Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scribd, anyone?

So obviously, this whole e-book thing is a prickly situation for bookstores, authors and publishers alike. Those of us in the 'dead tree' business love the books we sell, but more than that, we cherish the tradition of bookselling itself; how then to reconcile this growing trend away from printed words of all types?

First, why not buy a book and just read the dang thing on a beach, or sit in your favorite chair and flip through a magazine? But if you really need to use batteries, and still don't want to give Amazon anymore power, check out Scribd, a social publishing site where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents. Think Napster, but with a sense of social justice...
If anyone uses scribd, please drop a line in the comments and let me know what you think.

And if you need a real book to toss in the backpack, may I suggest Don Herron's Dashiell Hammett Tour of San Francisco. This is an updated, 30th Anniversary edition of an absolute classic of trivia and tours (both walking and driving). Chock full of photos, this new edition is a must have, and Green Apple is thrilled to be hosting the launch of this tome as part of our Side Room Series - click here for full info (on this and other upcoming events), or just mark your calendar and be here on Thursday March 26th from 7-8pm in the Green Apple sideroom.

1 comment:

Marie said...

as far as the whole e-book debate, i'm wondering how much it really matters, what medium readers choose for their books, as long as they're still reading? *shrug* i'm a librarian, not a bookseller, so maybe there is something i'm missing.