Today’s links of interest:
- MSNBC wants to know: Do You Read Romance Novels
In an attempt to be funny and lighthearted, MSNBC insults a lot of readers. Please, please, please, members of the press. The term "bodice ripper" isn’t cute, it isn’t funny, and it’s certainly isn’t accurate.
- The Status Galley: How to Pick Up Girls With the New Roth
Alternate approach: man alone at bar with crutches. Works every time.
- Text Message from Los Angeles
Paul Constant from Seattle offers a wrap-up of BEA that’s part stranger from the unknown and a lot finger-pointing at book snobbery and how to reach readers.
- Andrew Neil in £4m bid to save PFD, talent agency decimated by walkout – Media, News – The Independent
Says, "If you were an asset-stripper you would be prepared to pay this price to close the company down and live off its back book, though that is absolutely not what we want to do." We say, well, honesty is a great virtue.
- Amazon Shows Its Clout
A lot of lovin’ from Amazon.com propels "The Story of Edward Sawtelle", the debut novel by David Wroblewski into a seventh printing. Pretty cool and pretty telling.
- Lite Beer and Donuts, or, Does Spelling Reform Have a Chance? : OUPblog
We quote: "The cost of teaching English spelling is enormous. The money spent on drilling the most nonsensical rules in any modern European language and on remedial courses could have fed and educated a continent."
- Lisa Holton Announces New Venture, Teams with HarperCollins
Hey this is a cool idea — marrying the print book with the Internet. Oh, the places they will go!