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28 October 2008 in Future of Publishing

A few weeks ago I read a great review in the LRB by Jenny Turner about Helen DeWitt and her self-published book ‘Your Name Here’.  Turner is a wonderful writer; her review of Douglas Coupland’s ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ was a favourite review of mine (is that possible?  I don’t really have ‘favourite book reviews’!  In fact, most writing about books drives me crazy.) In her review Turner mentions that on her blog Helen De Witt asks readers who buy her books secondhand to make a donation to her in lieu of any royalties.  So of course I had to go see for myself.  Bought DeWitt’s previous novel, The Last Samurai, second-hand, and duly made my donation via the blog.  And have, of course, adapted (stolen?) DeWitt’s genius hilarious idea for my own website and this blog!  Please feel free to donate if you have ever bought any of my books secondhand!!  I can see the money rolling in already.  And am looking forward to reading DeWitt’s first novel, ‘The Last Samurai’.


Pam Treanor, 29 October 2008, 10:43 PM

(Crumbs, what security)
I think the donation in lieu of royalties on purchasing a second hand book is a brilliant idea.  (Hang on, that would leave out the publisher, boo hoo)
I live near a funky second hand book shop, and i once asked the owner how he felt about depriving the author of the royalties they are entitled to, but he seemed hard hearted.
We could start a movement here: Authors could put website and suggested donation and everyone could benefit.
Or almost everyone.

Kate, 31 October 2008, 03:56 PM

Well, we’ll see how it works.  Even if no one ever donates anything (which is probable given this is a secret blog) I’ll leave the button there as a provocation!

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