from web to paper
So many of the books at amazon are rehashed inferior versions of lively websites. I’ve been browsing to find some extremely undemanding summer reading and noticed that the apparently popular of V series reviews mention that V is known from the “Redbook Web site” (sic). Of course I hit google, and found that V has indeed been chronicling her life every Friday since 1997.
Another book that I won’t blog the title of because it’s too embarrassing (it was awful) turned out to consist mostly of a purple fake-suede cover and a catchy though imprecise title surrounding dozens of letters from readers, all available at a website. To be fair, the paper the letters were printed on was thick and pleasant to the touch, and the pages were decorated throughout in cute colour-printed flowers – but then, so is the website. I wrote a grumpy review at amazon and stated the URL of the author’s website, recommending that would-be-buyers just read the letters online instead – and hey presto, that’s the first amazon review I’ve ever written that’s not been published. I guess they don’t like you giving other readers the URL to the book’s content, huh? (update: no they don’t and it’s in their guidelines. No phone numbers, no URLs.)
I probably won’t buy V’s diaries. But then again, it’s easier to read a paperback than a PDA or a powerbook on the beach. And you don’t need to worry about paperbacks getting lost, broken or stolen.