Wednesday, 14 July 2010

happy birthday, me


It's not my birthday. It's my flatmate's birthday, and it has therefore been particularly special that today's special deliveries have both been for me.

One of these was a big box of paperbacks - released tomorrow. I am well busy, but all the same holding one in my hands is more exciting than holding the original trade paperback was. Simple reason: I have never in my life chosen to own a trade paperback. (Trade paperbacks, by the way, are the large, airport-size paperbacks that are increasingly being released instead of hardbacks, because so few people buy hardbacks any more. Books get released twice, traditionally. The first time is to garner reviews and so on, and the second time for the mass market in paperback. I have barely ever chosen to own a hardback either, but I have been given many.)

Thus, trade paperbacks don't, on some visceral level, feel quite 'real' to me. Lots of books are coming out in trade paperback, and so this will change, but my book was one of the earlier ones. This book feels totally real. If I were not the author, I would have read the reviews of KSC and now is when I would be buying it. That is why this is the version that excites me.

**Update** Normal post brought one more package. Again it was for me.

5 comments:

Michelle said...

It's my birthday today too, no deliveries as yet (I live in hope). I ordered your paperback yesterday for a friend ( €11 here in Dublin, just in case you're curious ) as I liked it so much myself. Have a good Bastille day!

Caroline Hardman said...

Many happy returns....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5FC6E5Gh4E

Claire said...

Did you at least get your flatmate a cake or even a Vienetta ?

Ben Johncock said...

I think we all want to know what the other post was, Robbie. I'm only saying what we're all thinking.

Robert Hudson said...

No, you're right, you deserve to know. It was some tickets to watch cricket on Friday, assuming Pakistan last that long.