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August 31st, 2010

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

…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…

August 30th, 2010

When They Stop Printing the Bible…

…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…

July 23rd, 2010

E-books Just Want To Be Free

I’ve known about the excellent Project Gutenberg for a long time now. It was founded in 1971 by Michael Hart and is the oldest digital library. I hadn’t been back to the site for several years because in my mind it was still the place where all you could download was ASCII text versions of…

June 10th, 2010

Book Burning

This blog entry was prompted by a contemporary cartoon strip about book burning. It’s by Randall Munroe of xkcd.com (via Kate Eltham’s Electric Alphabet blog). This led me down a long road of inquiry, first into the history of book burning, then over to Ray Bradbury’s wonderful 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451. Although most associate book burning historically…