Linda & Richard Eyre: Reflections on many years of book publishing, connecting with readers and a holiday gift

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Linda and Richard Eyre with several of their grandchildren at Bear Lake.

Our first column appeared in November 2010 and we love our connection to you who read us, whether it’s every column or only occasionally. We appreciate you, and once in a while, as is the case today, we do a very personal column about some aspect of our lives that we want to share. Let us tell you about how we view writing and how we view books, and then extend a little “thank you” gift today.

Our view of books is that they are a way of sharing, of promoting conversation and thought, and of communicating ideas. Books have been good to us — we have been fortunate enough to have national best sellers and to publish with Random House, McGraw Hill, Simon and Schuster and Penguin. Our books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and we run into versions that we can’t even read all over the world.

But times are changing, and we are changing. In the life phase where we are now, we are less interested in how much money we make on books and far more interested in getting them into the hands of people they could help or who might be prompted to work a little bit harder or more effectively at prioritizing their family because of something we may have shared. This is why we have set up where, as soon as copyrights will allow, we simply put up books online for free. And on the newer ones, we look for ways to get them to friends and families and those with whom we have contact at cost or at our author’s price.

Some say that books are dying, that bookstores are a thing of the past, that people have too short of attention spans to read books and will just get information from Google or Wikipedia or any place fast and short.

We disagree. We love how books have evolved. We still love the feel of a real book in or hands, and we love our personal library, but we also love to read on Kindles or on smartphones, and we love how accessible books are now, and in how many forms they exist compared to the “old days.” We love the feedback we can get now as authors when…

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