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Interests: too many books, too much music, and too little time...
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I have no clever comment at the moment, but I'd love to get lucky!
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I'm not worried about the bookstore owners who love books, because they're also readers who care about the bookstore experience. I'm worried about the bottom-line-uber-alles accountant mentality that thinks the most important word in "bookstore" is STORE and not BOOKS. I afraid that POD will be another step in the commoditization of books--although, as you pointed out, there is an upside in readers' ability to get our hands on "unavailable" books.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2009 on more print-on-demand goodness at WWdN: In Exile
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If you follow the slippery slope for a moment, then the bookstore could become a mere printshop--with no need for shelves, or books, or employees who know anything about books. All they'll need is the POD machine, and someone who knows how to operate it. If a bookstore doesn't have shelves full of books I've never seen--and a staff that cares about them--then I'm a lot less interested. (And it sounds as if I'm not the only one...)
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2009 on more print-on-demand goodness at WWdN: In Exile
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I wish chain bookstores didn't suck, and I wish advertisers had any sort of clue about niche markets...but we all managed to find your books anyway, so I guess the traditional system didn't completely fail. The whole print-on-demand idea looks like a pretty cool thing IF you already know what book you want, but otherwise I think it will fall short. What can replace the picking-up-a-random-book-off-the-shelf experience? If I had a penny for every book I picked up on a whim, flipped through while getting caffeinated in the cafe, and then bought...well, I could probably keep myself in new books for the rest of my life.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2009 on more print-on-demand goodness at WWdN: In Exile
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Thanks, Wil...this is some great music, and I'm glad to see Ms Keating getting the props she deserves. This is totally off on a tangent, but her looping reminds me a little bit of the world's greatest electric bass player, Jaco Pastorius. Check out this clip of his solo "Slang:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdY-KAmj5fU
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There were about 75 people ahead of me in line, and it took me about 45 minutes to vote this morning. (In the 20 minutes before the doors opened, another 100 or so voters arrived, so ~2 hours for them...) This vote felt better to me than any I've cast before, and I hope that's a good omen.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2008 on one lever, pulled. at WWdN: In Exile
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There were about 75 people ahead of me in line, and it took me about 45 minutes to vote this morning. (In the 20 minutes before the doors opened, another 100 or so voters arrived, so ~2 hours for them...) This vote felt better to me than any I've cast before, and I hope that's a good omen.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2008 on one lever, pulled. at WWdN: In Exile
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"I'm not going to be an old man and wish that I'd played less frisbee with my son." Words to live by! Thanks, Wil.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2008 on in which time is well spent ... at WWdN: In Exile
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"I'm not going to be an old man and wish that I'd played less frisbee with my son." Words to live by! Thanks, Wil.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2008 on in which time is well spent ... at WWdN: In Exile
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I'll add my voice to the chorus of "Wil, those rules are GREAT ideas!" I'm tempted to Photoshop them up and print little 17a/17b stickers to be affixed onto the myriad printed rule booklets around the house...
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2008 on Gaming with kids: rule 17b at WWdN: In Exile
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I'll add my voice to the chorus of "Wil, those rules are GREAT ideas!" I'm tempted to Photoshop them up and print little 17a/17b stickers to be affixed onto the myriad printed rule booklets around the house...
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2008 on Gaming with kids: rule 17b at WWdN: In Exile
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I'd like to add my voice to the "Happy Birthday" chorus! May your next year be wonderful! (And when's the next book coming out?)
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I'd like to add my voice to the "Happy Birthday" chorus! May your next year be wonderful! (And when's the next book coming out?)
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Coffee?!? Wouldn't some Arrogant Bastard be a better choice? Best wishes for a quick recovery!
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2008 on just nod if you can hear me at WWdN: In Exile
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Coffee?!? Wouldn't some Arrogant Bastard be a better choice? Best wishes for a quick recovery!
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2008 on just nod if you can hear me at WWdN: In Exile
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I would *SO* buy a hardcover copy of "Happiest Days" if I were going to Phoenix...I thought they were sold out! (Is there any chance that those of us not present could order a copy?)
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I would *SO* buy a hardcover copy of "Happiest Days" if I were going to Phoenix...I thought they were sold out! (Is there any chance that those of us not present could order a copy?)
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