Articles from January 2006

Helpful Gift-Giving Advice

January 31st, 2006 · Comments Off on Helpful Gift-Giving Advice

We have recently been reminded that a major holiday is on the horizon (so many lumped together in such a short amount of time, how does anyone keep on top of it all?), and this is a Gift Giving event. Also, it seems that restaurant reservations are going fast, so now is the not the […]

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Meanwhile Back At The Ranch

January 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

As things settle down on the ranch — there is only the faintest hint of dust swirling in the distance — we turn our attention to What Went Wrong. Things were moving along so swimmingly, it looked to be a successful season, and when disaster struck, and disaster is always a possibility, we know that, […]

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If You Give It Away, They Will Download

January 30th, 2006 · Comments Off on If You Give It Away, They Will Download

We’re not sure where to focus our attention in this story about young Italians downloading a free book about the struggle to survive on 1,000 euros a month. Part of us thinks, “Hmm, how interesting is it that an ebook broke out from the pack in such a manner.” The other part of us sits […]

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Cutting Every Fourth Paragraph

January 30th, 2006 · Comments Off on Cutting Every Fourth Paragraph

There is nothing new in the announcement from Harlequin Mill & Boon regarding their increased commitment to providing audiobooks to consumers, except, well, this: Starting in March 2006 HARLEQUIN MILLS & BOON will publish four titles every second month in abridged CD format, featuring stories from its bestselling Modernâ„¢ Romance and Historical Romance series. Abridged? […]

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All This Heavenly Glory

January 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on All This Heavenly Glory

You were warned. You knew that you had to buy and read Elizabeth Crane’s All This Heavenly Glory. You’ve had, what is it?, two weeks. It’s a fast read — which is discussed in great detail over at the Co-Op. Fast can be a function of style, you know. We know that you met the […]

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New For People Avoiding Rounding Up Receipts For The Accountant

January 27th, 2006 · 6 Comments

Galleycat reports (exclusively!) that A Million Little Pieces had its Dewey Decimal Number revoked — at least in Brooklyn. The book was issued the less-exclusive “FIC” category. We’re not sure what impact this has on the card catalogs of the world, but presume the transition will proceed in an orderly fashion, barring any holdouts in […]

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Publishing Roundup, January Ends Like It Began

January 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Publishing Roundup, January Ends Like It Began

Sure, publishing is a slow business, but don’t tell that to people running the show. Once again, we remind you that this information is only good for today. Always check with primary sources before assuming an editor or agent is still in the house. Pamela Dorman moved to Hyperion to create a new imprint. Said […]

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Moonves Sees The Future In S&S Library

January 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Moonves Sees The Future In S&S Library

Though we cannot imagine anyone out there biting their nails over Les Moonves’s thoughts on the future of Simon & Schuster, there is a sense of relief that Moonves has said that the publishing house will remain part of the CBS family. Sure, there could be more synergy, but, you know, there can always be […]

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Number One Booksquare Vice? Schadenfreude.

January 26th, 2006 · 9 Comments

Ha! You thought we’d say Chinese noodles, didn’t you? Noodles are, we have recently discovered, our third biggest vice. That is beside the current point. We have been accused of such heinous crimes as “being mean”, and to that, we can only say, well, yes, that’s true. Some people tap dance, we don’t. Neither, apparently, […]

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More Gushing About O’Reilly

January 26th, 2006 · Comments Off on More Gushing About O’Reilly

The husband brought our attention to a new program from O’Reilly (home of the best geek book covers ever): Rough Cuts. What is a rough cut? So glad you asked. Sometimes you just can’t wait for the book. When you need to learn a new technology right now, turn to the Rough Cuts service from […]

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