I'm really very excited about this, as the last few days have been trying, to say the least, with oldest son working in Milwaukee and messaging me about the mad gunman before the news hit the internet. Then, youngest son being involved in an eight car pile up on the M6, and last, but not least, daughter's major outbreak of nits...that really did put the tin lid on things. Today however, all is good with the world - oldest son is making his way to San Francisco, all safe and not shot, and youngest son (though suffering from pulled muscles and whiplash) is alive, if put out about the writing off of his new car - and he has a replacement car already. Oh, and let's not forget daughter, who is now nit free (...I hope). I put it down to the coming together of the excitement of publishing 'Fifty-One Ways'. It's sent good vibes through my life. And though I have embraced the digital age fully (I really do love my Kindle, don't get me wrong), there isn't anything much better than an actual book - actual paper - in your hands.
If you ask, some might say that the Kindle revolution has allowed us to read the sorts of books we might otherwise have read in private, in public (no prizes for guessing which particular reading matter I refer to here..!). They're right, of course, no one can see what you're reading. You can sit in the coffee shop, or the office, or the staff room, and others just see the fixed posture and regular breathing, the flicking eyes and miniscule flick of the thumb. Whereas if you have actual paper, people are interested in what you're reading. There you are in the coffee shop reading Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, and you're defined by this as intelligent or something. Read Harry Potter, and you're trendy (or you were, maybe). Read about Mr. Grey and, well, that's expected now, especially if you're a woman of a certain age. You're easily defined by onlookers by the reading matter you choose to be seen reading - more so now than ever. So it's even more important, from both the readers' and the writers' point of view, that both digital and print media remain, working together: Reading defines the reader, and reading print in public is good marketing and advertising for the writer. For the reader, they may think it's about the smell and feel of the paper in their hands, but on a metapsychological level, there's clearly much more to it. For the writer, print needs to stay alive.
So, I figure I'm doing my bit to palpate the heart of print publishing. Yes, that's what I'm doing. And donations still go to Platform 51. Here's the link again: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fifty-One-Ways-Leave-your-Lover/dp/1480147249/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351093011&sr=1-2
Buy it and define yourself as generously contributing to a lovely, worthy charity!