Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Yesterday's New York Times had an article about how European book sales are gaining in tough times. According to the article, books sales in the U.S. are down marginally, and large publishers are struggling.
The article also had some comments about the advent of electronic readers.
I guess things are changing, but what's new? Gutenberg put the monks who copied manuscripts out of business, I suppose. And at the risk of sounding silly, we have more books now because of it.
In hard times, doomsday scenarios have great currency. Today's Politico had a headline that said, "Bailout backlash hits Obama plans." So? Who said that anything about what is happening right now is going to be easy?
One thing I admire about Obama is that he just keeps on keeping on. And that's the way it ought to be with all of us. I'll keep on reading and so will you. Those of us who write (either for ourselves or as a living) will keep on writing, doing the best we can. We will encourage each other and become closer because the times bring challenge.
Finally, every doomsday scenario is an opinion. Any prediction of the future is an opinion. We just need to encourage each other and keep on keeping on.