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20 March 2012

Kimonos don't look good on everyone, guys.

I’m not sure when I first heard “Hero” from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes — probably at some point during the Arakeen summer we had here in Dallas last year. I do know that I loved the song pretty much instantly, and would turn it up whenever it came on the XM station I listen to most often.

The other day, I actually bought the single from iTunes. I normally don’t buy anything from iTunes, mainly because I prefer AmazonMP3 (they have pretty much everything iTunes does, sometimes cheaper, and it’ll work on any device). But I realized when I bought the song that I no longer have a device that I’d use to listen to the song that wasn’t made by Apple, so it really didn’t matter where I bought it (and the price was the same). Now, this isn’t going to turn into an album review — obviously I liked it, or I wouldn’t have bought it — but it got me thinking of something.

We’re living in a time now where if we’re thinking of something we want to buy, chances are pretty good we can just go ahead and buy it that very second. Got a song stuck in your head? Pull out your phone, find it at Amazon or iTunes, and you’ll have it a few seconds later. Suddenly remember a book you really wanted to read? Same thing, if the publisher has taken its head out of its ass and made it available digitally. (And even if they haven’t, you might be able to get a good price on a used copy from Amazon.)

There’s something missing, though, from the book side of the equation, and it’s not the above-mentioned publisher issue. When you buy a song, you pay $0.99 or whatever and are, most times, happy with the purchase, even though it gives you maybe 3:00 of something to occupy your time. When you buy a book, though, how often do you re-read it? Songs, TV shows — these things have replayability. The books you’ll get for those dirt-cheap MP3-single prices? Not so much, in my opinion.

So, my question to you — what would you like to see authors and creators do to increase replayability? Or are you cool with the way it is now?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. SexCpotatoes permalink
    20 March 2012 1141

    Alternate endings/storylines! one or two slightly different storylines like it happened in an alternate universe or something INCLUDING UNSATISFACTORY ENDING WHERE THE “HERO” or ANTIHERO LOSES!

    +CYoA version maybe?

  2. 21 March 2012 2155

    the cheaper priced books open up whole new genres and authors. I would pay $2 for a book I had never heard of and, yes, if I like it I will read it multiple times. Then you can get more from the author or books the author recommends. When you read as many books as I do, finding those hidden gems and sharing with your friends is the best part. If I loan a friend a book I have found (I have a Nook so I can “loan” them out) I end up reading it all over again when I get back.
    When it comes down to it, a really great book should be like a really great movie. Something that you want to read again and again.

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