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With apologies to The Beatles, I have noticed a trend lately among (I am presuming to be) fairly educated and sophisticated people on the ra...

20 May 2011

In Favor of the Printed (on Paper) Word Part Two

Dan Savage, an openly homosexual writer, with a syndicated column on advice and commentary on relationships and sex, started the It Gets Better Project to help teens who have been bullied for any reason, but mainly because they are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transsexual.  He was recently asked on an interview on Radio Q (by host Jian Gomeshi) why publish a book after launching such a successful website.  His response was very interesting and a reason for printed hardcopy books.  He said (and I paraphrase) that not everyone has internet access and moreover, sometimes it takes a book to exist and be there, ready and available to reach a person at the right time and the right place.  It's a matter of discovery, of serendipity.  All these "search" engines are for searching, not for discovering new writers, new ideas, new viewpoints.  Unfortunately, someone - for instance, a library? -- needs to buy that book to have it available.  However, getting it published and printed is the first step.  The next step now is to make it available, as it is here at Books on First.

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