APFOL: November 22-28

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 #13: November 22-28!

Books in General

  • Why the International Kindle Will Change the Book As We Know It – WSJ.com
    “But I am immensely excited for the new phase of the book. So far the new technology has been called the “e-reader,” a term obviously picked by engineers, not poets. In literary terms it’s a transbook, by which I mean that it is the book which can contain all books. Why are so many writers so afraid of this staggeringly wonderful possibility? A book is a singular object that can contain many voices, but the transbook has the potential to be a singular object containing all voices. It is not just another kind of media; it is the dream of ultimate text.”
  • Books Are Bad for You “If there are still good books, they are largely irrelevant to a form and business that is largely about the creation of the artifact—identifier, symbol, leave-behind, brand enhancer. Books are a sales tool. They’re propaganda. And they’re fake. A lie. So many are just simply not written by the people the publisher tells you they are written by. Somebody should sue.”
  • Fangs and Hair, Vamps and Weres, and What’s Next | Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
    “I’ve talked about why paranormal romance is so popular and related that to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US, and I think that same resolution of fear is, in part, what makes vampire romance so continually interesting to readers. I think (and many people disagree with me here) that paranormal romance became superbly popular in the US market following 9/11/01, for two main reasons. First, the evil is easily identified. Either he wants to exsanguinate you, or he gets really hairy in compliment to her lunar cycle, but the otherness and the potential intent to harm is pretty easy to spot. Contrast that with the kid and a backpack on the subway who might be a student or might be ready to blow himself and his neighbors to bits. The easily identifiable evil is a comforting contrast.”
  • Fluff « Both Eyes Book Blog
    “When I used this term recently, I had no idea it was so loaded with connotations. (Sort of like when I first moved to California and thought “macking on” meant the same as “flirting with” instead of “making out.”) It seems that ‘fluff’ is like ‘porn’ – hard to define, we know it when we see it, personal preferences may differ, some will have nothing to do with it, and the one with a problem is the one who looks at it more often than you do.”

Authors & Publishers

  • Jane Austen’s Lessons for the Modern World – WSJ.com
    “Today’s readers tend to appreciate Austen despite her didacticism rather than because of it. She can be positively priggish, and that is an embarrassment. The contemporary reader who loves Jane Austen sort of blips over the moralizing sections and tells himself that they don’t really count. It is possible to ignore this aspect of her work, just as it is possible to discuss a religious painting with hardly any reference to the artist’s religious intent. But this seems absurd: Ignoring a writer’s central concern is a strange way to attempt to appreciate and understand her.” (via @history_geek)
  • 5 Ways Cory Doctorow is scaring traditional publishers | Brad’s Reader
    “Before the internet and the digital technology that has turned ebooks into a formidable force in the publishing world, traditional publishers were the gatekeepers to becoming a successful author. Cory Doctorow is changing that. He puts his money where his mouth is.” (via @booklorn)

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0 thoughts on “APFOL: November 22-28”

  1. So many great links this week!

    Okay, books are bad? What humors me most about that post is that the author uses Sarah Palin’s book as an example, but there are ads all over the site announcing opportunities to obtain free copies of her book. How does that make sense?

    1. I think he was being a little facetious (or just a big drama queen), but I did (sorta) agree with his “books are propaganda” thing. Some are, especially the “memoirs” that celebrities get ghostwriters to pump out for them. I find them much less interesting and much less beautiful than an excellent YA fantasy book (Diana Wynne Jones!!), for instance.

      Makes me glad I stick mostly to fiction, lol.

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