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August 2, 2006

Handselling: A Curious Alchemy 2

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There’s a charming story about the power of independent bookstores in the Seatle PI. Book sales can have a curious alchemy. They have been spurred by all sorts of things, such as happenings in the news or mentions on Oprah, but seldom in the history of bookdom has one title ridden to new readership all […]

July 31, 2006

You’ve got to spend money to make money 0

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What happens when people with a lot of money want to get their hands on a book that they think will make them more money, but that book is out of print and hard to find? That book gets very expensive. A BusinessWeek article profiles Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful […]

July 31, 2006

Serendipitous 0

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I thoroughly enjoyed Pinky’s recollection of meeting Rupert Pole, Anais Nin’s husband and caretaker, while canvassing door to door in Los Angeles 16 years ago.

July 31, 2006

No More Books in School 1

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Several schools will be getting rid of books. It’s not as bad as it sounds though. Pearson a company that publishes educational materials (and owns Penguin, incidentally) has been promoting a plan to replace textbooks with digital materials. The company was able to convince California to try it out, disclosing “on Monday with its half-year […]

July 31, 2006

Brick Lane sparks a dispute 0

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A row (as they say over there) has erupted over the filming of a movie based on Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane, spurring protests and threats of a book burning. The anger has arisen from the portrayal of Bangladeshis in the book. So far a number of notable authors have come out in support of […]

July 28, 2006

Querying the New Yorker 1

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If you’re a New Yorker obsessive like I am, then you’ll love the new feature at Emdashes. Emily has lined up a pair of librarians who work at the New Yorker to answer questions about the magazine, and as one might expect, they are very thorough in their responses. The first installment covers A.J. Liebling’s […]

July 27, 2006

The Mockingbird Roundup 0

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In the Washington Post, Meghan O’Rourke reviews one of the more talked about literary biographies in recent memory, Mockingbird by Charles Shields. In fact, I’m surprised that it took so long for the first serious biography of Harper Lee to emerge, since she is a figure that has long inspired curiosity among readers. One of […]

July 24, 2006

Will Apple get into eBooks? 8

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Today, the Publishers Lunch newsletter pointed to a post at Engadget indicating that Apple might make eBooks available through its iTunes Music Store. How would this work? Well, it wouldn’t work on current iPods, but speculation is rampant that the next generation of iPods, likely out in time for the holiday season, will have a […]

July 20, 2006

Quick Links 0

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The LBC gets name-dropped by the Inside Google Book Search blog. After a too-long hiatus, Tingle Alley is back. Rejoice! The seamy underbelly of the celebrity cookbook industry.

July 18, 2006

Web site home to New Yorker rejects 0

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The Village Voice has a profile of a Web site called Silence of the City, where stories rejected from the The New Yorker’s Talk of the Town section are posted by Mac Montandon, whose own work has been rejected by the section more than once. There’s only seven pieces posted right now, but its a […]