On The Secrets Of Book Reviewing

January 19th, 2007 · Comments Off on On The Secrets Of Book Reviewing

Evelyn Waugh once said that the golden rule of book reviewing is that you should never give a bad review to a book you have not read. This is now seen as rather old-fashioned and romantic. No book reviewer ever has time to read the whole book, not for the money they are paying you. […]

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Digitizing Books, Again

October 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Digitizing Books, Again

Either or, either or, either…what is it about the world we live in that every move is giant step forward with the potential to surpass the leader with just a little more effort? Or is it just that journalists spend a little too much time reprinting press releases and not enough time thinking about the […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing

Do You Remember The Jam?

October 16th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Way back when, possibly just before we were born (but more likely after), Pete Townshend wrote a phrase that roused a generation: “I hope I die before I get old.” As it turns out, Pete did not listen to his younger self, and The Who continue to tour and attempt to recreate old glory. This […]

File Under: Square Pegs

This Penguin With Snow Crash Walks Into A Second Life

October 14th, 2006 · Comments Off on This Penguin With Snow Crash Walks Into A Second Life

Because we don’t want to create the impression that we think everything is bad in the world of publishing, we’d like to joyfully highlight something good: the juxtaposition of Penguin UK, Second Life, and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. If it is sounds like a cool party, it is. “Wha?” you say? “You mean someone’s finally […]

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On The Tough Battles Faced By Words

October 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on On The Tough Battles Faced By Words

How many of the new words captured in 2006 will achieve permanence is anyone’s guess: only a tiny percentage of words will ever gain entry into the Oxford English Dictionary and the waiting list of words is long. Catherine Tate’s ‘bovvered’ set to be included in Oxford dictionary

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Open Letter To Texas Voters

October 11th, 2006 · 3 Comments

While we hope beyond hope that the woefully misnamed “Fred Head”, an apparent candidate for Comptroller of Public Accounts in the State of Texas, is someone’s idea of a hoax, we can take no chances. We do believe that the fine people of Texas understand how books, specifically and generally, work, but since at least […]

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The Niche Rises Again

October 10th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Niche Rises Again

Yesterday’s news was all doom and gloom about the state of the independent bookstore — an entity that has been under siege since the dawn of the first superstore. We do not pretend to know the laws of economics (except to have a vague comprehension that projections always seem to be off for reasons nobody […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Three Easy Steps To Earning Money From Your Blog

October 9th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Last week, we link to an article with the grand plan of returning to the topic later that day. Days have a way of getting away from us. As do weeks. But we have been dwelling mentally on the subject, and woke up this morning ready to write about the all-important topic of making money […]

File Under: Back To Basics · Marketing For Introverts · Non-Traditional Publishing

How To Avoid The (Anti-DRM) Revolution

October 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on How To Avoid The (Anti-DRM) Revolution

As most of you know, a little Book Fair is happening right now in Frankfurt. What happens there will likely stay there, and much of the news trickling out of the event seems to indicate that the conference has a bit of a “same time, next year” feel to it. Especially when it comes to […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing

Ranting and Raving, Harlequin Style

October 5th, 2006 · 9 Comments

This week, the hot publishing news comes from Torstar: Harlequin will be cutting about 4% of its global workforce. This is a result of, yes, declining sales. And this, by the way, has been an ongoing theme for a few years. Harlequin, the world’s leader in romance fiction, is not selling books in sufficient numbers. […]

File Under: The Business of Publishing