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Mon, December 1st, 2008
It Is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times
Posted by: Keir Graff

Talk about a business of extremes. [1] One could imagine the book, venerable as it is, just vanishing into the ether. [2] Nevertheless, publishers continue to produce books, while countless numbers of people read them and — a word that crops up frequently in relation to books — love them. [3] 1. “Publishing Displays Its […]


Tue, November 25th, 2008
Breaking News Broken
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at the Christian Science Monitor‘s Chapter & Verse blog, Marjorie Kehe has this to say about BookSwim: They’re calling it “Netflix for books” and the most surprising thing about it is that no one has tried it before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, someone has tried this before. As previously noted by your humble blogger, Booksfree.com beat […]


Thu, October 30th, 2008
More Books–both Good and Bad–for Bad Times
Posted by: Keir Graff

Speaking of good books for bad times, Gawker looks at authors’ stock-market speculations–speculative fiction, to be more precise–asking, “What have our finest authors found to redeem us from this depression?” Speculative fiction often refrains from defining the terms of an economic collapse, but it’s always forced to either solve the problem or make things considerably worse […]


Wed, October 22nd, 2008
Good Books for Bad Times
Posted by: Keir Graff

When times are tough, we turn to books for help. In Slate, Erica S. Perl suggests books to read to your children during a financial crisis: Many of the books I discovered during the late ’70s featured themes of economic hardship that made my circumstances seem manageable by comparison—a happy coincidence, I thought at the […]


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:


Wed, August 20th, 2008
“An idea whose greatness will grip readers and refuse to let them go!”
Posted by: Keir Graff

You know those ecstatic, generally untrustworthy quotes on the back of books–no, not the ones from respected journals like Booklist, but the ones from authors whose connection to the praised author is usually unclear but worth Googling? Well, Blurbings LLC is about to put a price on the process, even if the value to the author is […]


Tue, August 12th, 2008
Better Living Through Audio
Posted by: Kaite

Last year while Keir was away fighting forest fires in the wilds of Montana, I was battling a faulty compact disc player. You may recall that I won the scuffle with the CD player when I introduced it to my hammer. But I lost the war. I bought an iPod that same day. My fellow […]


Mon, July 21st, 2008
Taking Stock of Book Covers
Posted by: Keir Graff

Galleycat links to a Slate piece (“Everyone Will Be Lonely Eight Months from Now,” by Seth Stevenson), whose exploration of “the weird science of stock photography” mentions a different kind of book-jacket trend: the ubiquity of Jennifer Anderson. Of course, it is possible for an image to become too popular. A few years ago, a model/actress living […]


Mon, June 23rd, 2008
Warming Global?
Posted by: Keir Graff

In New York (“A Warming Trend“), Christopher Bonanos noticed a sweet new book-jacket trend:                         I love this stuff, although I usually find out about it second-hand: most of the books that I review have plain paper covers. Seen a good trend lately? Let […]


Fri, June 20th, 2008
To Thine Own Self Be True
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Galleycat, Ron Hogan expresses his surprise that the Wall Street Journal‘s Jeffrey Trachtenberg (“Amazon Shows Its Clout“) didn’t mention an important detail about David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle–that it happens to be to Hamlet what Jane Smiley‘s A Thousand Acres was to King Lear. Good point, and one worth mentioning. Furthermore, Trachtenberg didn’t mention […]





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