I had another email from the people who want to publish this blog, but have ignored it. I can do it myself.
One thing I noticed from talking to smokers in sunny Wales was that most of them never or rarely use the internet at all, other than for buying things or Email or Farcebook. They don’t even know what blogs are, much less look them up.
They do know what Amazon is, and lots of people have Kindles or some similar device.
Getting a print book onto Amazon costs nothing. Getting ebooks out costs nothing either, and you can make ebooks dirt cheap. There is a price limit with print, obviously, but you can put out a Kindle ebook at 99 cents (about 80p in proper British money) no matter how big it is. You can even give the damn thing away in any format anyone wants.
Pat Nurse has been thinking of putting some blog posts out that way, as have I. Cover art is important but it doesn’t have to be brilliant, it just has to fit the required format. I can do it, I have some practice now so I can do it reasonably well, if I say so myself.
Some people will want the posts in real print on paper. For that, I found that around 40 pages is the minimum to make it worth doing. Any less and it costs the same so for value for money, a 40 page booklet is the one to go for. Bigger is better, but the price does go up.
The great thing about print books is that they are easily passed around. Unlike ebooks, which require computer use. So, give one person a print book and it will pass to someone else, then someone else, and so on.
Print books can be ‘forgotten’ in waiting rooms, on trains, buses and planes, coffee shops and the rooms that used to be smoking rooms at work.
We are making progress on the internet but many smokers aren’t on here. Those that are, have no idea where to find us. To reach them, we have to leave them clues.
The print books will cost us money but we can add a small amount to the price which will help defray the costs and help to fund future books. Not too much, they have to be cheap to be tempting. The sort of book someone might add to their Amazon order just to tip them over the free-delivery limit.
In the back of every book there must be a blog list. Or, perhaps better, a link to a blog list. Within the text, not too many URLs especially in print, because they are dull to read. References can be listed at the back if needed.
If we all did this, then any search for ‘smoking’ on Amazon would turn up page after page of results. Then, all we need do is tell those huddled masses outside the pubs to go on Amazon and type in ‘smoking’.
Even if the antismokers take one of us down, if we all do it independently we will be very hard to kill.