Selasa, 08 Januari 2013

news on the upcoming e-book edition of let the dead bury the dead

This is going to be through Amazon Books partners. The e-book will be PDF-only for the time being. I'm not a fan of Amazon's Kindle at all, it ruins layout and adds more cost because of reformatting. Also, I think it's a shitty platform and that this e-book craze is just that, a craze that will pass, and so too will most everything on it without some kind of data-migration. Besides that, there's no burning economic reason to do it, this isn't that kind of a book. Read some of the .99 cent books on Amazon, and you'll find what a friend described so well as "sixth-grader level of writing skills," which is true there all over the place.

Yes, I'm a Luddite and not the biggest supporter of this nutty idea that there must be unbridled technological innovation. I don't see a lot of it as inherently liberatory (why does Blogger have a lower vocabulary than me? It can't spell the preceding word). You could make a great argument yesterday that it's destroying the world simply by coming into being.

The book is indigestible to the mindless consumer crowd, maybe as much as Pasolini's final film, Salo. Yes, it has many moments that could be described as entertaining, and without question, as I'm being told by a few readers, it's a page turner. That's what all true crime books and works about the world of intelligence and politics should be. There are a lot more reasons--important ones that affect all of our lives--contained in the text that should motivate potential readers, especially those living in North America: a dearth of primary information within the covers that falls under the public's right to know, and a good percentage of it could be evidence either pointing to, or of, specific acts of corruption in the appropriations process in Washington DC. The greatest waste of all is in defense and intelligence spending for a reason. It's the easiest trough to gorge from thanks to the reactionary tendencies of the American public when it comes to warfare, and yes, I'm hitting the South with a lot of the blame.

The e-book will be presented exactly as I intended the book to be experienced by the prospective reader. I'm a big fan of PDF for this and many other reasons, but mainly because it doesn't ruin layout. I'm pricing it at $9.99 USD and there will be periodic sales on it. Like most e-books, it will contain the cover art. That's it, yo, there is no 'mo.

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