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It’s nice, for a change, to report on something new in publishing without opining on its contribution to publishing’s ruination. Say hello to Booktrope, for my money the biggest and best development in the book-publishing business in at least a … Continue reading
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Libraries are living institutions, and that’s as unerringly true whether they’re public lenders or personal collections. In either case they’re bound to grow, as long as people care enough to nurture them. But they retract, too. Or shed, you might … Continue reading
It might be the bane of librarians, but after a certain interval marginalia becomes history itself. In this case the tome is the Black Book of Carmarthen (so named for its distinctive black binding), and as the oldest known manuscript … Continue reading
There’s an argument (a dangerously deluded one, IMHO) that proclaims it arrogant to assume humanity has the potential and ability to degrade or destroy its own home. The earth abides, goes this argument, and although I wish that were true … Continue reading
Great literature might be timeless, but until now both of those superlatives—greatness and timelessness—have been unintended (and probably too-good-to-be-hoped-for) parts of the writing experience. Writers write, readers judge, and history ultimately decides. That’s how it’s always gone Leave it to … Continue reading
Plenty has been written about the quantum evolution we’ve witnessed in the world of publishing over the last ten or fifteen years. It’s true that a slim majority of books now in print are actually just that–in print; in a … Continue reading
I’ll start with a defensive-sounding disclaimer: I love me some books. I love me some old school books. By way of evidence (also somewhat defensively) I offer this snap of my recent haul. Long story, but most of these books … Continue reading
Now available through Booklocker.com: Voracious by yours truly (distribution will be picked up within mere days by Amazon, Barnes&Noble and all your favorite book-hawkers; ebook version dropping within a week). “Patrick Worden delivers a unique story, horrifying monsters, characters with … Continue reading
Books are dying, if not already dead. Or they’re bigger than ever. Or maybe they’re lining Schrödinger’s litter box, because both facts seem to be simultaneously true. Technology, including print-on-demand and electronic readers, has expanded publishing unlike anything since Guttenberg … Continue reading
Want to support American jobs? Buy a book. Printers, writers, booksellers, librarians, loggers, editors — these are few of the mostly domestic jobs your book-buying buck underwrites. I think this holds true for most countries, and I’m certain it’s true … Continue reading