In acknowledgement of the threat that the rise in popularity of e-books is to the existence of brick and mortar bookstores, Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is refusing to allow his new book to be produced in e-book format. Interventions, comprised of four distinct volumes sharing one slipcase, is what Russo calls his "tribute to the printed book."
The Telegraph (London) has the details and pictures of the new work:
[...]Russo, talking to the Associated Press from his home in Maine, said that the rapid rise of e-books and online sales of printed books pose threats to bookstores, the publishing industry and the rise of new authors.He said: "I encourage the idea of buying locally. I think this particular book is part of that groundswell of people who are beginning to understand that buying all of your books through online booksellers is like buying everything from online sellers, whether it's flat-screen TVs or flowers or whatever. I think there's a groundswell of people who are beginning to understand the implications of that. And that's the only justification I have for saying print books are unlikely to disappear."
He doesn't want to be known solely as an Amazon or e-book basher and says that he reads books on his iPad when he's travelling. But he's keen on promoting the idea of diversity - of how books are published, how they're sold and how they're read.
"I'm fine with online booksellers," Russo added. "I just don't want them to control the world."This might seem like a little thing, but those of us who share Mr. Russo's concerns very much appreciate his effort to make people aware of how their book-buying experience could be ruined in the not-so-distant future. Book browsing online has to be one of the most frustrating and least rewarding experiences I have ever endured on such a regular basis. It seems that all the books that ever made it to a publisher's reject pile are being published simultaneously - plus thousands that never even made it that far. Not everyone should write a damn book...it cheapens the real thing.