Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Paperback writer



And those are my author copies of The King's Viper, published 2011 as an e-book and now available as a paperback!

This means that all but one of my published books (ARE YOU LISTENING, HARPERCOLLINS?) are now out in Glorious Luxury Dead Tree Version. This makes me incredibly happy - I am very fond of dead tree products.

Yes, I know. I know that e-publishing is the future.  I know that it is the very-near-future-in-fact-face-it-the Right-Now of the erotica genre. "Shelves and print don't matter anymore," I was told last week by someone with their finger on the pulse.
I'm sorry ... but I can't help it. It just doesn't seem real until I can hold it in my hands.

Maybe I've watched too many archaeology programmes on TV and can't buy into a scenario unless there is physical evidence. Maybe somewhere at the back of my mind is a picture of future people picking over the ruins of our civilisation and finding the buried remains of the British Library (or the Library of Congress). I want the future alien people in their silver tutus and their slinky leotards to be able to count up the dusty volumes of my books and say "Ah - Janine Ashbless. She wrote..." and get the number right.

It's not much to ask ...
;-)

9 comments:

Chris said...

Hey, don't worry. There's every chance that future slinky-leotard people will have based their entire culture on the one last surviving copy of Named and Shamed passed down from mother to daughter for generations as the holy word of god.

Jo said...

You're right. It's only a matter of time before The Great Worldwide Crash when Everything Is Lost and we have nothing left. Paper good. :)

Jo said...

PS: Hemp. We don't need trees to make paper. Hemp yields far more paper per square meeter than trees do. We are foolish, foolish humans.

Jo said...

Meeter? Wtf?

kristinalloyd said...

I'm a fan of paperback too! I don't know how anyone can say shelves and print don't matter when, for example, you look at paperback sales of 50 Shades.

Jo said...

Yes. I ♥ this picture, btw :)

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbyxvbomMV1qbktr3o1_1280.jpg

Janine Ashbless said...

You lovely people! Well, you are prepared to share my madness, which is lovely enough!

Fab picture, Jo :-D

And at least in this country, btw, paperbacks do not threaten actual tree cover ... we source from softwood pulp which is grown as a crop. But hemp ... yeah! Why not?

Vida said...

Historically, it was the paper companies in the US who got marijuana illegalised, as hemp threatened their business. Or so I once read, somewhere...

Janine Ashbless said...

Nothing would surprise me. We have laws that have no connection with logic.

Heh. I rmember paper-making on a day out at Wookey Hole mill when I was little. It was fun.