The New Vanity Press

Is it true that there is an App for my iPhone which is capable of generating, in the manner of Ad-Libs, a passable novel capable of selling for $4.99 at the biggest online bookstore? It must be true. That book seller tries to get me to read these hollow weinies every month by conveniently offering free samples, like a drug dealer.

Have you read any of these titles? Do they have real authors?

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A Note on Reading Strategies

Of course the most common separation amongst readers is those who read deliberately and those who pick up a book, magazine, or cereal box unconsciously to fill in time as it passes. Although the relative value of the reading material selected by the later type is highly variable, the observable tactics suggest it must be within easy reach.

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It’s Fiction!

Imagine reading a story about a young couple who travel from Boston to Albany, stopping along the way to feed the horses and bed down under the stars. It’s 1820 and the trip is expected to take at least a week. Now imagine a modern reader who complains that the couple should have driven a car so that the trip would only be a fewhours long.

Ridiculous?

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