Interesting posts and other things that have caught my eye this week. 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.
And now, I present to you, my readers: Awesome Post Full of Links #10: November 1-7!
Books in General
- Is It Time To Stop Listing “Best” Books? – Book lists – Jezebel
“When a list like this one draws criticism — and they have in the past — the compilers usually defend it with the argument that “this is just what we like.” But what we like is subject to deeply held and unconscious biases, and when we think we’re being objective, we are often praising what we’re most comfortable with, or what we think is most deserving of praise based on whatever stereotypes we grew up with.”
- LJNDawson.com Blog, Mythbusting the ISBN by Laura Dawson
“Last month, the AAP’s Digital Initiatives Working Group and BISAC’s Identifiers Committee conducted a survey among members to determine what publishers’ views actually are on the ISBN. Publishers have been told what to think, repeatedly – and we know how much publishers like being told what to think – so we thought we’d turn the conversation around and ask them what they thought.”
- Story Psych: A Semi-Scientific Look at What Makes a Good Story / Tor.com
“Memorable does not necessarily equal good, but it would make sense that a story with scenes and characters that stick in readers’ minds would be far more likely to become a success than one without that sticking power. While you’re reading, you’ll enjoy a story more if you have a clear memory of what came before and how the events are building to the climax. And afterward, if you continue to remember and think about the story, there’s a sense that you’ve read something powerful.”
Authors & Publishers
- How to Start a Career in Publishing – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Peter Ginna, publisher and editorial director at Bloomsbury Press. Ginna fielded questions from a listener about how to get a start in publishing during this difficult time for the media industry. The publisher also discussed his new blog, the hardcover pricing war, and the most important skills needed to work in 21st Century publishing.”
- In which I get transparent about my blog commenting practices « The Book Lady’s Blog
- Book Reviewing in a Digital World: #FollowReader Recap « Follow The Reader
“How do major book reviewers select books, and how much has social media and other technology changed the way they discover new titles? Do print galleys, pre-pub reviews and trade shows matter any more, as digital tools expand and print review outlets continue to shrink?”