Hi, I'm new. You ever do one for Slaughterhouse 5?
Also, Cat’s Cradle:
I could never figure out how to make a search bar on the site, but if you’re every looking for something specific, you can search “better book titles” + [favorite book] and it usually pops up as the first result.
If anyone has any funnier Vonnegut re-titles, send them!
On the topic of bookstores/shopping locally. I've seen more game and comic stores opening around me -- which is awesome. Meanwhile the independent bookstores which got crushed by Borders and Barnes and Noble haven't rebounded. So there's still a big hole there. What would it take for those stores to make a go of it now? Certainly coffee in or nearby the store. And late hours. I went to B&N because I could go after dinner. Finally, indie e-book downloads. Shelves are for browsing
I’m spoiled. I live in Brooklyn where the closest Barnes and Noble is blocks away from a beautiful indie store open until 9 PM. There’s almost no reason to go to B+N. Another reason I’m spoiled is that this indie bookstore (it’s Community Bookstore) can order a book and get it the next day (sometimes the same day a person orders it). So there’s no reason to shop online either, really.
I grew up in Cleveland, and (at the risk of losing all my indie-cred) I shopped and later worked at a Barnes and Noble. And you know what? It was really nice. There were places to sit, nobody cared how long you stayed there reading, and all my friends’ cute moms shopped there. It was 100% better than the used bookstore down the street from my house (no names, please). There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a fancy brick-and-mortar store that employs people in your neighborhood and charges sales tax (unless they’re taking that money to cut prices at another store down the street in an attempt to put an indie out of business). The B+N I worked in even had staff picks! If you like it, you should shop there. You shouldn’t do it merely out of convenience or because the prices are lower. I stand by my previous statement about shopping locally. But if it’s what’s there… I can’t judge, though I bet if you looked hard there would be something nicer nearby.
The problem is sustainability. B+N stores are too huge and they’re losing money. If you want indies to return to your city, the only real chance is to open one now that has six people working in it in 1/8th the space, which means people will have to change their minds about how they buy physical books. A smaller store will have fewer books, plain and simple. They’re not going to have everything right when you ask for it but I bet they’ll try their hardest to get it for you quickly!
Another great way to get people back into small stores is to push for big, live events. In this way, I have seen local stores beat the big chains. Don’t just have a signing and a reading! Have something weird and fun that someone could not see anywhere else. The Moth, concerts, free booze!
So, yes. Late hours, a space to read, an event every evening (whether it’s a show or just a book club), and indies will come back.
Finally, your “finally” statement. No: shelves are for buying. The bookstore did a lot of work to curate what’s in the store. If something catches your eye, you should not be reaching into your pocket to buy the book with your phone. There just isn’t a good way for indies to get into eBook selling right now. I wish this were not the case.
I currently own a Kobo, and I, along with six other people who own one, can link the Kobo to a specific indie store, but I don’t think they make much money from each purchase. It’s the lesser of five evils to use a Kobo since some money will end up going to the stores I like, but other than downloading public domain books, I really can’t say anything to justify my use of the device since I’m sending money to a company that’s not local. I remain conflicted.
What should I title a book that's about magic people being exiled from their all invasive government and the fight for equality between the groups
Hmmm… equal rights? Shadow government? magic?
2. Jinxer, Wizard, Sorcerer, Spy
3. Charmed Like Me
4. The Once and Future Martin Luther King
5. We’re All The Same-arillion
The Road by Cormac McCarthy = The Walking Dead without the Zombies
Ha! I was just thinking that the other night while watching the show.
Here are some others:
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This is who submitted The Goldfinch re-title. Her website is great. Follow it!
Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch
Reader Submission: re-title by the great Maris Kreizman, creator of Slaughterhouse 90210
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Keeping books in your home is a relatively new practice. By that I mean it’s newer than fire, but a little older than video games. According to Greenblatt’s The Swerve, 600 years ago people were still trying to make bound paper manuscripts less unwieldy, and only a very small minority (mostly monks (who mostly hated their work of transcribing books)) read entire books. Not to sweep through too much history in a single sentence, but the idea of having “great books” in your personal library is an early 20th Century invention and scholars are still deciding what actually belongs in it (PRO TIP: if you’re making your own list of great books right now, it should probably include women).
Yet every time I have a discussion about the role books play I find myself talking to two types of people: Readers who think the world will fall apart if physical books and brick-and-mortar stores disappear, or the convenience-is-king-supposedly-liberal-but-let’s-let-the-market-decide-what-happens-to-books reader. (If you think these are straw men, and you’re a person who buys both eBooks and physical books you should know that according to the American Booksellers Association you’re in the smallest of minorities). I find myself often siding with the “END OF DAYS” folk and tell them they’re preaching to the choir because, for whatever reason, I’m biased toward the underdog. And I find myself getting into knock-down drag-outs with friends who think that whatever big companies want to do is fine if it’s legal.
They’re both wrong.
The people scared that the death of bookstores would mean the death of learning are nearsighted. You can, in fact, retain knowledge you read on a screen. Furthermore, if your argument for keeping physical books is that you “like the feel” of a real book, in two generations, I’m sorry to say, that feeling will likely be absent since children have a tablet in their hands at age 0. Also, arguing your specific taste as some sort of moral judgement is like saying “yeah, sure, Math with calculators is fun, but I just love the feel of slide rules and you’re destroying the future of Math if you think differently.” It is a point I’ve heard maybe a thousand times, and not once have I (correctly) quipped “well, good for you” because that’s all that statement deserves. The people arguing on this side are, at best, romanticizing the role of physical books.
The people (and I’m now talking directly to people my age) who think that whatever big company has the capital to make life easier is therefore right are not thinking clearly. I’ve had conversations where people compare publishing to the music industry and how it should be gutted just the same simply because someone found a way to make free music a possibility so why not do the same with books? The argument that you should do something simply because you can IS morally reprehensible. My generation refuses to buy cheap clothes made in sweatshops, they think twice about handing over money to a company that thinks gay marriage is wrong, but if someone uploads an episode of Breaking Bad, they feel they aren’t hurting anyone by stealing it. The major difference, however, between file-sharing for free and shopping at certain online retailers for books/music/clothing is that file-sharing at least started as a way to proliferate art for free, whereas online retailers just want your money so they can compete with Walmart. Their goal is to make money, and they already have lots of it. They have money to lobby for things (like not paying sales tax), they have the capital to slash prices to an amount no one can compete with, and because (for now) they don’t have physical stores, they can do all of that without employing very many people.
“The Man” used to be the guy behind the counter at the hardware store who wouldn’t pay his employees enough to make mopping the floor worthwhile. But now “The Man” is this invisible entity behind a curtain trying to make everyone believe the convenient and cheap are all that should influence your decisions. But we know better. We know that every time we spend a dollar somewhere we’re casting a small vote for that place to stay open. And every time we spend money somewhere else we’re casting a vote for someone else. Wouldn’t you rather vote for a place that employs your friends and neighbors? Wouldn’t you rather spend five extra bucks so that store that knows you can continue to thrive?
The death of physical bookstores or game stores or clothing stores doesn’t mean the death of those objects. It means the death of the community built around those things. So before you send your money to a company that’s a thousand miles away, look into shopping locally. And local businesses: attempt to meet the needs of a generation of iPad users (even if that means your store purposefully offers an escape from a life lived on a tablet). You don’t have to meet the prices of a huge retailer, but you have to give people a reason to shop there.
Anyway, here’s a Better Book Title for The Swerve:
(If I got anything wrong or you feel like talking more about this, feel free to tell me)