No, I’m not about to offer a free ebook. I’m announcing today that at So Much More Life, I won’t talk about ebooks anymore. I won’t be writing any ebooks, and I won’t be promoting the ebooks of any other bloggers.
I think the age of the blogger ebook is over. This post isn’t about Kindles or the future of publishing. It’s about the ebooks that bloggers write for various purposes and promote on their blogs.
A question should immediately spring to the mind of my regular readers: Has he ever promoted an ebook?
Actually, yes. I won’t mention which ones since that would promoting them, I suppose, but I will explain why ebooks have a very limited place in my simple, deliberate life.
Ebooks Kill Blogs
I’m admittedly a bit concerned about offending some of my best blogging friends. Many of them have written ebooks in the past, and at least three of my favorites have written ebooks very recently or plan to release one soon. Today’s announcement, however, is for them just as much as it is for you.
Today’s announcement is for them because it explains why I haven’t written an article promoting their ebooks. There’s nothing wrong with their books. In fact, some of the blogger ebooks I’ve read are great. But they don’t have a place in my life, and I won’t give any ebooks a place on this site.
It’s not a personal slight against anyone. I just don’t write about ebooks, and I don’t buy them.
Today’s announcement is also for the rest of you because I owe all of my readers an explanation about why this blog is so much different than the others.
I don’t have as much money as even the simplest lifestyle requires, so the additional income an ebook affiliate sale might bring would help me. In fact, I’ve mentioned four ebooks on this site in the past, and I sold at least one copy of each and got an affiliate payment from the writer.
If I wrote my own book, at least a few of you would buy a copy, wouldn’t you?
But is it worth hijacking my own blog to promote a product to the same people I encourage not to spend their money in wasteful ways?
I can live with having ads on this site, but I can’t live with writing copy intended to sell ebooks. Text and image ads have been a part of this site from the beginning, and I make no apologies for them despite my cautious approach to media.
I’m not interested in further confusing the message of this site, however, by telling you to buy something you really don’t need.
Ebooks Waste Lives
Some ebooks are free, so the bloggers who offer free ebooks can’t be accused of diluting their message by trying to sell you something. Still, you’ll have to take the time to read what they say if you get their ebooks.
Like watching television, listening to music and reading romance novels, reading ebooks is a great way to waste away a life that could be occupied with creating, doing and experiencing the world.
Bloggers who suggest getting rid of your TV believe you are addicted to it, wasting your time watching things you don’t want to see. You could also be addicted to Internet surfing, blog reading, wine tasting or witch hunting if you do it just to occupy the long hours of a meaningless life.
Ebooks are an addiction too. I know people — real people that I see in person — who have empty lives they must fill with ebooks, email and iPods because they have nothing important to do.
I don’t want you to become one of them.
Ebooks Have No Place Here
I’ve been accused of being a drama queen before, and maybe I’m taking a melodramatic and irrational view of ebooks. The number of people actually harmed by them must be negligible. That doesn’t matter, though.
Ebooks have no place in my simple, deliberate life. They never really did, come to think of it. I’ve read a few ebooks — just like I’ve watched a few episodes of TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes. I’m not proud of either, but these things were once part of my life.
Everything positive and negative that I’ve said about ebooks in the past (and I’ve mentioned the negative side of ebooks before) will remain here on So Much More Life, but I won’t say much else about ebooks.
Except this: Read my words understanding that I have no ulterior motives. I have no need for fame or power. And I have no need to spread any message beyond what I’m giving away in small doses for free here on So Much More Life.
I write about simple, deliberate living because I think it’s the best way, not because there’s a living in it, because I want to be your guru or because I have something that really needs to be said.
I’m too simple, perhaps, to find value in ebooks anymore. What about you?
UPDATE 8.8.2011: Blogger Robert Wall of Untitled Minimalism has posted a response post called Minimalism & EBooks — The Counterpoint Post. Comments are still open below, and you can also join a discussion of this topic in his comments section too.
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