Before that book leave, 2 thoughts

“The sales cycle of the typical popular book, for example, has a half-life of about two months After two months, the book will probably have made half of all the sales it will make in its entire lifetime.”

Seth Godin, “Half Life”

“Why, in fact, would anyone want to [write a book]? … Sales of print books in the U.S. peaked in 2005 and have been in steady decline since, according to publishers’ net revenue data reported to the Association of American Publishers. … [B]ook-writing is agony — slow, lonely, frustrating work that, unless you are a very rare exception, gets a lukewarm review (if any), reaches a few thousand people and lands on a remaindered shelf at Barnes & Noble.”

Bill Keller, “Let’s Ban Books, or at Least Stop Writing Them”

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