Ok, it’s not really a movement, it’s just me, to my knowledge. But I’ve been harboring feelings of anti-bookshelves for a while and wanted to get my thoughts out in the open. Thanks to Indiependent books’ post inquiring about readers’ bookshelving processes, I offered a contrarian opinion (go figure). Here it is:
[Editor’s note: the author’s original capitalization choices in this piece have been preserved]
when i released my first book, i released it for free online and in all electronic versions, and priced it at a very cute, ironic price in print, and even that was still a little steep for a first time author releasing an independent book that was uncategorizable (read: not a genre novel). so all i asked as i started giving it away to everyone on the street i could find who would take a copy was that their payment [be] to pass it on to someone else to read.