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Fri, October 30th, 2009
Weeklings: Loss Leaders, Unpaid and Unhappy Book Reviewers, and the Power Trio of the Future
Posted by: Keir Graff

Nook, vook, blook, p-book, wovel, poegel . . . am I forgetting anything? Some in the publishing industry say that, thanks to e-readers such as the Kindle, people are reading more books (“E-Book Fans Keep Format in Spotlight,” by Brad Stone, New York Times). Who, exactly, says this? Well, the manufacturers of the Kindle, but […]


Fri, September 18th, 2009
Weeklings: Best-Sellers Past, Present, & Future
Posted by: Keir Graff

I know something happened this week–everybody was talking about it. Writing about it, even. Something, something . . . some guy published a book? Oh, yeah! Dan Brown thrilled the world by finally–finally–giving us The Lost Symbol. The New York Times, which really is getting the hang of this breaking-the-embargo thing, wrote, puzzlingly, that Brown […]


Fri, September 11th, 2009
Weeklings: Books by the Numbers
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been so long since I’ve posted that I had to dust off the blog’s dashboard before I could start. And, somehow, my fingers got stuck inside the computer monitor, and it was hours before the IT department could come to my desk and set me free. Very embarrassing. The real problem has been a combination of […]


Tue, July 28th, 2009
Books and Blogs ARE Made for Each Other
Posted by: Keir Graff

In case you were unable to attend the first-ever Booklist Online Forum, “Books and Blogs: Made for Each Other?” in Chicago this month, panelist Mary Burkey recorded the proceedings and very generously shared the audio with me. You can listen to it here. Librarian, blogger, and good guy Rick Roche also posted a wrapup on his blog, […]


Wed, June 24th, 2009
Video Thrilled the Literary Stars
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It used to hold that one of the reasons you became a writer was that you were the sort who ducked out of photographs and preferred to communicate through quill-written correspondence. These days, though, these Salingeresque avoidance techniques won’t win you much love from your publisher–and probably won’t push many books, either. So Penguin’s the […]


Wed, June 3rd, 2009
Aleksandar Hemon and Jacob Weisberg Not Quite on the Same Page
Posted by: Keir Graff

I am so sick of “death of publishing” articles, so tired of talking about the ridiculously oversimplified “print versus web” argument that I could spit. (But I won’t, because Mama Graff didn’t raise no spitter.) So what did I do last night? Why, I hied myself down to “The Future of the Book: A Conversation on […]


Wed, May 27th, 2009
Do British publishers want to protect their rear ends—or their bottom lines?
Posted by: Keir Graff

After getting a ton of ink in 2008 (much of it electric ink right here at Likely Stories), Sherry Jones’ controversial Jewel of Medina hasn’t made much news this year. Now, however, in a story with a tabloid-worthy headline (“Muhammad child bride novel author condemns UK ‘censorship’,” by Alison Flood) The Guardian reports that Jones “has […]


Thu, April 9th, 2009
Let’s Get Lost
Posted by: Keir Graff

A recent issue of Shelf Awareness had a really interesting Q&A with Greg Ames (Buffalo Lockjaw). This was my favorite part: One day, by mistake, I took home an Edgar Allan Poe collection from the bookmobile. I was in third grade. Reading Poe was like learning a foreign language. I understood every third word. After […]


Wed, March 18th, 2009
Just Twitting You
Posted by: Keir Graff

So, according to an article on Bookseller.com, which I found out about through the ArtsJournal‘s excellent daily newsletter, the author R. N . Morris is republishing his 2007 crime novel, A Gentle Axe, in a surprising fashion. Not content with hardcover and paperback — and, I pre sume, audiobook, Morris is serializing A Gentle Axe […]


Fri, February 20th, 2009
Alfred A. Knopf Jr., R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the New York Times (“Alfred A. Knopf Jr., Influential Publisher, Dies at 90,” by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt: When he was discharged, he telephoned his father, who asked what he planned to do for a career. “I guess I’m going to work for you,” he said, and did. We’ve seen a lot of big names passing […]





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