A weird one,though. For example, bookstores operate on consignment— like used clothes shops.
But, face it, publishing is a business.
Some people think this is about transparency or immersion. Closer to reality. It isn't.
Reading was invented a long time ago, by Sumerian accountants. They wanted a record of business deals that couldn't be consummated right away. A guy, we'll call him Joe, said, "I'll let your boy marry my Becky, if you give me three goats."
But you don't want to take the goats with you right now, because it's raining, or they won't be born for six weeks, or you need them delivered to your summer palace. So you shake hands, and Joe gave you three little clay goats, nicely wrapped up in a cla