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October 24, 2004

Monday Linkday 0


The Guardian gives us Booker-winner Line of Beauty “condensed in the style of the original.” Some of you may have already seen this one: The 100 Greatest Books of all Time, also from the Guardian. How many have you read? I’m at 24, and I love that Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim makes the list. To […]

October 22, 2004

Crazy Insane ISBN News 0


This will probably be of little interest to anyone who is not a book industry professional, but I couldn’t help myself. I happened to notice the other day a mention of the impending adoption of the 13-digit ISBN. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, and it’s the 10-digit number typically found on the back […]

October 21, 2004

Ask a Book Question: The 30th in a Series (Lists of Books) 0


Jason writes in with this question: Is there a single site just listing new releases from a wide range of publishers? Oh, how I wish there were. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why no one seems to keep lists like this. There are scads of places you can find new music releases, […]

October 20, 2004

Bits 0


Millions reader Lisa found Booker winner Line of Beauty to be “a more intellectualized, less satirical version of Stephen Fry’s The Liar.” I’m sure Lisa won’t mind if you borrow that line at the next cocktail party. The new Gabriel Garcia Marquez book (Memories of My Melancholy Whores, they’re calling it now) continues to generate […]

October 19, 2004

The Booker Surprise 0


You may have heard. In a surprise upset, the Booker Prize was awarded to Alan Hollinghurst for Line of Beauty. Oddsmakers, literary professionals, and speculating bloggers all considered David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas to be a lock, but the Booker, as is so often the case, proved too wily to predict. The award will lead to […]

October 18, 2004

Books That Help Us Write 0


A few posts back I touched upon the idea of the “style guide.” As a newly minted journalism student, I have been taught that these guides are essential for creating the “clean copy” that my editors will want to see. They are fascinating books in a way. In my AP Stylebook some entries are brief, […]

October 14, 2004

More Awards 0


Lisa pointed out in a comment on yesterday’s post that I neglected to mention the finalists in the Young People’s Literature Category of the National Book Award. That’ll teach me to cut corners. So here they are (and the poetry nominees as well… they need the love, too): Young People’s Literature Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by […]

October 13, 2004

Award Season 0


If there is an award season for the book industry, it’s probably right around now. The Booker will be announced in a couple of days, the Nobel Prize was just announced, and now the finalists for the National Book Award have been announced. (The Pulitzer doesn’t happen until the spring, though.) The big news this […]

October 12, 2004

Books Online 0


You may have heard. Google has just launched a service called Google Print. Like Amazon, Google’s service allows people to search through books. Google announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair that are adding a lot of major publishers and they will be adding many titles. As with Amazon, there is a limit to how many […]

October 11, 2004

Ask a Book Question: The 29th in a Series (I Coulda Been a Contendah) 0


Christian writes in to ask about a Hollywood star crossing over into the literary world: What’s this talk about a novel (co)written by the late Marlon Brando soon to be published? This is a story that has surfaced because of developments at last week’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Apparently years ago Brando toyed with the idea […]