May 7th, 2011

four of wands

Reluctance to engage

Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) twittered this morning: E-readers Leave Graphic Novels Out In The Cold
The link takes you to an article on GoodReads (a fun website of its own!) that laments how ereaders don't handle graphics well enough to support graphic novels, and the resultant loss of creative effort in that field.

There are so many things wrong with that position that I'm not sure where to start - but that isn't the point of this post.

I realized as I tried to craft a response that I didn't want to do the work that a conversation of this topic, with someone who clearly doesn't share my background on it, would require. Building up the whole history of ereaders, and downloadable pdfs, market options for writers and how it's all changing fast enough that you have to be specific about your time frame when giving examples was just a lot more effort than I felt any resulting conversation would reward.

And I'm surprised at my reluctance. I would love to have this sort of exchange verbally, say at a convention or party, but this sort of essay-exchange just leaves me cold.

Perhaps this is the core of why I'm just not posting much here, or elsewhere. I gotta think about this.