The Future of the Book
June 21, 2011
In April 1951, when Jack Kerouac fed the first pieces of what would become a 120-foot scroll of paper into his Underwood portable to write the first draft of his novel, On the Road, he was, in one sense, blowing up the typewriter to make his own primitive homemade word processor. Sixty years later, Kerouac’s publisher is, in its own quiet way, blowing up the book to make – what, exactly?
May 31, 2011
For the Luddite writer who wants to put her royalties where her mouth is, I offer the choicest trade secrets…plus a Top 10 list of eBook-resistant texts.
May 26, 2011
by Paul Vidich
I find that when someone asserts that a thing (the story), or an idea (God), is not dead, they usually mean that a nostalgic version of the thing has lapsed and not been replaced by something comparably satisfying.
April 4, 2011
A decade after Nicholson Baker’s provocative book, are American libraries still trashing perfectly collectible books?
March 14, 2011
Digital readers and paper books have little in common. But both objects have considerable merit, and this is why I think we should combine the two.
December 24, 2010
by C. Max Magee
For all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.
October 29, 2010
It’s only through seizing the social reading moment, so to speak, that the publishers can hope to wrestle some measure of control back from the tech companies that have come to dominate their industry.
October 22, 2010
You love your books, with their meaning and their warmth, but you’re not some weepy sap.
September 27, 2010
Flavorwire’s list of the Top Ten Bookstores in the US was not supposed to piss me off, but that’s exactly what it did. It was supposed to be the sort of article you read and then forget about. Instead, I found myself dwelling on the thing and, well, getting pissed off.
August 23, 2010
by Dylan Hicks
I decided to look for another book, but each one I settled on was wrong for Goodreads: too fancy, too populist, too hip, too square, too predictable, too self-consciously curve bally. I would have to give up Goodreads or give up reading.