Does one write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short story, essay, a children’s book, a photography book or some other format or genre to expedite such a change?
Should the book come in certain format – audiobook, vook, eBook, trade paper, hardcover, mass market – or all of them?
Does it need to be translated into multiple languages in order to impact a planet of 200 nations and 7.3 billion people?
Does this mean that whatever an author writes, in order to truly be influential, he or she will need a massive publicity and marketing campaign to get the job done? Of course, but most writers don’t want to spend time promoting a book. They’d rather keep writing.
I guess a real book-centric movement would eventually take off on its own, where an author’s disciples take up the job of spreading the word to others.
And even if you have the whole world united behind your book, for it to last, we’d need to make sure the next generation adopts it. It’s a never-ending process to get people to buy into something – and then to continually resell it to them and for them to hand it down to their progeny.
Someone should write a book about writing the ideal book. I’d read it. Would you?