Articles from October 2008

On Loving Paper More Than Words

October 31st, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’ll be blunt. Life in the Booksquare mail room has not been kind to me since my last post. In the last few weeks I’ve been inundated with more books than ever before. It’s almost as if some of you took my complaint as a challenge. In the past week alone I’ve received dozens of […]

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Google, Publishers, Authors Guild Settle

October 28th, 2008 · 30 Comments

After years of to-ing and fro-ing, Google and the Authors Guild/Association of American Publishers have reached a settlement regarding Google’s BookSearch program. Yes. It’s true. For a mere $125 million (pocket change, really, for Google), the program is back on track and the publishing industry is ready to play nice with the world’s largest search […]

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The World Without Borders

October 20th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Once upon a time, we lived in this lovely world where countries were separated by vast oceans and passports were needed to cross into new regions. Children like me imagined that countries were carefully cordoned off, fences or laser beams or something (land sharks?) protecting territorial rights. Now that I know it’s not true, I […]

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No Reader Left Behind, or If You Promise Them A Trilogy…

October 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

It is a strange thing, publishing. On one hand, you have to make money. On the other, you have to satisfy a fickle group known as “readers”. Not surprisingly, these two goals are not always harmonious. Then there are the authors, caught in the middle. That’s got to be a rough position. There is a […]

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