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Matt Bell, "Rest Stop"

In conjunction with the most recent issue of Hobart (#5, "The Travel Issue"), the journal includes numerous online bonus features, most notably Matt Bell's podcast reading of his story "Rest Stop" (3.5MB MP3, 15:08) which nicely describes being stuck in limbo in a desert way station, surrounded by ex-Marines, Japanese tourists and a married couple that won't get off the damned pay phone.

I'm very impressed with how Hobart has embraced the Internet, rather than being afraid of it like the big publishers and major record labels are. Intelligently putting some of your content online enhances your market presence and generates incremental revenue, and doesn't hurt your business. I wonder when the titans will finally realize this.

October 18, 2005 in Books | Permalink


Sadly, I think they'll do this once they know they can absolutely positively make a profit.

Posted by: brian at Oct 19, 2005 6:02:39 PM

Don't worry, the big publishers will continue to come up with innovative ways to lose money, besides sticking with the old tried-and-true "obscenely large advance" ploy.

$7 million for a Warren Buffett bio? $1 million for Anderson Cooper's memoirs? $1.2 million for Judith Miller's self-delusions? Egad!

Posted by: Pete at Oct 20, 2005 11:13:21 AM