“Will you be so kind enough to put the best possible interpretation upon my behavior while in N-York? You must have conceived a queer idea of me – but the simple truth is that Wallace would insist upon the juleps, and I knew not what I was either doing or saying.”
As a massive fan of the Poe-ster (I used to read his books late at night as a kid and scare myself silly) I don’t know what I love more about this letter – the fact that he is apologising for becoming ‘queer’ on too many juleps or that his letter (which is basically just a submission letter and an apology for his drunken behaviour) will now sit in a library collection to be viewed as an historical document. Brilliant!).
Entering the future now and Faber & Faber is ‘pulling a radiohead’. Radiohead offered their most recent CD, In Rainbows, as a download from their site where customers could nominate what they wanted to pay. Faber & Faber plan to follow suit and release early e-book versions of upcoming titles on a ‘pay what you like’ scheme. While a scheme like this was probably not in any danger of losing considering it was done by one of the biggest bands in the world. But it’s great news for e-book readers. With the release (in the US) of Kindle 2, Sony Reader and the Apple iPhone, technology that will accommodate e-books is definitely evolving at a cracking pace. And publishers need to catch up.
Quoting Faber marketing executive, Silvia Novak, (from an article you can read in full here) "We’re wondering whether a reader’s perspective will change from the initial rush of getting something for free — or close to — to an actual enjoyment of a piece of work, and whether that would translate into wanting to pay more for that experience.”
I think this is great news, but my knowledge of digital publishing is still only about a teaspoon of the whole chocolate sundae. So I am very excited to hear about BookSquare University. Yeah for online uni!