Book Notes January 2007
First, thanks to those who have been concerned about our winter travels. Ann spent the night at her workplace and will be driving the now slushy but visible roads home, having worked in the pharmacy 18 of the past 24 hours. She’ll be a lot of good company when she gets home, fer shure.
Second, thanks to Chris O’Donnell, long-time Fragments friend, who has been the first to pen a little review of the book on the Amazon.com page. Much appreciated.
And in the Amazonian domain, not without some forboding, I’ve given them permission to scan the book and make some of it available to readers: up to 2% to print and 20% to read. And this latter number bothers me some as it is the lowest possible setting for how much to make available to read for free. That seems like a lot, but it is that amount or more given as choices.
And along the same slippery slope, I’ve made the book accessible (eventually when the process completes) to Google Print, as well as offered it as an ebook. This will let it reach other continents where the printed version would be entirely too expensive.
Google is going to scan it sooner or later, it seems, and there is a 30 day quit clause in the contract if it seems the priviledge of reading on line for free is being abused. Still, it felt a little risky doing this, and I hope my uneasiness is allayed by future success stories. Stay tuned.
And regarding the “next book” that I’ve been mumbling about here the past month or so: I’ll show you tomorrow something I wrote in a rare focused hour last week–a kind of possible preface with a photo. But since then, I’m wandering a bit from that “coffee table–full page pix” model, thinking perhaps to have more and smaller photos, some with word wrap not unlike the blog page.
This would allow me to use more of the smaller jpegs (since I didn’t start shooting RAW until about a year ago). I could also aggregate several shots on a page–in a kind of montage–about fall foliage; about closeups of nature; about the dog–all with some explanatory, descriptive or more lyrical prose as the compositions demand.
The thought would be, as I posted this morning, to give the reader-viewer of the book a deep sense of this place through time through my eyes and voice. And with this approach, it could include the quirky, the humorous and the more abstract and abstruse elements of creative life than an “arts book” approach. Just an idea.
Sorry. Ruminating out loud again. But after all, that is no small part for me to the purpose of this permanent record of my thoughts, plans and fantasies. I just let folks peek over my shoulder in all this. You don’t have to look. But I’d enjoy the company.