As I have mentioned once or twice, I published a book recently. It’s an academic book, a collection of essays dealing with the negotiations which surrounded the publishing of books in the Jacobean period. Roughly. It’s very pretty, and has some good stuff in it. Like most academic books, however, it is not really for consumption other than by libraries. And like most academic books, its print run was 200.
Now, I’m not one to moan about publicity, but if you google it, you will find this book for sale at:
Amazon, WHSmith, The Guardian Books, EBay, Ashgate, Waterstones, Lundhumphries, Bookdepository, Wordpower, Gowerpublishing, visionhogiru, betterread, overstock, Blackwell, adlibris …
And yes, I got bored. That’s 15 listings without trying desperately hard. For a book with 200 copies in circulation.
I’m sure this says something meaningful about the internet and replication of information leading to the diminution of knowledge, but I can’t tell, because my brain hurts.