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Thu, February 26th, 2009
Not That They’re Exactly the Same
Posted by: Keir Graff

“It always cracks me up when publishers do this,” e-mails Kaite Stover. Me, too. And with budgets shrinking, I’m guessing we’ll see more stock-photo races.


Wed, February 11th, 2009
Can’t I Just Be Alone with My Books?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Oh, great. More thoughtful.


Wed, February 11th, 2009
The Tomes They Are a-Changin’
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just asking: when did tome become synonymous with book? I ask because, in a Chicago Tribune article about the Kindle yesterday, the writer stated how many “tomes” the device could carry. Talk about a tin ear for the English language. My trusty Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (though a print artifact, only marginally a tome) […]


Tue, January 13th, 2009
Of Wovels and P-Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

On NPR, Rick Kleffel talks to Victoria Blake of Underland Press about a new form of fiction: the “wovel” (“The Wovel: Literary Alternative to Browsing Blogs“). Basically, it’s a serial novel with a Choose Your Own Adventure twist at the end of each installment–the readers vote on what should happen next. Voting is open from Monday […]


Tue, December 9th, 2008
Thought for the Day
Posted by: Keir Graff

Nobel laureate Jean-Marie Gustave le Clézio, speaking at the Swedish Academy (Le Clézio uses Nobel lecture to attack information poverty,” by Richard Lea, The Guardian): “To provide nearly everyone on the planet with a liquid crystal display is utopian,” he said. “Are we not, therefore, in the process of creating a new elite, of drawing […]


Fri, December 5th, 2008
Even Academics Count Their Bullets
Posted by: Keir Graff

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t write in library books. But when you’re reading a library book, isn’t it always interesting to see what the scofflaws have written? Here’s a photo of a piece of marginalia, from a book believed to be The Plunder Squad, by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake), that proves […]


Fri, December 5th, 2008
Good-Looking Books a Recipe for Publishing Success?
Posted by: Keir Graff

There’s a nice post by Anne Trubek on the GOOD blog, seconding James Gleick’s NYT Op-Ed (“How to Publish without Perishing,” also linked Monday). Gleick wrote: Forget about cost-cutting and the mass market. Don’t aim for instant blockbuster successes. You won’t win on quick distribution, and you won’t win on price. Cyberspace has that covered. Go […]


Wed, December 3rd, 2008
Beautifully Wrapped Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Dan Kraus just reminded me to take a look at the Book Design Review‘s Favorite Book Covers of 2008. I love this stuff. Seeing books that are physically beautiful is a great reminder that, no matter how handy a Kindle can be, e-books will never be as satisfying as a book made of paper–just as an […]


Tue, October 28th, 2008
Judging Books by Their (Made-Up) Covers
Posted by: Keir Graff

At Likely Stories, we cover book covers, with a little help from our friends. First, you can test your skill at judging books by their covers–it’s a shameless but quite clever way to drum up a little revenue from Amazon’s associates program. (Thanks, Ben!) Second, Bookninja has a funny book-cover contest. (Thanks, Dan!) Hope no one […]


Tue, September 2nd, 2008
The Book Cover in the Mirror
Posted by: Keir Graff

And while I’m cribbing from Galleycat, I love this stuff:





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