Archive for September, 2007

And Yet Their Disagreements Are Somewhat Arcane
By September 28, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

And Yet Their Disagreements Are Somewhat Arcane

It’s a fact that authors are not always treated as royalty by their publishers. And yet rarely do you see a case like this, where the publisher binds a takedown letter into the book. (“After 50 Years, Passions Persist Over the Publication of ‘Doctor Zhivago’,” by Peter Finn, Washington Post): MOSCOW — When Sergio D’Angelo […]

Commitment Redefined
By September 28, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Commitment Redefined

I suppose we could call this good news for Booklist–less competition?–but really, it’s a dismal trend that seems to be accelerating (“AP Ends Book Reviews, LA Times Also Makes Book Changes,” by Dermot McEvoy): In a move that echoed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s decision earlier this year to eliminate its book review editor, the Associated Press, according to […]

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What's a Mere Eight Years Between Contracted Parties?
By September 28, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

What's a Mere Eight Years Between Contracted Parties?

There’s a great tradition of authors missing deadlines, although usually the publishers don’t take the authors to court. From The New York Sun (“Biographer Brinkley Sued to Repay Advance on Delayed Kerouac Project,” by Sarah Portlock): In a rare move by a publishing house, the Penguin Group is suing a prolific biographer for the return […]

Pretty Soon, There Will Be Social Networking Sites for Social Networking Sites
By September 28, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Pretty Soon, There Will Be Social Networking Sites for Social Networking Sites

In The Stranger, Paul Constant offers a nice take on Goodreads (“Facebook for Book Nerds“): It’s a weird monument to the solitary exhibitionism of reading, and it’s addictive – the online equivalent of the glow you get while reading Anna Karenina on the bus, where strangers can see you reading Anna Karenina on the bus. […]

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From the Department of Philosophical Inquiry
By September 27, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

From the Department of Philosophical Inquiry

In the Los Angeles Times, Josh Getlin asks a number of people whether more is less (“N.Y. Times creates more bestsellers“): NEW YORK — It has been criticized for being ingrown and unscientific, a weekly work of fiction that — for all its seeming authoritativeness — is shrouded in mystery. So when the New York […]

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Putting the "Fun" Into "Fundraising"
By September 27, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Putting the "Fun" Into "Fundraising"

Booklist reviewer, sometimes Likely Stories contributor, pal o’ mine, and all around great guy Frank Sennett has a new book out: FUNdraising: 50 Proven Strategies for Successful School Fundraisers (Corwin). Oh, and did I mention that he’s a serial blogger? Because he’s starting a new blog to further the ideas in the book: We’ve seen a […]

Free People Read Freely
By September 27, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Free People Read Freely

A good start to Banned Books Week, which begins on Saturday (“Prisons to Restore Purged Religious Books,” by Neela Banerjee, New York Times): WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 – Facing pressure from religious groups, civil libertarians and members of Congress, the federal Bureau of Prisons has decided to return religious materials that had been purged from prison chapel libraries because […]

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How about shortlisting a book that hasn't been written yet?
By September 26, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

How about shortlisting a book that hasn't been written yet?

I don’t usually cover this award, but why not? The shortlist for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year has been released (by the Financial Times, natch): The Age of Turbulence, by Alan Greenspan (Penguin) The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Random) Immigrants: Your Country […]

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I Guess I Don't Need That Laptop After All
By September 26, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

I Guess I Don't Need That Laptop After All

From Japan (via the Wall Street Journal), a heartwarming story about how enterprising young people are creating inspiring art using everyday technology–a useful lesson reminding us of the way inspiration flourishes in the most unlikely places. What am I talking about? Cell phone novels, of course (“Ring! Ring! Ring! In Japan, Novelists Find a New Medium,” by Yukari Iwatani Kane): […]

Usually I Frown on the Practice of Cutting Up Books
By September 26, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Usually I Frown on the Practice of Cutting Up Books

Via Bookninja, the incredibly cool book sculptures of Brian Dettmer.                                 And also a gimmicky lamp-in-a-book that’s kinda sorta cool.

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