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July 9th, 2009

Awful Library Books

My friend Wendy brought this fun site to my attention: thank you. The About the Site description begins: Awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com is a collection of the worst library holdings. The items featured here are so old, obsolete, awful or just plain stupid that we are horrified that people might be actually checking these items out and depending…

July 9th, 2009

A Diagram that “Speaks for Itself”

One of the great features of blogging is where what appears to be a single entry is in fact a combination of two, or, in this case, of three different “articles.” My Google newsfeed directed me tonight to an interesting blog entry by literary agent Kristin Nelson titled “Is Publishing Just About To Be Disrupted?”…

July 3rd, 2009

Keeping Internet Access in Perspective

I think it’s important for publishers to recognize a simple fact about where the Interent and the web are today in the United States. Here’s the picture: As you can easily see, as of April of this year, just under 60% of U.S. households had broadband Internet access at home. Canada and many European countries rank higher,…

July 3rd, 2009

Failed Experiments in the Future of Publishing: An Ongoing Series

HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers with sales over $1 billion, is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Last fall it launched authonomy, ostensibly a sort of social networking site, where authors could submit 10,000 words or more from an unpublished book (or self-published) and the devoted and literate members of the authonomy…