I have loads of opinions about they physicality of books: the weight, the smell, the way they look on a shelf, the physical design.
One issue with the last is the sheer ugliness of large print books.
I’m slowly collecting hardcover versions of Chandler. I only have 4 of his 8 books in hardcover. The others are either paperback (The Little Sister) or in an omnibus with, sadly, missing pages (The High Window, The Lady in the Lake, and Farewell, My Lovely.)
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Poverty changes how you act, in non-obvious ways.
It’s clear that the good quality screwdriver which will last a lifetime, for $6, is better than the junky screwdriver you’ll have to replace in a year for $3.
What slips past folks who’ve never lived in poverty is that if your choice includes “and the other $3 will buy flour so you can bake bread all week, otherwise, you get no bread” then you buy the cheap junk screwdriver.
And then again next year.
Multiply that by every single small purchase decision you make and you’ll quickly see that when there isn’t enough money, it can be almost impossible to escape.
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Another of my least favorite arguments proffered by supporters of traditional publishing:
Have you seen all the junk that comes out of vanity press? Traditional publishing avoids that.
No, it doesn’t.
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