To Kindle or not to Kindle? That is the (Christmas) question

I haven’t forgotten about blogging. I’ve been moving house, you see, and also trying to finish a college assignment, for which the deadline is fast approaching.

But I just have to post briefly on the question of the Kindle. Arguments for and against have been circling inside my head all year. It’s beginning to drive me crazy.

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Independent bookshops versus eBooks and Amazon? Long live the mixed market!

James Daunt has taken over the 300 Waterstone’s shops that are scattered across the country. I heard him saying on the radio that he will be attempting to roll out his existing strategy, which is to ensure that the area a bookshop is in has an influence on its individual style and content. It heartened me, because Daunt bookshops are lovely places to be in, and maybe this unassuming, likeable man will find a way for bookshops to sit alongside the newer methods of book-buying, in a way that enables each to benefit and complement the other. In other words, is it not better to maintain a healthy mix in the market place? I also decided to wait and view the new e-reader which Daunt is planning to launch, before succumbing to the temptation to buy a Kindle.

That radio interview with Mr Daunt reminded me of an article I read in the Saturday Guardian in August.

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Writers and the changing digital landscape

Ch-Ch-Ch-changes

Turn and face the strange

Ch-Ch-changes

Oh, look out you rock ‘n’ rollers

(Songwriter: David Bowie)

Exciting times

It is an exhilarating but confusing time to be a writer. There is a wider range of possibilities for getting published than ever before (including starting your own blog), but it is hard to know which to choose.

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