Interesting posts and other things that have caught my eye
this week over the last two weeks. It isn’t actually everything, since I didn’t want to kill myself copy-pasting, so for the entire link collection check out my Delicious page.
Warning: This thing is BIG. The week and a half I was away? Yeah, that’s when, like, EVERYTHING INTERESTING THAT EVER HAPPENED showed up in my feedreader.
And now, I present to you, my readers: Awesome Post Full of Links #15: December 6-19!
Books in General
- Kindle for Christmas? | The Observer
“The growth in sales of the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader – which can store thousands of texts, classic and otherwise, and which may eventually provide digital access to every book ever written – suggests that we are at an iPod moment: books, in particular novels, may well be about to face the fate of records and CDs. In America, Google is currently fighting a multi-million dollar lawsuit for the rights to 10m digital editions of books – a suit being countered by the French and German governments among others – which if successful will grant it a virtual monopoly over distribution of the digital word. This prompts a couple of questions: is reading from a screen the same experience as reading from a page? And further, is writing for a digital medium the same thing as writing for print?”
- Once Upon A Bookshelf » Blog Archive » Listed: Pirates!
“There is something so exciting about swash-buckling and treasure-hunting and other general pirate-y goodness. And so, here are some awesome books with pirates in them, both as the protagonists and the antagonists.”
- Happy 80th anniversary, SF fandom / Tor.com
“On December 11, 1929, the world’s first club devoted to science fiction met for the first time. They called themselves the Scienceers.”
- Book Gazing: Be at ease with the classics
“I’m not saying this because I’m uber smart and can read the most complicated classics as easy as snapping my fingers. I’m saying it because it is not technically difficult to read the work of many classic authors. Take Graham Greene for example, although his writing is beautiful, it’s also straightforward prose written with the kind of easy going rhythm that makes breezing through his novels a piece of rainbow coloured candyfloss (piece of pie just seemed such a dull comparison for Greene).”
- A Self-Published Christmas Tradition « The Book Bark!
“I had a bit of a work-related moment in the middle of my holiday and began obsessing about the cost of that 30 second TV ad. It boggled my mind. That was an -expensive- TV slot and it ran multiple times during the two times I watched Home Alone that night. Beyond that, the production value would have to have been incredibly high to produce this video in full CGI. I couldn’t imagine who had the money to back a children’s picture book like that and how it could bring enough revenue to cover the cost. When I executed my google skills, even more amazingly The Elf on the Shelf turned out to be made by a mother/daughter team who had been self publishing this book for the last four years.”
- Reading Journal (9 Dec): Thoughts on Being a Selective Reader – Rebecca Reads
“I hope I’m not misunderstanding, but unlike Claire, I feel okay putting off areas of literature for now. It doesn’t mean that I’m considering myself so “well-read”: it just means that I have to make choices. I’m realizing I can’t read every book that I want to read. But not only can’t I read everything that has been published, I can’t even read one thing from each genre and still feel good about my reading.”
- Anachronistic Idioms In Fantasy Writing | Literary Escapism
“I’ve thought long and hard about the best course of action whenever I’m writing and this phrase comes to mind. Idioms and metaphors are essential writing tools, but I find myself constrained at times by keeping things “in line” with the world I’m writing about.”
- I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I read?: The GLBTQ Middle Grade Bookshelf!
Authors & Publishers & Industry
- Nielsen folds Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews | Poynter Online
oh my GOD
- Kirkus Reviews (1933-2009) : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits
What will happen now that Kirkus has folded?
- Kat Meyer on the Kirkus Reviews Closure – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“The book bloggers out there will be able to fill in a little bit where Kirkus left a big gap. The differences are going to be you could rely on Kirkus–these people were being paid to do the reviews, they were honest…with a blogger, you’re not going to get that consistency all the time.”
- George Clooney Saved My Novel – The Daily Beast
“Last summer, I did something I hadn’t thought possible: I sat down in a private Beverly Hills screening room and viewed, with pleasure, terrifying pleasure, a just-short-of-finished version of a movie based on a novel that I’d published eight years earlier and watched disappear just two months afterward.”
- Novelist Herman Melville Gets His First Book Trailer – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“Literary t-shirt empresario David Bukszpan shared that combination t-shirt advertisement and book trailer for Herman Melville–celebrating his line of bookish shirts.”
- Amazon’s $9.99 eBook Price Point Attacked as “Predatory Pricing” – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“During a publishing demographics panel at the eBook Summit, Books on Board founder Bob Livolsi received a rousing ovation after making what may be the conference’s most dramatic comment about a bookselling giant’s eBook pricing: “$9.99 is a predatory pricing practice by Amazon. It’s an attack on literature so Amazon can control the industry.””
- How Will We Remember the Publishers Who Delayed eBooks? – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“Make no mistake about it: This is a critical moment for “New York” book publishing, and a solid eBook strategy is going to be essential for continued success.”
- Can Any Device Save Publishing? – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“I’m very wary of the idea that a lot of publishers have glommed onto now which is: there is this thing which people don’t value if it’s on the web, but if you move it to this Kindle-like device that doesn’t exist yet, somehow people will pay for it”
- Bookworms Carnival: 43rd Edition ~ things mean a lot
The theme: mythology! Also, I’m in it. 😀
- Download a free holiday sampler of 12 books including Laurell K. Hamilton, Cory Doctorow, Scott Sigler, and Cherie Priest!
- Free Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“Just in time for the holiday release of a new Sherlock Holmes adaptation, AudioFile magazine will give readers a free collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories on audiobooks. To access the collection, readers need to sign up for the Audiofile newsletter between Dec. 16 and 29.”
- TokyoMango’s holiday gift guide (books!) – TOKYOMANGO
“If you’re a last-minute holiday gift shopper like me and you’re looking for something to get for your favorite/least favorite niece/cousin/uncle/sibling… why not get them a decent Japan book? Here are some recommendations”
- OnlinePublicist: The Dewey Tree
“As I write this, I think of a favorite blogger who passed away this time last year. Her spirit lives on in the Dewey Read-a-Thon, Weekly Geeks, and The Bookworms Carnival. She loved reading. She loved books. She supported Banned Books Week and believed everyone had the right to reading material. In her honor, I’m calling this donation project The Dewey Tree. It’s a little bit The Giving Tree, a little bit Dewey, a little bit charity.”