Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Archiving Pulps: The Debate Rages On

Apologies to all of you for sending you to other places over the past few days. I'm buried in work and also trying to finish some long delayed reading.

You all might recall about a week ago when I sent you over to Yellowed Perils for a discussion on The Future of Pulps.

The discussion has continued (actually, the post was from last Friday) and I encourage all of you to go over there and continue the discussion.

For those of you not familiar with the debate, William brought up the issue of whether a concerted and organized effort should be started to scan and archive pulps on the Internet.

I'm of the mind that yes, we should. I love reading the original pulps like everyone else, but I'm also of the mind that we need to reach out to as many people as possible to get interested in the pulps and their great history. And the reality is that many of these people won't be acquiring original pulps to the length that some of us have, because they ARE getting scarce. Having them available on the Internet for reading can introduce interested people to them - after reading a few, these interested people could be the collectors of the future. At that point, they could buy them via conventions like Pulp Fest, on eBay, or via dealers on the Internet.

There. I've said my two cents. Leave your comment here or over at Yellowed Perils.

4 comments:

David Cranmer said...

Laurie, We are simpatico. Getting the word out about pulps and what better way than the net and these marvelous covers.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

They are our history and culture. Of course they should be copied and saved.

Ed Hulse said...
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Ed Hulse said...

I've just posted a response to William's latest post. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Laurie.