Monthly Archives: October 2009

  •    This is cute, if a little confusing: a map of the eBook universe.. #
  •    From Mary Norris, a copy editor at the New Yorker:
    The main thing here is to respect the writer. The writers don’t have to do everything we want them to—we make suggestions. The ideal would be to give an editor a proof and have all your suggestions meet with approval. Sometimes you notice that your suggestions have not been taken, so if something bothers you, you try again. Sometimes you wear them down, sometimes you cave.
    This whole interview is worth a read, particularly the part where she talks about the New Yorker’s foolproof system for editing. (Hint: it has more redundancies and safety nets than, say, Congress). #
  •    Publishers are beginning to publish vooks:
    On Thursday, for instance, Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King, is working with a multimedia partner to release four “vooks,” which intersperse videos throughout electronic text that can be read — and viewed — online or on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
    Some people don’t agree:
    But another reviewer, posting as Rj Granados, wrote, “Do you really think cheesy video vignettes will IMPROVE the book?”
    For the record: no. #
  •    Disney’s introducing a children’s eBook site. So this is where we’re going to get our readers from. Just, you know, in 50 years time. #
  •    Derek Powazek (the same guy behind online storytelling magazine Fray) has created an instant magazine on the Sydney dust storms. TIME has the story:
    Powazek e-mailed about 70 Australian photographers to tell them he was assembling a magazine and ask if they would like to be involved. They weren’t offered any compensation — and only one turned him down. Powazek laid the photos out using Adobe InDesign, put together an introduction and sent it off to MagCloud. By the dawn of Sept. 25, barely 48 hours after the dust storm, Strange Light: Photos from the Great Australian Dust Storm was ready to roll off the presses.
    I expect more people to do this in the future. Newspapers and magazines are in for a tough time if they’re going to compete with these localized works, without making some significant changes to the way they do business. But then we knew that already, didn’t we? #
  •    Brian Dettmer’s Book Autopsies:
    Brian Dettmer carves into books revealing the artwork inside, creating complex layered three-dimensional sculptures.
    I don’t know whether to be awed or to be horrified. #
  •    Hol Art Books have started something called Team Publishing. From their site:
    In a departure from traditional publishing, we bring authors and publishing professionals together online to collaboratively identify, evaluate, and develop our titles. The processs is open to everyone. You and your team select, edit, design, and promote the book, we print, distribute, and market it in our seasonal list of titles. And everyone – the author, the team, and Hol – gets paid a percentage of the book’s sales, for as long as it sells.
    Eoin Purcell’s got an analysis of the model on his blog, though he’s coming at this from the point of view of a publisher. Still, worth a look. #
  •    ‘The Blogger’s Kit’:
    In one of the comments, I mentioned that publishing companies and authors should provide a “Blogger’s Kit” for each of their books. Everybody’s heard of press kits, but the aim of a Blogger’s Kit is spreadability–images and videos that are easy to embed, post, disseminate on the web.
    This is a marvelous idea, especially for us online writers. Just remember to put it on a prominent place in your site. #