I Will Buy An e- Book Written By Bloggers

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I have been following closely a lot of amazing writers in WordPress and a realization dawned upon me. This is truly the future of book writing or book promotion. Bloggers have swayed a staunch paperback reader like me to start downloading ebook editions of novels I like from online writers I have been reading religiously.

I am an avid reader. I read news, articles and books. Lots of books. I spent a fortune on them more than on anything I have. Like clothes or shoes, gadgets etc. I buy tons of books I will be reading five years from now. I don’t go anywhere without a book attached to my armpit. Armpit? Lol. I have more books than furniture. In my cupboard instead of food you will find neatly stacked copies of classics, books written by Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Hemingway, and their contemporaries. In my closet competing with my clothes for space are books by Umberto Eco, Marco Polo, Salman Rushdie, Naguib Mahfouz, Orhan Pamuk, Gabriel Garcia Marquez…( I have a long list and I don’t want to bore you with it). . .so yeah, I love books.

But I am unable to read books for entertainment so definitely I would never pick up a book like’ Fifty Shades of Trash’. I apologize for being a book snob. But more than money I do not want to waste my time reading something insipid which for sure will fail to evoke strong emotions in me nor will illustrate life and living in the truest sense. I no longer indulge in fantasies. I don’t want to escape from reality. I want to know it, shred it piece by piece, inhale it, bathe in it and let it seep in my pores until I reek of it. So. (shrugs)

I say future of book writing because after reading bit and pieces of wonderfully crafted stories or even just beautifully strung phrases from bloggers I came to the conclusion that yes if they have a book available online I would want to read it. And I would be willing to  pay for it.

Blogging is the reality TV of the literary world. And I have seen a few Kim Kardashians in here.

Day by day I watched these men and women spew genius online. And so close at hand not some remote obscure author I heard from a review or from a friend. Feeling even some delusion that I am developing some kind kinship with them. They are reachable, breathing, living, human authors not just a name below the title of a novel. They respond when I reach out and show appreciation of their works.

I felt a sudden shift of attitude towards the kind of books I will read from now on. Of course I will still buy books from my favorite famous authors but those are few and far between so in the meantime I would gladly watch out for future ebook publications from my favorite bloggers.

Β©JMKhapra

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32 thoughts on “I Will Buy An e- Book Written By Bloggers

  1. Okay I’ve not read the fifty shades but I’ve read about it. Love her or hate her and her fifty shades, there is no denying the phenomenon – which could be a reason to hate it – I think what makes many incredibly mad is that not only did she produce an apparently badly-written work of erotica (not getting down on badly-written erotica cuz I’ve tried my humble hand at it and made some really bad stuff and learned that well-done erotica is no walk in the park); but we who have entertained aspirations have to say a word of thanks to that woman too.

    Because (if I understand the story correctly) she broke all the taboos and rules in the process. Biggies being that it began as an available work for free on the internet and then went to a self-published thing… and I’ll have to cringe a bit as I admit that I became more loose in the posting of writings since I learned about the fifty shades flood (because of that warning about previously published, which includes a blog). And with social networking and being able to upload ones works as books…. I mean I’m thinking and doing and imagining differently than I did even a couple months ago. Seems a tidal shift is underway, as we speak.

    1. I have not read the book either only heard reviews about it from people whose opinions I respect so I could not really argue about its merits or demerits. I only meant to say I would not be reading anything similar to that book. If the writer’s aim is to make money from writing ( who does not want to, right?) as oppose to writing something really good that stays in the heart of the reader one should not write for readers like me, probably we meant to make a pauper out of our authors to retain their humanity. I am kidding of course but I hope you get what I mean. To illustrate better what I want to say please read this post from one my favorite bloggers whose book I would gladly buy. He made a very strong argument about why writers should not join the bandwagon of writing books like fifty shades of grey.http://literatureandlibation.com/2012/09/24/craft-and-draft-literary-smiterary/

  2. I know I’m not one of your favorite bloggers, but I do have an e-book out there, it is being reviewed by Kirkus and CBC at the moment. If you want to, you can visit the widget here, it has what every real book deserves; a video about the book, a sample chapter and info about the book and where it can be pinpointed.

    http://book2look.com/vBook.aspx?id=BYOlb1oXNc

    I would love to hear your opinion about it.

