Friday, April 12, 2013

Would You Sell Your Book For A BITCOIN?

I read in the newspaper (yes, that thing printed on recycled paper) the other day about the latest bubble called BITCOINS. I don’t fully understand what they are, in part, because they sound like a pyramid-like scam.

BITCOINS are digital money ­­­or coins that are “mined” and traded on an exchange as if it were currency.  The trading is so hot that the value of this faux dough has increased dramatically.  It represents in my mind, pure gambling, and represents the worst in a free-market capitalist society.  Something with no intrinsic worth is being traded purely on speculation with zero to back it up. Someday it will crash – and hard.

But it makes me wonder, are we in the wrong industry?  We write, publish, and sell books – something that not only yields relatively minor income for many, but at times represents a loss when you take into consideration the time you invested in it.  But being involved with books seems substantive and real.  We shape minds and the national discussion. 

Still, if all I need to make money is trade a make-believe currency and pass it off to the next greedy sucker, what am I doing promoting books?

I wouldn’t trade a BITCOIN for a book.  Books will always have a tangible value, not just monetarily, but because the words in them still mean something.  But if you have any hot stock tips, I’ll take them!

­­­Fooling Ewe Is A Wonderful Children’s Book

A new kid’s book offers itself as a great tool for teachers to reinforce the literary significance of homophones and to make homophones fun.  The book is called Fooling Ewe by Mike Demers and the tester Todd Finklestone.

The book does a nice job of conveying the story of a precious young sheep who is bored grazing all alone.  Ewe, a sheep that doesn’t follow others, is mischievous, but good-natured.  The book provides a sense of interaction between young readers and the characters that make it more than fun. 

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This blog is copyrighted material by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2013 

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