Politics and Publishing

I’ve always made it a point to NEVER talk about three things: Money, Religion and Politics. This story however is just a small, tiny, and ever so unmentionable exception. I know what you’re thinking to. With a title like “Politics and Publishing,” why would I want to continue reading. For one thing, it’s not about what you think it’s about. Let me explain.

According to the New York Times, there’s has been a specific author now suspected of writing the anonymous novel “O.” Since the books release this past Tuesday, the author of it has yet to be revealed. However, with critics calling it “lackadaisical, trite and implausible” I can definitely understand why the author wouldn’t want to come out from the shadows. The book “describes the interplay between reporters and senior campaign staff members, the granular detail of life on the campaign trail and a politician who, like Mr. McCain, muses about the role of luck in politics.” Because of his reputation and history, the newest suspect is a Mr. Mark Salter, author of “Primary Colors.” Salter, of course, declined to comment but didn’t deny writing the book. According to an independent bookstore in Washington, “Nobody’s picked it up yet.”

Here’s where the publishing side comes into play. Kindle’s Jeff Bezos announced, “Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com.” This comes as no shock to most considering that about a month ago, Amazon announced its third generation Kindle as the bestselling product in Amazon’s history. Since the beginning of the year, 100 paperback book have sold for every 115 Kindle books. The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 810,000 NEW releases and the company announced that in their fourth quarter sales topped $10 billion for the first time. So if you weren’t convinced before, you should be now. Kindle books are taking over the paperback world. Should we be afraid?

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