CAMDEN, Maine — Readers can’t survive on e-books alone, says author Richard Russo.
Russo’s latest work, “Interventions,” is a tribute to the printed book, while taking a backhanded jab at electronic books and online bookselling.
“Interventions” is a collection of four separate volumes that are packaged in a slipcase, each work coming with a postcard-sized color print of a painting by Russo’s daughter, Kate. The collection, three short stories and a novella, is published on high-quality sustainably harvested paper.
And in this age when e-book sales are booming, it’s not for sale in electronic version.
“Interventions” is a celebration of printed books and independent bookstores, Russo said in an interview in his home in this Maine coastal town. The rapid rise of e-books and online sales of printed books pose threats to bookstores, the book publishing industry and the rise of new authors, he said.