Yeah, I know. I’m the same guy who told you in 2007 that the Kindle was a loser and that e-books were a lousy first date. But the Kindle has gotten much better, and I had a transformative experience after buying one. I’m now going to start publishing e-books of my own, and I’m planning to do this in a major way.
You see, the reason I’ve been prickly about this whole e-book thing all along is that I’ve always wanted to publish in electronic formats, and I’m thrilled that the technology is finally good enough to make the dream a reality. The business plan I’m about to begin executing is an aggressive one (I never do things halfway). I’m going to publish one book a month for the next twelve months.
Some of these books are going to be completely new and original works, while others will be based on ideas originally aired on the Litkicks blog. The first title, Why Ayn Rand Is Wrong (and Why It Matters) is a completely new and rewritten version of a series of essays I’ve posted here during the past two months. The great comments and feedback these articles received helped me to spot the weak points in my own writings, and I’ve reconceived the whole set of essays as a unified work with a new structure and many rewritten sections.
This book is written for a specific audience: readers interested in philosophy and morality who either agree or disagree with Ayn Rand’s forceful ideas about ethics and want to understand the issues better. This is a topic that’s timely in more ways than almost anything I’ve covered before. I hope my book adds something unique to this important dialogue.
Books published by Literary Kicks will soon be available in all electronic formats (as well as print). I’m starting with the Kindle because it presents a good design target, and I want to make sure every e-book I present is carefully built for its target platform (I won’t be delivering any badly formatted shovelware under the Litkicks imprint). Each book I create will have a custom-designed black-and-white cover by a notable artist. Why Ayn Rand is Wrong features cover artwork by Wall Street Journal cartoonist Eli Stein, who happens to be my father (I’m on a tight budget and I knew he’d be willing to work cheap).
You will, of course, be reading much more about the new line of Litkicks e-books on this blog in the weeks and months to come!