You Too Can Earn $17/hour in Book Publishing!

August 31, 2010

…if you have a university degree AND a publishing certificate, speak English and French and know XML.

This is but one of the challenges of book publishing today: The technical skills required are exploding, but the economics still suck.

I don’t wish to heap ridicule on this particular company: it’s happening everywhere.

Publishing Assistant
Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press
(Toronto, ON)
Deadline: October 1, 2010

Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press, one of Canada’s leading independent academic publishing companies, requires a Publishing Assistant for a 20-week contract beginning November 1st. Reporting to the Marketing and Editorial Associate, the Publishing Assistant is responsible for:

• Promoting sales through targeted email campaigns
• Assisting in the dissemination of book data to Indigo, Amazon, and other vendors
• Managing Google Books claims
• Coordinating desk and examination copy mailings
• Assisting in the creation of marketing materials such as press releases, catalogues, and newsletters
• Assisting with the maintenance of the CSPI website
• Promoting CSPI’s social media profile
• Assisting the editorial, production, and permissions departments as required
• Some internal administrative duties

Required skills and experience:

• Recent completion of a post-secondary degree specializing in literature, communications, or a related field
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software
• Enrolment in and/or completion of a professional publishing certificate is a strong asset
• French language proficiency is an asset
• Experience with XML coding and/or ONIX for books is an asset
• Keen interest in the book publishing industry
• Excellent communication and time management skills
• Related work experience in a field such as publishing, bookselling, communications, or marketing will distinguish a potential candidate, but is not required

This is a paid position with an hourly rate of $17. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to no later than Friday, October 1st. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.

According to you can earn the same amount as an administrative assistant, and $2.40 more per hour as a retail manager.

So much for the value of a university education.

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When They Stop Printing the Bible…

August 30, 2010

…I’ll believe that the printed book is dead. When they stop printing a thousand dollar 20-volume dictionary, wisdom prevails.


If you’re a cheapskate, you can buy the miniature version for five cents less than $400, and they’ll toss in the magnifying glass!

Making the rounds of the blogosphere, Twittersphere and ignoramosphere today is the inaccurate but inflammatory headline originally from the U.K.’s Telegraph: “Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’.”

Note that “will not be printed again” appears in quotation marks. Isn’t that supposed to mean that the article features someone in authority stating that the Oxford English Dictionary will not be printed again? But no one says that in the article. Nigel Portwood, the chief executive of OUP, asked if he thought the third edition would be printed, he said: “I don’t think so.”

Later in the article “A spokesman for the OUP said a print version of OED3 could not be ruled out ‘if there is sufficient demand at the time’ but that its completion was ‘likely to be more than a decade’ away.

More than a decade away. If anyone at Oxford University Press can make accurate predictions of what will be happening 10 years+ from now, they should be in the prognostication business, and forget lexicography.

I’ve got to run to the eye doctor now, and will finish this posting later…

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Martin Luther King: “I Have a Dream”

August 28, 2010

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification – one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

In Washington “Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday at an event organized by the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck, who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.”

Here, via YouTube, is the full speech.


Courtesy of History and Politics Out Loud the audio and the transcript online.

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Why God Gave us YouTube

August 19, 2010

You’ve gagged on Gaga and barfed on Bieber. Now, and for the first time, the real purpose of YouTube is presented for your viewing amazement!

Remarkable. If you can’t watch the whole thing, make sure you see the kid starting just after the 3 minute mark. Otherworldly. The Master Vittal Gole of Wai Maharashtra India points out “Each player has different nature and talent. Just enjoy it!”

More videos and the story of the Indian sport of Mallkhamb are available online, not surprisingly quite a bit more interesting than the lifes of #1 and #2 on YouTube.

As “Seaoftea” so deftly notes in YouTube’s comments: “WTF is this? Why isn’t this in the Olympics?” The Master responds: “That’s why I’m promoting it!”

YouTube: all is forgiven. I would never have discovered this on broadcast TV’s America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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The Power of Targeted Advertising

August 12, 2010

Actual screen shots, guaranteed (a few elements compressed to reduce image size):




With cookies from Google:


After I deleted cookies:


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