I have to pass this along, because I think it conveys two important messages:
1. The publishing industry is a complex machine, and we (writers and book lovers) need to understand how it works.
2. Buy books, if you want to keep books alive!
I'm buying books for everyone on my Christmas list this year, unless I'm donating to a charity in their name.
We only have recourse to the Big Box Booksellers here in our town, but that's okay. They'll order just about anything that's in print. I buy a lot of fiction, because I love the feel of a book in my hands, and because I re-read all the time. So while I love the library, I plan to buy books this holiday.
Here's the link to a great blog: