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May 11, 2006

Book trends Google style 0

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So perhaps you’ve seen the latest bell (or whistle) to come out of Google HQ. It’s called Google Trends and it lets you look at the search volume over time for different keywords. It also shows you which regions search for a particular term the most. Initially, I was most interested in that geographic data. […]

May 10, 2006

Preach It: Tips for Publicists 1

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Amen. Dan Wickett writes an open letter to all the pushy publicists out there and all I want to know is where do I sign. Dan is writing about “the litblogging version of the Cold Call. An email from somebody I’ve never heard of, asking if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing their work, […]

May 10, 2006

A Load 0

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At the Freakonomics Blog, Steven Levitt explains how the publishing industry is putting out more bullshit than ever these days.

May 9, 2006

Covering the Catalogs: Riverhead 1

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We’re moving this summer. I’m already dreading the packing, loading, moving, unpacking part, but other than that, I’m pretty excited. In July we’ll be departing for temporary digs in the Washington, DC area as we figure out our final destination. One thing’s for sure, though, our short stint in the Midwest is coming to an […]

May 9, 2006

Google Blogs Books 0

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The folks at Google have set up a blog dedicated to Google Book Search. Google’s plan to digitize the world’s books has been one of the most interesting and controversial publishing industry stories of the last couple of years. Is anyone surprised that it’s Google using a blog to get its side of the story […]

May 8, 2006

News Roundup 0

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Like bestseller lists? The Book Standard’s giving them away for free for the next two weeks. Alibris is bought by a private equity firm. PW article suggests Abebooks could be next. (via BookFinder blog) Small publishers book big rewards (via Mumpsimus), but… Bookshops fall prey to online sales.

May 7, 2006

Covering the Catalogs: Plume 0

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The weather is nice, and we’ve got all the windows open in the apartment. We ran some errands earlier today – although the task of going to Whole Foods to buy cheese and olives deserves a term with better connotations than “errand.” Now I’m flipping through a stack of catalogs from Penguin while I listen […]

May 4, 2006

New Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions – Akutagawa, Ott, Jason, Brown, Miller, Hanuka 6

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In January I posted scans of a bunch of fantastic new editions of classic books from Penguin with covers designed by famous comic book artists. I’d heard that another batch was on the way, and I finally got my hands on the images so here they are. They come out this fall: Rashomon and Seventeen […]

May 4, 2006

This Week in God: Da Vinci Code Edition 0

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The God Machine was first conceived by Da Vinci, who called it “The Elliptico Godsmackulator.” So brilliant.

May 4, 2006

Blurb Silliness 0

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Ed points to a great article about silly blurbs, namely Dave Eggers’ blurb for Daniel Handler’s novel Adverbs: “Adverbs describes adolescence, friendship, and love with such freshness and power that you feel drunk and beaten up, but still want to leave your own world and enter the one Handler’s created. Anyone who lives to read […]