Monday, September 27, 2010

The Rats Are Alright - Rub the leather, smell the glue

The Rats Are Alright

But all of this is broad brushstrokes (of course). We have no figures to tell us how readers (and what kind of readers) move this way and that. We have no way of knowing whether people that buy 100, or 300, or 500 books a year are reading good things, or bad things, new things, or old things, whether they’re bibliophiles or merely prolific readers. We have no way of knowing when and if they’re going or have gone. And as for the rats, we have no way of knowing when they’ll jump ship, or if they’ll be pushed, and if they go then where they’ll land.

A good article, well worth reading. I strongly disagree with the idea that the changes to the music industry are different to the book industry because you are constantly holding the book. This is an underhanded attempt to reintroduce the idea that the `sensual` pleasure of holding a paper book is something people care about.