House collapsing under weight of rescued books →
It was really nice of the Guardian to travel into the future and interview me. Turns out I never stopped being a book lover. Posted by Crystal
Arundhati Roy is a Maoist (sympathizer)
Best-known as an award-winning novelist, Arundhati Roy is also an increasingly renowned—and refreshingly candid—political and environmental critic. She is currently fulfilling this role in print: both as a contributor to the upcoming Global Warming Reader (OR Books, September 2011) and in her new book, Broken Republic (Penguin, May 2011), informed by time spent with the Maoist guerrilla movement...
Predators of the Amazon
Some years back, after draining the last of three martinis at the end of a long lunch, New York publishers could typically be heard to mutter about the monopoly that was Barnes & Noble. The bookstore chain was strangling competition: crushing independent stores (by locating its outlets near any such stores that were successful), forcing huge discounts out of publishers and, in the words...
Edit Piaf Be still my grammatical heart. Posted by Crystal
You can now watch the BookTV vid of Micah Sifry... →
Romance Novels Compared To Pornography; Spawns... →
Romance kills. Stop it now.
Four Words Editors Dread
“Send me a copy.” This, just after a chat with an acquaintance on the marvels of a forthcoming book. What, “send me a copy.” And the pre-conditioned response? “Of course…” Do we go around asking people for free haircuts, shoes, ice cream? Why is it that people feel books should be given away for free? Maybe…just maybe this has to do with an...
Cory Doctorow on Tweets from Tahrir: "Tweets from... →
Death of Backlist Reported
After a long illness from a variety of causes, close friends reported the death of Backlist. Married for the last few centuries to Traditional Publishing, it was that venerable industry’s last champion. In the 1980’s, Backlist (AKA “Reorders”) fell seriously ill due to prolonged exposure to secondhand sales, skyrocketing printing costs (which resulted in the steep rise in books’ price), and...
This Arrived in the Mail Today for One of Our... →
Addressed to John… Posted by Crystal
Print Is Dying? The NYPL Has An iPad App For That →
From Gothamist: Taking a page out of their “Find the Future“-themed centennial celebration exhibition this year, the New York Public Library unveiled today their first-ever iPad app, called Biblion: The Boundless Library. For those who can’t get up to The Stacks in person, it’s a nifty little way to peruse history from your lap. Posted by Joana
The Rude Pundit on MSNBC’s The Ed Show last night, talking Trump’s exit and fun facts about the remaining GOP candidates.