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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 […]

May 3, 2006

New Books: Ben Ehrenreich, Jeffrey Ford, Kate Grenville 0

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The Suitors, a debut novel by Ben Ehrenreich, draws from Homer’s Odyssey and James Joyce’s Ulysses. The story is another rewrite of those famous epics – there are so many, but then again it’s a fertile place to start – set, as PW puts it, “in a never-never land equal parts contemporary America and classical […]

May 1, 2006

New Books: Clare Allan, Scott Anderson, Guillermo Arriaga, Peter Carey 1

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A debut novel called Poppy Shakespeare is getting rave reviews in England. The book, by Claire Allan, follows the narrator “N” and the eponymous Poppy at the Dorothy Fish, a mental institution, among 25 residents, one for each letter of the alphabet, “the ‘X’ chair is vacant.” Some quotes from the British press: “Allan’s story […]

May 1, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: May 2006 5

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For me, one of the great feats is to find a book that is so good you can’t put it down. I mean literally – a book that engulfs every spare moment you’ve got, forcing everything else that isn’t necessary to the side. A book that, after reading just the first few chapters, you know […]

April 27, 2006

Google is a very adjective writer 2

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Time to have some fun with Google. Using the wildcard “*” character I searched Google to see how different famous writers are characterized on random Web pages. I entered searches like “Jonathan Franzen is * writer” to see what would come up for the “*” and pulled the adjectives all into one sentence for each […]