Friday 18 April 2014

Barnaby goes channel hopping

Barnaby is not normally a channel hopper, preferring to read the TV listings and select those programmes that particularly appeal to him. Often this is simply the late night news, but he also enjoys good drama, particularly crime and the occasional gardening programme. He isn't, though, totally immune to channel hopping at the end of the day when nothing specific catches his attention.

Last night, while flicking through dozens of channels, he came across a group of people whose business involved chopping up cars and reassembling the pieces to create different, bespoke cars for people wealthy enough to afford this form of customised transport. This gave Barnaby an idea.

Book chop shop. Instead of creating entirely new books from scratch and having to write every new word, why not chop bits from existing books and reassemble them to create a new one? Now, before you shout 'plagiarism', or 'copyright infringement', Barnaby wishes to make it clear that he is referring only to his own books. He wouldn't dream of stealing from some other hard working author.

There are a few problems, of course. Welding the parts together to make a seamless join might be more difficult than writing the whole thing anew. There may also be complaints from readers experiencing a constant feeling of 'déjà vu' when reading one of these reassembled books.

On balance, therefore, Barnaby will continue to write each new story the hard way, word by word, sentence by sentence, and would like to assure his readers that every new story will be genuinely new.

You can find all his stories, old and new, at of course, in e-book or paperback format.

Meanwhile, it's back to the keyboard.

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