Douglas Rushkoff: ‘BookScan Is a Writer’s Nightmare’

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By Maryann Yin Comment

At the eBook Summit today, author Douglas Rushkoff shared a survival tip for writers in any era, including this digital one: “Find things to publish that are worth the price they are asking.”

Rushkoff also pointed out the negative side of Nielsen BookScan in an eBookNewser post: “It generates a kind of accountability that is actually counter productive to business. Banks are not accountable to the present. They are only accountable to the future. BookScan removes speculation from the book industry.”

When asked about what personally inspired him, he answered: “The world keeps happening so inspiration is always there. I would say I’m more ‘anti-inspired’ versus inspired; I write more when something angers me or concerns me.” Do you channel anger in your own writing? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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