The Book Is The Container

John Scalzi on publishing, circa 2005 (via a post today in Chris Roberson’s blog):

“Listen to me now: Writers are not in the publishing industry. The publishing industry exists to handle the output of writers and distribute it in an effective and hopefully profitable way; however it does not necessarily follow that writer’s only option is the publishing industry, especially not now. Congruent to this: Books aren’t the only option. I write books, but you know what? I’m not a book writer, any more than a musician is an LP musician or an MP3 musician. The book is the container. It’s not destiny.”

Quite clever, that Mr. Scalzi.

Posted here for my own reminder.

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