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inkpop Fundamentals: August 12, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 12, 2010

Print a book while you’re waiting for your coffee! One can do a lot while they’re waiting in line for their Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino. If you’re armed with a BlackBerry or iPhone you can check your e-mail, surf the Web, and even indulge in a little retail therapy. But thanks to Nolita’s McNally Jackson Books, soon you may be able to print an entire book while awaiting your morning cup of java. Come 2011, the Espresso Book Machine, a print on demand contraption, not unlike a Xerox machine, is said to be appearing in coffee shops all over the world, giving readers the chance to pick up a warm drink, and print out a copy of the newest New York Times bestseller in one location. The New York Observer.

Sue Sylvester…the autobiography! If everyone’s favorite Princess of Genovia, one Miss Mia Thermopolis, taught us anything about the publishing world via the release of her book Ransom My Heart, it is that even fictional characters have the power to pen bestsellers; which is why it should come as no surprise that Glee’s Sue Sylvester will be releasing one of her very own in the form of a fictional memoir. Though no release date has yet been announced; New York magazine recently reported that producers are hard at work writing a fake autobiography for the famed head coach. Better yet, Jane Lynch (the actress who plays Sue Sylvester) herself will be sent out on tour to promote the book once it hits stores! GALLEYCAT.

Here kitty, kitty… For years the independent and quiet-as-a-mouse personality of felines has been largely associated with libraries, bookstores, and readers, in general. They make numerous appearances in mystery novels, and seem always to be found curled up on bookshelves in movie and TV scenes; thus the reason many bookstores around the world have welcomed them into their quiet shops where they charm customers on a daily basis. Now you can meet eight of Northern California’s finest bookstore kitties. San Francisco Chronicle.

Over to you…what do you think of a print on demand service? Do you think that coffee shops are the best location for a print on demand machine – why or why not? What do you think of fictional characters becoming authors – yay or nay? Would you buy a book written by one of your favorite pop culture characters? What is your stance towards bookstore and library cats? Do you feel that all libraries and bookstores should be required to have a cat in residence?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

One Response to “inkpop Fundamentals: August 12, 2010”

  1. Raven Paramore said

    Q: Do you think that coffee shops are the best location for a print on demand machine – why or why not?

    A: I understand why there are print on demand machines are in coffee shops. Many writers like to work on their stories while they are having their cup of coffee. Yet places like StarBucks are very expensive and in this economy many people can’t afford to go there. Unless the owner allows the writer to print the novel without having to get anything else, then it is a good location. Since books are going to be extinct, I thiink it would be a wise move to expand the location of these print on demand machines so that more people can use them.

    The overall idea is great since writers can order a couple of books and use it as birthday or holiday gifts to friends and family. I am going to see if there are any of these things are near where I live.

    Q:What do you think of fictional characters becoming authors – yay or nay?

    A: “The Search for more money.” Hells to the no’s. I think it is very tacky and the only thing good about it is that it would make a lot of money for the creators. People need to understand what is real and what is pure fiction. Some Twilight fans think that The Twilight saga is real and that they are going to marry Edward Cullen.

    Q: Would you buy a book written by one of your favorite pop culture characters?

    A: If it was from Gabriel Van Helsing or any of the characters from Devil May Cry Series. My answer would be maybe. If it was well written yes, but as we all know original concepts doesn’t exist in Hollywood and the writing biz. But like the previous question, I feel it is a terrible idea to begin with.

    Q: What is your stance towards bookstore and library cats?

    A: People don’t have to have pets if they don’t want to or are allergic. If they do, then people must respect their decision.

    Q:Do you feel that all libraries and bookstores should be required to have a cat in residence?

    A: Where I live, most people like dogs. I think allowing any form of animals in a business has it negatives and positives. The owners would have to think carefully and make the best decision that would fit their environment. Cats and other animals like that are expensive to take care of. Also people might have deadly allergies to animals and someone would have to take care of it while it was open.

    It is an interesting idea but I don’t think we are going to see cute, fluffy, and adorable critters in bookstores and libararies in the near future.

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