I have important, world altering news: writers skew liberal. Almost as liberal as professors. Dum dum dummmm. However, that doesn't stop publishing from postponing a children's book about smuggling dolls onto planes (but not bombs, and not in crotches!) or from having racist moments. Again.
Now, Amazon isn't racist (as far as we know), so that's a plus, but they have been a little "sketchy" and "monopoly-ish" in the past. Now that the Apple tablet is coming, Amazon is trying to play nice by opening the Kindle up to apps, offering iTunes-esque royalties, and removing the Kindle DRM. Next thing you know they'll be all about book rentals. And sure, it's still really difficult to get e-books to Africa, and no one really knows what enhanced e-books are (they're coming, I swear!), but maybe these are steps in the right direction?
I hope amateurs won't be in charge of these e-books, because Susan Hill will be so, so angry. Next thing you know, she'll be trying to give Emerson the boot from the canon, and fighting with the many heirs to the Sherlock Holmes franchise. And maybe supporting book trailers. I have been pretty straightfoward in my hate of book trailers, but there are some people that like them (go figure). Other things I hate include Second Life (sorry Jonathan Lethem) and text abbreviations.
See you all next week!