Blogs vs books, from a writer’s point of view

Who needs books, anyway? One interesting kind of response to Steven Pool's previous post about the “experiment” of giving away his book Trigger Happy for free was to point to the financial success of many bloggers, and to say that this was the way forward. Writers should, essentially, forget about the “outdated” model of writing a whole “book” and then figuring out how to sell it. Instant web publishing is what people want: it’s groovy and immediate, edgy, now. In that case, though, what happens to the quality of writing overall?

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