Author John Green is an Internet sensation.
Green recently was named Indie Champion by the American Booksellers Association. The ABA published his acceptance speech on YouTube last week, which I spotted on the Huffington Post today.
His speech may be not NSFW, but he gives a heartfelt rant about the power and necessity of tools of traditional publishing:
“I am sometimes held up as an example of someone who is like changing the publishing paradigm or whatever because I have a lot of Tumblr followers or YouTube subscribers and I could speak directly to my audience,” Green said in the video, “and I don’t need the value-sucking middleman of bookstores and publishers, and in the future everyone is going to be like me, and no one will stand between author and reader except possibly an e-commerce site that takes just a tiny little percentage of each transaction.
“Yeah, that’s bullshit.”
Watch the full video below to hear the rest.