The editors, designers, and creative directors at Random House offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to publish a book. (video)
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The New Yorker
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Laura Miller puts the case for indie bookstores nicely. (link)
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The sales figures for April 2011 are in and the PW headline says it all: digital jumps, print plummets.
A vintage children’s video from Encyclopedia Britannica on making books (1947)
“Preparing for the strike on Kwajelein.” Photo by Edward J. Steichen aboard the U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16), November 1943.
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Laura Miller wonders about what is lost in the new publishing model of author-as-promoter. (link)
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Seth Godin’s memorable presentation at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in February 2008: *10 Bestsellers: Using New Media, New Marketing, and New Thinking to Create 10 Bestselling Books.* (link)
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Neil Gaiman on the benefit to authors of having their work pirated on the web. It turns out, it’s good publicity.
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A futile effort to secure reprint rights for an epigram from H.G. Wells has me steaming about the excesses of copyright law.
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Book cover: “The Girls in Publishing”
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“Books, magazines and newspapers are next,” predicts Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the M.I.T. Media Lab. “Text is not going away, nor is reading. Paper is going away.”
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What is that little house in Random House’s logo?
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An advertising copywriter has a thought about how to improve ads for books.
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Rummaging through my computer recently, I came across this ad (PDF) for The Strangler. It ran in the New York Times and the Boston Globe on February 6, 2007, and in the weekly Boston Phoenix at the same time. There was a radio spot airing that week, as well, which was very fun to hear [...]
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The publishing industry is a futures market – a Silicon Valley for books, with every publisher a venture capitalist searching for the Next Big Thing.
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The major publishers are in a difficult position: they are service companies that function like manufacturing companies — 20th century businesses in a 21st century economy. The control of the book business is gradually slipping out of their hands. — William Petrocelli, “No One Warned the Dinosaurs. Will Anyone Warn the Publishers?”
Anthony Grafton on the Kindle, which he loves but describes as “reading free of visual delight”: Open an old-fashioned book — a book published by Zone this year, or, even better, by Alfred A. Knopf thirty or forty years ago, or, better still, one printed by Aldo Manuzio a few hundred years before that — and you [...]
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Over the course of the [Frankfurt Book] Fair various players offered phrases such as “a digital manifestation of what was a book” and “long-form narrative delivered digitally” and “story-telling” and “immersive text-only experiences,” and it is clear that the reason for such a profusion of vague terms is not obtuseness but a recognition that we’re [...]
More clips from this interview here.
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