many adults don't read in a sustained way. Something like 27% of surveyed adults haven't read a book in a year. Not even a hardboiled heist or a cozy mystery. Clueless!
And Anonymous, if you're still reading, change your name and reply!!!
Barbara Phillips