To anybody who likes books & having the freedom of creative expression:
Maybe even more important than the incredible content inside it, author Tim Ferriss is currently fighting a battle against the traditional publishing industry. The 4-Hour Chef is banned from 1000+ bookstores (including all Barnes & Nobles) because it’s the next big bet by Amazon Publishing.
The success of this book threatens the stability of the traditional publishing industry. It could also pave the way for bigger and badder things. As I’m getting ready to publish my first book, I’ve seen first hand how outdated traditional publishing methods are and how their restrictive nature of it all doesn’t do much to benefit the author or the readers.
A victory for the 4-Hour-Chef could mean getting more books and information into the right hands, and more creative flexibility for authors. It’s a win-win scenario (except for the big publishing corporations.)
If The 4-Hour Chef “wins” in any capacity, authors will feel freedom to experiment. If this book “fails” because the old guard makes of an example of it, their message wins: don’t mess with the system that keeps us fat and happy, or we’ll punish you.
Our world is changing. We’re noticing the unhappy effects of our “dog-eat-dog world” of the last decades, and seeing that “sharing is caring” goes a lot further. We’re working on updating health care, we’re working on updating our views on race, gender, gay marriage, the environment, and more.
To me, this is just one more small step for man. Let’s make it happen.