Thoughts On Books
Seth Godin announced today that he’s not publishing any more books. Not in the traditional way at least. The way I read it, he’s a little unclear as to what he’s going to do, but it’s for sure not going to be the ‘hard cover – sold in a bookstore’ type of way. Pretty interesting huh? He’s living out what he wrote in Linchpin.
Sure, I’ve got some mixed thoughts on the whole thing, but here’s what I like about it. 1: I like that he’s stepping out and doing something different. I like that he’s taking what he talks about and putting it to practice. To me he’s going against what’s easy and testing out what could quite literally change things. 2: This might be the thing that pushes me over the edge and I’ll go get that iPad I’ve been on the fence about for so long.
Seriously though. This post originally had nothing to do with Seth Godin, but it seems to fall in line perfectly with what I was going to talk about. You ready for that?
I’m not what you’d call an ‘avid reader’ but I enjoy a good book now and then. You all know about our SkörInc Reading List and I’m doing pretty well on that. So here’s my question. Once you’re done with a book, what do you do with it? Pass it on to a friend? Take it to a Used Book Store? Shelve it? Kindling for the fire place? I guess the reason I’m wondering is because I’d like to hear your opinions on how passing books around among friends. Come on. Be honest. Who does this? Is there a difference between doing this and passing on a CD? Do you think that this is attributing to Seth Godin changing his format?
Now obviously passing books around has been the same forever. It’s not like digital music and how it became easy to duplicate, but what’s the consensus here? Is passing a book to a friend for them to read the same as burning them a CD? Thoughts?