Articles from May 2005

Inside The Editor’s Mind, Or Why Good Sentences Make Good Neighbors

May 26th, 2005 · Comments Off

Reagan Arthur, the editor of Case Histories, is guesting over the Litblog Co-op today. She talks about the book from the perspective of the editor, but more so from the perspective of being a fan of the author. It is heartening to read such enthusiasm for an author’s work, especially considering how many words an […]

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Solving Publishing Industry Challenges, One Step at A Time

May 26th, 2005 · Comments Off

As always, the nuances of the publishing industry escape us. Maybe it’s because the things we think should be easy…aren’t. For example, accurate data about books. While we would expect various interested parties to update their databases throughout the life of a book, it doesn’t seem to be so. Luckily, Bowker and Ingram have stroked […]

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Jill, Meet Tod. He Can Teach You New Obsessive Behaviors

May 25th, 2005 · Comments Off

Jill, we know you’re busy. This makes us sad because we’d rather be spending our days on IM, too. No, of course we’re not going to admit our separation is all our fault. We abandoned you in your moment(s) of need and you turned to a, say it isn’t so, real job to keep you […]

File Under: Tools and Craft

Shooting The Supermarket

May 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Maybe we’re reading too much into this opinion piece from The Guardian, but it appears that bringing the books that people want to read to them is anti-democratic. Lower prices and convenience are bad. The legacy of Penguin will not be the fact that more readers could afford books, but that more readers could afford […]

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Reading At Risk? Don’t Believe Everything You Read – A Talk with Kevin Smokler

May 25th, 2005 · Comments Off

To hear it told, you’d think the world was ending. Nobody reads, nobody thinks. Yet there’s lots of evidence that plenty of reading and thinking is happening. In his new essay collection Bookmark Now, Kevin Smokler addresss the issue of reading and writing in these supposedley unreaderly times. As the opening piece, where a writer […]

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Day Off

May 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments

We’re taking a day off, but don’t go thinking that means you’re off the hook around here! Later today, we have an interview with Kevin Smokler. Kevin will be talking about Bookmark Now and how reading may not be as at risk as recent studies indicate. We’ll be back tomorrow, ready to annoy, annoy, annoy!

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For A Good Time, Follow The Link

May 24th, 2005 · Comments Off

We don’t know what to day. The shutters were down all weekend over at The Happy Booker’s place. Now the doors are wide open and there’s commotion by the po–wait a minute. She’s not even home. Someone has walked right in to her blog and is taking over. Ah, yes, we see now. Kevin Smokler […]

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So Many Questions, So Few Answers

May 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Let us see if we have this straight: Author writes memoir about being raised by wolves after escaping from the Holocaust (well, not exactly raised). Publisher publishes book. Publisher decides not only to terminate marketing plans, but also to defraud other of royalties. Author sues. Author earns more than she thought humanly possible. We are […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

Yes, We Have Mastered Technology!

May 24th, 2005 · Comments Off

Okay, so really this about how many books are being published each year, but that’s really beside the point. We have finally figured out how to work the new Publisher’s Weekly daily enewsletter. It all comes down to our old friend, RSS. We have been puzzling and arguing with the new format of the newsletter […]

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Cheap, Easy Entertainment (If Only The Real Thing Was As Much Fun)

May 24th, 2005 · Comments Off

It is us, or are we being bombarded with robot news? Everywhere we turn, people want to talk about robot. Also, pictures. Rather than join the fray, we’re going to offer a brief commercial break: Introducing the Writerbo. No, you can’t really buy one. You have to make your own excuses. Special thanks to Susan […]

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