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Dear WordPress,

it is a surprise to see adverts on our blog, and apparently their possibility was written into terms since 2006. Perhaps it is a compliment to the little success of a blog last year, with 18000 visits, with adverts clearly tailored to content too, but on the other hand, since we do not all want to turn into the Stepford Wives, you seemed to make much of freedom of speech, and a ban on WordPressers themselves adding adverts. What exactly is your policy? Since we have written to your editors several times to see if you might highlight a blog that was a fight for writers and artists’ voices in publishing, on some very interesting issues too, perhaps you can send us a little cheque to help support us! Not too grumpy in the ‘real’ world, but is not one truth of the Internet that you cannot get the profile and traffic, unless you have the resources to pump up the volume? Perhaps in the spirit of truth you will highlight this blog instead and turn us into an uncapitalised version of The Huffington Post. Actually, since we have given energy, stories, poems and articles completely free, and with no resources but the human, and have just seen an ad for Home Insurance for the Over Fifties, can you please take the bloody things away?

best wishes, Phoenix Ark Press

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People have asked if they will need to get a Kindle to get Phoenix books, and it’s brought up the question again of what books are. Books are many things, done in many beautiful and important ways, and I’ve no intention of being an enemy of printed books. One factor alone means Phoenix will go first to Kindle, and that is we hold the electronic rights to Fire Bringer and The Sight. But the internet is also as significant a revolution as Guttenberg, and ‘publishing’ now has very different meanings. Kindle is just one ‘platform’, among many, that becomes like an instant bookshop. The reader friendly quality of such devices, the bookish feel, except that you can have thousands of titles, is advancing in leaps and bounds. So to me, especially with fiction and journalism – although physical books are like old friends and will never disappear, or let you down – it does not matter so much in what form people are reading. But the fact that they are reading, and what they are reading. That is crucial, and why a core belief has to be in the power of great story, and the storytellers that make them. Of course, since so much is dominated by the power of money, and product placement, which always seems to take over inside big publishers, it still remains to be seen how the ‘self-publisher’, or the little publisher, can get the works they believe in to the fore. It is why independents, authors and publishers alike, so need to hook up, to provide mutual quality control, and so create a voice and prominence in the market place. Then the challenge will be whether they can hold to certain principles of protecting writers and artists, and balancing money with other talent. DCD

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