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Post by Wallace on Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:19 pm

Watched a very good documentary last night called, "Its Becoming a RUDY WORLD".

One of the  speakers was a man I very much admire, the true book-lover, collector and praiser of books, Alberto Manguel. (As a child he hung around with Borges!)


45% of Americans cannot understand  the writing on their prescription bottles.


Book publishers (not to mention stores selling PHYSICAL books) are in serious trouble.

If there are any remaining book stores in the future, they will be seen more as curiosities.  Libraries will lose public funding (the first American libraries of note were not put up by govt, but by free donations of Carnegie.) Libraries will become more like meeting places than anything else. It is nothing new - many libraries in Europe you have to PAY to enter.


E-books: 700,000 self-published books  last year in America. Most of these  unknown authors do not make more than $500 total for their  effort.


Reason? (And this is a biggy) LOSS OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY.  The people are being fed ,by the HANDFUL of  E-book conglomerates (like Amazon) only bestsellers. Only things that guarantee them profit. Its become a best-seller world.  The unknown of present, past -and future; has  little chance.

Why was it different beefwhore? Because instead of all control in the hands of few businesses, there were MANY  SMALL DIVERSE  Publishing Houses.  Many that  SPECIALIZED. (for instance ,at one point I was after Arno Publishing House  hardcovers on  (true) gothic literature.) The "off-the-well-trodden-road" authors were lauded, given chance. Obscurities/rarities  from the past (just because its obscure does in no way mean its worthless and not worth the perusal) were actively-sought and reprinted.

WE ARE TRAINED TO LEAP FOR THE FRESHEST TECHNOLOGY, LE DERNIER CRI, WITHOUT PROPER CONSIDERATION OF WHAT IS BEING  lost.
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Post by isaac hunt on Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:22 pm

no one could ever become a god like me ffs...
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Post by Karnevil9 on Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:54 pm

Mr Karns knows the feeling

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