“Amazon on Wednesday announced that later this year it will launch the Kindle Lending Library, a feature that will allow Kindle customers to borrow books from 11,000 libraries across the United States… Once the feature launches, customers will be able to borrow Kindle e-books from their local libraries and start reading them instantly.” — Macworld, writing about a press release that could change the entire game of ebooks: why buy when you can borrow, over and over and over again?
“[Hemingway] knew that a book or short story had its own timetable, and he didn’t try to force it. If a project needed weeks, months or years in the editing and rewriting phase, that’s what he gave it. Despite the same anxiety for publication that all writers share, he still gave his books the time they needed to develop. ” — Rachelle Gardner, on things writers can learn from Hemingway
“Very smart people are hard at work at this very moment trying to figure out how to get you to pay what you’re actually willing to pay.” — Nathan Bransford, on the future of charging 99¢ for ebooks
“This always happens…in the middle of the book. ‘What was it you wanted me to do?’ seems to be the question my characters ask, and when I tell them, they become skeptical. Since I trust characters over plot every time, I tend to listen when a character tells me ‘I wouldn’t do that kind of thing.’ And the middle of the book is always where they seem to doubt their motivation. There’s a name for this. It’s called the mess in the middle.” —
Brunonia Barry, putting a name to the thing we’ve all experienced.
“When you put a price on something, you create value. Art that is offered freely without charge is often disregarded. In other words, if you, as the artist, don’t think it is worth anything, why should I? This is why I don’t think giving your work away for free is good for you or for recipient. If you believe in your work, charge for it.” — Michael Hyatt (hat tip to Shawn Blanc)
“Tweets and Facebook updates and SMS messages and blog comments…may be perceived as shallow if we see them as flat, atomic, individualised statements or messages. But they are not because…they are enacted in a connected, ever-expanding sphere, the largest context man has ever created.” — James Bridle