Taking a cue from Jeff’s blog, I wanted to scream out those words at a Recorded Books function I went to on Saturday. I started out the day at Book Expo in NYC with a “breakfast” hosted by Steven Colbert, and featuring Lisa See, Ken Burns, and Khaled Hosseini. Fun, even though everyone pitched their latest book as if the audience was totally comprised of retailers instead addressing the large group of librarians attending. Wandering around the huge exhibit hall I saw lots of the symbiotic relationship between the big fat publishers and the big fat sellers like Amazon, but desperation in the eyes of the little guys. No more shops around the corner. During her cigarette break a map distributor told me how they were being eaten alive by the Internet and GPS devices. I finished the day at a small party thrown by Recorded Books, and after some nice hors d’oeuvres they sat us in a freezing auditorium and filmed the speakers: Jane Smiley and Michael Dirda. At least these guys had the good grace to acknowledge the audience of librarians, and each included a passing reference to audiobooks to be polite to their hosts, I suppose. It was during Dirda’s presentation that I had the urge to misbehave. He told us he was a “book guy” and didn’t feel too kindly towards blogs. I guess he’s feeling the pinch of the Internet too, like my map distributor friend. I wish I had the energy at the time to ask what he plans to do once newspapers die. Maybe he needs to get on board with blogs for job security reasons, and realize that books as the medium of all things IMPORTANT is changing.