    Yours truly,

    A. H. Amin

  3. the bell jar. a classic wrought with pieces of tragedy that, sadly, went way beyond the book’s cover. i glad to share with you my love for dostoyevsky, hemingway, eco, marquez and orhan pamuk whose essay about coming home right after his father’s death in his book “other colors” struck close to home and continues to haunt me to this day, most specially the line: “every man’s death begins with the death of his father.”

    you may not know it, but you are a very good writer, jofelyn. i dare say you’re one of the most notable writers i’ve read here at wordpress. if you had a book, i’d gladly pay to read it : )

    1. Thank you Neil, I wish I can believe that. πŸ™‚ I am my harshest critic. Because of the books I read my standard for the quality of fiction writing is very high and I am nowhere near it. Probably if my writing achieve some maturity I will write a novel in the future. By any chance are you planning to write one too? Keep us updated. πŸ™‚

      I’ve met few people who like or read Umberto Eco’s book. My current favorite is Baudolino which led me to read the Travels of Marco Polo as he made a lot of reference to it. But I love all his other books too. like Island of The Day Before.

      I have yet to read that book you mentioned by Orhan Pamuk. I read My Name Is Red. I will also check that one out. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  4. believe it : ) you have a very good writing foundation to write a novel. i worked on 2 novels already — “sophia” (first edit) and the sequel “strumm” (three quarters finished) but i have since abandoned both projects.

    “other colors” is a collection of his essays. i’ll check out “my name is red” as well as “baudolino” : )

      1. And thank you for thinking that way about my writing. You are beginning to convince me.:-)

        Orhan Pamuk likes alluding to colors in his writing noh? His fiancΓ©e is also one of my favorite authors from India. Kiran Desai. Loved her novel ‘ Inheritance of Loss’. she is also a Bookerman prize winner like Arundhati Roy. What an amazing couple. I can imagine their conversations over a cup of coffee in the morning. πŸ™‚

            1. it’s a she. pulitzer prize winner. author of “interpreter of maladies” and “the namesake.” you’ll like her because she writes mostly about “feeling lost” in a foreign land (in her case, from india to the US). read the namesake first.

      2. i still have to do a second edit of “sophia.” i had no intentions of having them published at the time of writing and an e-book never crossed my mind. i’ll need to revisit it and see if it is worth the effort to aim for an ebook.

        no, i never participated in the palanca awards. maybe i’m not the awards type of person or maybe i was of the mindset that i can’t stand up to the literary giants. my advisers and student publication mates back in college have been egging me to join but never did. they have since become multiple palanca winners.

        the directions of sophia and strumm are more towards commercial values, unlike the crop of novels in phil. literature (at least that’s what i know. i’ve havent visited the filipiniana section for a very long time).

        1. I know what you mean about writing competitions, I remember Jessica Zafra’s angst about not winning a Carlos Palanca award yet. I wonder if she eventually win one. I read the winning entries regularly. Your stories are better than most of them. naks. Lol. Totoo.

          And do consider publishing your novel as ebook. You have a lot of followers here who would gladly read something you wrote especially a novel. Something we can immerse in for a few days. (You write so rarely here! πŸ™‚ ) I am sure it will be a delicious read. πŸ™‚

          1. hahaha. baka maniwala! i love jessica zafra’s writing style which is very witty. has jessica actually participated? thought her manananggal piece was a winner. had a lot of laughs with her Twisted series. if you follow the awards you might have heard of our univ. literary journal advisers and fellow ex editors who are multiple palanca awardees such as cirilo bautista, efren abueg, isagani cruz, marjorie evasco, rolando tolentino, vince groyon, dinah roma, johannes chua, among others.

            i’ll seriously think about that e-book thing. i honestly feel that i’m regressing as a writer. will try to write more when i have time. and thanks for the kind words πŸ™‚

            1. I have her book ‘Twisted’ here . Sometimes I re read a few articles just for a chuckle. There is one story where she is talking about swallowing her disappointment as her colleagues won the award and her entry didn’t. Haven’t heard anything about her after that. I will google. I think I read something from Johanner Chua recently. the other names sound familiar but I don’t remember clearly. mostly I read English short story entries only and don’t pay much attention to name of the writer πŸ˜€

  5. I don’t think you’re a book snob for not wanting to read Fifty Shades. There’s a general consensus among bloggers that it’s terribly written and a ripoff. The sad is that many people will only read famous books, but I love it when I discover an obscure book that turns out into a pleasant surprise. It’s like a little treasure!

  6. Good, bad, or sometimes ugly, I think you’re right that this format is the future of writing and books. The good – more exposure for talent that may not otherwise be found. The bad – more crap to wade through to get to the good stuff. More noise. Noise is killing us, I think.

    1. That is so true! Too much noise. But regardless, I have the patience not unlike the patience I have in choosing a book in a bookstore. Sometimes I literally live in a store for a day to carefully choose a book I would spend my days with. I have a strong passion for beautifully written words. In WordPress I read day by day posts by bloggers and sometimes or most of the time I fall inlove with their heartfelt, tender, insightful. evocative witty, satiric, humorous writing. Yours is among those.:-)

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