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the attention economy and the case for compelling fiction: what it is, why you need to write it

1 Writing fiction in the digital age means dealing with the realities of the attention economy. Content is everywhere. Information is everywhere. Attention, as Michael H Goldfaber points out in WIRED magazine remains limited. There are only so many minds per capita, and each mind pays attention to one thing at a time (just like…

Jan 28, 2010 · 23 Comments / ADD YOURS

what the kindle taught me about my reading habits, and why the print novel will never die (maybe)

1 I once had an argument with my ex-husband (okay, we had many arguments, but that’s not the point) about the future of traditional publishing: within five to ten years, he declared airily, print publishing would cease to exist. No way, said I, because people still like and need the physical, the tangible. No matter…

Jan 27, 2010 · 13 Comments / ADD YOURS

why the Kindle makes me want to be a more compelling writer

1 I buy books like a maniac. For readers like me, a Kindle makes economic sense. In theory. In actual practice, downloading books onto my Kindle instead of buying the more expensive, book-object versions hasn’t saved me any money. It just means I can download more books. And I do. I can read about a…

Jan 25, 2010 · 14 Comments / ADD YOURS
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