Articles by Nick Moran

September 15, 2011

Anthony Bourdain: Publisher 0

As the New York Times reports, Anthony Bourdain will soon be acquiring books for Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint. When asked what types of books he’ll publish, the celebrity chef turned travel host replied, “an initial list composed of chefs, enthusiasts, fighters, musicians and dead essayists.”

September 15, 2011

Goodreads Recommendations 0

Goodreads has unveiled its new book recommendation feature. Unlike Amazon’s feature, Goodreads’ will draw data from every book you’ve read and logged, not just those you’ve purchased online.

September 14, 2011

How Long ’til Computers Start Buying Books? 2

Do “algorithms and online recommendations threaten to replace [publishers] as arbiters of quality”? This Economist riff on e-book publishing says so. Elsewhere, at least 20 companies are using computer software instead of human beings to write their articles.

September 14, 2011

Crosswords Uncrossed 0

Even if you’ve already seen the outstanding documentary Wordplay, you’ll still want to check out this Atlantic article on how Will Shortz makes his New York Times crossword puzzles.

September 14, 2011

Burning Libraries 0

An arsonist broke into the University of Missouri’s Ellis Library, but Robert Long Foreman‘s dismayed for more than that reason.

September 13, 2011

Pre-Revolutionary Russia… In Living Color 0

Tsar Nicholas II commissioned Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky to document pre-revolutionary Russia. His color photographs taken between 1904 and 1916 are incredible.

September 13, 2011

Coetzee on Murray 0

Millions favorite J. M. Coetzee analyzes “the angry genius” of Les Murray for The New York Review of Books.

September 13, 2011

Duke University Press Goes Digital 1

Even though HathiTrust is currently being sued by The Authors Guild and a few others, it’s recently partnered with Google and Duke University Press to digitize “a trove of older titles.”

September 12, 2011

The Art of Hyping 1

Chad Harbach‘s The Art of Fielding is ubiquitous. We tapped it in our Second Half of 2011 Preview. n+1 bundled it with year-long subscriptions. The Awl interviewed the author. The New Yorker‘s Book Club picked it as their September book. It was reviewed in The New York Times. Now Keith Gessen‘s expanded his Vanity Fair […]

September 12, 2011

Otherwise Known as a Library 0

Amazon is supposedly setting up a “Netflix for e-books” program for Amazon Prime subscribers.