An American Editor

April 20, 2013

A Video Interlude: The Last Bookshop

Filed under: A Video Interlude — americaneditor @ 5:45 am
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One of the blogs that I read every day is Nate Hoffelder’s The Digital Reader. Today’s visit to his blog led me to the below video: The Last Bookshop. (Thanks, Nate.)

Although a long video at 20+ minutes, it is well worth watching, especially for us editors and authors. It shows a dystopian future, and, unfortunately, in a quick — very fleeting —  mention, it makes Amazon the villain, which is unfair to Amazon. The villain could have as easily been Google or any number of megacorporations involved in the world of books. Regardless, the video should be watched because although unlikely, this is a possible future.

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  1. But Amazon isn’t the villain. The villain is a fictional company called GamaZone. The hologram at the beginning shows GamaZone Maps and GamaZone “Facing Time.” This satirical company surely does represent “any number of megacorporations involved in the world of books” rather than unfairly targeting Amazon in particular…

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    Comment by Drutt — April 20, 2013 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

    • My fault, My ears aren’t what they used to be. I heard Amazon, not GamaZone, when the bookshop owner was sending the boy home. I did not make the connection between the beginning hologram and the name. OTOH, I wouldn’t be surprised that the name GamaZone was chosen to make viewers think Amazon, especially in light of Amazon’s more recent tentacle spread in the world of publishing.

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      Comment by americaneditor — April 21, 2013 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  2. “In the old days, did everybody read books?”

    Almost everyone.

    Thanks for sharing, Rich.

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    Comment by Vicki — April 21, 2013 @ 2:07 am | Reply

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